Pillowcase to Nightie with No Pattern

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Ever since I saw “The Virgin Suicides” by Sofia Coppola in 2000 I have wanted a vintage white nightie like the sisters wear in this macabre film. Though the inspiration behind the true story is a bit dark, I was stricken by the pureness & innocence of a crisp white nightie.

BurdaStyle Design Scouting: Congratulations Maryy!

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Congratulations Maryy!
Maryy is our current featured member and the winner in the BurdaStyle Design Scout contest. Her dress, hot hot Heat was chosen to be made into a BurdaStyle pattern for next spring. As many of you know, Maryy doesn’t generally use patterns but we are creating one for her…and you all. I know that I am really excited about this dress and I would like to that you all for suggesting the various user creations.

Etsy Alchemy Request

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Hey everyone,
I just wanted to bring this to your attention. Someone has posted an Alchemy request on Etsy for a Franzi vest with special button configuration. For those of you who are not familiar with Alchemy here is Etsy’s description:

Alchemy is a space on Etsy where buyers can post requests for custom items. Sellers then bid on the opportunity to make the item and win the sale. It’s your opportunity to collaborate with a crafter or artisan to get exactly what you’re seeking. Buyers can even make private requests to a specific seller within a shop.

Get out there and flex your sewing muscles!

Welcome Alison Kelly!

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As some of may have noticed, we are lucky enough to have the wonderful Alison Kelly as part of the BurdaStyle team! You know her from season 3 of Project Runway and you may know her clothing line Dahl by Alison Kelly (she has uploaded a couple of them as Creations). She is incredibly talented and we are so glad that she is with us. Alison will be poking around in the forums on a regular basis, answering questions and following up on threads. She will also be doing a regular feature on our blog each week called Upcycling. This feature will be talking about what to do with all those clothes that you just can’t seem to part with. From furniture to different styles Alison will be your guide to upcycling old fabric. Welcome around the site Alison!

Sewing my jacket muslin

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My week has been a busy one, full of kids, friends, sewing, creating and meeting up with other crafty ladies yesterday for some chatter, food, sewing and gift giving. I finally managed to get started on my muslin today and all started off well until I got to the collar and my mind fell to pieces. I think a combination of tiredness and text instructions did it, I’m more of a visual person preferring diagrams with text explanations. The instructions for sewing the collar onto the Jorinde jacket seem different to what I have done before and I just can’t quite grasp how to do it. I decided to take a break and go back to it tomorrow with fresh eyes when I may be able to figure it out otherwise I think I may use the instructions I know work for me and go from there. Thank goodness I didn’t just dive right in and start with my $40 a metre fabric, I’d have been crying into my jacket right now!

If you are sewing along here are some useful links for this stage of the process.

Sew Mama Sew-Making a muslin

Useful info for making a muslin

beSewStylish how to video

Fast Fit: Easy pattern alterations for every figure (book)

Metric Pattern Cutting for women-Winifred Aldrich (book)

The Anda Sewalong Minichallenge Winner is…

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Congratulations to senaSews!!! Her Smocked Anda received 217 out of 785 votes making her the winner! Her smocking technique was beautifully done, using a diamond effect to give the waist some definition. senaSews will be receiving a copy of Singer Sewing Essentials, a $25 fabric voucher and lots of BurdaStyle goodies. Thank you for all of your incredible entries, we were really blown away. Keep up the great work and keep your eye out for more contests! Have a great weekend!

Warp vs Weft

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Do you know the difference between the warp and weft of your fabric? Knowing this and the types of weaves your material has will help you true up you fabric. Learn more from True Up’s tutorial and stay tuned to their blog to find out how to true up your material!

We Are Nearing 100,000 Members - Let's Celebrate!

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BurdaStyle is coming close to having 100,000 members, woot! To commemorate this momentous occasion, we have decided to have a 100K open studio celebration. So all BurdaStyle members in and around the NYC area should stop by the BurdaStyle studio and join in the merry making.

We picked Wednesday 27 August 2008, 6-8 PM, so prepare for a party! RSVP by Sunday August 24th 2008 team@burdastyle.com

For all that can’t attend: Take a picture of how you and your BurdaStyle friends would celebrate our 100,000th member. Send it in to team@burdastyle and we will put together a great big BurdaStyle celebration album. Thank you all for support and enthusiasm for our site!

Featured Member: Maryy

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am from Finland and I live in a town called Tampere. I moved here when I started high school and been living in Tampere almost two years now.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I think that the first thing I’ve ever made was some kind of costume for a doll or Barbie. We used to sew lots of things for toys with my sister! My mum has always sewn, knit and crochet a lot so I have grown up in a creative environment. After Barbies, I started sewing things to myself and made my first trousers. It took weeks until I finished them and I wasn’t that pleased with the outcome, so I never wore them. :~>

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Oh, it plays quite a role at the moment. I hadn’t taken sewing that serious until last year when it became my dearest hobby! Now I sew almost every day and it’s just something I need. It’s the best way for me to relax. I have even thought that maybe I could make it for a living some day.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

I love that you can create exactly that kind of clothes you like and they’re unique. You’ll develop all the time and sewing is very rewarding! I’m a student and it’s is a great way to save money, too! Yet I haven’t found any negative things.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

I love Björk and her strange outfits she wears on the stage. I would love to design her some kind of huge dress with open back, lace and details.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

I always get inspiration when watching others’ creations! It’s nice to get feedback from other sewers and see what they’ve made. I also love photographing so my two passions, sewing and photography, are related in BurdaStyle.

7. What is your motto?

I don’t actually have any motto, but one wise lyric says: If you don’t live for something you’ll die for nothing.

Though Maryy doesn’t have a blog, she has a photo gallery full of beautiful pictures. If you take a look at her creations you will see that her aesthetic runs through her work no matter what the medium. Thank you Maryy for all you incredible work!

BurdaStyle Fashion Shoot in Craft:

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Craft Magazine Issue 8 hits the stands today! Check out our special guest appearance in the Dress Up section. We are big fans of Craft and so psyched to have an opportunity to be in it!

Last day to vote for your favorite Anda variation!

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If you haven’t voted yet, this is your last chance. Voting ends today at midnight! There have been many a time when people have regretted not voting, assuming that someone else will just make the right decision for them. Don’t risk it, get in there and make your voice heard!

Be a BurdaStyle Design Scout

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This is a little different from our other contests. Instead of having you all design something new, we would like you to submit a creation which has already been made. What this means is we would like you to suggest another member’s creation (not your own) to become a BurdaStyle pattern. Go through your favorites and nominate the best of the best.

What we are looking for:

A flowy dress for the spring collection of 2009.

It must be a dress created by a member, based on either a BurdaStyle pattern or from their own imagination.

It cannot be based on any other pattern, from any other company.

It must be located on the BurdaStyle site.

You have until this Thursday, August 7th, to submit your choices to us at team@burdastyle.com. Please send us the name of the member, the name of the creation and the URL. From there, we will go through all of the submissions pick out the winner!

If you do not want your creations submitted, please write so in your profiles. If you are submitting someone’s creation, please check with that member first.

BurdaStyle got a facelift!

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That’s right, we have snazzed ourselves up just for you. The site has undergone some changes to make it smoother and more user friendly. There is now a “My Profile” button in the top bar of the page. We also have a much improved, more accessible help section located at the bottom of every page. And, you can now click on any section of the blog right from the bottom of the page. You may have also noticed that speed has improved immensely and that the bugs have nearly disappeared. Yay! There is a lot more that is different, but why would I want to spoil all the fun?? Go explore the improved site and let us know what you think!

Correctly Cutting Patterns

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Most of us place a lot of importance on sewing, but often forget that cutting, as boring as it may seem, is just as important – if not more. This article that appeared several years ago on Fashion Incubator reminds us of it’s importance as well as transferring pattern markings. And all this time I thought I was correctly cutting out my patterns!

The jacket

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Hey there! I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after the craziness of having a baby in the house. Heidi is now four and a half months old; time seems to have really flown by but it has been a pleasure, she is such a good baby.

I feel like I can now start sewing clothes for myself again after so much shape changing. I made a few skirts while I was still pregnant which fit for a little while but soon they were too big on me and needed to be altered. The sewing machine ended up gathering dust and I took to knitting for a while but now I’m almost back to my pre pregnancy weight I’ve decided it’s time to start sewing again!

I’ve had fabric ready to make the Jorinde jacket for about six months but was scared to cut into the expensive fabric until I knew my body shape would not change too dramatically. So now is the time to make it I think. I have suggested this pattern in the forum for the next sewalong; I figure we could all use a jacket in our wardrobes whether we’re heading into autumn or spring. Some members seem to be keen on the idea and there’s not been much interest in any other patterns. So I thought this sewalong could use any of the jacket patterns here on the site so that those who have already made Jorinde or have plans for another jacket can sew along.

Over the coming weeks I will document each step of making the jacket here on the blog and in the forum. I will post regular how-to’s for each step for those members taking part in the sewalong that need them. This pattern may be a little advanced for some but please don’t be scared, I’ll be going through it slowly step by step and I encourage you to give it a go, heck I’ll be learning a lot along the way too so if I can do it I know you can too.

My fabric is too expensive to cut into without checking the fit of the pattern first. So this week I’ll be making up a muslin, I have cut out the pattern in a size larger than I normally would and once I have it sewn together I will make markings directly onto it for alterations I may need to make. There will be more details in my next post about how to do this with tips and links that may be useful.

There have been some wonderful variations of the Jennifer blouse for the last sewalong. I wasn’t too keen on this pattern to begin with but I think my mind may have been changed. The Anda mini challenge entries have blown me away! I think each and every one of you that took part deserves a prize. I love how these challenges bring out the creativity in you; it’s amazing what talent we might find lurking in our members. Watch out for another mini challenge soon.

If you feel like taking part in the jacket sewalong head on over to the forum and let us know your plans. Tell us which jacket you intend to make, show us your fabric and let us know of any alterations you may like to change.

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