Featured Member: KateXXXXXX

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
My parents were both Scots, and while as a child I followed my father round with the RAF, I consider myself still a Scot. I now live far from home as a ex-patriot, in the South of England, perched almost on top of the North Downs in Kent, opposite a cherry orchard half way between London and Dover.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I have no idea! Lost in the mists of time… The oldest surviving bit of my sewing is an embroidery made for may grandmother when I was about five. I first ‘sewed’ with my maternal grandmother, standing between her feet at her grandmother’s treadle machine in the kitchen in Kirkcaldy, pumping the treadle with one foot and being steered by Granny’s hands on top of my own.

Featured Member: Roarah

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am from Melbourne, Australia.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I had quite a few ‘false starts’ with sewing. When I was very young I used to make clothes for my dolls, they were pretty crude, but I loved them. One summer, when I was about 12 I tried to make a skirt. I think I had almost finished it by the time I was 14 or 15, but to this day I think it remains unfinished. I drifted in & out of sewing throughout the rest of my teenage years & then when I was about 21 I became really interested in it. I asked my Mum to teach me & she kindly obliged. First I made four plain stretch tops & then a black wool skirt (five years on I still wear them all regularly). The first thing I made that I was really proud of though, was a black jersey dress from Vogue Patterns(V2899) at the end of 2005.

Featured Member: Cam557

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m from Casilda, a beautiful city in Argentina. After graduating high school I moved to Rosario, one of the most important cities of the country, to study Fashion Design. Now I live in both places.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made was a bag out of old jeans, when I was 15 years old. I was so happy with it that I used to wear it all the time! My formal learning began when I started fashion school, but I’ve also learned a lot on my own, experimenting, trying different things, making mistakes.

Featured Member: kaitui_kiwi

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born and grew up in Wellington, New Zealand and moved to Perth, Western Australia about 6 years ago with my partner. Wellington is a super creative city and you can’t help but become a creative person just by living there, the influences are everywhere.

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

I remember my Mum had this amazing scrap bag that she let my sister and I cut up and hand sew to make clothing for our Barbies and Cabbage Patch dolls. That bag represents so many wonderful early sewing memories for me that now I have my own scrap bag which is full of off-cuts from some of my favourite pieces and I even bought myself a collector Barbie doll so that I can get back to my sewing roots and make her a few items from those special scraps just for fun.

All my early sewing knowledge came from my Mum, when I was old enough she taught me how to use her Globe sewing machine (which still chugs along to this day). She taught me all the important basics like inserting the bobbin, holding the threads when you start sewing, reversing at the end and her most important rule: only turn the hand wheel the correct way! I really enjoyed sewing on that robust little machine, it was so forgiving and made me very picky when it came time for me to invest in my first machine. I really value everything my Mum taught me and her foresight to nurture my early interest in sewing.

Featured Member: Lala86

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina, I live in a suburb called Ituzaingó.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I’ve always made crafts and sewn, specially jewlery. But what I think it was a the real beginning of my sewing life was a denim skirt I made when I was 14 years old. It was all hand sewn and that made my mom feel sorry for me so she bought a sewing machine that waited for me upon my bed in a box with a big bow on it (and so I thought it was a tv set). So I learned by myself and by the time I went to the university I did the majority of my clothes.

Featured Member: SianySiany

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SianySiany’s adorable and chic creations have wowed us for quite some time. We are pleased to announce her as this week’s featured member! Read below to learn about her love of hand-sewing, her inspiration sources and her favorite thing about sewing. Then take a look at her top ten BurdaStyle creations from other members!

And check out her awesome Etsy shop, too!

Featured Member: Ajtak7171

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from Zurich, Switzerland, but I live in Vienna, Austria.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I started making things very early on… first miniature clothing – and other stuff – for my dolls house, then for my bigger dolls and later for myself… My grandma was a seamstress and my mom a very good sewer. However, I always just did it somehow, but lately I have become much more picky, I want it all to look professional, inside and out, and it seems like I have to learn sewing all over again – this time for real!

Featured Member: Sibeli

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in a quaint village in Emmental, Switzerland (and yes, that’s where Emmentaler cheese comes from ☺.) I have lived in Poland, Ireland and London and went to University in Denmark and Sweden. Most recently, I returned from a year in India where I worked for the Akanksha Foundation, an organization that provides education and after-school activities for underprivileged children.
If you haven’t read about it yet, visit the Uniform Project (www.theuniformproject.com) which chronicles Sheena’s attempt to raise funds for Akanksha by wearing the same black dress for one year. I love her blog, and the lookbook of all the looks provides loads of inspiration on how to accessorize an outfit. I wish we had the pattern for her dress here on burdastyle….☺

Featured Member: Ophelia k

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am from Northern part of Japan, and now live in near Tokyo.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I made a pin cushion at the age of 9 and I still have it. It’s a patchwork and has some embroideries.

Featured Member: Grosgrain

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am from Middletown, Pennsylvania- most infamously known for The Three Mile Island accident:) Interesting fact, I don’t glow in the dark.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I sewed a lot of my own clothes in college just because I was short on money and really longed for some things I could not afford.

Featured Member: Rifka

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Israel, but left very young to spend my school years in the suburbs just east of San Francisco. I moved to Seattle 15 years ago and currently live there with my husband and two sons.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
My first sewing venture was a western shirt for my youngest. It was sewn from a vintage pattern (Simplicity 7685), which is still one of my favorites. I think I must have made six versions of this shirt before trying anything else those first few months. I’ve been sewing for about two years now, but have been in the mist of some creative endeavor for as long as I can remember.

Featured Member: RachelNYC

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I spent the first 18 years of my life in Atlanta, Georgia. After graduating high school, I moved to NYC to attend college at Parsons School of Design, where I completed my BFA in fashion design. I currently live in beautiful Brooklyn and work at wonderful BurdaStyle!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I did all sorts of craft projects as a kid. I always had some “project” going. I was completely self-taught until my formal education. I remember making a pair of bell-bottoms when I was about 10 years old. I sliced open the legs of a regular pair of jeans and hand stitched triangles of assorted fabrics, I was making godets! When I look back now, I used a lot of traditional patterning techniques without knowing. I never saw a sewing pattern until I was in school. The first semester of school was very hard. I had to “learn” all the technique I’ve already been using, except now there were all these rules!

Featured Member: Perrineco

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am French and grew up in Peyrehorade, a little French town near Biarritz. I studied and lived in Paris for 10 years, and I’ve been living in London for 4 years, with my husband and my two (very cute!) kids. I truly appreciate London, a city where people are creative, funny and shameless when it comes to fashion and clothing. It is very inspirational and helped me become even more creative!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
My mother had a very basic Singer sewing machine and she allowed me to use it. I can’t exactly remember the first thing I sewed with it but I do remember I tried to sew clothes for my Barbie doll, a purse, a pencil case… I designed and sewed my first dress when I was 15 years old. I still have a green kimono I made for my doll and I drafted the pattern from… a Burda book (calculating the different lengths from a woman pattern). Little by little, I tried more and more difficult projects. By chance, I could ask my mother whenever I had an issue, as Internet wasn’t widely available yet. She always knew what needed to be done and she saved several projets. I always tried to understand how a garment was built so that I could do the same.

Featured Member: Skg

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, grew up in Minnesota, lived in Iowa, New York and recently moved back to Copenhagen to explore this country as an adult.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I’m sure I fiddled with small projects as a kid because my mom is a sewer, but I vividly remember a teddy bear i made in my junior high school sewing class. It was a felt bear with a maroon snap-on bow-tie and maroon buttons down the middle. That class gave me basic sewing skills and through the years I would often make fleece mittens, flannel pajama pants or basic curtains and pillows. After graduating from college my mom gave me my own sewing machine. Since then I’ve made a lot of reversible tote bags, stuffed animals, and bunting flags. I’m slowly starting to (gasp!) use dress patterns.

Featured Member: Grainline

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and I now live in Chicago. I didn’t stray far.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made on a sewing machine was a cheeseburger complete with swiss cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles, lettuce and a bun. I was about 12 when I made this, my mom is a really good sewer and so I decided that I wanted to learn. She got a sewing for kids book with tons of fun projects aimed at improving motor skills with the sewing machine. I didn’t realize that part though and just thought I was making the most awesome project of all time. I still have the cheeseburger on my dresser. I’ve been sewing by hand for much longer than that. When I was a toddler my mom got me this toy that was a few really heavy duty cardboard boards (almost like board books) with an image on them and holes drilled through. It came with an oversized plastic needle and you could sew yarn through the drilled holes. Did anyone else have these? I guess even as a toddler my mom had sewing plans for me.

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