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The Best Shorts Lineup


Whether going to the beach or going to town with friends, shorts are an absolute essential for the hot summer months. Whether you like them super short or right above the knee, high-waist or low-waist, we have a fantastic collection of patterns to get you well-prepared. Here are some of our favorites:

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Book Review: Sew Serendipity


Kay Whitt has a certain style that makes her patterns so distinctive. I’ve long admired some of her bags and dresses, so when I saw she was writing a book, I put it on my Amazon wishlist. I’ve had several weeks to thumb through Sew Serendipity: Fresh and Pretty Designs to Make and Wear and I have to say, I’m not disappointed.

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Featured Member: SianySiany


SianySiany’s adorable and chic creations have wowed us for quite some time. We are pleased to announce her as this week’s featured member! Read below to learn about her love of hand-sewing, her inspiration sources and her favorite thing about sewing. Then take a look at her top ten BurdaStyle creations from other members!

And check out her awesome Etsy shop, too!

Editor's Pick: Prairie Girls


A white top or dress makes for the perfect summer outfit. It’s up to you how you will embellish these patterns, whether with crochet or jewelry, but the Prairie Girl look is in…

Carol and Alden at Sandra Betzina's Sewing Retreat!


Carol and I are at a week long sewing retreat with one of our favorite bloggers (and teachers, and designers and people!) Sandra Betzina.

This week long retreat is such a treat! We are in a room with 9 other amazingly motivated and talented women all sewing together, improving our knowledge and honing our skills.

Katie Vardijan on: Millinery 101: Making a Top Hat, Part 1


Last week we talked about some of the tools, trim, and notions used in millinery, this week I’m going to show you how to make a fabric-covered top hat!.

Choosing a Pattern:

There are many hat patterns on the market today to choose from: current fashions, historical, and vintage-inspired.. Before selecting a pattern, study the materials needed carefully as you may have to buy some of the supplies online if they are not available to you locally. You will also need to figure out your head size. To do this, wrap a tape measure around your crown, right above your eyebrows and ears, where the hat will sit. The average size is 22.5 inches but your head can be larger or smaller than this size. Measure accurately, there is nothing worse than putting all of the time into making a hat only to have it be too small or too large! If you are making a fascinator or other “perching” style of hat your head size will not be an issue.

Acid Yellow: From the runway to your wardrobe


Call it acid yellow, call it chartreuse; it’s a color that POPS and heats up any summer wardrobe.

Discover Smashing Darling!

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365 Days, 365 Dresses, 365 Dollars


Do you think it’s possible to make 365 dresses in 365 days for $365? One woman is determined to find out. Marisa Lynch, owner of the blog, New Dress A Day is upcycling some ‘unfashionable’ pieces (complete with photos) and turning them into trendy dresses, one day at a time. With 141 days to go and $140, it just might be possible, but it looks like we’ll all have to stay tuned to find out.

Featured Member: Ajtak7171


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from Zurich, Switzerland, but I live in Vienna, Austria.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I started making things very early on… first miniature clothing – and other stuff – for my dolls house, then for my bigger dolls and later for myself… My grandma was a seamstress and my mom a very good sewer. However, I always just did it somehow, but lately I have become much more picky, I want it all to look professional, inside and out, and it seems like I have to learn sewing all over again – this time for real!

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Book Review: Design it Yourself Clothes


One thing I’ve always wanted to be able to do is to design my own clothing – I love the idea of being able to sew a fabulous wardrobe without the need of a pattern. I know that there are several of books on the market that discuss how to do this, but honestly, I don’t want to read anything that looks like a text book. I recently stumbled across Design-It-Yourself Clothes and decided to take the plunge and buy it. Although the the designs are ‘simple’ (basic skirt, tee, button up shirt, dress, and pants), the author discusses ways that your can change the overall look to give some variety to your design. Speaking of the projects in the book, I did find that most of them have quite a bit of ease (as you can see from the front cover). If you go in expecting to come out with a pair of fitted pants, this book isn’t for you – it’s just a very basic introduction to pattern drafting. There is some information on how to fit, however, it’s not in depth and honestly with some of these styles, isn’t really needed (for example, I saw a lot of people on Amazon saying that there wasn’t any information on full bust adjustments and bust darts, but I just don’t see how bust darts would work with these designs). With that said I did find Design It Yourself Clothes to be a wealth of information and I do intend on making my own project sometime in the near future. I’m really hoping that Cal decides to write more of these books (perhaps a bit more in depth and with fitted designs) in the near future because I found this to be a fun, easy to read instruction book on how to draft your own clothing patterns. Overall, Design-It-Yourself Clothes makes a great beginner’s book for pattern drafting, especially if you’re looking for something that’s easy read with lots of illustrations. However, you may be disappointed in the styles if a fitted looks is what you’re after.

Katie Vardijan on: Millinery 101: Tools of the Milliner


Last week we talked about a few different hat construction methods, this week we’ll talk about some of the tools, trim, and notions used in millinery. For the next two articles we’ll put some of these tools to use as I show you how to make a fabric-covered top hat!


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