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5 New Basic Patterns + How to Embellish Them


The five new patterns featured in this article are simple yet elegant, chic and understated. They are perfect patterns for beginners, but experts could be equally inspired to embellish them further, like all of my examples featured within this article. Read on to see them all!

Awamaki Lab Seeks Volunteer Sewing Instructor for Co-op in Peru


Awamaki Lab is offering a six-week volunteer position to motivated sewing and garment construction instructors. Working in the serene environment of Ollantaytambo, Peru, instructors will collaborate with a local seamstress to develop and execute a design curriculum that helps standardize the skill level of women in our sewing co-operative. Our goal is to harness the talents and capabilities of women in Ollantaytambo to create employment opportunities that build confidence and extend beyond the scope of the local tourism market. To this end, we have set up the co-op to be a site of production for select Awamaki Lab designer pieces, as well as a place where members can explore their own design potential through immersion classes.

Pin It!


How do you catalog your ideas? Do you rip inspirational photos out of a magazine and put them on a bulletin board or notebook? Do you sketch out the design after seeing something that catches your eye? Or do you do it virtually with sites like Pinterest (there’s even an app coming soon for your iPhone)?

Personally, I’m totally excited about Pinterest. With me being able to read so many of my favorite inspirational magazines on an eReader, I’ve lost the ability to rip out favorite photos and look at them for inspiration. Now I’m not limited by magazines, I have the whole internet to pin!

Spring Menswear: What to Make Now


Yesterday our resident Menswear expert (and newly minted BurdaStyle contributor) Peter showed you the tools you need to get started sewing menswear. He also offered up a great first project suggestion – the caftan. While you’re getting your bearings using your tailors hams and point pressers, get inspired for future projects by checking out some of my favorite menswear finds from the Spring 2011 shows in Milan.

All-You-Can-Create at 3rd Ward in Brooklyn


We know you’ve got skills. You’re a sewer, a designer and an all-around super-creative person.

That’s why we’re such big fans of Brooklyn’s “innovation incubator”, 3rd Ward — a place where you can make all your DIY dreams come true. They host sewing classes (using Burdastyle patterns!), fashion illustration courses, and jewelry workshops; we’ve even shot some of our looks in one of their spacious photo studios! 3rd Ward’s awesome class schedule offers loads of options for creative activities you’ve perhaps wanted to try but haven’t had the guts to yet – like brunch welding, screenprinting, urban beekeeping, photography and tons more. For people who love to create, welcome to you Wonderland!

Want to Sew Menswear? Here's Where to Start!


Let’s face it: for the guy who wants to sew his own clothes (or for women who want to sew menswear), there aren’t a whole lot of resources out there. In-print books like David Coffin’s classic, Shirtmaking, are few. I’ve been writing extensively about men’s sewing over on my blog, Male Pattern Boldness, and I’m delighted that BurdaStyle has given me the opportunity to address the topic here.

A Little Bias(ed)


I admit…I’m a little bias about bias. As someone who has spent the better part of their life involved in sewing and quilting, I absolutely love bias tape. For so many patterns, projects and quilts, a coordinating or contrasting binding can really add a lovely and distinctive finishing touch.

BurdaStyle Goes to Austin!


Next week the BurdaStyle team is heading south for the winter to Austin, TX to attend the South By South West Conference (SXSW)! We are taking part in so many amazing events that we’ve been bursting at the seams to tell you about!! Check our facebook page to RSVP and for the full details! Nora, Rachel, Carol and Ruth will all be down from March 10th-March 16th so make sure to check out one of these great events after the jump!

Featured Member: nyphertiti


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

I’ve lived and traveled all over the world but I always come home to Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada. It’s a very small city almost right smack dab in the middle of Canada. During the day I work in a government office where I assist organizations in my community that work with homeless people. We develop projects that will move people towards independence, anything from mentorship programs up to building an emergency shelters or other housing. It’s very challenging but also very rewarding.

Site Issue Update: Pattern Purchases Back in Action!


All pattern purchases are working successfully.

Not all members experienced issues with pattern purchasing, but if you have attempted to purchase a pattern in the last few days and were unable to retrieve it due to a site issue, please e-mail Answers[at]BurdaStyle[dot]com. We are currently refunding all members who have already contacted us requesting a refund.

We appreciate your patience as our team works to provide refunds to those affected.

The Official Preppy Fashion Handbook + 10 Preppy Sewing Patterns


I grew up on Cape Cod, an island of Massachusetts, deep in the throes of an extremely prevalent preppy subculture. Derived from the word preparatory, prep or preppy describes the mannerisms, etiquette, education, speech patterns, and most importantly, the dress of certain North Eastern teenagers. The preppy style originated in the 1950s and still holds strong today. This post features 10 new patterns showcasing preppy designs from the earlier years of the prep (the 60s!). Read on and check out these versatile sewing patterns!

Site Issue: Unable to Retrieve Purchased Patterns?


Beginning on Friday, February 25th, some of you have reported that when attempting to purchase patterns, you are led to a 500 Server Error or are otherwise unable to retrieve your pattern. Please note that we are currently working with our Technical Support team to resolve this issue, and sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

If you have attempted to purchase a pattern and are unable to retrieve it due to this issue, please e-mail Answers[at]BurdaStyle[dot]com. We are currently refunding all members who have already contacted us requesting a refund.

We appreciate your patience as our team works diligently to solve this issue and provide refunds.

Last Week to Submit: Fiskars Unzipped: The Tutorial Contest!


Sewing School is in session and we are learning a lot! Thanks to you guys and your amazing submissions to our Fiskars Unzipped: The Technique Contest, we’re adding all kinds of tricks to our sewing encyclopedia. Haven’t had the time to upload your technique yet? You still have a few more days left to submit your step-by-step photos or short video complete with detailed instructions to our Learning section with the words “Fiskars Unzipped” in the title before Thursday, March 3rd, 2011 at 11:59PM EST for your chance to win great prizes from Fiskars! There’s no limit to the number of tutorials you can post for the competition!

Which Fashion Era Are You?


Today we’re exploring four exciting eras in fashion: the 20s, 30s, 40s, and 50s. Which one are you? Read on and see more images and get the patterns to create these looks yourself!

Upcycle Like a Princess


For most of us, upcycling, transforming a old, outdated, or unflattering garment and turning it into something updated and modern, is not a new technique. However, new eyes are turning to this trend as even (future) royalty are embracing it. Recently, Kate Middleton stepped out in an altered herringbone coat which not only has people talking, but is sparking a new interest in refashioning an existing wardrobe. Don’t quite know where to start? Check out Little Green Dresses: 50 Original Patterns for Repurposed Dresses, Tops, Skirts, and More, Sewing Green: 25 Projects Made with Repurposed & Organic Materials, and ReSew: Turn Thrift-Store Finds into Fabulous Designs for great tips and the inspiration to get you started!


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