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How thread is made


Hey All,
Just found this cool article on how cotton goes from raw bales to the stuff we sew with every day. Check out the tour of Coats & Clark here

Winner of the The Sewing Republic Apron Remake Challenge is.....


Congrats to all that entered, what amazing creativity was displayed! We love seeing how you take the basic patterns and transform them.

Site Error - Mistaken Giveaway Announcement


[Updated 4/2/2012] – Dear Members,

This blog post was mistakenly posted from our queue. We do not have a giveaway at this time, and sincerely apologize for those who commented on this post.

Featured Member: Lily_Bart


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from a gorgeous little town in Western Australia called Albany, but now I live in the city (Perth). Perth is (allegedly) the most isolated city in the world, but it has a really strong art and fashion scene so there’s always heaps of inspiration around.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I’ve always been preoccupied with clothes, but until I was about 19 I thought that sewing was REALLY (really, really) uncool. Eventually I started getting really frustrated with not being able to find things I wanted in the shops, so I taught myself how to sew and started designing and making my own clothes. I actually can’t remember the first thing that I finished making! I think I made about 10 disastrous things (I had numerous tantrums and gave up sewing countless times), but I think the first thing I made that I actually wore was a lavender ball gown with lace applique.

Plant-Based, or Cellulosic, Fibers Used for Manufacturing Fabric


Last month when I wrote about natural fibers, I was pleased that several of you asked about bamboo. But before I answer your questions, I want to tell you about manufactured fibers and how they are made.

Originally, manufactured fibers were created to mimic more expensive natural fibers like wool and silk. Today, manufactured fibers are engineered specifically to have certain properties that natural fibers don’t. Manufactured fibers come in two primary types: cellulosic, which are plant-based, and petroleum-based.

Tweet to Win with The Doll Loft!


For the past few weeks, we have really enjoyed peering into artist Ellen Lumpkin Brown’s wonderful world of doll making. Through her excellent blog posts, we were introduced to nearly all the aspects of her creative process, from getting the right materials to sculpting a cute face for your handmade doll.

Now, as her BurdaStyle guest blogging stint draws to a close, we are offering a chance for our Twitter and Facebook friends to win some amazing prizes!

Can you draw well?


Are you an amazing fashion illustrator? Do your fashion illustrations belong behind gilded frames in art galleries? Me neither…

Unzipped: Behind the scenes at our photo shoot

Vote for your Favorite in the Sewing Republic Apron Remake Challenge!


Hey Everyone,
It’s time to vote for your favorite creation in the Sewing Republic Apron Remake Challenge! We had so many amazing entries, it was tough to narrow it down to 50. Check out the slideshow and vote for as many creations as you want, but only once on each. Congratulations to each and every one of you who entered, your imagination and creativity is amazing! You have until 11:59 pm EST on March 31st, Now get voting!

Featured Member: Wzrdreams


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
All over… I’ve lived in Massachusetts, Virginia, Florida, and now I live in Brooklyn, New York.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made was probably some miniature doll clothing sew by hand from the remnant from my mother’s scrap box. Then, when I was 8 my grandmother taught me how to use her sewing machine and we made a proper doll quilt together. That is a treasured memory. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I’m sure she must have known that she was giving me a gift that would last the rest of my life.

6 Essential Patternmaking|Sewing Books For Your Library


Do you make your own patterns? Are you frustrated with the outmoded looks or outdated texts in patternmaking books? Do you want to finally learn how to make your own patterns and do a good job? Well I have an answer for you.

Clothes Rocket


With creativity and scientific inspiration, BurdaStyle friend Chad Pugh created a clothes rocket on Polyvore, a site that lets you grab images from all over the web to create your very own online mood board.

Sandra Betzina on Working with Linen


Warm weather brings dreams of warm beaches in white linen pants, navy linen shifts, floral linen skirts. Some of the things that makes linen such a favorite is that it can be machine-washed and dried and it is cool to wear since it breathes and seems to get better with age.

Last Day to Submit your Apron for the Remake Challenge


The last day to submit your apron for the Sewing Republic Apron Remake Challenge is fast approaching! You only have until 11:59 pm EST on the 24th to send in your creation. Check out all the rules and regulations here.

Couture Kids


Has Project Runway‘s recent episode, A Little Bit of Fashion, sparked your creative juices? If you’ve been busy making clothing for a youngster in your life, here’s a chance to not only show it off, but win some great prizes too – Sandra Betzina’s Stylish Sprouts contest. Grand prize winner of this competition will win a gift certificate to SewBaby and a 3 month membership to Power Sewing WebTV show!


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