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Featured Member: table-calender

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I was born in Singapore and spent my whole life growing up there until 5 years ago. I moved to Palembang, Indonesia with my Singaporean husband, Brian who helps out with his father’s business. It was a decision we both made together, to experience a different lifestyle in a foreign country and most importantly to spend time with my aging father in law, an Indonesian based in Palembang.

Besides being a wife, I’m now a happy mother to a 3 year old son, Kaeden. I spend most of my time playing and coaching Kaeden at home. I get to crafting and sewing whenever I get my ‘me’ time!

Best Patterns to Beat the Heat

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Yesterday our resident sewing and style expert Peter Lappin lamented his wardrobe choices as summer’s blazing heat descends upon New York City. I don’t know about you, but I am seriously feeling his pain as my clothing options seem to get slimmer and slimmer as the temperatures get hotter and hotter. I pride myself on being a tomboy who loves her pants and button-up shirts, but I admit to completely wimping out during summer’s intense heat and find that it takes all of my strength not to wake up and throw on a giant linen muumuu every morning (call it my equivalent to Peter’s pajama suit).

Summer Style vs. Summer Comfort

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Readers, summer has arrived here in New York City and it is definitely having an effect on how I dress.

In my heart of hearts I long to dress elegantly — head to toe linen, white shoes, maybe even a vest, like a dapper 20s dandy sailing on the Ile de France (that’s an ocean liner) en route to, I don’t know, Capri or something.

Toile, Anyone?

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Do all garments you sew fit perfectly, readers? Pockets are where you wanted them to be, the neckline is not gapping and is high enough, and there is no ugly pulling on the back of your pants?

I have to confess, my early sewing attempts had a rather low success rate. Whatever didn’t end up in a UFO bin, was worn once at most. This is when I started this self-imposed couture challenge – I really wanted to wear every project I cut, with dresses that fit, trousers that don’t pull, and jackets that have flattering proportions for my figure. Have I achieved it? Yes! With the help of a toile [twal], or trial garment.

Madeleine Vionnet and the Bias Cut

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Madeleine Vionnet was a revolutionary designer for her time; not as universally well known as Coco Chanel but just as influential to the world of fashion. She is credited with creating the bias cut, a technique of cutting on the diagonal grain of the fabric which creates a sinuous and slightly clingy silhouette. The designer regularly had fabric custom made for her as wide as 180 inches to cut her dresses from.

BurdaStyle Upgrade: Check Out Our New Homepage!

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We’ve been working hard on a redecorating project and are super excited to share it today!

As you may have noticed, we’ve made a few changes to our homepage that we hope will improve your experience on the site. The homepage is your door to all of the exciting things happening in this growing community. During the redesign, our goal was to make sewing, creating, learning and sharing even more fun and accessible for our fantastic members.

Ladies of the Canyon: 10 New Women's Sewing Patterns

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I’m super excited about these new patterns— they form an eclectic mix of desert princess maxi dresses that would just as gracefully float through Topanga Canyon as they would the streets of Brooklyn, flowing skirts and relaxed tops which can be cut from soft and supple jersey or bamboo for extreme comfort. Check them out!

Featured Member: groovymama

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I live in Denmark in a small town called Hobro with my husband and our 4 children, Luna (12), Albert (7), Bertram (5) and Wilma (4) – and I’m dreaming of at least one more child. I used to be a social worker (and before that I was a bank clerk), but when we had our fourth child I decided to look for another job which allowed me to spend more time with my kids. I’m now a child minder and open my own house as a sort of day care center every morning.

DIY Your Swimsuit

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In case you didn’t know, July is National Bikini Month in America, so I’ve put together some patterns and tips for DIY-ing your own swimwear— read on for the patterns + tips!

Would You Rock It: Head-to-Toe Print

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As the mid-season collections (Resort, Pre-Fall) become as closely watched as their Fashion Week counterparts, we’re starting to see more and more mico-trends emerge from these in-between offerings. One particular Resort 2012 trend that recently made me take notice was head-to-toe printed looks. These aren’t the same mashed together prints we’ve seen from season’s past (think SUNO, Miu Miu, etc) but rather a single print used on both top and bottom (and in the case of Celine, on the jacket as well).

Vacation, All I Ever Wanted: What to Make When You Have to Get Away

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Here in the States, most of us will be heading off for the 4th of July weekend – whether to another city, a beautiful beach or just hanging out in our own backyards. While you may not be taking a long weekend holiday just yet, chances are you will get away at least once (hopefully more!) this summer so I made a list of the pieces you’ll need to make before you head out of town. Whether it’s a big adventure in a new city, a sun-soaked weekend on a beach or a relaxing country getaway, find the projects and patterns you need to make for your vacation destination!

Comment to Win Recap: Winner Roundup

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In the past few months we have had a number of truly awesome “Comment to Win” giveaways! Fantastic companies, authors and personalities like Indygo Junction and Nancy Zieman have given away fantastic products, from books to sewing tables.

The Wacky World of Men's Shirt Patterns

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Readers, I am a huge vintage pattern fan and spend more time than I care to admit searching online, usually on sites like Etsy and eBay, for treasures. There are so many to be found! Vintage patterns are a wonderful window into styles of the past as they were actually worn — even in the relatively unchanging world of men’s fashion.

Men’s shirt patterns are generally all pretty similar, but I have discovered quite a broad range of shirt styles, some of which I actually remember as the fashion of the day, others from old Hollywood movies, and others still from a recurring nightmare where I’m watching nonstop re-runs of I Love Lucy.

Found Treasure: Needlecraft of the Baker Lake Artists Vintage Calendar

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One of my favorite things about living in Brooklyn is the informal recycling program that takes place on the city streets. Instead of trashing unwanted items, people often place them on the stoop of their building for others to take. My natural tendencies toward being a scavenger find it impossible not to at least take a peek, especially when it comes to the books!

It was through these means that I came into possession of Needlecraft of the Baker Lake Artists 1974 Engagement Calendar.

Featured Member: mokosha

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Where are you from and where do you live now?
I’m from Serbia, from a small mountain town, though I live in Belgrade (which is a capital of Serbia ) for 10 years now. I graduated in art history and would know a few things about medieval manuscripts but never was too serious about getting anywhere with that. Instead, I do few other jobs, half of the year I work as an archeologist spending days in a dirt and sweat digging prehistory loving every second of it!

The other half of the year I spend working as personal assistant in my dad’s company (which is nice, since I work from home and have lots of free time that I can use to sew and try to start my own mini fashion line (wish me luck with that).

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