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BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Lakewood, Ohio!

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We love hearing about how fun and rewarding our BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs around the world are to their members. Recently, I asked sewshaggy, leader of the Lakewood, Ohio BSC to discuss how her recent first meeting went.

Here’s what she had to say about it:

Donna Babylon on Your Signature Decorating Style

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No matter where you live, whether it is a one-room studio apartment or a mansion, your home should be a reflection of you. The biggest question before starting any decorating project is usually “Where do I begin?” It might sound odd, but decorating really begins with you and your innate sense of style—not with the color of the walls or the fabric you choose (that will come in time).

You are probably more aware of your fashion style than your decorating style. Just as your fashion style, your sense of decorating style has also developed through your life experiences (and it will continue to evolve throughout the years). Decorating comes from your personal perspective, and this individuality should be stamped on every room in your home. This is your “signature style,” and it’s what makes your home unique.

Featured Member: Gedwoods

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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.”

Convert Your Pattern to a Digital PDF

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BurdaStyle is known for featuring downloadable and printer-friendly sewing patterns, a unique concept to many patternmakers and seamstresses. Now, we want you to learn how to make digital .pdf patterns yourself!

Le Smoking Style

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The Le Smoking jacket for women was created by Yves St. Laurent in 1966. This androgynous style was and still is daring and chic. There is one photograph that has set Yves St. Laurent’s infamous ensemble in fashion history forever, which was taken by Helmut Newton. You know the one, you’ve seen it before, and although it was taken in the late 60s, it still looks modern and current….

Sponsored Post: Spring Forward with Sewing Republic: Loop Curtain

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It’s time for spring cleaning! This not only involves dust busting and cleaning out your closet, but freshening up your house with some new decor. The Sewing Republic brought to you by BERNINA has great project ideas to spruce up your home. For example, check out the loop curtain tutorial. This easy project is perfect for even the most beginner sewer. It can work as a statement piece that brings a splash of color to your room, or add subtle sophistication using vintage linens or cottons. Check out this tutorial and transform your room today!

Behind the Scenes at the Ehren Jacket ReStyle Shoot

BurdaStyle RESTYLE series: the EHREN jacket from Susanna Locascio on Vimeo.

This shoot was so much fun, especially this look. It’s not often that we are so serious around the BurdaStyle offices.

See the photos or get the pattern!

Tweet to Win with Red Rooster Fabrics!

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Enter for your chance to add some amazing fabric from Red Rooster Fabrics to your existing stash!

Donna Babylon on More Splash Than Cash® Decorating

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I am so excited to be a guest blogger at BurdaStyle. I met Carol and Alden in California where I was promoting my new book, Decorating Sewlutions. I mentioned to them that April is National Decorating Month and we decided that it was the perfect time to do some home dec sewing!

For those of you that don’t know me, I’d like to introduce myself. My name is Donna Babylon and I specialize in writing and publishing how-to home decorating books and patterns under my brand More Splash Than Cash®. My fifteenth book, Decorating Sewlutions, just hit the bookshelves. My private line of home decorating sewing patterns is called RoomMates™.

Make Your Own Embelished Tops

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If you’ve been drooling over this season’s embellished tops, ruffly tanks, and dimensional, fabric florals, but don’t want to pay the hefty pricetag (or just prefer to do it yourself), then this great article will tell you how to make your own fantastic style just like the ones found on the rack. Move over Anthropologie, we’ll be designing our own looks this season!

Bathing Beauties

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For some of us, it’s almost time for summer, which means it’s time to start thinking about swimwear…

Featured Member: Melonhead

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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.

Sponsored Post: Spring Forward with Sewing Republic: The Ribbon Clutch

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The Sewing Republic, brought to you by BERNINA, is helping you clear away those dragging winter blues with some great spring tutorials! This week we are highlighting the Ribbon Clutch tutorial created by our own stacysews on behalf of Sewing Republic. Not only is this bag perfect for any night out, you can also make it to match any outfit! We all have a bag of beautiful ribbons we’ve collected through the years that just haven’t found the right project yet. Why not give all those gorgeous bits a home and create a one of a kind treasure. With your creativity and beautiful ribbon remnants, you can be sure that no one else will have a bag like yours. The best part? This project is perfect for any and all skill levels. What are you waiting for, check it out and get creating!

Shadows and Light: Joni Mitchell

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Is anyone else a Joni Mitchell fan? My boyfriend just bought me Shadows and Light The Definitive Biography of Joni’s life, written by Karen O’Brien, and I was pleased to learn that while in college Joni wrote a fashion column called “Fads and Fashions” sharing with her peers how to wear certain clothes and what was in vogue. I wish I could see some of these articles!

Project Runway Game

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I have a confession to make. Not only am I addicted to sewing, but I’m a video game ‘nerd’ as well. So, imagine my surprise when I discovered that Project Runway has a game out for the Wii! Now, I don’t have to daydream about Tim Gunn telling me to ‘make it work’, now I can have him virtually tell me.

Unfortunately, the game falls a bit flat. Instead of having the ability to get creative with designing your own garments and competing against other players, Tim tells you what to wear. While this is a recipe for success, it leaves very little to the imagination. I will admit, however, getting the opportunity to ‘walk’ the catwalk was a bit fun.

Had a chance to play Project Runway for yourself? What’s your thoughts?

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