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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.

Liesl Gibson on Petroleum-Based Manufactured Fabric


All manufactured fibers are made in the same way. As I mentioned in my last post about cellulosic manufactured fibers, a chemical liquid is forced through small holes, called spinnerets, to form filaments in much the same way that a silkworm spins its cocoon.

While the cellulosic fibers I discussed are derived from plants, most common synthetic fibers are petroleum-based. With these fibers, the shape of the spinnerets and how the filaments are processed affect the finished fabric enormously. Here are some of the most common petroleum-based fibers:

Behind the Scenes: BurdaStyle Photo Shoot

Carol models the Kathrine dress…

BurdaStyle RESTYLE series: the KATHRINE dress from Susanna Locascio on Vimeo.

*Updated - Win [Another] Pair of Tickets to Maker Faire!


Congratulations to mskirko for winning the first pair of Maker Faire tickets!

BurdaStyle is giving away another two pairs of free tickets to the upcoming Maker Faire in San Mateo County, California! Tickets are originally $25.00, but they can be yours for free!

Open Call for a New and Exciting, Secret BurdaStyle Project!


We can’t spill the beans yet, but this project is super amazing and we would love your contributions. We are searching for members to sew original interpretations of never-before-seen BurdaStyle patterns!

Comment to Win with Hokey Croquis!


Connect with BurdaStyle on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win amazing products from Hokey Croquis!

Check out Nora's Story on Shatterbox!

Nora Abousteit from shatterbox on Vimeo.

Check out this fun and informative video from Shatterbox, discussing how our co-founder, Nora, turned her love of sewing into BurdaStyle!

Donna Babylon on Quick and Easy Memo Station from Decorating Sewlutions


Memo Station

Materials Needed:
Wooden picture frame, 16 inches by 20 inches
Sturdy cardboard, 16 inches by 20 inches
White all-purpose glue
Thread to match fabrics
Cotton fabrics (two coordinating prints and an accent fabric)
Base fabric: ½ yard
Coordinating pocket: ¼ yard
Accent fabric on pockets: 3/8 yard

Prints: In or Out?


They were all over the Spring/Summer 2010 runways worldwide: Prints are taking over summer wardrobes.

Featured Member: Grainline


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I grew up in the suburbs of Chicago, and I now live in Chicago. I didn’t stray far.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made on a sewing machine was a cheeseburger complete with swiss cheese, tomatoes, onions, pickles, lettuce and a bun. I was about 12 when I made this, my mom is a really good sewer and so I decided that I wanted to learn. She got a sewing for kids book with tons of fun projects aimed at improving motor skills with the sewing machine. I didn’t realize that part though and just thought I was making the most awesome project of all time. I still have the cheeseburger on my dresser. I’ve been sewing by hand for much longer than that. When I was a toddler my mom got me this toy that was a few really heavy duty cardboard boards (almost like board books) with an image on them and holes drilled through. It came with an oversized plastic needle and you could sew yarn through the drilled holes. Did anyone else have these? I guess even as a toddler my mom had sewing plans for me.

The Little Black Dress

Take a sneak peak behind the scenes at a BurdaStyle photo shoot!

BurdaStyle RESTYLE series: the JONNY dress from Susanna Locascio on Vimeo.

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