Size Range Expanded for Cheeky Panties Patern

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Hey guys,

The cheeky panties pattern originally posted by EmilyKate is now available in sizes 32-46, thanks to ParaNoire! Here’s the link to Cheeky Panties 2.0, and here’s the link to the original pattern . of course, you can still follow EmilyKate’s awesome step-by-step tutorial showing how to make these.

Above: Paranoire’s leopard-print pair!

Everything is Illustrated! A Look at Fashion Illustration

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As we continue to receive entries for BurdaStyle’s call for Design Submissions, it would definitely be best for us to feature the art of fashion illustration.

According to good old trusty wikipedia, fashion illustration’s been around for almost 500 years, but has been on the decline due to the rise of fashion photography. Vogue’s covers, for example, used to be completely illustrated, but after the 1930s they were replaced with photographs.

Of course, fashion illustration still plays a major role in the industry- sketches and technical garments of drawings are still an integral aspect of a young designer’s portfolio, and are definitely a huge help in communicating your designs to others, and helping to visualize the look you have in mind! Although there are some designers who seem to be able to construct a garment without having sketched it, illustrating your ideas is definitely a useful skill to possess.

Recently, fashion illustration seems to be making a comeback. There are quite a few young, talented artists throughout the globe who’ve been receiving a lot of attention for their highly stylized, creative designs.

Check out Ana Laura Perez from Argentina who even designs her own textiles, and the amazing Danny Roberts from California who’s posted his entire sketchbook online so you can map his journey from beginner to expert- super-encouraging!

If you’ve never thought about trying your hand at sketching, now’s your chance! Fashion Era’s a huge resource for budding illustrators. There’s also a very useful how-to on our site for technical drawings.

We’re so excited to see what you come up with! Right now, we’ve got a huge board with all the design submissions posted up, and we can’t stop ourselves from oo-ing and ah-ing over all the cool stuff you’ve sent. Keep ‘em coming!

Pics- Above: Danny Roberts, Bottom: Ana Laura Perez

Amanda,
BurdaStyle team

Get Your BurdaStyle Sewing Club Badge!

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The BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs are up and running! Since we introduced the concept to the BurdaStyle community in April, we have had such a wonderful response from people like you who were willing to share their love of sewing with fellow members. Many of you have begun to establish regular meetings, and have already started to tell us how fun meeting like-minded sewers is. We are truly thrilled, and look forward to hearing more on the progress of your clubs!

In order for you to promote your club on blogs and social networking sites, we have designed a custom Sewing Club Badge for you, which you can display on your blog or website. Each badge contains your specific city and state (or city and country for international leaders), in order for interested people in your area to know about your fabulous BSC. Other people who may not live in your area can follow the link and find a sewing club in their city too!

Sounds good?

Send us an e-mail at team[at]burdastyle[dot.com, Attn: Sewing Club Badge. Include your city and state, or city and country, and we’ll send you the file. Each badge is a 125px square listing your club’s city and state.

And join our BSC Flickr Group too at http://www.flickr.com/groups/burdastylesewingclub/, where you can post pictures of your group projects, snapshots of members and anything else from your Sewing Club fun. Leaders please tell your club members to join as well!

We have also created a Forum group on the BurdaStyle website just for Club issues. Tell us how we could help to make your club a success, and connect with other BurdaStyle members, including prospective members for your club.

We also need to make sure that all our information is up-to-date. To be sure, we need the following from all BSC Leaders:

• The number of members in your club.
• The names of each club member.
• Weekly, Bi-Weekly or Monthly Meeting Dates (if established)
• Meeting Times (if established)
• Meeting Location (This can be the meeting address or, if you prefer, just the city and state)
• Group Website, if created

This information will help us to connect interested members to you, and help us plan future incentives for BurdaStyle clubs, including the upcoming Club Packets.

Thank you so much for your hard work and dedication. We look forward to receiving more updates on your sewing clubs!

Best,

David from the BurdaStyle Team

Sewing Green with Solar

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Sewing can be an important part of living a more ‘green’ lifestyle. Elliot Montgomery and his MicroCycle Project recently set up a small manufacturing kiosk in New York’s Union Square (that’s right, sewing right on the street!). Elliot’s machines were powered by solar panels and and manned by his crew where they used scrap materials and repurposed them into fabric shopping bags – reminding shoppers to minimize waste by using recyclable bags. You can read more about Elliot’s MicroCycle as well as his other projects by visiting his website, but in the mean time, create your own reusable grocery tote by using BurdaStyle’s own free pattern, Charlie!

Knock-Offs Knocked Out!

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Above: left, dress from Anna Sui’s Sring 2007 RTW; right, Forever 21’s Maven Top from nitrolicious.com nitrolicious.com

Below: Acne’s cage skirt; Norwegian Wood’s cage skirt; Topshop’s cage skirt

“It’s time for those who rip off the work of others to know that it just won’t fly anymore." – Zac Posen

Where does inspiration stop and flat-out copying begin?

A bevy of designers, including Zac Posen and Diane Von Furstenberg, have been fighting for the Design Piracy Protection Act for quite some time. Currently, no law exists in the US to protect clothing designs from copyright infringement, which is why it’s so easy to buy a knock- off of the handbag you’ve been coveting on Ebay or Canal St.

If this bill is passed, what does this mean for the indie crafting world, as well as the fashion industry as a whole? On one hand, it would ensure that indie designers, who have quite often been victims of intellectual theft by bigger companies are better protected; it would mean that all the hard work gone into designing and creating clothing for sale are not all attempted in vain.

On the other hand, will the bill potentially stifle the creativity of young designers and crafters? Painters and artists often exchange ideas- in the past, this inspired artistic movements. When asked about their favorite fashion designers or influences, fashion students usually have a long list of names they’re able to recite by rote.

How does one specifically pinpoint where design elements come from, or who they’ve truly been inspired by?

Additionally, there are those who argue that imitation is the highest form of flattery, and that if the clothes made by these high-end designers were made more affordable so that everyone would enjoy them, there’d be no need for knock-offs. What do you guys think?

-Amanda

Fashion Goes Underground

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A couple of weeks ago, I went to a show called the Underground Runway- an event held by fashion design graduates of Parsons in New York. Usually, Parsons selects a handful of individuals to show their collections upon graduating, but these kids decided to take matters into their own hands. After a year of hard work and planning, this show was born.

It was my first time attending a show like this in New York, and I was pretty excited! All I could do was mentally take note of what the guests were wearing, and see if I could catch a glimpse of someone I recognized (maybe Tim Gunn, even though he’s given up his position of chair of fashion at Parsons). The space itself was thoughtfully decorated- I loved the contrast between the elegance of crystal chandeliers and the edgy, almost subversive nature of the designs. From bloggers, to members of the media, to family and friends, to anxious onlookers like me, the place was packed!

The designs were, for the most part, fresh, varied, and stunning. Most notable was the emphasis on sustainability- lots of organic fabrics, and even recycled inner tube shoes (second pic from above)! Though there were definitely some covetable pieces for women (sleek screen printed dresses and coats, a breathtaking hand-knit gown, and Sarah Wright’s amazing sportswear), the menswear almost stole the show. Check out David Destefano, So Hyun Park, and Jennifer Chun’s stuff… awesome.

Keep an eye out for these kids- you’ll soon be hearing a lot more about them.

Check out the site for more pics, as well as this site for more pics of the event itself.

-Amanda

Photo Credits:From top to bottom- Sarah Wright, Rachel Ford and David Destefano

Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie...

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“Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” is a novelty song I grew up singing, telling the story of a shy girl in a very revealing bathing suit who stays immersed in the ocean water to hide from view. But we won’t be hiding this summer now will we, because we’ll making our own swimming attire that we’re proud of!

The image on the bottom left is our very own BurdaStyle bikini. You can easily download the Jessica pattern to customize your own look today. I am opting to make this out of a bold, ethnic print like the images in the above collage or a metallic spandex.

As we should all be well aware (I completely forgot), Father’s Day is coming up this Sunday. This may seem a bit daunting to see your old man in swimming attire but if you’re up to the challenge try our men’s swimming trunks pattern!

One of our users actually combined our bikini top with the men’s trunks to make boy shorts. So cute!

Featured Member: Sunflowerinski

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1. Where are you from and what’s life like where you live?

I was born in Birmingham, England, when I was 18 I landed a summer job in Paris, fell in love with the Parisien way of life and ended up staying! I lived in Japan too, I was really impressed by the honesty and generosity of the Japanese but stayed for just two years before coming back to France. I still think Paris is the most beautiful city to live in.


Life in Paris is hectic, people are always running. No wonder the French are officially the skinniest in Europe! People care a lot about what they wear here, they also care about what everyone else is wearing. For people who create it’s a nice place to be.

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

A pair of trousers. I enthusiastically cut around a pair I had twice and then hand sewed straight up the legs. Strangely enough I thought that would do the trick (there was no room for my bottom of course). When I’d finished laughing I signed straight up for sewing classes. Sewing is more complicated than I thought.

3. What do you get out of sewing?

The freedom to wear exactly what I want, the satisfaction of making something from nothing. When I’m wearing my creations I feel like an artist exhibiting my work!

4. What is your favourite and what is your least favourite thing about sewing?

I love the cutting. I love the sound of the scissors cutting through the fabric. I tend to be a bit happy-go-lucky with the scissors and often cut without measuring which is why I have extra length tacked back on some of my creations, whoops!


I hate zippers, having to find a matching colour, length, sewing them, hiding them, it’s all time consuming , I much prefer buttons. Of all of my creations only 2 have zippers and that’s only out of respect for Elainemay as I really wanted to make that coffee date dress!

5. What do you love about Burdastyle? What could be better?

I love the how-tos, I really appreciate people taking time to share their knowledge. Creations are always a great source of inspiration. I would also like to see ‘worst-of creation’pages too, where you can post messed up creations and say “look what a horror I made, whatever you do don’t do the same” or “look at my hideous creation, what went wrong?” Lets face it, we all make mistakes, some of my favourite creations were born that way!

6. What makes you laugh/cry?

Practical jokes, people walking into walls or falling flat on their faces (as long as they don’t get hurt of course) / Onions

7. What is your motto?

Get over it


Live long and prosper

Check out sunflowerinski’s amazing creations. Also take a look at her Top ten favorite creations.

Craft and Singer's Swimsuit Cover-Up Contest: Sew One Up and Win!

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Craft and Singer have combined forces to bring you the swimsuit cover-up contest! Here is your chance to show off your spin on beach-wear (*must be a sewn garment). For a six week period, you can submit pictures of your swimsuit cover-up to the flickr group called ‘The Swimsuit Cover-up Contest’.

At the end of the six weeks, SINGER will pick one Grand Prize winner and three runners-up.

The Grand Prize winner’s project will be featured on the SINGER® web site and promoted in an ad on Craftzine.com. The Grand Prize winner will also receive one (1) SINGER® Fashion Mate 7256 Sewing Machine.

Three (3) runners-up will receive a SINGER® dress form and a $25 Maker Shed Gift Certificate.

So get on sewing and whip up your perfect beach creation!

Seattle Sewing Club!

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We’ve been getting so many requests from people all over the globe to start BurdaStyle sewing clubs that it’s been a bit overwhelming, but we’re so happy that there’s been so much enthusiasm! It’s awesome when we hear about how the clubs are doing, and this e-mail from Christina Thibault of Seattle, WA pretty much made our week. Or month, actually!

A couple weeks ago, Christina hosted her first BurdaStyle club meeting. According to her e-mail, she took a poll and 7 out of the 9 members of the club had used a BurdaStyle pattern- how great is that?

She even sent us a snippet of her planned class outline for upcoming meetings. From sewing terminology to lessons on indie and mainstream patternmakers, Christina’s club seems to have it all covered… wish we lived in Seattle!

For more info, check out Christina’s blog and profile. If you’d like to join a sewing club or start one of your own, check out our list of clubs across the globe.

Keep ‘em coming guys! We want to hear more about how your BurdaStyle sewing clubs are coming along. Don’t forget to send us pictures as well, so we can feature them on the blog.

-Amanda

10 Quick and Easy Sewing Projects for Father's Day

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Well it’s happened again, Father’s Day is right around the corner and I don’t have the perfect gift for my dad. Luckily, BurdaStyle has 10 quick and easy projects for Father’s day.

  1. For the hot summer days, nothing could be better than a Pete T Shirt
  2. And the Andrew Cardigan makes the cool summer nights comfortable and cozy
  3. Don’t have time to make a shirt? Embroider an awesome design on your dad’s ready made shirt using these: Knot stitch and Chain stitch
  4. Classic and easy, the tried and true Father’s day gift, whip him up an Osman Tie.
  5. Gave him a regular old tie last year? Want something different? Old school style or black tie event, it’s timeless. The David Bow Tie is a great gift.
  6. Dad’s often get together to hang out by the grill. Make your dad an easy BBQ Apron and Oven Mitts
  7. Create a coustom mouse pad and wrist rest to make working at a computer and sitting at the office a little easier.
  8. My dad travels all the time, it’s something in our DNA, we just can’t help it. With that much traveling a simple Travel Wallet can be incredibly useful.
  9. When he does travel, he never leaves home without his Dopp Kit. Make one for your dad today!
  10. And lastly, create a fun, personal and unique hat from an old T shirt

I hope these ideas have helped you figure out the perfect gift for your dad. Happy Father’s Day to all of you great dads out there.

SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge

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Our very own Gertie (of the Malissa variation fame) is in another very cool contest! This time it is the SewStylish Spring Fashion Challenge. Check out all the entries and vote for your favorite!

Recycle Dad's Ties

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Traditionally, on Father’s Day, we give dad a tie. But what about all those slightly worn, stained, or out of style ties that he no longer uses? Upcycle them! Make yourself a skirt, halter dress, cool neck tie feathers, belt, or gadget case. Better yet, check out this entire list of links on recycling ties into crafty projects. Now you have an excuse to buy dad that tie this year – you can always take it over and make something new from it!

Open Studio: Hammered Silk & Lace Wrap

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I heart lace. Did you know that lace-making is an ancient craft? A true lace, or passement is created when a thread of flax, cotton, silk, gold or silver is looped, twisted or braided to other threads independently from a backing fabric. Lace was used by the clergy of the ancient Catholic church and was adopted by many different countries in which people would express their unique artistic heritage through their lace. Saint John Francis Regis kept young girls away from corrupt city life of the early 19th century by employing them as lace-makers & embroiderers- hence his becoming the patron saint of lace-making. Read more about the evolution of lace here.

Do you know who the current patron saint of lace-making is? Christian Lacroix. At least in my eyes. The most amazing, complicated, daring and striking collection I have ever seen come out of his atelier appeared this past Autumn/Winter. His models were adorned in floral, spiraling, twisting lace stockings and garments. I nearly lost my breath when I saw these images. I want to look like them.

And we can. This week’s Open Studio is a tutorial to make a conversation starting lace & silk shawl. We found some lace at Mood, discovered some unused hammered silk in our fabric cabinet, and went to town. Check it our HERE!

Tailor made Clothing and the Story of Tailor Buck

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In the middle-ages probably no tailor was as lucky as the fairy-tale tailor who ended up marrying the king’s daughter. In fact, in France, centre of fashion for centuries, as a tailor you were particularly unlucky. Why? Because unlike other professions French tailors lacked a guild that could have regulated their craft and protected their interests! The French Revolution (1789) when Napoleon wreaked havoc in Europe in the name of democracy, liberty and brotherhood only to crown himself Emperor a few years later finally abolished the guild system and now at least everyone was equally bad off.

In other places in Europe, the strict rules of the guilds eradicated any uncomfortable competition between tailors, strictly regulating the number of tailors in a given place and ensuring that no-one who was not an accredited tailor would think about entering the business. Each tailor had to go through a long apprenticeship and only the most skilled ones could pass the Masters examination that allowed them to design and cut the patterns and sell clothes. Journeyman, aspiring tailors who had passed their apprenticeship but not their Masters examination (yet), were confined to sew and iron clothes.

And then around the 12th century something changed: along with the cotton fabric, came the Renaissance and a new idea of clothes developed: body-shaped clothes. In fact, some like to say that was the birth of “fashion”.

But apprentices were by far not the lowest in the hierarchy: they were helped by male seamstresses, badly paid menial laborers who worked “stored away” sitting cross-legged on the sewing tables to save space in the crammed and dark workshops.

At least in Germany, endless parodies have been shaped by this image of haggard figures sitting on tables sewing feverishly, their eyes ruined from working in dark rooms hidden behind thick glasses. The story of Max and Moritz and Tailor Buck by Wilhelm Busch (German caricaturist and poet) is a definite must: here the first lines as a teaser (translated by the Rosetta Project).

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Was one Mr Buck renowned.</p ALIGN=CENTER>

Sunday coats, and week-day sackcoats,</p ALIGN=CENTER>

Bob-tails, swallow tails, and frock coats,</p ALIGN=CENTER>

Gaiters, breeches, hunting-jackets;</p ALIGN=CENTER>

Waistcoats, with commodious pockets, -</p ALIGN=CENTER>

And other things, too long to mention,</p ALIGN=CENTER>

Claimed Mr Tailor Bucks attention.</p ALIGN=CENTER>

Or, if something wanted doing,</p ALIGN=CENTER>

In the way of darning, sewing, </p ALIGN=CENTER>

Piecing, patching, -if a button </p ALIGN=CENTER>

Needed to be fixed or put on, – </p ALIGN=CENTER>

Anything of any kind,</p ALIGN=CENTER>

Anywhere before, behind, -</p ALIGN=CENTER>

Mister Buck could do the same,</p ALIGN=CENTER>

For it was his life’s great aim.</p ALIGN=CENTER>

you’ll find the rest of the story (including fantastic illustrations) here.

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