Sewing Vintage: Vintage Patterns 101 - Top Tips

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Hello everyone, and welcome back to Sewing Vintage! Through writing my blog, I’ve realized just how intimidating the world of vintage patterns can be. The prices vary wildly, the sizing is different from contemporary patterns, and the styles can be very intricate and complex. Not to mention how different the patterns themselves are: the instructions are much more abbreviated than today’s patterns. And some pattern tissues are even unprinted, meaning you only have perforated holes to guide you, rather than the nice black lines and symbols that we have now.

Halloween Costumes for Kids

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This week I wanted to focus on an age group that we rarely feature: kids! As Halloween is right around the corner I’ve created a collage of some adorable costume ideas for kids as well as links to How-Tos, video tutorials, and patterns. Some of these costumes need very few ingredients to make you and your little one smile. Happy Halloween!

PB&J Sandwich

Basic Materials: Two square pieces of upholstery foam cushions, light brown and purple felt, suspenders, brown paint. Make It! -Kaboose

Featured Member: ModernVintageWorkshop

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m from Heidelberg, Germany. It’s quite a “green” city, which explains why my mindset is eco-friendly and I’m inspired by the environment…I do my part by making things myself, recycling old fashion, or creating my own fashion out of organic materials which I know weren’t produced in sweatshops.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
My mother is a seamstress, so maybe I was born with that sewing-gene! Actually, my mother never wanted to be bothered with my silly sewing projects when I was a kid and so I discovered at an early age that I could try it out myself. Nowadays, if someone tells me I can’t do something, I find some way to do it anyway. My mother’s impatience shaped me into the woman I’ve become, a woman who doesn’t take no for an answer!

Site Improvements and Linking Projects Initiative!

Just a quick update: We are so happy to announce that you now have an edit/delete button for all the comments you make! YAY! I know that we have all been looking forward to this for some time, so thank you to our team at Area 17!

We are also in the process of going through and linking projects to the patterns that were used and we would love you to help us. Many of the links didn’t get transferred when we were updating the site and, as we find this a vital part of BurdaStyle and the concept of open source, we are going to do manually link projects to their patterns. Either you or we may have to add some info to your projects from the drop down options (season/material etc) as creations transferred from the old site are missing these new classifications. Keep in mind, you, as the member, can always edit/add information to your own projects. Please help! If you have any questions please feel free to contact us.

The winner of the Show Us Your A-Line skirt competition is….

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We had 60+ amazing entries in this competition and some hard decisions to make.
The skirts were scrutinized by the team and then sent on to Wenlan Chia, Founder and Designer of Twinkle by Wenlan, who made the tough final decision.

Discipline? Creative Block? Mistakes?

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I was just looking at the popular blog Weekend Designer to see what had been posted lately and I was sad to see that the blog, after it’s 100th post, has come to an end. I did, however, stumble upon some extremely valuable tips that I will strive to apply to my own life as a designer and I hope they can help you too. Below are Don from Weekend Designer’s tips to turning your inspiration into productivity.

“If you’re in a hurry or if the ideas come too fast, it’s difficult to convert them into a design.” Be Disciplined – Pattern-making can be hard work and takes concentration. A defined work-space and a preplanned

Beginner's Sewing Blog: Halloween Costume Countdown - Lydia Shirt to Dress

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With the recent cold snap, (it might even snow tonight) I am hoping to avoid the mistake I make every year. I always plan out costumes forgetting that it will be bloody freezing in NYC by the time I get around to wearing them. That’s why I have decided that for my Yellow Brick Road costume I am going to lengthen the Lydia to make a shirt dress. However, all my sewing helper buddies are out of the office, so I’m really on my own for this transformation.

Welcome to Our New (Familiar) Blogger!

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Hello, BurdaStyle friends!

You know me as Gertie, I’ve been hanging around here for a while; you might remember my Malissa variation from last year. I’m thrilled to be starting a series of posts for BurdaStyle on sewing vintage: vintage patterns, vintage styles, vintage sewing machines, you name it. And what credentials do I have to do this, you might ask? Good question.

Patterns For Autumn

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Over-sized woolen coats, ombre stockings, lace blouses, hand-dyed silky shifts, pointy shoulders, tailored jackets: this Autumn beckons romance. When the weather turns and we spend more time indoors (or spend even more time figuring out how to stay warm out-of-doors), nostalgia seems to creep in and thoughts turn to old times. It’s a wonderful time to cozy up and make a new coat, our Nancy pattern has romantic and vintage inspired elements and it comes in most sizes. Layering can be so fun and our Sarah capelet is the perfect ingredient for warmth. Our leggings pattern is so versatile you can virtually make a pair in every color. A cute pleated skirt is one staple you will want to make for Fall, pair it with a lace camisole and colored tights!

Happy Autumn!

Featured Member: Apiary

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I currently live in Montreal, Quebec. I moved here four years ago from Halifax. Montreal has a fairly large and active garment district, and it’s one of the reasons why I moved here.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I’ve been sewing since I was a kid, and used to help my mom with her projects. The first thing I sewed on my own were a pair of elastic waist shorts with cats all over them.

Last Chance to Enter the Show Us Your A–Line Skirt Competition

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Better hurry up! Tomorrow is the last day to submit your skirt variation to us at submissions (at) burdastyle.com and be entered to win:

Grand Prize- Pfaff sewing machine, retail value ($1000), Twinkle by Wenlan sewing fabric, sewing accessories by Coats & Clark, Whish Body Products, and an autographed copy of Twinkle Sews…

Mood Board

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Do you ever make mood boards? I remember back when I was in fashion school our projects were always accompanied by a mood board. I loved making them and I still do. I used to love finding vivid imagery in COLORS magazine, which highlights global themes from an unconventional perspective. Purple magazine was full of edgy avant-fashion and wild poetry and content. It’s funny, I used to buy so many art, fashion & photography books and magazines- I guess I factored them into my monthly allowance as necessities but these days I seldom purchase a $45 magazine… Luckily today you can find so many images online, from past & present, to make a cohesive and meaningful mood board.

Right now I am really into monotone fabrics embellished with textures: like white cotton & lace, creme colored cotton eyelet over light silk, brocade and silk jacquard. W magazine has many gorgeous photographs of textures, and if you’re thirsty for camp AnOther magazine will quench.

Winter Sewing Projects

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If you live in one of the many parts of the United States hit by the cold snap this weekend, you may have realized that winter is right around the corner. For me this means putting aside the capri and skirt patterns (because I’d rather go for the warmth of a good pair of wool pants than a cute skirt once the snow falls) and sewing up some cool weather gear. One of the first things on my list? Accessories – especially this hat from jessyratfink. Not only does it work as a kitschy chapeau but could double as a Max (from Where The Wild Things Are) costume. I also considered sewing up my own Snuggie\Slanket – yes, I was that cold.

Top Ten Sewing Accessories You Can’t Live Without

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Brought to you by BERNINA and the Sewing Republic

Having the right tools while you sew can make all the difference between a beautiful skirt and something that will go into your scrap pile. Using these easy little accessories can shave minutes, even hours off your total time. Check out this list… see anything missing? Let us know!

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: 1st Meeting Recaps

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Thinking of starting a BurdaStyle Sewing Club but don’t know what to expect? Many first-time leaders share similar worries, but often end up having very good experiences! Here are recaps of two leaders who hosted meetings for the first time.

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