Featured Member: dixiediy


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


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


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


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.

Featured Member: tinybows


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

I was born and raised in California. I moved to Montana when I was 17, where I went to college at the University Montana Western. I moved to Philadelphia two years ago, and I reside in the area currently. Right now I am working on going back to finish my education. I was a fine arts major at UMW, but I took some time off to decide what I really want to do. My main focus is in photography, and in Philly there are so many amazing schools that specialize in the arts. I’m looking into going to Moore right now.

Featured Member: mixtlii


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

I was born in Paris, but I grew up in Normandie and then in the south of France. I live now in Montpellier. I am a 4th-year medical student, and I love it! But I am afraid I’ll soon have to pause sewing, because it demands more and more studying…

Featured Member: seinde


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

I am from Anhui, China, but have been in the states for very many years now. Currently, I live in Chicago where I am a Biochemistry student at the University of Chicago.

Featured Member: iroiro


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

I live in a tiny village in South Gloucestershire, UK. There is not much there in the way of shops…or anything really. I seem to spend most of my time on the bus at the moment, in search of civilisation. But that is fine; whilst you cannot sew in a moving vehicle, knitting is ideal, which is another of my hobbies. I’ve recently starting studying Fashion Design at college, which is great. Doing what I love everyday is like a dream.

Featured Member: melisloppa


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

I was born and raised in Norway, and I’m just back from Sweden, and living happy days in the Norwegian capital, Oslo. Right now I have an internship as a photo assistant which is part of my Digital Media education at Hyper Island.

Featured Member: missymellie


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

I live in the suburbs of Sydney, Australia. I am in my final year of studying Industrial Design and work at a fabric store part-time.

2. How did you start sewing? What’s your favorite project in your BurdaStyle studio?

I was taught to sew by my grandmother. She wanted me to learn to sew by hand before trusting me with her sewing machine and so I hand sewed a Goldilocks doll and dress with her help at the age of seven. I then spent a great deal of my childhood making clothes and soft furnishings for my dolls. Since starting university, discovering the wonders of three month summer holidays and getting my childhood ‘dream job’ working at Spotlight (a fabric chain here), I practically sew everything I wear. At the moment my Hey Now and Christmas Dresses are my favourite projects, mainly because it is the season for pretty party dresses!

Featured Member: mahaila


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

I am from one of the most isolated capital cities in the world Perth, Australia. Only since moving to the other side of the planet have I realised how isolated Perth is. I currently reside in Berlin.

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

When did I start sewing? I can not actually remember because I have always made things. I used to hand sew as I either did not have a sewing machine or my machine was broken. I probably made a bag or case of some sort. I started sewing because I didn’t like the clothes at the store, all of the clothes that I do like, I can’t afford, and I always need to be making something, whether it be knitting, sewing, cutting, designing, or crafting.

Featured Member: carottesauvage


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

I am originally from France. I was raised in the Loire Valley near Le Mans, famous for the Le Mans 24 Hour Race. It is not far from Alençon in Normandy, a town known for its intricate lace: le point d’Alençon. [This feature is sponsored by the French expats’ tourist board. ;-)] I came to work in England in 1996, first in a small town near Bristol, then in London. I have been working while studying Fine Arts: I am a part-time librarian and I recently completed a research project at the Royal College of Art. I often feel stuck here in London, but I guess these are not the best economic times to leave the city. Rotterdam is my preferred location: it oozes with down-to-earth creative energy. There, over the last 4 years, I have learned how to hand process and print my own film footage (mainly 16 mm). I am a film buff.

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

I remember hand-stitching fabric remnants. I was determined to hand-sew as neatly and regularly as the sewing machine itself.

Featured Member: Laura Bolčina


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

I come from Slovenia, Central Europe.

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

My mother used to sew clothes for me when I was little. No wonder that I have been so enraptured with the thought of sewing my own clothes. I was about 12 years old when I made my very first bag, but it was hand-stitched. I started sewing with my mother’s sewing machine in summer 2008, when we finally took it to the repair shop. Soon I discovered BurdaStyle and bought my first Burda Mode magazine. My favourite project in my BurdaStyle studio is Pink & Red dress with a bow. I made it for the Coats & Clark Pink & Red Fashion Show back in January. One thing I remember the most is that I was taking the photos in the middle of the night, just to publish the dress in time. :)

Featured Member: zaarissima


1. Where do you live?

Since 2003 we live in a very rural area, in a small town called Engelskirchen (in Germany).

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

I started to sew in school, in the 60’s there was a lesson called “Handstill” on the schedule – I hated it…it was Fräulein Schwarz. We learned handmade sewing (pin-cushions, pot-holders and table runners). She made me redo every stitch and gave me a bad grade at the end. She noted, “You are totally untalented and you would be never a good housewife.”

Featured Member: kelepso


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

I was born and raised in Miami, Fl. Currently, I live minutes away from Downtown Miami in a very progressive neighborhood, called Morningside. It is filled with lots of art, design, culture, food and fashion. It’s a fun place to be.

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

One of the very first things I can remember making as a child are Barbie doll clothes, made by hand from old discarded socks. As a young adult, it was two small matching pouches for my partner and I. Each one had our first initials hand sewn with beads. It was a bit afrocentric, when I was going through that phase.


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