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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!

Hippy Chick


Headbands, tassels, long, flowing dresses… are you down with the hippy chick look?

Featured Member: Sibeli


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in a quaint village in Emmental, Switzerland (and yes, that’s where Emmentaler cheese comes from ☺.) I have lived in Poland, Ireland and London and went to University in Denmark and Sweden. Most recently, I returned from a year in India where I worked for the Akanksha Foundation, an organization that provides education and after-school activities for underprivileged children.
If you haven’t read about it yet, visit the Uniform Project ( which chronicles Sheena’s attempt to raise funds for Akanksha by wearing the same black dress for one year. I love her blog, and the lookbook of all the looks provides loads of inspiration on how to accessorize an outfit. I wish we had the pattern for her dress here on burdastyle….☺

Shop at Bellaga!


Need to update your wardrobe, but want to invest in unique pieces that you’re sure no one will have? You could, of course, make some new clothes yourself (you are on BurdaStyle, after all), or could also discover the indie designers at Bellaga!

The Updated 2010 Ultimate Make-it-Yourself, DIY, Sewing Summer Guide!


Summer is absolutely upon us. We have decided to give you the ultimate backyard fun and beach guide. Sew and craft up all of these projects to create your perfect summer!

She's A Rainbow


These 5 looks would be perfect for a summer music festival like Coachella or SXSW… or for a ride in the country listening to the Rolling Stones (i.e. “She’s a Rainbow”)…

Liesl Gibson on Her Favorite Sewing Fabrics


I sew mostly with fabrics made from natural fibers. I tend to prefer them over fabrics made from manufactured fibers for their feel and the way they take color.

My last few posts on natural fibers, petroleum-based manufactured fibers, and cellulosic manufactured fibers went into a lot of technical detail on the building blocks of the fabrics we use for sewing. This month, I want to talk about the properties of some of my favorite fabrics themselves. If you remember what I discussed at the fiber level, you should start seeing how the fibers, when assembled into fabrics, bring their properties to the materials we use for sewing.

Announcing…The BurdaStyle Book!


We at BurdaStyle are thrilled to announce the creation of our first ever book! Extending our community and mission offline, the BurdaStyle book will be a reflection of our creative international community. The BurdaStyle book will bring our community and ethos to new frontiers!

Katie Vardijan on: Millinery 101: Introduction to Millinery


Millinery, the art of making hats, goes back hundreds of years. In the next few blog entries I’m going to show you the basics and introduce you to the wonderful world of millinery. In this first article I’ll talk about a few basic millinery construction methods. Over the next three weeks we’ll dive into some of the tools used in millinery and I’ll show you how to construct a fabric-covered buckram top hat.

Not Your Boyfriend's Blazer... Or Is It?


I love a nicely tailored jacket. Especially on a woman. The play on masculine/feminine… the androgyny of the silhouette looks smart and sharp against a soft flowing dress or high-waist skirt. How do you do your blazer?

Craft Show Tips


They say ‘everyone has got to start somewhere’ and for many of us, craft\art\quilt shows are the beginning. After many years of sewing, I had the opportunity to attend my first and learned a few things along the way:

Fourth of July with Schlosser Designs!


Back in May, Erin Schlosser of Schlosser Designs sent us such a fantastic idea for a Mother’s Day-themed dining room set that we just had to show it off. This time, Erin is back with a dining set that’s perfect for Fourth of July. Best of all, both projects use the same template!

Hats Off


How do you style your hat?

eazy magazine!


We just received the very first issue of eazy magazine, Burda’s latest pattern magazine release. While most of (including me) cannot read German to save our leben, eazy magazine’s vibrant, colorful and fun aesthetic had us hooked!


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