Featured Member: Grainline

Jennifer_medium

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.

Featured Member: Gedwoods

Gedwoods_medium

1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
“Long story short …. I was born in London, England and spent my childhood in a small community in Essex, not far from the Thames coastline. My parents emigrated to the west coast of Canada (Victoria, B.C.) when I was ten and I grew up in a tiny rural community outside of Victoria, again near the sea. In my early twenties, I left Victoria and crossed the country to study science in Quebec City … but I got married here and got a job as a university professor doing research and have never left. I love Quebec City – I live and work in French but I’m not really cut off from the English world either.”

Featured Member: Melonhead

Sunny_038_normal_medium

1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I live in Roanoke Indiana. When I’m older I would love to live in London or Italy, or somewhere like that.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I ever sewed was a pair of yellow plaid pants with elastic at the top. They were pretty ugly, but I wore them everywhere!

I started sewing here and there around the 7th grade, but I didn’t really get into it until the 8th grade. I made pretty much all of my clothes because I didn’t like what was in all the stores at that time. Now it’s non-stop.

Featured Member: Lily_Bart

Dscf0394_medium

1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from a gorgeous little town in Western Australia called Albany, but now I live in the city (Perth). Perth is (allegedly) the most isolated city in the world, but it has a really strong art and fashion scene so there’s always heaps of inspiration around.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I’ve always been preoccupied with clothes, but until I was about 19 I thought that sewing was REALLY (really, really) uncool. Eventually I started getting really frustrated with not being able to find things I wanted in the shops, so I taught myself how to sew and started designing and making my own clothes. I actually can’t remember the first thing that I finished making! I think I made about 10 disastrous things (I had numerous tantrums and gave up sewing countless times), but I think the first thing I made that I actually wore was a lavender ball gown with lace applique.

Featured Member: Wzrdreams

Cowl_hood_medium

1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
All over… I’ve lived in Massachusetts, Virginia, Florida, and now I live in Brooklyn, New York.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made was probably some miniature doll clothing sew by hand from the remnant from my mother’s scrap box. Then, when I was 8 my grandmother taught me how to use her sewing machine and we made a proper doll quilt together. That is a treasured memory. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I’m sure she must have known that she was giving me a gift that would last the rest of my life.

Featured Member: Peter in NYC

Me_for_burda2_medium

1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m a native New Yorker, originally from the Bronx (Ralph and Calvin’s old neighborhood in fact). I currently live in Chelsea on Manhattan’s West side. I’m truly fortunate to be just blocks from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) — I can see it out my window, in fact — as well as many wonderful fabric and notions stores.
And the Chelsea Flea Market, an endless source of inspiration!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Get this: In May of 2009, I picked up a pair of Edwin Jeans at my local Goodwill but they were about 4" too long — not unusual, since I’m only 5’7." I wanted them shortened but I didn’t want to pay for the privilege. I don’t even remember how, but it occurred to me one night that I could probably buy a sewing machine and make my own alterations, and it would pay for itself in no time. Long story short: I bought a vintage Kenmore on eBay and my life hasn’t been the same since.

Featured Member: MissLivia

Imgp8525_2__medium

1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I hail from a small town smack dab in the middle of Washington state, a rural agricultural area. I currently reside in Seattle, the big city, attending college for a degree in Chemistry.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I really started sewing because it was something my mom wanted to teach me. I grew up in beautiful handmade dresses, frequently matching with my two sisters. My

Featured Member: stephiaffi

0709010238_medium

1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Vienna, Austria, and have lived here for most of my life, but my mother is from Norway, so I spent all my childhood summers in Norway with my grandmother and still try to go there as often as I can.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I ever made was a quilted oven mitten in school. My mum still has it hanging in her kitchen. But the first real item of clothing I ever made was a ball

Featured Member: Nessie

Gnieh_medium

1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in the South of France, but I travelled a lot when I was a child. I lived in Tahiti and visited several countries (United States, Australia, New Zealand…). Now I’m back in France, between Toulouse and Paris!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I think the first thing I ever made was a little dress for my doll when I was 7! My mother always encouraged me into crafts, and I started sewing and crocheting very early. But my “real” start was at the age of 18 when I borrowed my mother’s sewing machine and started to make actual clothes!
I am a real self-taught (never took a class in my life), I learned by lurking on sewing websites and forums, and with basic sewing books. The rest is practice, practice, practice…

Featured Member: Catchannette

Big_wheel_medium

1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Germany, but one might say that I am also from Taiwan. My father is German and my mother is Taiwanese. Also I have always spent my summer vacation in Taiwan because I have a huge family over there. So I feel like coming from 2 different countries.
I live in Dinslaken, which I guess is unknown to the world. Nevertheless it is a nice and calm place and it is part of the European Capital of Culture 2010.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
That must have been in my childhood. I think it was a simple heart-shaped pin cushion for my mother. Today, I would never sew a heart-shaped pin cushion again!…hearts and needles just do not go well together!

I started sewing thanks to my wonderful mother. She used to sew clothes for herself and our family since I am able to think and remember. The noise of a sewing machine always reminds me of my childhood. She is my sewing teacher and I owe her all of my sewing skills. I really appreciate her advise because of her great sewing experience. I can always ask her for help when having a sewing problem. So it seems that she simply infected me with this sewing fever.

Featured Member: Kszabo123

Pic_medium

1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
Im an Aussie, currently living in the Nations Captial (Canberra). I’ve lived here almost all my life, but hope to move to Melbourne one day :)

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Oh gosh. I think the first thing i ever made was a little pink jumper for my Piglet toy. This was with the help of my Grandma, who i used to make things with all the time.

Featured Member: Elegantmusings

10_02_09c_medium

1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from the Washington, D.C. area and now live in Florida with my husband.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Oh gosh—I started sewing so long ago I can’t really remember! I’ve been interested in sewing since I was about 5 years old; I used to make a lot of dolls clothes and such, so I think those would have been my first projects. I am basically self-taught when it comes to my sewing skills: I have read a lot of books on everything from general sewing to patternmaking—I’m a sewing geek, I guess! The internet has been an invaluable tool for expanding my knowledge and learning new skills, along with a few classes and interning for a short period with a pattern designer.

Featured Member: Bows

Dsc05730_medium

1.Where are you from and/or where do you live?
Im from, and currently living in, Guelph Ontario Canada

2.What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I think the first thing I made (or attempted to make) was a skirt. I was like 10 and it was hand sown and didn’t fit or look good at all. I don’t think I ever even wore it!
12 years later my sister got a sewing machine for her birthday and I just thought id try it out! It took me about a month to figure out how to even tread it but after that I just couldn’t stop sewing. So I’ve been sewing and teaching myself for about 7 months now and this is where I am.

Featured Member: loyl8

Lol8_medium

1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
Made in the USA, but born to be a abroad. I was born in Spring Valley, IL and in 1991 my family and I moved to Arizona. After nursing school I moved to Southern California, Orange County, where I met my husband. A year ago we moved to south west Colorado and now my husband and I live in the ourskirts of Phoenix, Arizona where we are in the process of buying a house with my own sewing room…YEAH! My husband and I have many aspirations to travel the globe and maybe even settle down in some faraway place.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I have loved fashion and clothes ever since I can remember. I have always walked on the other side of the fence when it came to fashion, I have never really cared what others thought of my creative outfits or ideas. From what comes to mind the first thing I ever made was a pillow when I was 5 years old with yarn and a big plastic needle. My aunt and my mother always inspired me with the clothes they would make for me and what they use to make for themselves. My Godfather gave me my first sew machine a little over a year ago and I have been sewing strong ever since. The first thing I made when I got my sew machine was a skirt that I destructed from a thrifted vintage dress. I love making something new out of something old.

Featured Member: Zozowahine

Sevilla_cropped_medium

1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from Essex, England and have been living in Barcelona, Spain, for the last year and a half. However, next year is set to be another year of change. Exciting times!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I’d imagine something like curtains for a doll’s house! My mum has always sewn and used to do dressmaking and alterations when I was little. I remember her teaching me how to use her sewing machine when I was about ten. I found her sewing box very exciting. At some point I must have lost interest, but I rediscovered the attraction of sewing in my late teens when it became my primary means of creative output. Then I went on to study Fashion Design at university.

Departments

  • Editors' Pick
  • Fashion & Trends
  • Backstage Report
  • Web Seminars
  • DIY to Try
  • Mandie's Picks
  • Denise's Desk
  • Meg's Magazine Mash Up!
  • Featured Member
  • Competitions
  • Guest Columns
  • Comment to Win
  • Monthly Memo
  • BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern
  • ARCHIVE
  • Sewing & Techniques

Galleries

Bsrm-tile_large
062111bsc-meetup-tile_small
Burdastyle

http://burdastyle.com//articles/departments/featured-member?page=9