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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.

Get 20% off a Subscription to Selvedge Magazine!


Selvedge Magazine’s aim is simple: to provide a publication which fits seamlessly into your creative lifestyle. Selvedge covers beautiful textiles in every context: fine art, interiors, fashion, travel and shopping.

Donna Babylon on Material Pleasures


Choosing fabrics is one of the most creative aspects of decorating. Want to combine fabrics like the designers do? Think of it this way. Decorating a room is much the same process as making a movie. When casting a movie, actors are carefully selected to create the perfect ensemble. Fabrics are like actors playing a role; each is carefully considered for what it brings to the project. Basically, a room can be beautifully put together if you choose one star fabric, one or two “supporting cast” fabrics and a “special appearance” or accent fabric.

Call for Designers at the ASE Passion for Fashion! Design Challenege


Our friends over at the American Sewing Expo are putting out a call for designers. The deadline for entry is July 1, 2010.

Enter the 4th Annual ASE Passion For Fashion! design challenge. It’s a live challenge that lets you show of your skills as a seamstress and designer. Contestants are given a secret scenario and have 24 hours to design and produce an outfit. After the final fittings, garments are walked down the runway by professional models and judged by industry leaders.

Prizes include but are not limited to: A Trip to New York City with the ASE Tour, Baby Lock Espire Sewing Machine, Baby Lock Imagine DX Serger and more!

Find out more and how to enter at
Deadline to enter is July 1, 2010. All skill levels welcome!


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