Featured Member: jorth

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I grew up on a dairy farm in the state of Victoria, Australia. Fascinating as cows can be, I yearned for the bright lights of the big city, so sat down with my dad at the age of 18 and told him the sad news.

Me: “Dad, I’ve been accepted into a uni course in Melbourne, so I’ll be moving there at the end of summer.”

Dad: “What? The local community college doesn’t have a course for you here?”

Me: (Trying to stifle the screams of horror in my head at being stuck in a one-cow town) “Er, um, sadly no. So long!”

Featured Member: missdandy

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Where are you from? Where do you live?
I’m a transplanted Southern girl (born and raised in North Carolina) currently living in the Midwest (Springfield, Missouri). I’m currently a stay at home mom to my 17-month-old son Brydon, and in my spare time I run both a vintage sewing pattern shop and a small vintage clothing shop on Etsy.

Featured Member: froggypondd

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Where are you from? Where do you live?
I am from Whangamata, New Zealand – a town of around 2,000 on the Coromandel Peninsula. I’m currently living in Hamilton, around 1 hours drive from my home town and a first year at the University of Waikato studying a Bachelor of Media and Creative Technologies, majoring in Theatre and Screen and Media studies.

Featured Member: girlofmanycolors

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Where are you from? Where do you live?
I’m from Marietta, Ohio. A small river town that boarders West Virginia. I grew up in the same house my entire life, and I moved to Columbus, Ohio, where I currently reside, to attend Columbus College of Art and Design. I graduated with a BFA in Fashion Design in 2009 and I now work at Jeni’s Splendid Ice Creams (the best ice cream in the world) by day, and sew my heart out by night.

Featured Member: ellohdesign

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Where are you from? Where do you live?
I was born in Texas and grew up in Southern California. I moved to Utah last July with my husband to explore, work, and put some roots down.

I’m a freelance graphic designer, working in web, print, and information design. I’ve been on my own with my own clients for a year now and I’ve absolutely LOVED the freedom and room for extra creativity. I like how I have time to branch out of designing with my computer and experiment with clothing/toy/and textile design.

Featured Member: sewhappyclothes

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Where are you from?
I am a California girl born and raised. I grew up in a small surfing town on the central coast, and attended UC Berkeley for college. I now run a non-profit mentoring program at a middle school. Yet as much grant writing and volunteer recruiting as I do, I like to say that at the end of the day you can’t wear a thesis! At work I try to make a palpable difference in the lives of our students, and at home I like to create for myself—knitting, sewing and working with my hands.

Featured Member: dian 1024

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Where are you from and/or where do you live?
“I am from Indonesia, an archipelago country in Southeast Asia. It lies along the equator making the weather warmer, we only have sunny and rainy days. But the city I live is in the highland area, so is not really hot. I work as accountant from Monday to Friday and become a self seamstress in the week end. I wish I can enter into design school someday to improve my sewing skill, because I’m still a beginner.”

Featured Member: lizajane09

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Where are you from?
“I live in Greenville, SC and I am an elementary school art teacher by day. I teach every grade at my school, four year old kindergarten through fifth grade. It’s a great job—busy, but very rewarding. I help kids make art all day long. I dabble in drawing, painting and printmaking myself. I’d love to illustrate a children’s book one day. At night, I sew fanatically. When I’m not actually sewing or cutting something out, I’m planning what I’m going to sew next. I love to make things. My mom is also an art teacher/artist, so I grew up immersed in all sorts of creative art projects and craftiness.”

Featured Member: frkbustad

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Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from Stavanger, Norway, but I have lived in Bergen for the past 7 years and consider myself as a local. I finished my master’s degree in medical cell biology one and a half year ago, and I’m currently working on a project that hopefully will turn in to my PhD.

How did you start sewing?
My mum used to sew a lot of clothes for me and my sister, and the sewing machine was always around when I was a kid, so I guess I have always sewn. Also, having both a granddad and a great-granddad who were tailors, and a grandma who sewed a lot, make me think that sewing is in my genes.

Featured Member: liaspace

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Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am Indonesian and I live in Jakarta, the capital city of Indonesia. I work full time for my own company, an interior contractor and furniture manufacturing company. I am also a mom to two little misfits

How did you start sewing?
I started sewing after having my first child. I was mesmerized by patchwork quilts, then I started taking some quilting lessons, but I think hand quilting is not my thing and so I bought my first sewing machine, hoping I’ll quilt using the machine.

Featured Member: mcphoon

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

I’m from Subang Jaya, Malaysia. I have just graduated with a degree in Food Technology.

How did you start sewing?

I started sewing when I was rather young. I guess watching my mom working wonders with the machine got me to try it out too. I remember that I was always into making my own little projects. I think it started off with making pretty dresses for my Barbie with my mom. Then I moved on to my little pouches, pencil cases and little bags.

I only started sewing clothing for myself a few years back and I have been actively sewing ever since. I always had problems finding clothes that fit well as I’m really petite. And the imported commercial brands that carry petite lines are too expensive for me to splurge on! One day I thought “ I could totally make that!”, it was a simple smocked top and there I moved on to many weekly projects to fill my wardrobe!

Featured Member: dixiediy

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In celebration of this week’s SXSW events in Austin, Texas – we are excited to profile a BurdaStyler and an Austin native!

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

I’m from Austin, TX and right now I’m a video editor for a website but I like to make sewing and designing more of a full time gig.

How did you start sewing?

I began sewing in high school but didn’t start working with patterns until college after a few bad experiences turned me off from clothes sewing (who knew reading the pattern directions could be so helpful?). My favorite project in my studio so far is probably my Striped Tulip Skirt, not because it is especially intricate or a masterpiece but because it took me multiple attempts to get it right and I’m glad I stuck with the pattern and finally found a fabric that worked for it.

Featured Member: tiffa34

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Where are you from and/or where do you live? What do you do for a living/are you a student?

I’m an Australian currently dividing my time between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, working as a graphic designer and part time student.

How did you start sewing?

I first began making things like clothing and accessories when I was in primary school, however I’d always been creative and loved to draw and create things from an early age.

Featured Member: nyphertiti

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

I’ve lived and traveled all over the world but I always come home to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. It’s a very small city almost right smack dab in the middle of Canada. During the day I work in a government office where I assist organizations in my community that work with homeless people. We develop projects that will move people towards independence, anything from mentorship programs up to building an emergency shelters or other housing. It’s very challenging but also very rewarding.

Featured Member: ladyshape

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

I grew up in a village in the North East of Scotland called Newburgh, but have called Edinburgh my home for 11 years now. It is a beautiful historic city – small enough to cycle around, lots of green space and an extinct volcano right in the middle of the city. I work in a little art house cinema called the Cameo to pay my rent and am currently setting up a studio. I plan to start a business this year selling vintage inspired and reproduction clothing.

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