Beginner's Sewing Blog: Project Charlie Bag Complete

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Charlie bag- done! So amidst the launch craziness I took a break to sew up my Charlie bag. I diligently cut and pinned (I think I over pin if there is such a thing) managed to stab my poor fingers a couple times but after a little while and couple of seams ripped apart and resewn, I put the final touches on the bag, I even used flat feld seams on the handles, see how pretty? I was so proud, I announced it to the office and slipped it on my shoulder just to discover I had sewn the handles the wrong way… I was so frustrated after this discovery that I sat down and my desk and worked on the site for an hour or so.

Once I had calmed down and looked at the bag as my practice version I set about to make one as well as I could. So I cut, pinned and triple checked my handles, flat felled seams no matter how often I read the instruction and practice, I always mess up. Remember, when using flat felled seams start with wrong sides facing each other, otherwise it doesn’t work.

After a day of work I have one correct bag and one semi-functional bag. I serged the edges because, we have a serger and, why not? I practiced on a couple scraps, it was pretty easy with only a couple little mishaps (the curved surged on the first bag missed the edge a couple times) but second bag went pretty well. I think I will use my new bag for a Saturday picnic in the park. Lets hope the weather holds out, otherwise it might be an indoor ice cream social.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Colombiamoda 2009

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Columbia – that is for me Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, rainforest, Guerrilla war and Ingrid Betancourt, and my friends Tatiana and Javier who I met in random places at random times. When I think of Colombia, I think of many things but normally not of fashion. Nevertheless, it is here in Colombia that one of the most important FashionFairs of Latin America takes place: the Colombiamoda a mega-event in Medellin, that celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.

And this year, just as in the years before 22 selected young designers “jÛvenes creadoresî” all of them still students, had a chance to present their creations on the catwalk. Inspired by the theme “Raizes” (Roots), they presented 22 unique mini-collections that search for their ethnic, social, historic and cultural roots. Especially in these times of crisis they consider their ethnic heritage as an oasis of sustainability and self-sufficiency that provide guidance towards designing aesthetically novel and beautiful clothes that are still within the reach of the consumer. So, it is no wonder that the students of the Andean University of Pereira turn to traditional materials such as the fibers of the fique. Before the Spanish conquest the inhabitants of Colombia used

Welcome to the New BurdaStyle

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As you can see after months and months of hard work and testing we have finally moved from private beta to public beta!

You may notice a slight delay in your access to the new site, this is because changes to DNS records sometimes take up to 48 hours reach all areas of the internet. If you are experiencing trouble accessing the new site these little tricks may help: try restarting your computer, clearing the cache or disconnecting from the internet, hopefully that will resolve the problem.

We are very excited to bring you the new site and offer you some long awaited additions. Once on the new site, you will notice an activity feed where you can follow your favorite members, you are able to view the instructions for a pattern before you purchase it, and Projects (formerly Creations) that you can make include step-by-step online instructions where you can ask questions at each step. There is more renaming: How Tos are now called Techniques and Forums are found under Discussions!

Fall off the Runway into Reality

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Fall is coming- I know, I know, you don’t want to hear it, but I have pulled together a transitional outfit you can wear from now until the holiday season and look fresh & cool depending upon how you style it.

1. Have you made your own motorcycle jacket yet? I made one out of stretch satin once which I used to wear all of the time- until I lost it. Now I plan to make a new one with the Larissa motorcycle jacket pattern. Perhaps this time in silk linen, which appears to look instantly “lived in” for a worn & loved look.

Not into the biker chick look? Our Nadine jacket is a terribly cute staple and gorgeous in velvet for the Fall. She comes in PLUS too.

2. You can never have enough of the perfect blouse and making our Amanda top in chiffon in every color of the rainbow wouldn’t be considered over-the-top seeing how much you’ll wear this- with a camisole underneath and your biker jacket on top. Also available, the Amanda Plus.

BurdaStyle Intern: CarotteSauvage

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Hello Burdies of the world, Guten Tag, Bonjour, Hola from Burdastyle headquarters in Brooklyn.

My name is Hélène best known as CarotteSauvage on BurdaStyle.
Last January, I wrote an email to the team and asking if I could intern during the summer, sent my resume, outlined briefly what I would like to achieve or which aspect of the position would be of any interest, together with an updated CV. The answer was positive to my great delight.

In short, I have become an intern as opposed to being an extern to the site, which we all have been for the last couple of years.

Imagine… wherever you are just traversing the screensaver of your computer; we could actually shake hands right now…. Anyway, I am more than happy to ditch the PC for 5 weeks I am after all on my annual leave I love involving holidays and involved is the way that I felt as soon as I passed the doorframe, or shall I say the studio’s’ threshold’, between the virtual and the real. I greeted Alden, Larissa the pattern wizard and all the rest of team. I saw Doryon ’in the flesh’ and was relieved that she is not just a romper-playing suit; accounting is no playing matter anyway. It is not the right season , just a few weeks to go, for Hikaru to actually wear ‘herself’. David, the only bloke around isn’t tied to his bow tie. I wonder where Ute is, in Munich perhaps. Someone said she might be a bit stuck up, but I have the impression just by looking at the way

Featured Member: Sewella

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

I was born in Skopje, the capital of Republic of Macedonia and I have lived here all my life.

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

The first thing I made was a goblin showing a bunny which I still have today. I started sewing quite naturally. I was raised in a family where traditional crafts were and still are, appreciated, practiced and thus preserved. Both my grandmothers were very talented. One was a professional seamstress and the other a magnificent knitter and crocheter. I inherited their love for the work of the hands and (I hope) their talent. The first thing I sewed was a skirt.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

It has a very significant and important role. It is a stress reliever and peace inducer. My work can be pretty exhausting and stressful so sewing (knitting, crocheting, embroidering) is a good vent for releasing the pressure of everyday life. I just couldn’t leave out the other crafts I indulge in on daily basis.




In Living Color

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Someone asked me the other day how do you create a print on fabric. Basically there are 2 ways to achieve a print or design on fabric: the design is either woven into the fabric, i.e. plaid, or it is printed onto the surface, like screen-printing. Today you can virtually print anything onto fabric with digital printing, stamping onto fabric, an iron-on transfer or by screen-printing. One thing I find difficult for sewing hobbyists or small design labels is if you want to create small quantities of printed fabrics there have never been many resources. Here in New York the minimum order for printed yardage is in the 100s and sometimes we don’t want that many yards, or we can’t afford to print that much.

Featured Membr: Peacenluv78

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

My parents are from South Korea. I was born in Lima, Peru. I have two siblings’, each of whom was born on different continents. Currently, I reside in Brooklyn, New York. I heart Brooklyn. It’s an awesome place to live.

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

My first creation was actually an “upcycle” (love that word!). I took my favorite sailor style bell bottoms (the one’s with the patch pockets in the front and back) which were very badly frayed and worn at the leg opening and sewed it into a skirt. It turned out surprisingly well!

My mother worked for a factory and later worked as a seamstress so I grew up with a sewing machine around the house. I used to it hem and alter my own clothes, something that I had to do quite frequently (I’m 5’2”!)

BurdaStyle Fashion Show at the American Sewing Expo!

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In late September, BurdaStyle is heading to the American Sewing Expo in Novi Michigan and we are having a fashion show featuring your work. We are so excited to show all of the attendees the caliber of our incredible members work. Send submission photos/urls of your creations to submissions (at) BurdaStyle (dot) com with the subject line “fashion show” and you may be picked for our fashion show.

If you are in the Michigan/Novi area and would be interested in strutting your stuff (and creations!) down the runway, let us know! There is no “look” we are going for, you can be tall, short; big, small; purple or green for all we care. We would love to meet our members and see their incredible creations in person on the person it was intended for. Just indicate that you would be willing to walk when you send the photo/url.

Photos need to be submitted by Wednesday, September 2nd 2009 to be considered. Send us photos/urls of as many different creations as you’d like, we are very excited to see what comes in.

Kanzashi In Bloom

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The word “kanzashi” is used to describe hair ornaments that are worn in traditional Japanese hairstyles (while Kanzashi Tsumami is the art of folding silk fabrics into flower pins for the hair). However, a new book by Diane Gilleland, Kanzashi in Bloom covers hair pins and more! Included in the book are 20 projects for transforming fabric squares into earrings, drawer knobs, and embellishments for a variety of projects. Diane also shows you how you can take the simple flower design and transform it into something completely different…. like a butterfly!

Find out more about this book, read the blog, follow the blog tour, and check out a gallery of designs by reading the official site.

Beginner's Sewing Blog: First Pattern Project

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Growing up, my grandmothers were always sewing. Did I learn from them? No. Am I kicking myself? Absofreakinlutely.
Between visiting my two grandmothers and helping my mom with Halloween costumes, the sewing machine was just as ordinary as the coffee pot. I credit this exposure with my lack of fear when I’m around one. I know that for many beginners, it can take a lot of psyching up to even get to the point of sitting down at a machine, so I’m very grateful I don’t have that fear, but I do have another…patterns.

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Perth, AUS

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The talented sewers behind the BSC of Perth, Australia are excitedly gearing up for their next August 8th meeting date! With four members and growing, the meeting is sure to be a creatively inspiring and fun time for all who come!

Hosted at the fabulous Sewanista studio, which features state-of-the-art sewing machinery, large working spaces and dress dummies, they encourage prospective members to come armed with loads of creativity and ideas to share!

Spotlight On: Slow & Steady Wins the Race

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Have you heard of the conceptual brand Slow and Steady Wins the Race? I am very late catching on to this label but while I was looking for shoes this Spring I kept stumbling upon these cute wedge heels and flats (which are literally labeled “ballet flat”) by a seemingly understated label. I began to dig for information on the brand. As you can see, the website is set up with chapters,

A little fashion curiosity, I thought I'd share...

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I finished my book, and to fill the void that opens when you have turned the last page, I decided to skip work last Monday and go on a day trip with a friend. We went to Taxco a little town of white houses and red roofs, stuck some 1,800 meters above sea-level on the steep slopes of a mountain halfway between Mexico City and Acapulco.

Meandering through the streets and alleyways, peaking into the silverware stores (Taxco used to have a big silver mining industry) and lingering around markets, you will probably find something unexpected. And we did, or better my friend did: in the entrance of an artisan store that sells all sorts of toys, papier-m’che figures and folksy dresses, she spotted hand-knitted Barbie fashion in all colors and shapes: from little tank-top summer dresses with matching purses, to thick sweaters including woolen socks and hats to

Upsy-Daisy

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Last week I was in Portland, Oregon where I visited the Rose Garden. If any of you have ever been there you know what I’m talking about- meters upon meters of native & hybrid roses line bright green grassy pathways which lure you in with the most succulent sweet smelling flora you have ever set your nose upon.

These gorgeous gifts from mother nature have stuck in my mind & I am determined to incorporate them into my next collection. Though I am not sure I want to design my own typical floral print I do indeed want to use the organic beauties as inspiration. I am picturing taking a flower, drawing it, blowing it up & abstracting it so you can no longer tell it is a flower. Instead, large strokes of color sweep across the front of a dress in an a-symmetrical manner.

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