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Sandra Betzina on Sewing with Sheer Fabric


One of the big fashion trends right now is the semi-transparent/sheer jacket or overblouse. This is beautiful worn over a dress or a camisole.

One pattern which works well for both an overblouse and a jacket is Vogue 1165. You can eliminate most of the work by making the roll up sleeves (View B) rather than the cuff and placket version. You can use sheer fabrics such as Chiffon, Georgette and my favorite, Silk Organza.

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burda style magazine patterns are now available on!


BurdaStyle is pleased to announce the introduction of burda style magazine patterns onto the site! Beginning today, we are presenting 51 hand picked patterns from the existing 2010 issues of burda style magazine. Each month hereafter, we will be showcasing more than 30 burda style magazine patterns specially chosen by our creative team expressly for you, our wonderful community! These fresh new patterns include plus-size options, children’s patterns and spot on trends.

Sell at the Artist and Fleas Market in McCarren for 50% off!


A few days ago, we told you about a wonderful opportunity for New York-based BurdaStylers to sell their amazing sewing creations in the BurdaStyle-designated booth at the Artist and Fleas Market in McCarren. Now, we have another fantastic incentive for extra-ambitious crafters and sewers in or around Brooklyn!

Today is National Apron Day


Every year, National Apron Day is celebrated the Monday after Mother’s Day….. and today is that day. Now you have an excuse to wear your favorite kitchen creation or vintage piece all day long! Can’t wear your apron today, but want to get in on the fun? Check out some of these blogs devoted to aprons: The Apronista, Apron a Day, Angry Chicken (home of the original tie-one-one), Apron-iCity, and The Apron Goddess, just to name a few! Have a favorite apron blog? Be sure to share it here!

Featured Member: Perrineco


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am French and grew up in Peyrehorade, a little French town near Biarritz. I studied and lived in Paris for 10 years, and I’ve been living in London for 4 years, with my husband and my two (very cute!) kids. I truly appreciate London, a city where people are creative, funny and shameless when it comes to fashion and clothing. It is very inspirational and helped me become even more creative!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
My mother had a very basic Singer sewing machine and she allowed me to use it. I can’t exactly remember the first thing I sewed with it but I do remember I tried to sew clothes for my Barbie doll, a purse, a pencil case… I designed and sewed my first dress when I was 15 years old. I still have a green kimono I made for my doll and I drafted the pattern from… a Burda book (calculating the different lengths from a woman pattern). Little by little, I tried more and more difficult projects. By chance, I could ask my mother whenever I had an issue, as Internet wasn’t widely available yet. She always knew what needed to be done and she saved several projets. I always tried to understand how a garment was built so that I could do the same.

Mother's Day with Schlosser Designs!


Isn’t this adorable?!

Erin Schlosser of Schlosser Designs, a fantastic sewing and craft company, sent over this super-cute and creative dining room set called The Cafe Collection, complete with table runner, place mat, and napkin rings!

Sex And The City


My friend Elyse is going to the Sex And The City 2 movie premier on May 24th and I am creating a dress for her.

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Open Call Closed


Thank you for your submissions! Due to the volume of entries, all accepted participants will be notified by 6pm EST, on May 14, 2010.

Rockabilly Photo Shoot

Join the Artists and Fleas Market in McCarren!


Attention New York Sewers and Crafters!

BurdaStyle has signed up to media sponsor the upcoming Artists and Fleas Market in McCarren, a weekly outdoor marketplace in Brooklyn’s McCarren park, featuring independent designers and handmade goods.

Featured Member: Skg


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Copenhagen, Denmark, grew up in Minnesota, lived in Iowa, New York and recently moved back to Copenhagen to explore this country as an adult.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I’m sure I fiddled with small projects as a kid because my mom is a sewer, but I vividly remember a teddy bear i made in my junior high school sewing class. It was a felt bear with a maroon snap-on bow-tie and maroon buttons down the middle. That class gave me basic sewing skills and through the years I would often make fleece mittens, flannel pajama pants or basic curtains and pillows. After graduating from college my mom gave me my own sewing machine. Since then I’ve made a lot of reversible tote bags, stuffed animals, and bunting flags. I’m slowly starting to (gasp!) use dress patterns.

Hocus Pocus: CROQUIS


Finally realistically proportioned fashion CROQUIS!

Where Have The PDF Pattern Instructions Gone?


I’ve noticed many of our users expressing that they are having trouble finding our instructions in a downloadable, PDF format.


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