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The Tunic: Minimal vs. Bohemian


The tunic is a great staple piece for any wardrobe. Whether you keep it low key or play more on the flashy side, chances are you can find a tunic style that suits your every mood. Tunics are also quick projects that provide a great basic template to really express your individuality and creativity – make it in a beautiful print, simple cotton or add your own finishing touch with beads and applique – there’s really no limit to the ways you can customize a tunic to make it truly your own.

Spring is right around the corner (and I can’t think of a better season to bring out this style) so check out great ideas for tunic projects – both wild and tame to get you in a creative mood!

Whither the Convertible Collar Shirt?


One of the many delights of learning to sew has been experimenting with old patterns and recreating the popular styles of yesteryear.

One of my recent Etsy finds was a vintage 1939 men’s shirt pattern with a convertible collar. Convertible means that the shirt can be worn either with the collar buttoned on or with just the collar band. For the record, according to shirt guru David Coffin, the collar band is what you see on a shirt with no collar. The collar stand is what supports the collar on a shirt that has one. So for this 1939 shirt, I’d be making both a band and a stand.

Mother of Pearl Buttons: A Uniquely American Triumph


I love mother of pearl buttons. Over the years, as I was searching for samples, I began to learn the fascinating story of their rise to popularity and the uniquely American slant to their success. I thought I would share that with you today.

Examples from my book Button Ware

Featured Member: tiffa34


Where are you from and/or where do you live? What do you do for a living/are you a student?

I’m an Australian currently dividing my time between Brisbane and the Gold Coast, working as a graphic designer and part time student.

How did you start sewing?

I first began making things like clothing and accessories when I was in primary school, however I’d always been creative and loved to draw and create things from an early age.

Michael Miller and Spoonflower's Search for the Next Fabric Designer!


Spoonflower and Michael Miller Fabrics have teamed up to offer the amazing opportunity to create a licensed line of fabrics through their Project Selvage initiative! Upload your original design over at Spoonflower by March 24th for the chance to be one of 75 semi-finalists who will be posted on Spoonflower.com where voters will decide which fabrics make the final cut. The 10 designers garnering the most votes will be asked to create an additional five prints to be voted on to determine the winner who will score a licensing contract to print their designs with Michael Miller Fabrics, $1,000 and an all expense paid trip to Houston, Texas for Quilt Market 2011.

BurdaStyle Members Featured in the Pages of SewStylish!


We love to see our BurdaStyle members receive recognition for their creativity and passion. Most recently two of our members, grosgrain (Kathleen Frances) and elegantmusings (Casey Cartwright) were given the opportunity to show off their creations in the March issue of SewStylish, and we couldn’t be more excited for them!

Check out The BurdaStyle Resource Map!


Are you new in town and looking for the best fabric store in the area? Or perhaps you’re traveling and itching for a craft fix? The BurdaStyle Resource Map is here for you!

Comment to Win a Copy of "Flirt Skirts"!


One of Brooklyn’s most beloved boutiques, Flirt, is gearing up to release it’s first sewing book called Flirt Skirts, and we are giving away two copies to our BurdaStyle members!

With 3 basic patterns, Flirt’s creative minds Patti Gilstrap and Seryn Potter show you how to make 20 different skirt variations plus provide tips for adding unique details to create your own customized pieces! Easy to follow diagrams, step-by-step instructions and great styling tips make this a must-have book for all skirt enthusiasts.

Meet the Winners! Fiskars Unzipped: The Tutorial Contest


Thanks to everyone who submitted amazing technique tutorials to our Fiskars Unzipped: The Tutorial Contest.

Thank again to Fiskars for inspiring and supporting this contest and to all our amazing members for once again blowing us away with your creativity and sewing savvy! And don’t forget to check out Fiskars on Facebook for more info on the latest tools and some great projects you can use with your new scissors!

Now, for the exciting part! The winners are…

Join Us! BurdaStyle Seeks Marketing/Sales Team Member in the New York City Area


BurdaStyle seeks a marketing/sales jack of all trades with a strong background in online properties, preferably with experience in the fashion/style/sewing/DIY industry. This is a cross-discipline position that requires prior experience in sales as well as a solid understanding of marketing, promotions, developing partnerships and management of team goals. We are a digital property that needs a New York City-based Sales and Partnerships Manager. The chosen candidate will have opportunities to take ownership of specific partnership prospects, and will grow such relationships to benefit both BurdaStyle and our partners.

5 New Basic Patterns + How to Embellish Them


The five new patterns featured in this article are simple yet elegant, chic and understated. They are perfect patterns for beginners, but experts could be equally inspired to embellish them further, like all of my examples featured within this article. Read on to see them all!

Awamaki Lab Seeks Volunteer Sewing Instructor for Co-op in Peru


Awamaki Lab is offering a six-week volunteer position to motivated sewing and garment construction instructors. Working in the serene environment of Ollantaytambo, Peru, instructors will collaborate with a local seamstress to develop and execute a design curriculum that helps standardize the skill level of women in our sewing co-operative. Our goal is to harness the talents and capabilities of women in Ollantaytambo to create employment opportunities that build confidence and extend beyond the scope of the local tourism market. To this end, we have set up the co-op to be a site of production for select Awamaki Lab designer pieces, as well as a place where members can explore their own design potential through immersion classes.

Pin It!


How do you catalog your ideas? Do you rip inspirational photos out of a magazine and put them on a bulletin board or notebook? Do you sketch out the design after seeing something that catches your eye? Or do you do it virtually with sites like Pinterest (there’s even an app coming soon for your iPhone)?

Personally, I’m totally excited about Pinterest. With me being able to read so many of my favorite inspirational magazines on an eReader, I’ve lost the ability to rip out favorite photos and look at them for inspiration. Now I’m not limited by magazines, I have the whole internet to pin!

Spring Menswear: What to Make Now


Yesterday our resident Menswear expert (and newly minted BurdaStyle contributor) Peter showed you the tools you need to get started sewing menswear. He also offered up a great first project suggestion – the caftan. While you’re getting your bearings using your tailors hams and point pressers, get inspired for future projects by checking out some of my favorite menswear finds from the Spring 2011 shows in Milan.

All-You-Can-Create at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn


We know you’ve got skills. You’re a sewer, a designer and an all-around super-creative person.

That’s why we’re such big fans of Brooklyn’s “innovation incubator”, 3rd Ward — a place where you can make all your DIY dreams come true. They host sewing classes (using Burdastyle patterns!), fashion illustration courses, and jewelry workshops; we’ve even shot some of our looks in one of their spacious photo studios! 3rd Ward’s awesome class schedule offers loads of options for creative activities you’ve perhaps wanted to try but haven’t had the guts to yet – like brunch welding, screenprinting, urban beekeeping, photography and tons more. For people who love to create, welcome to you Wonderland!


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