Base Drawing!

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Hey everyone check out out newest how to on how to use a technical figurine (croqui) to create drawing flats!

Sewing Universe News Feed: 3 April 2008

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A new magazine has hit the newsstands this spring, Make It Mine. Not only does it have great ideas for making edgy accessories, but this issue gives the readers a challenge – Transform anything into a fantastic purse! You’ll need to become a registered user to submit (and vote for your favorite) your creation, but if you’re one of the top 3 designers, you’ll get a $75 Visa gift card. Read here for more information on the contest rules.

Featured Member: Susisonne

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m living in Karlsruhe in the south of Germany. I grew up next to here and moved to Karlsruhe for my studies.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made were some curtains for my balcony last summer (2007). I needed some curtains but I didn’t want to spend much money. So I bought some fabric, asked my mom for her sewing machine and made my first steps with it. I was very satisfied with how they came out. So I also tried to sew some pillowcases with zippers. I had much fun with it and I still had some fabric left overs. This time I tried to sew my first garment: a skirt. After some weeks I bought my own sewing machine and went on sewing.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
I enjoy sewing. My studies are very theoretical so it is great to do something creative. For me sewing means relaxing. I spend many evenings with my sewing machine so my boyfriend sometimes says that I am a sewing addict.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
In my opinion the favorite thing about sewing is that you can create your own garments which are absolutely unique. You can do things which are exactly your style and fit. You can combine fabrics, colors and patterns the way you like and you can save a lot of money! I love to see the development of new garments: first you have only cut fabric peaces and in the end you have finished clothes. I like wearing things I made myself. It makes me proud because I’ve done it. I also thinks it is great that I do not have to buy clothes which were made in countries where people only get famine wages and have to work under catastrophic working conditions.
What I do not like about sewing is ripping up seams when I made something wrong. It costs so much patience and time. I also do not like hand stitching and cutting fabrics very much. But you have to go through it!

5. If you could make something for anyone, who would it be and what would you make?
There is no one special. I like making things you can wear everyday but also things for going out. I have sewn some things for my sister and my boyfriend, so I am very proud when they are wearing it.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
I love this site because you get so inspired by all the members. Nearly every day I check the new creations for new ideas. It is great to have the possibility to write comments to other member’s creations. I’m always very happy when I have new comments on my site. The best thing about BurdaStyle is that you can download patterns for free and you can see what other members did with the same pattern! It is great to see the differences and alterations. When I started sewing I only did exactly what was described in the instructions. But with the Sidonie-MiniChallenge I had so much fun with doing alterations on my own. So please go on with such projects! I also like the how-tos because you can learn so many things!
I love that you can add other member’s creations to your favorites. But I think it would be also great if you could see the members who added your creation to their favorites. I only can see the first two of them and often the pictures are not the right ones. So this could be improved.

7. What is your motto?
I do not have a special motto. I just can tell all burdastyle members to go on with sewing and showing their creations on this site! It is so inspiring!

Susisonne has so many awesome creations, check them out here creations!

Sewing Universe News Feed: 2 April 2008

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We all know that it’s the little finishing details that really pull a project together, but if hand stitching and finishing scares you, check out Make it Mine’s Sewing Basics Videos. You can watch online demonstrations of the blindstitch, backstitch and slip stitch and more, and see there’s really no need to fear hand work.

NEW FEATURE ON BURDASTYLE

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BurdaStyle defeats April’s nasty onslaught and proudly presents two exciting news upfront. First and foremost: we finally, finally swept another old bug out of the system – the searching tool is now freshly greased and running more smoothly than a cat could purr. Secondly: we are thrilled to announce a new feature we added to our site: virtual post-its. Born from a minor misfortune, i.e. a burnt Talea coat, was the idea of giving the visual splendor of our users’ creation a mode of verbal expression. So BurdaStyle picks up the hint and starts dropping notes: click the “ADD NOTE” bar under each creation to tag a spot in the photo and leave your comment with it – whether you have advice, a comment or an anecdote to share. After all, every piece of self-made fashion has a story to tell – so go ahead and give it some subtitles.

April Fools!

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April Fools! We are so sad to say it, but there will be no cookies and fun gum weekly blog. Yet again we were so impressed with the quality of the writing and the thought that went into your submissions, you made us wish that this blog really did exist!!! Here are some excerpts from our favorite submissions:

Etsy.com talks DIY Bridal!!

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Our friends at Etsy.com have weddings on the brain!! Today, the Storque blogs about Handmade Weddings: DIY & Refashioned Dresses. Our very own Benedikta contributes to the article, making pattern, variation, and fabric suggestions. You, our BurdaStyle community, even gets a shout-out as the friendly and helpful resource that you are!

So head on over to the Storque. Hopefully you’ll get some inspiration for your next creation, variation, or even wedding dress!

Sewing Universe News Feed: 1 April 2008

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If you have a fresh, new sewing tutorial brewing in your head, April may be the time to perfect it and post it to your blog or Flickr. Sew, Mama, Sew! is having a Tutorial Contest beginning April 1. Read more information on their blog about how to enter, and what you could win.

Letter From the Editors: Cookies and Fun Gum

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Hi everyone!

So I have some bad news, the new pattern is not going to be posted today. I know, I know… but fear not, there is also some good news! The pattern for super cool high waisted pants are going up on the site tomorrow, ready for your downloading pleasure! We really are excited to see what you guys do with this pattern.

Sewing Universe News Feed: 30 March 2008

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I had a love\hate relationship with the super stiff (yet remarkably flexible) interfacing known as Timtex. While I despised working with this stabilizer (it was a tad bit harder to sew and required extra trimming around edges for sharp corners), I knew it was essential to making professional looking bags, hats, and even fabric boxes. Now ,I find out that the company that produced Timtex is no longer able to manufacture the product due to a sudden shutdown of their facility sometime late last year (I’ve read that they are attempting to find someone else to produce their stabilizer, but until then what you are able to find in stores and on the internet is that last remains of their product). What’s a girl to do now? This article has some great options that might just help you find a replacement the next time your project calls for Timtex.

Sewing Universe News Feed: 28 March 2008

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In the latest CRAFT Video Podcast, Natalie Zee Drieu takes us on a video tour of Season Two Project Runway, Chole Dao. You’ll get to see results of her work from sketches to completed garments, and hear tips like the ever-important detail of fine pressing. [CRAFT]

Understanding The Needle

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None of us would be where we are without these! They are the key ingredient to the success of sewing!! They are the workhorses of any sewer, and we would all feel very naked without them!!! Without a doubt, one of the greatest inventions in the history of mankind!!!! Ok, ok I’ll stop. But seriously, these are the most important, under appreciated tools of our trade! Though they are often the source of frustration, maybe even the cause of a tear to be shed, needles can be our friends. Like anything, appreciate their limits and they will excel at their job.

Featured Member: Ceregana

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am originally from Sofia, Bulgaria. I live since 2000 in Kassel – a middle size city in Germany. I came here to study architecture and I almost did the distance. My last exam is in march, so there is a limited number of sewing sessions till then.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I am not sure I remember the first thing I’ve sewn. It must have been a pant or a blouse, when I was a teenager. My mom used to sew a lot so I somehow slipped neatly into it – I even had a small sewing machine as a kid (actually I think I never sewed something complete with it, it was just fine sewing straight lines…). Than I had a long pause and started doing clothes for myself about 2 years ago again, when I bought my own sewing machine.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Sewing is a relaxing hobby. I love what I am doing and learning, but it can be very stressful and there is a lot of responsibility of being good and being professional in it. So sewing is a perfect distraction, because I still can do my own thing, but still doesn’t have to take as seriously as a profession. I am enjoying my layman status in it… The other role it plays it is this of me being tired of buying stuff, because it is fashionable and because I can afford to buy it, but me ending up with only few pieces I really love. So by sewing I made my resolution to make pieces I will wear for years, because they are exactly my style. And I like the idea it is much more correct and environment friendly… And it has been on the winning spot of best diploma distraction, next to the internet…

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
My favorite thing is to have the finished garment and have the feeling it is just what you wanted it to be and the satisfaction of being able to pull it through (I still have some unsewn dead bodys, that waited to be brought to live…).
I hate it when I do something wrong and must break the seams and start again. It just stops the flow and feels like a step in the wrong direction. And my machine is not very good at buttonholes…

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

I will love to make unique things that they really like for my friends and family. If I just only had the time and motivation for it…

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

Hm, improving? I guess I will be happy to get more news feeds – I have my daily routine of checking website before i start working. I also will be interested in a kind of “behind the scenes” of every pattern that you make – the process from the sketch to the photo shoot.
And off course I love seeing the pattern modification how tos , but it doesn’t have to be you guys – users are also starting to post more of this. Sometimes when I am sewing something and couldn’t decide on a issue I get the desire to discuss is with some other users too.
What i really like about the site off course is the open source community idea. The positive attitude of the other users is a blessing too – it is just keeping one on trying again and being mean, since one can be anonymous is a think I hate about the web sometimes. I definitely sew and enjoy it more since i have the possibility to share the experience and the result.

7. What is your motto?
I don’t really have one. If I have to think of something it will be like “Don’t give up, keep on!” – just very down to earth and unromantic…

Learn more about ceregana by visiting her profile. Also check out her creations! To catch up more with Ceregana and find out what she’s up to, visit her blog!

Sewing Universe News Feed: 27 March 2008

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Please pardon the pun, but if your sewing machine has been bugging you, perhaps you can pass it on to sculptor Christopher Conte. His amazing works of art – which include delicately gorgeous insects – are made with, among other things, sewing machine parts. Looking at his pieces of work is like a fun scavenger hunt. The presser foot in the spider above is obvious, but what other parts can you find in his work? [via]

Easter Egg Hunt Winners!!!

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We hope you all had a lovely Easter: that the Bunny brought you some chocolate, you got to wear a pretty dress, kiss some loved ones, and enjoy a little sunshine. Judging from our Inbox, many of you got into the Easter spirit by partaking in our very own BurdaStyle Egg Hunt! Many of you found all 10 eggs—Congratulations! Instead of a hat, we drew our three winners from an Easter basket, and they are: First place, kallers; Second Place, ziancabug; Third Place, charlotte287. The Easter Bunny and BurdaStyle are putting $100, $50, and $25 fabric vouchers in our winners’ baskets. Congrats to the big winners, and thanks so much to the rest of you for participating in our Egg Hunt. It would be no fun with out you!

Even though the Hunt is over, we know some of you still want to know where those last pesky eggs were hiding. Here they are:

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