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Featured Member: Kgallagher3

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I’m from Tallahassee, Florida and I’m currently going to school at Georgia Tech and living in Atlanta, GA.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I don’t really remember probably a pillow or tote bag out of scraps from my mom. The first thing I remember making on my own was a huge messenger bag for school. I started sewing because I wanted cool clothes and accessories that no one else had, I had always seen my mom sewing so it was easy for me to pick up.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

I literally sew something everyday. I go to a school that is very structured and sewing is my creative outlet, not to mention way cheaper than buying clothes.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

My favorite thing about sewing is when people ask me where I got something I’m wearing and I get to reply “I made it”. My least favorite thing about sewing is when I mess up and have to spend 30 minutes ripping out seams.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

I would make a cool sling for my dad (he broke his elbow) because he doesn’t like his black one. I’d also love to make myself a fantabulous wedding dress someday.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

I’m looking to learn more about sewing, I’ve learned a lot from this site and I look forward to learning more! I can’t think of any improvements I love this site! I love to look at user creations, I think there are so many talented people on this site, I could sit at my computer and flip through the creations all day.

7. What is your motto?

I don’t really have one, I guess it would be never give up, cause I never give up on my sewing projects.

Kgallagher3’s creations are sweet feminine and stylish. Her Potato Stamped Anda was one of my personal favorites for the Anda Sewalong Mini Challenge. Her status say’s she is sewing up fall clothes and I, for one, am excited to see what her fall clothes turn out to be

Featured Member: Polychromatin

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I originally come from a small town in Germany, called Eisleben, but since I started studying I live in Halle, which is only 30 km away from my hometown.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I think the really first thing I made was some patchwork pillow case, I must’ve been 13 years old. Then a long pause followed until 6 month ago I decided to start sewing again, because I wanted garments that actually suit and appeal me! I searched the internet and found BurdaStyle, and the story began ;)

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Ask my boyfriend, actually half of the time I search the internet for fabrics and/or patterns, the other half I sew ;D No, that is not exactly the case, but I’m a little bit of a fabric-addict and sewing became my hobby number one. I don’t have my own sewing machine and only have the possibility to sew, when I visit my parents on weekends or during semester break. I actually could buy my own sewing machine, but I think that would change my priorities to the disadvantage of my study …

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

I absolutely love to start a new project, to transfer the pattern, to cut the fabric and the first steps of sewing, because mostly they’re the easiest and fastest ;) To finish a project completely is also very satisfying! Not so enjoyable is a project that just doesn’t come to an end, because the fabric is difficult to handle and I have to rip seams and redo a lot of steps or I have to alter a lot until the fit is how I imagined it (which could take long, because I’m a little perfectionist).

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

I never thought about this opportunity, but I guess it would be really cool to make a dress for an actress for her Oscar night or something, but I think I have to practice a little bit until I get there ;)

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

Of course I love the patterns, the How-To-section and the other member creations! It is a great inspiration and very interesting to see what other people are doing! And the forum is a great platform when you have questions!

BurdaStyle is a really great site, but as I am from the design field I think you should check on the usability! Especially the forum and the profile site are a little bit confusing.

7. What is your motto?

I don’t have a real motto, but in the past “Wait and see” turned out to be a good advice ;)

I cannot believe that Polychromatin only started to sew 6 months ago. Her creations are fun and daring. From the patterns she chooses, it is obvious that she is not afraid of a challenge. We look forward to seeing her grow and develop around the site. Best of luck at school!

Featured Member: SenaSews

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I was born and raised in Dortmund, Germany. Now I’m living in a region in the center of Germany which is famous for the river Rhine and its medieval castles.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

Both of my grannies have been seamstresses and my mother used to sew a lot as well. So I’ve always been fascinated by sewing. I made my very own attempts to sewing nearly a year ago by making a dress for me. It was absolutely not wearable but it was such a joy to make that I’ve stuck to sewing.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

For me sewing is a good compensation to my every day work. I usually sit the whole day in front of a PC. So for me it’s joy being creative and it’s somehow satisfying creating something I can touch and feel.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

I really love everything about sewing – planning a project, choosing a pattern, buying the fabric (oh, that’s one of my favorite things), tracing the pattern, cutting the fabric and seeing how an idea turns into a real piece of clothing. When I start sewing something, I always have a concrete imagination of the finished piece. So I don’t like not finding the right fabric, the right buttons, … or when a project doesn’t turn out as I imagined.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

…….

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

What I love the most about BurdaStyle is that it is a steady source of inspiration it gives me. I love to see other members creations and how they turned i.e. a basic pattern into something so unique and special.

7. What is your motto?

I don’t really have a motto. I try not to fear trying things and just do it. So I try not to fear making difficult clothes as a beginner, cutting expensive fabrics, working with knits or trying out new techniques.

You know senaSews from the Anda Sewalong Minichallenge I can’t read German, so I was very excited to find that almost every blog post is written in both German and English. She shows us how she did her beautiful diamond smocking as well as tips for other patterns. I was sucked into her blog and I think you will be too!

Featured Member: Maryy

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am from Finland and I live in a town called Tampere. I moved here when I started high school and been living in Tampere almost two years now.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I think that the first thing I’ve ever made was some kind of costume for a doll or Barbie. We used to sew lots of things for toys with my sister! My mum has always sewn, knit and crochet a lot so I have grown up in a creative environment. After Barbies, I started sewing things to myself and made my first trousers. It took weeks until I finished them and I wasn’t that pleased with the outcome, so I never wore them. :~>

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Oh, it plays quite a role at the moment. I hadn’t taken sewing that serious until last year when it became my dearest hobby! Now I sew almost every day and it’s just something I need. It’s the best way for me to relax. I have even thought that maybe I could make it for a living some day.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

I love that you can create exactly that kind of clothes you like and they’re unique. You’ll develop all the time and sewing is very rewarding! I’m a student and it’s is a great way to save money, too! Yet I haven’t found any negative things.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

I love Björk and her strange outfits she wears on the stage. I would love to design her some kind of huge dress with open back, lace and details.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

I always get inspiration when watching others’ creations! It’s nice to get feedback from other sewers and see what they’ve made. I also love photographing so my two passions, sewing and photography, are related in BurdaStyle.

7. What is your motto?

I don’t actually have any motto, but one wise lyric says: If you don’t live for something you’ll die for nothing.

Though Maryy doesn’t have a blog, she has a photo gallery full of beautiful pictures. If you take a look at her creations you will see that her aesthetic runs through her work no matter what the medium. Thank you Maryy for all you incredible work!

Featured Member: Chipdale7

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
 

I am originally from Japan. I grew up there. I came to the States for the first time when I was 17 as an exchange student. After a year of exchange program, I went back to Japan. There I finished high school and started college. In 2004, I transfered to the University in Philadelphia. Since then, I’ve been in Philly.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
 

I don’t remember the first thing I made…probably some stuffed animal or something. I always loved creating things! I grew up seeing my mom making bags and some decoration stuff. So I just imitated her. The first clothes I made was a black shirt. I traced a pattern from one of my shirts. First thing I made from BurdaStyle was Azalea dress. It took me almost like 8 hours to complete! Thankfully, it doesn’t take that long anymore:p

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
 

Sewing is an essential part of my life! I get jittery when I’m not sewing for a few days, wanting to touch my sewing machine.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
 

My favorite thing about sewing is when I’m putting each piece together, when I’m actually sewing. And I love wearing it.
My least favorite thing is installing a zipper… I hate doing it just because I’m so bad at it. That’s why I use stretchy material for most of my dresses, so I can omit the zipper part. I don’t like ironing either. And I avoid button halls!

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
 

I want to make a dress for my little sister. I’m working on it right now actually. She loves wearing dresses like I do, and she requested me to make a halter dress for the summer.
People always ask me if I make clothes for my husband. I don’t like making clothes for my husband, and I don’t think I ever will (sorry Andy!) because all he wears is a white T-shirts and wife beaters! No fun in that.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
 

Looking for free/cheap patterns! It’s so great that you guys offer free downloads. I really like to look user creations. They are all so creative, and inspire me a lot!

7. What is your motto?
 

vivat veritas. “May truth live”. “vivat veritas” is my husband’s tattoo on his arm, and I took it as a name of my clothing line.

Chipdale7 has created the perfect summer dresses. Her creations are light and girly but still both classic and trendy. Check out her Etsy shop to see more of her work!

Featured Member: Myra_Lee

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?



I am originally from Adelaide, Australia but moved east to Melbourne about 5 years ago where I live with my boyfriend, 2 cats and dog.





2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?



My grandmother was a dress maker in the Philippines and she and my mother and auntie would sew me clothes when I was little. I dabbled in a bit of hand sewing when I was much younger but didn’t learn how to properly use a sewing machine until November 2007. I enrolled in an 8 week CAE beginners class and the thing I made was a pair of pj pants. I didn’t realize how difficult it is to match unsymmetrical plaid though, so that was my first big lesson!



My Mum brought over her old Elna machine for me and I have been happily sewing away at home since. The second item I made was a 1950s style dress, as part of a 3 week project class at a new sewing lounge in North Melbourne called Thread Den. Since then I did a few other classes there too like a trousers class and a beginners pattern making class to build my confidence, and have been using many of the fabulous patterns from Burda Style to start making some items on my own at home.





3. What role does sewing play in your life?



It’s my new favorite hobby and I think it’s one that’s going to last. I love projects and being able to have something to show for my efforts at the end. And I find it a great way to get my mind off work and other things – sewing is the best procrastinator! I get great satisfaction after finishing a piece of clothing I’m really happy with and being able to wear it or give it a friend to wear out. Since I have started doing more sewing I find myself thinking about the construction of clothes a lot more. When a see a dress or shirt I like, I don’t just look at the cut and the pattern, I find myself inspecting the inside and seeing how it was put together, if there’s a yoke, and getting ideas for adding detail.



I think it’s an important creative outlet for me, and also makes me feel like I’m carrying on a family skill.


4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?



My favourite things are finding new sewing patterns to try and thinking of ways to individualize them. I adore hunting for fabric I LOVE and inspires me to turn them into items of clothing. I recently went to Paris and Lisbon and had a great time rummaging through fabric stores there to find something special. I also love blogging my projects once they are done and sometimes joke that I am making clothes more for the blog than for me! And I love meeting other sewers through BurdaStyle, my blog and at Thread Den and finding inspiration in each other’s projects and sharing encouragement and ideas.



My least favorite thing would have to be doing all the measuring and cutting! It always takes so much longer than I think it will, and calculating measurements is definitely harder to do when you’re tired which can make an after work class a bit of a challenge! Oh and of course unpicking… Which I inevitably seem to end up doing at least a bit of each project… Hopefully I am improving and doing less of this as I gain more experience.





5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?



Hmm… I would really love to be able to make a well cut suit for my boyfriend – Marc Jacobs style!



6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?



I love the patterns and looking at everyone’s creations and uploading my own. And the How Tos are a god send too, so helpful! I love receiving comments from other members about my creations and I love leaving comments about creations that inspire me to make my own. I’d love if were a bit easier to find other members in my area.



7. What is your motto?



I don’t really have one. But how about – find what inspires you!



Between her cute dolls and her cool clothes, myra_lee’s is a master of choosing patterns for each piece she creates. You should check out her blog, it chronicles her adventures in travels, shopping, music and of course sewing.

Featured Member: Podge

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was Born and bred in Manchester England, I discovered the true essence of Manchester in my teens and have loved it ever since.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made was clothes for my cat when I was eight years old. She used to make horrendous noises and walk backwards to try and get away from my creation but I’d just think that maybe it needed something extra, maybe a bonnet. I come from a very creative family, my mother is a seamstress by trade and she was always either sewing, knitting or crocheting and my father was an avid painter. I have always been creative and into making things but it kind of took a backwards step and everyday life took over, until that is I was given a sewing machine for Christmas 2007 by my beloved husband and soon after I discovered BurdaStyle and I’ve been hooked ever since.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
A happy release from the stresses of everyday life, I hate having to find time to sew, I would love to sew every day and I would love love love to be able to create something that i have designed. I enjoy following patterns and i love seeing the end creation but you see so many people on this site that have come up with amazing designs, I am always inspired to create something of my own but it never works. I always end up copying someone else’s idea, I just wish I could come up with something to inspire others.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
My favourite thing about sewing is seeing your creation come together and just feeling free from the world, I love taking my sewing machine table out into the garden and sewing in the sunshine. My least favourite thing is transferring all the pattern lines onto your chosen fabric, I usually end up skipping this part and just stick pins where the lines should be, but then as you sew the pins end up falling out and you then have to go back to putting your half sewn garment back onto the pattern piece in order to find out where the lines should be. I usually then end up hearing screams from my husband as he has stood on the pin that has fallen out!! Oooops!!

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
I would like to make something for my husband, he is a big muscley guy and he finds it hard to find clothes to fit him. He has a 20 inch neck and a 56 inch chest so I’m afraid the items for men on the site won’t go near him. When I am a little more experienced I will try to make a pattern from his measurements and hopefully make him something he will be willing to go out in public in. So watch this space………..

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
love looking at everyone’s creations and I wait patiently (well I try to be patient!!) every Tuesday to see what the new pattern will be. I check the site at least 3 times a day to see what has been posted. I love the community feel of the site and that we are all like minded people. The site is great and is everything you could ever want or need from an open source sewing site, the only thing that I would like to see, is when you are searching for something, whether its a member or a pattern, it would be nice not to have to know the exact name, and the search engine could say, we couldn’t find anything that matched but we found this that is spelt similar. My favourite part of the site is the Creations and the blog, I like to see what people are doing and i love it when there is someone asking something that I can help with, or maybe I’m having the same problem and some one has posted an answer. I also love the way that members link to other items, whether its something they have used for inspiration or whether it is a blog or tutorial. I have found so many inspirational sites from doing this and I love it.

7. What is your motto?
Love life and be happy!!!

Her embroidery is awesome, and her skirts, dresses and bags are incredible too you have to check out Podge’s creations also make sure to check out her blog too!

Featured Member: Bloom

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Shizuoka, Japan, the city known for Mt. Fuji. Currently, I am living in the US.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
When I was a 2nd or a 3rd grader, I made my first flared skirt from a pattern. My mom was (and still is) a great sewer and so I fell in love with sewing before I could remember.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Stress reliever! Finding beautiful fabrics also nurses my stress.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
Favorite – sewing with machine.
Least favorite – blind stitching.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
If I have enough skills, I would love to make men’s suite for my hubby.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
I enjoy sharing creations with others. So fun to be able to see what others are making because it is very inspiring! This website is perfect!

7. What is your motto?
Life is short, enjoy, take it easy!

Bloom has quite an eye for creating clean lines out of fun fabrics. You have to check out her awesome skirts (Vintage Wool Marie,Jazz Concert Skirt,Gold Funky Marie,and finally her Red Wool Michelle) The creations just keep coming and they are wonderful. Keep up the great work!

Featured Member: Maya511

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Guam and my family moved to Southern California (just north of Orange County) when I was three. I currently live in Hollywood, so I didn’t stray too far from where I grew up.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
When I was a little girl, I used to hand sew little cushions that I stuffed with cotton balls stolen from my mother’s makeup drawer. The first thing I ever made with a machine was a super simple unlined mini tote bag. It’s a shame that I didn’t actually make an effort to learn how to sew until this year—in my mid 30s! I’d always wanted to learn, but for some unexplainable reason, I was extremely intimidated by sewing machines. I finally gathered the courage to enroll myself in a basic sewing class earlier this year (where I made the mini-tote) and I’m so glad I did.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
For me, it’s a well-needed creative outlet after a day at the office. Also, It’s just so gratifying to wear/use something that you’ve made yourself—a feeling to which I’m sure all of you Burdastyle.com members can attest. I can honestly say that it’s the most enjoyable hobby I’ve ever taken up, as well as the most addictive.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
I’ve got two favorite things: 1) shopping for fabric and letting my imagination run wild 2) that feeling of exhilaration I get when I complete a project. What I like the least is deciphering pattern instructions. I’m primarily an aural and tactile learner and possess very poor spatial awareness —so sometimes diagrams actually serve to confuse more than to help. Oftentimes, I have to make a miniature model of the project in order to figure out the actual construction of it!

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
Purely fantasy of course—I would make an insulated cooling wrap for the earth to slow down global warming!

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
I’m looking for inspiration, above all, and there’s plenty of it here! I love perusing member creations and I’m inspired by what I see on a daily basis. I’m also looking for stylish, versatile patterns, and BurdaStyle has got that covered as well. What’s more, there’s a real sense of community here, which I love. Everyone is so helpful and supportive. I honestly can’t think of anything I’d change!

7. What is your motto?
My general motto is a quote by Bertrand Russell: “The good life is one inspired by love and guided by knowledge.” My sewing motto is “Don’t sacrifice enjoyment for perfection!” I sometimes take a lot of short cuts when I sew for myself, which I don’t necessarily encourage, but I think it’s important, when undertaking any creative endeavor, to relax, have fun and to not beat yourself up when you make mistakes. I mean, when it stops being fun, what’s the point in doing it, right? That’s what I say, at least!

Maya511 has a great sense of color and style, just take a look at her fun floral top or any of her many creations. She also has a blog which chronicles her sewing adventures.

Featured Member: Jeffrey

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am from Grand Rapids, Michigan; born and raised. I currently live in Grand Rapids and am attending Calvin College

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I sewed for myself was a pair of short shorts, for basketball. My friends and I play recreation-league-intramural basketball at Calvin and we dress in 70’s clothes, including short-shorts. I wanted a pair that matched the colours we picked for the team.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Sewing plays the role of helping define my style and attitude towards life. Sewing is a hobby, but I would say that the role is practical. I like making things that I will use. I have made a lot of bags because bags are functional. Making rather than buying changes how I view my possessions. I appreciate them more because I have put something personal into them.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
My favorite thing about sewing is brain storming, looking at something and thinking how to make it for myself. My least favorite thing about sewing is not having time to sew.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
I guess I would make a camera bag for my older brother. I would really like to see him appreciate my hobby in the same kind of way that I do

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
I’m looking for a place to be together with like minded people. People who like to create; people who prefer homemade to brand-named. I’m not sure how the site could be better, more guy-oriented stuff would be nice, but it makes sense that there is so much women’s stuff.

7. What is your motto?
Make don’t buy

Jeffrey is one of the most prominent men on our site. Not only does he have great creations to share with us, he has taught us all how to weave our own cloth in his awesome how to. This month Jeffery is featured in Burda Mode magazine. Congrats Jeffrey and we look forward to seeing more of your creations on the site.

Featured Member: Lalalalayla

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I grew up mostly in Arizona with frequent visits to Manhattan, cut my teeth in Los Angeles, and gypsy’d across America last summer before landing in Brooklyn.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Making has always been a natural and constant thing for me, so I don’t have a specific answer to this question. I come from a family of makers. My dad is a fixer/maker/builder, and I have a box of things my mom and aunties and grandmas made for me as I was growing up, from ceramics to costumes to party dresses to stuffed animals. I also grew up in a family that would get excited about a pile of garbage because ‘maybe we can make something out of this’.

With all that, though, I don’t remember starting to sew until college. I remember trying to recover a couch and choosing really bad material. And I remember getting my roommates to dress up with me as a rock n’ roll band for Halloween, and I made my costume from scratch: it was awful and too small and I obviously had no idea what I was doing and I looked like a hooker. A few years later, my ex-husband bought me a nice sewing machine, and it was onward and upward after that.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Sewing IS my life these days. Freelancing for BurdaStyle, I get to sew a lot of the beautiful garments you see in our Creations. And I’ve also been working on my Etsy shop, Led Thread, which keeps me busy and satisfied. I’m also doing a TON of custom work. Last year I dreamt of taking a sewing vacation (just sewing for a week), and now I dream of taking a vacation FROM sewing (no sewing for a week)! That said, though, I love sewing and the creative process and I am incredibly proud of how far my craftsmanship has come in the last few years.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
I hate trying to get fabric to do something it doesn’t want to do.
I love the sense of accomplishment I get knowing garments I’ve made are out in the world living separate lives that I know nothing about. I like to imagine what they are doing: maybe shoved in the back of the closet, maybe in the donation heap, but maybe on a tropical vacation or fancy party.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
I would make myself a really avant-garde gown.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
Ah, well, I really truly love BurdaStyle and I think it is a beautiful project. I am very excited about the site redesign, because right now it is a bit clunky and difficult to navigate. I love having a place where people can share their creations, and I really like all the positive feedback our members are so generous with. I like seeing how people execute the patterns, what fabrics they choose and what changes they make. I also use the How To’s quite a bit to jog my brain if I’m coming up to a sticky construction issue. Oh, yeah, and the patterns!!

7. What is your motto?
There is no place to go save up.

Layla has been here at BurdaStyle since October of last year. In addition to keeping us laughing and being a major force behind our cookie consumption, she is also responsible for many of the patterns and creations put up by BurdaStyle (the Charlie bag, the Bella pants and Pete, the Men

Featured Member: Bathina

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am originally from Germany near cologne but now live more south in Mannheim. I also spend three to six months of the year in Ohio, because my boyfriend is from there.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made was the apron from BurdaStyle ;-) a very nice and easy 1st-sewing project.
The first time I was in Ohio with my boyfriend I thought about starting to sew. So I bought a sewing-embroidery machine on Ebay. I always wanted to do this but I never had time for it. The years before I went to my work and in the morning I studied in the evenings, so no time for any hobbies.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Since I started sewing a few months ago, I figured out how creative the world is and what fun it can be. At first I only made clothes but now I like to sew some decorations too.
There’s so much to learn and I want to learn it all. If it’s pattern drafting, designing, the knowledge of fabrics & techniques everything is very exciting for me. Normally I didn’t have patience for something – sewing has changed me at this point.
I feel such more in balance since I started to sew and the time in one day is never enough.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
The result is my favorite thing of all it. The steps between are sometimes little and hard and in the moment it can be painful; you start to think that you will never finish this project like you planned. But at the end you forget all this anger (yes sometimes anger comes up) and you’re proud to reach your own little goal.
I haven’t gone to a sewing-school yet, only some great pattern instructions like yours, the www, TV and good Books helped me to ‘fight’ the patterns.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
I would sew something for the home or a nice a bag. To make clothes for somebody is a bit difficult, above all it should be a surprise present.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
BurdaStyle patterns were the first one’s which I didn’t have any problems with. And if I had a problem BurdaStyle has a very huge collection of helpers.
I like the community they are all very friendly. I like to see the members in process and that’s pushing me in my work.
BurdaStyle is easy to use- I like it!
Sometimes there are these ‘fake’ pattern ( only a picture without a pattern or an instruction) from the USER – I don’t like this

7. What is your motto?
Nothing is impossible to sew when you’re not afraid of your faults. Be accurate when you’re sewing. Don’t give up- give yourself time and try again later.

Follow Bathina’s creative thought process by checking out her blog! Also she and her girlfriend just opened a new website called Creativoo. The main idea of the site is it is a community for all kind of crafting hobbies that posts more videos instead of pictures. Check it out!

Featured Member: Toupinette

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I grew up, studied and lived in Paris for most of my life. My husband is a south of France man and he didn’t want to live in Paris because “it’s too cold, too raining, too many people and too far of sea” (he has a great sense of exaggeration!). So, I moved to a little town in south of France famous for its fondness of food: Montelimar. The NOUGAT’s town (you know it’s candy made with honey, almond and sugar….).

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Because I’m crazy for clothes and fashion, I would to be able to make my own wardrobe. Many reasons of that:
- I love designer’s clothes but too often it’s very expensive;
- I want to have original outfits;
- I think it’s an ecological and social action.

So, last year, I asked for a sewing machine for my birthday and the first thing I made was a simple gray linen bag that I use when I travel. I was quite pleased with the result so I decided to make something hardier: a real outfit. I bought sewing books, discovered BurdaStyle, saw amazing creations of the other members, downloaded beautiful patterns, made a lot of horrible things, learned from my mistakes and now I have begun to sew some clothes that I’m not ashamed of!

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
When I was younger, I never had manual hobby. I was very frustrated because the creative part of me was completely ignored (I’m lawyer, it’s not a very creative and funky job…). So sewing allow me to develop the creative part of me (and have nice, original clothes too !! ) That’s why it’s become my favorite hobby. I’m always thinking of my future creations and dreaming of when I get to sew beautiful fabrics, pattern or creations of other members!
In conclusion, I can say that’s sewing makes me happy and fills me with pride.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
Lots of favorite things: choosing the perfect fabric, imagining the results, seeing pieces of fabrics becoming a real clothes, etc

Least favorite: marking the pattern on the fabric and cutting pieces of pattern (because I don’t have a big table so I have to make it on the floor and it’s not very comfy!)

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
One of my best friends makes fun of me when I told him that I had begun to sew (he saw my first creations… hmmm). He bet that I’d never be able to make a men suit for him. So I hope, one day, I’ll be able to make him a great suit for him!!!!

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
First all, I really, really, really love this site and the community!
I ‘m always looking for patterns, inspiration, support and advice and I’ve gotten them on BurdaStyle.

I love members who are very nice. Their support gives me the hunger to continue.

I love the creations of members, I’m very impressed by the talent of them. Some creations look very professional and stylish. It’s astonishing.
I m’ always amazed by the way of the same pattern can be interpreted by different members. One pattern becomes many different, original and singular creation.
It’s very inspiring.
I love the BurdaStyle team who select patterns and give them a modern and funky touch.

I love solidarity in this community because people share tips, how to, advice, pattern.

For me, this site is perfection… just one fault: it’s hard for me to understand pattern because it’s in English and I’ have bad English … but I’m okay because it’s my fault … I slept during English lessons and it’s the occasion to improve my English!!!!

7. What is your motto?
Not very original… CARPE DIEM

Even though she slept through English class, she appears to be doing a great job with the English instructions. She has been making incredible creations and mastering the art of sewing.

Featured Member: Shiela_Imbao

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am from the Philippines, living at its capital, Metro Manila.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
My first project was a black silk shantung basic-dress. I made the pattern from scratch as part of my first lesson in basic sewing & dressmaking school in one of the older dressmaking schools here in Manila called the Golden Hands Institute.

Sewing for me came out of nowhere. I am trained as a food technologist and had worked for two major restaurant and food corporations for 2 years each, before getting married and working with my husband at their family business related to manufacturing and heavy industry. My husband suggested that I try sewing, for me to be able to have what ever dress I want. You see, choices available are limited as others would agree. It’s always something too simple, or something ill-fitting, or something overly priced and poorly done, or simply the styles available aren’t MY style. So I agreed to try his suggestion, and within weeks I was immersed in dressmaking, pattern making and fashion design. I was making projects at home not related to the course I was taking. I would try to make replicas of blouses that I already own, or I would try to make my own designs. Every piece I made then, I still keep in my closet now, to remind me of how far I’ve gone and how much I’ve improved in craftsmanship and taste. And I’d do the school projects in school, learning as much as I can from my instructors (it’s a one-on-one approach) as I can.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Sewing for me right now occupies about half my week. So far it doesn’t produce a lot of income for me, since I only sew mostly for friends and relatives (at cost) and only accept very few referrals. But lately I’ve been doing dressier full-on projects for attending weddings, graduations and other formal events. I’ve learned so much from my last few projects and I think I am now more capable of making a bigger range of apparel for myself and others.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
I think my favorite would have to be being able to dress myself and my clients, having only our imaginations as a limit. My last client wanted a hot-pink silk dress copied from: a hot pink dress worn by Chloe Sevigny and a black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The result was exactly what we talked about, and much to my client’s approval. That exact outfit would have been impossible for her to find locally, and at such a reasonable price.

My least favorite would have to be the amount of work involved BEFORE getting to the actual sewing part. The pattern making, cutting and tracing alone takes me several hours. Sometimes it takes more time than the assembly and sewing part itself. But aside from that I like the work involved especially when the result is something that doesn’t look store-bought, and is very well-made.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
My least favorite would have to be the amount of work involved BEFORE getting to the actual sewing part. The pattern making, cutting and tracing alone takes me several hours. Sometimes it takes more time than the assembly and sewing part itself. But aside from that I like the work involved especially when the result is something that doesn’t look store-bought, and is very well-made.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
I look for patterns, and inspirations for my future projects. I think it would be nice if more patterns were available from your site so there would be less need to buy patterns from other vendors.

7. What is your motto?
If you can’t find something reflective of your style, make it yourself. If you can’t make it yourself, learn how. If you’re not yet good enough, practice until every outfit you produce is picture perfect, fits like a glove, and wows everyone who sees it.

To see shiela_imbao’s creations click here! Her hot pink cocktail dress shouldn’t be missed

Featured Member: Juebejue

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am from the Silicon Valley in the Bay area of US. I had been living here for the past 9 years. I grew up in China and Singapore.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made was clothing for Barbies when I was 10. And then I moved onto sewing teddy bears and soft toys when I was 16. The first real clothing I made was the red skirt I posted here last year. When I was little, my dad (yes, my DAD is awesome! :D ) used to sew up beautiful clothing for my mom and me, so I guess I got a little sewing tendency from him. I always wanted to sew real clothing, so after I graduated from school last year, I started sewing real clothing.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
I love making things, and I have gone through phases such as soft to making, paper craft, jewelries, etc. I just can’t seem to relax! I am also very small, so its hard to find clothing that fits me. So sewing is a practical hobby that is fun, and it helps me relax after work.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
I love shopping for fabrics, sewing them up, making cute details, and wearing them! If I have to pick something I don’t like, maybe it is the cutting of patterns and fabrics. I wish I had a cutting monkey!

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
Once I get good enough, I would attempt to make stuff for my family and friends :) It would be really cool to make a fun family “uniform” that is not tacky ;)

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
I was first attracted to BurdaStyle by the freebies. And slowly, I got addicted to the user creations — its so inspiring to see everyone’s creations! I work in engineering, so I don’t personally know anyone who sews (except for one of my friend, whom I’m coaxing into sewing), so this place is somewhere my sewing-personality can feel at home. This site is awesome, I love everything about it — creation uploading, how to interface, free/cheap pattern downloading… you name it! But the most important part of BurdaStyle is the encouraging users and the warm community.
As for improvements, maybe it can have a way to list users by location, so that I can look for people who sew near me and ask them things like, where I can find a good local fabric store! Also, it would be nice to have some sort of notification when someone leaves a message on your creation or wall. And fixing small bugs here and there!

7. What is your motto?
Have fun! That is the most important part of sewing!

Juebejue’s incredible creations have such beautiful lines; She makes elegance look so effortless!

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