Featured Member: missymellie

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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

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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

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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.

Time to Vote: Handmade Holiday Contest Presented by ModCloth x BurdaStyle

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You guys must have some really special people in your lives because these handmade holiday gifts are AWESOME! The amazing editors over at ModCloth narrowed down your entries to their favorite 25! Now it’s your turn to let us know who you think should walk away with a $100 gift certificate to ModCloth.

Remember, two winners will be chosen – one based on votes of our members and one chosen by the ModCloth editors themselves – and each winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to ModCloth!

Featured Member: Laura Bolčina

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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

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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.”

Meet the Winners: The BERNINA Party Through the Decades International Competition

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You voted, we tallied and now it’s time to announce the winners of the Party Through the Decades Competition presented by BERNINA 3 Series! Drum roll please….

Featured Member: kelepso

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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.

Featured Member: Carolyn S

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

I live in Perth, Western Australia. Perth is a small city, and probably the most isolated capital city in the world! The term “only 6 degrees of separation” is so very true for Perth-ies. Both my husband and myself were born here, as well as all our three children.

2. What was the 1st thing you made?

My mother and both my grandmothers were both very creative and prolific seamstresses, so I was sewing from an early age. When I was little I made doll’s clothes, cushions, pencil-cases and pincushions and so on, one of which I still use today, lol!

Start Voting: The BERNINA Party Through the Decades International Competition

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Who’s ready to party!? You guys really showed your skills for this competition and we are so thrilled to share the top 50 entries in our Party Through the Decades Competition presented by BERNINA 3 Series! Congratulations to everyone who participated! It was really difficult for us to narrow it down. Check out the slide show of the top 50 garments and the inspiration behind them and vote for your favorite.

Featured Member: loversandhaters

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

I was born in Hong Kong but have lived most of my life in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada. There are a lot of young crafters in this city and a variety of venues (markets, craft fairs, independent businesses) that sell handmade goods. I really appreciate the DIY spirit here, especially having come from a highly commercial culture like Hong Kong’s.

Featured Member: magdamagda

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

I’m from Lasi, the Romanian cultural hub city of 7 hills and from there I landed in the sunny temple state of Tamil Nadu, India.

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

I inherited sewing genes from my grandmothers, so it was just a matter of time till I started sewing. One of my grandmothers taught me how to knit by the age of 4 and that’s also when i started to fervently fill notebooks with dress designs. In primary school I was filling my spare time with a bit of everything – fashion sketches, knitting with brushes (coz my mother used to hide the knitting needles from me – yes, I was the ultimate threat to useful thread, and yes I was that determined!). Also curtains were transformed into skirts, skirts into tops thanks to my voracious and obsessive talent:)).

Featured Member: sunnilj9

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

I’m from a small town in the southwestern portion of Utah called Cedar City. It’s one of those places where you don’t have to lock your doors at night and you know nearly everyone who lives there. It was a dream growing up there. I moved to Salt Lake City, Utah when I started college and that’s where I live now.

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

I started sewing little scraps of fabric my mother would give me into Barbie clothes when I was quite young. I’ve always been fascinated with the idea of “making something” and I’ve always been very much into style and fashion. My education in sewing was very natural and self motivated with exploration of self being the key. I started sewing with sewing patterns when I was high school where I learned how to read pattern lingo and such. It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve really cultivated the craft in my life by learning more and educating myself about extended techniques, design and becoming more involved in the online community.

Featured Member: oranereuland

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

I am from Geneva, Switzerland. I also lived in Lausanne. About 2 1/2 years ago my husband and I decided to live abroad for some time. We first moved to Bermuda, a tiny island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. We lived there for about a year and a half. We then traveled in the USA, Europe, Asia and Australia for 8 months, before finally settling in New Zealand. We currently live in Wellington, New Zealand.

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

I started to knit during our 8 months journey to New Zealand. When we arrived here, about 6 months ago, I decided to start to sew. That was the perfect situation because I had time and wanted to do something with my hands. My first piece was a very basic apron because I love to cook.

Time to Vote: Halloween Costume Contest

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Halloween has passed and it’s now time to vote for your favorite costumes!

Voting ends November 8th at 4pm EST and the winner will be announced November 9th in the newsletter and via our blog.

Your favorite Halloween costume winner will receive an awesome prize package including fabrics from Laurie Wisbrun, thread from Mettler, and your very own BurdaStyle “Stitches” T-Shirt!

Check out some of the looks the BurdaStyle Team sported this Halloween weekend….

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