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Why I Bother Sewing With a Treadle

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Readers, have you ever sewn with a vintage treadle sewing machine? Have you ever wanted to?

I bought a 1920’s-era Singer treadle a few months ago, and I use it all the time. It’s not the only sewing machine I sew with, but it is one of my favorites.

I was making men’s shirt on it recently, and I thought to myself: Why am I putting myself through the trials of treadling? I could certainly make an equally-good-if-not-better-looking shirt faster on one of my many mechanical machines, like my precise, fully-electrified Singer 15-91. It’s not as old as my 1920 Singer 66 treadle, but it’s still nearly 60. Isn’t that enough? The short answer is no!

Redesigning With Denim

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The current trend to recycle, upcycle and reuse is wonderful to see. However, as sewers this is nothing new to us. Sometimes it’s as simple as a button, other times we’ll tear down a vintage dress and remake it into something altogether different and altogether spectacular. Interestingly, over the years I’ve found that one material has consistently been repurposed more than any other: that material is denim.

Crafts Gone Courant

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Over the last couple of seasons I’ve noticed a lot of old-world crafts and handiwork incorporated into fashion. I appreciate that designers are leaning in the direction of clothing which appears to have been touched and delicately cared for by human hands. Do you incorporate any crafts into sewing? Like beading, crochet, or applique? Read on to see some beautiful examples of these techniques…

Featured Member: jorth

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I grew up on a dairy farm in the state of Victoria, Australia. Fascinating as cows can be, I yearned for the bright lights of the big city, so sat down with my dad at the age of 18 and told him the sad news.

Me: “Dad, I’ve been accepted into a uni course in Melbourne, so I’ll be moving there at the end of summer.”

Dad: “What? The local community college doesn’t have a course for you here?”

Me: (Trying to stifle the screams of horror in my head at being stuck in a one-cow town) “Er, um, sadly no. So long!”

His + Hers: New Sewing Patterns for Ladies and Gents

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Do you female sewers ever sew clothing for men? Do the men? I find that most of the time, I am designing and sewing for myself (and other women) but occasionally my boyfriend has a special request for a specific garment. For today’s post I combined some great new women’s patterns with men’s patterns— pairing these looks could be so fun for summer parties or lazy Sundays. Read on + get the patterns…

Comment to Win a Lisette Sewing Pattern!

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Comment on the blog or connect with us on Twitter to win one of two Lisette sewing patterns by Liesl + Co.

Turn Your Sewing Notions Into Jewelry

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If you’re like me, your sewing room is overflowing with notions – pins, rulers, markers seem to dominate every corner of table. But now your notions don’t just have to be left in the sewing room…. transform them into jewelry and wear them everywhere!

BurdaStyle Day 2011

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BurdaStyle Day 2011 was a success!

On Thursday, May 12th the BurdaStyle team celebrated our official day at Purl Soho, eating pops and talking everything from sewing schedules and future projects to favorite materials, designers and more! Check out a few of the photos from the event and find out how you can get involved by starting your own Meetup event where you live!

Yohji Yamamoto: This is My Dream

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2011 has been a great year for fans of Yohji Yamamoto (me included). After the heartbreak of watching both his New York store and New York office close over the past couple of years, then bankruptcy threatening to shut down his operations entirely, it’s been a relief to see the spotlight return to his talents as a designer and his contribution to fashion over the span of his 30+ year career. Earlier this year, Yamamoto released his autobiography entitled My Dear Bomb and now comes another peek into the life of one of the most thoughtful and fascinating designers of the last few decades with the documentary This is My Dream.

Tassels, Tassels Everywhere

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One trend I haven’t been able to ignore this Spring is the use of tassels on everything from belts and bags to hemlines and necklines. Once known as a symbol of luxury, tassels were originally used to distinguish rank in both military and religious orders. During the 16th and 17th centuries, tassel making – or passementerie as it was known in France, was a booming business with people clamoring for the luxury accessory which represented both wealth and standing within Parisian society.

Although the process of making tassels in our modern age is decidedly less time consuming, the adornment still holds a certain air of opulence in both decor and fashion. Click through to see some of my favorite uses of tassels this Spring and even a few ways you can add this embellishment to your garment projects.

Why Do YOU Sew?

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Readers, sometimes I get so caught up in the drama of whatever sewing project I’m involved in that I forget why I’m sewing in the first place. Does this every happen to you?

BurdaStyle Book II: Take Our Survey

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BurdaStyle’s second book project is underway and we want your help! Take our quick, four minute survey to give your input on our next book endeavor and let your voice be heard! What decades of fashion are you inspired by? What patterns would you find most useful for your sewing projects? Click here to begin!

Featured Member: missdandy

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Where are you from? Where do you live?
I’m a transplanted Southern girl (born and raised in North Carolina) currently living in the Midwest (Springfield, Missouri). I’m currently a stay at home mom to my 17-month-old son Brydon, and in my spare time I run both a vintage sewing pattern shop and a small vintage clothing shop on Etsy.

How Realistic Are Runway Trends?

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Trends. There are new trends each season, and sometimes we see things on the runways that just makes us utter aloud “Is that fashion? Would people really wear that in real life?” Sometimes a designer uses the runway as a prop— to parade down ensembles that are more fantastic than realistic just to make a splash. I want to hear your opinions of some of these questionable trends— read on + speak up!

Vote For Your Favorite in the 5th Annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards

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Between now and June 15th you can cast your vote for Audience Fan Favorite in the 5th annual Independent Handbag Designer Awards. This year’s contest is packed with amazing entries in categories ranging from Best Handmade Handbag to Best Red Carpet Ready Evening Bag. Winners will be announced on June 15th and will be featured in the September 2011 issue of InStyle Magazine. Head over to InStyle.com to check out all the entries and cast your vote for the next big handbag designer!

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