Mother's Day How To

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Mother’s Day is coming up fast. Every year it’s a struggle to come up with that prefect gift to show her how all of her efforts have not been in vain. As we all know, moms can always use a way to wind down and relax, that’s why we have the perfect Mother’s Day How To! This eyemask, made from luxurious fabric and filled with lavender, will speak only of serenity and relaxation. So check out the how to to get the idea and we will post the pattern on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Featured Member: Oonaballoona

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

I am from New Jersey, USA, originally, then lived 12 years in New York, which is kind of the same thing— unless you’re a born and raised New Yorker, then New Jersey is another hemisphere. Now I’m in Los Angeles, which is another UNIVERSE.

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

My first sewing project was a big old pig made in my home economics class, I think it was the 5th or 6th grade. I chose pink taffeta, naturally… you would think with that choice, my pig would have been frilly, but he was actually quite huge and sleek with sharp seams and WAY overstuffed, there was no cuddling with this pig. I mean, you could have used this pig as a chair for a small child. Home ec was only offered one year, and I pretty much stopped sewing except for the odd (and badly executed) hem here and there. Oh, and the prerequisite pair of slashed up-the-legs jeans in high school. Am I dating myself? BurdaStyle has really got me sewing again, with the help of some fancy sewing items landing in my lap… a featherweight 221 from my parents, and a dress form from my mom in law.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

It keeps me sane and makes me happy! A friend told me that if I was going to live in LA, I had better have something to do that had zero to do with “the business”. I thought that was sort of dramatic… I have loads of hobbies anyway… well, she was right, people eat sleep and drink the biz here and that diet is really not for me. I’ve found that sewing has stuck more so than my other hobbies, it has the perfect combination of order and creativity. BurdaStyle definitely has a lot to do with my continuing obsession, as there’s always something new & cool to work on.

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

Those first few seams where you can see your creation taking shape and you know you’re doing it right is awesome. also pressing seams puts the universe in order. my least favorite thing is FITTING. I just want to finish it and put it on for the first time and have it fit like a glove. I would save myself loads of time if I would just
try the damn creation on once or twice before triple stitching those side seams, but it takes away from that little dance of joy at the end if you’ve already had it on before it’s completely done! but, if it doesn’t fit… no dance of joy. Rock and a hard place, eh?

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

I was warned: once people know you can sew, there’s no end to the “minor” requests made… I’ve been asked to make a jumper for a chihuahua, a man’s blazer out of a baby blanket, a pair of jeans… I think people really don’t know how much time goes into it. (and they are a bit delusional about my skill level). So if I could make
something for anyone, I guess I’d make them understand what they’re asking! If I could make something for someone… I would make the perfect suit, and the someone would be my husband. Skill-wise that’s a pipe dream, but if we’re talking fantasy here, there it is!

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

I visit pretty much daily, looking for new creations and using all of the great information and generally stalling on doing the things I am supposed to be doing. I really like everything about the site, and I know you all are improving things constantly. I love the community here— no one ever gets touchy or offended, everyone is so incredibly supportive of each other, and as far as online communities go in my experience, that’s an anomaly. I mean, I got in trouble because I introduced myself to 2 yahoo sewing groups at the same time… good lord, I think their world would end if they saw the double posts in our forum. Oh, I guess that is one area I’d love to see improved, heh heh, now that I mention it… but seriously, this site rocks.

7. What is your motto?

Hmm. I’m not sure I have a specific motto, though I could very well see myself walking around with theme music playing constantly. THAT would ROCK. through living in Los Angeles, I’ve become very aware of how important it is to be true to who you are as much as humanly possible, and to have fun doing so. This town is sort of more
fiction than fact, and it’s easy to get swept up in that. So I guess my motto is be true, to thine own self, and whoever comes your way, or whomever. You know what I mean…

To see Oonaablloona’s awesome creations click here! For more on Oonaballoona and to see more of her work check out her blog.

Site Survey and Summer Skirt Pattern!

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Hi everyone,

As you may have noticed, BurdaStyle is now on MySpace and Facebook. We have loved getting all of your friend requests, it has totally been making our day. Thank you to all of you who have left comments on our pages, it’s so nice to have members who are so involved. For all of you who have yet to be our friend, there are links on the homepage that you should check out. We love getting the requests so keep them coming!

Ordering a neckline with a twist

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If you are looking to add a little interest to your neckline, check out Christina’s latest project over at Assorted Notions. Inspired by a tutorial she saw on Sew Intriguing, she gave her tee a twisted neck band. The effect is subtle, yet really cool.

Taking a break

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Hi there!

Heidi is now almost 6 weeks old and she has grown so much, time is flying by. Now rather than time dragging by like towards the end of my pregnancy my weeks seem to go by in a flash, usually with me accomplishing only half the things i’ve wanted to. I promised myself that i would take some time out once Heidi had arrived so i have decided to take some time out from writing my column for BurdaStyle. I love working on BurdaStyle and have done so for over a year now! But, it takes up a lot of my time, i spend many hours sewing and then 2 evenings a week writing and editing my posts which leaves little time for anything else. I’m going to spending my time looking after and playing with my girls, trying to keep my house relatively tidy and start some of the many things i have lined up that i’ve been wanting to do for myself but have just not had the time. Basically i’m getting back to basics, making making time for the small things and doing them at my own pace.

For now this is just a break for me from writing my regular column and i will be around on the site uploading my creations, participating on the forum and organising the sewalongs and you’ll also be able to see what i’m up to on my own blog.

PS. How cool is it that Heidi has a dress named after her!?

Fabric Junkie's Dream

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I have a confession to make, I am a fabric junkie. Not only is my fabric stash growing exponentially, but I can usually identify a fabric line just by looking at it! Now there’s a new site devoted entirely to my passion – True Up. Not only does this site update it’s readers on upcoming fabric lines but also teaches readers how to buy fabric online and where some of their favorite prints can be found.

How To Cut Slippery Fabric

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On with the season of weddings, graduations and parties, this also means flawless skirts and dresses. These creations all involve one thing: slippery fabrics. Whether creating a lining or a silk dress, this week’s How To will show you a simple way to cut fabrics which can be hard to keep a hold of. Enjoy!

Vintage Sewing and Hatmaking books online for browsing

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When you’re studying an art or craft, it can help to take a look back through history for inspiration, resources and just general fun, “can you believe they did that?” Lucky for us, the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin has put a collection of three dozen sewing and hatmaking books online. The publication dates range from the 1890s to the mid 1940s. Scrolling through the books can be a little tedious, but there are real gems in there worth finding. [via]

Featured Member: Sunnyb64

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’ve lived my entire life in northern Delaware, on the east coast of the US.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I grew up with it-my mother’s sewed for my whole life, as does my grandmother and my aunt. So she started teaching me how to use the machine when I was about seven years old. The first thing I clearly remember making was a Barbie dress that I hand-sewed from white felt scraps and seafoam-green yarn. I had to cut it off the Barbie later because I forgot to leave an opening to take it off. I think the first thing I sewed on the machine was probably an awful pair of elastic-waist shorts in the horrible neon colors they had in the 80s-so it’s probably a good thing I wasn’t taking pictures of my creations back then!

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
When I was growing up, making clothes was a huge personal expression thing for me-I really hated the thought of wearing the same generic mall clothes as my classmates. Plus it made it really easy to have skirts that were long enough for my school’s dress code! Now, I work in a creative-based field (I’m a musician/music teacher), so it’s really nice to have something creative that’s purely for fun. Plus the clothes in stores still generally either bore me or annoy me when I know I could make them better (and often cheaper!)

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
Planning the project is a lot of fun for me, whether trying to decide what to do with a gorgeous piece of fabric, what to use for a certain pattern, or trying to come up with my own design altogether. I also really enjoy the machine work, and I love finishing things so I can wear them out of the house! My least favorites are cutting out the patterns and ironing. Especially ironing-I know it’s necessary, but it still annoys me.

5. If you could make something for anyone, who would it be and what would you make?
The ever-elusive perfect-fitting pair of jeans! I’d also love to be more adventurous in sewing for other people in general, as fitting anyone other than myself usually scares me.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
Besides the free/inexpensive patterns, the best thing is the sense of community, hands-down. Everyone is so encouraging of everyone else’s work and willing to share their knowledge and ideas, and I just love that. I also really love that experimentation with the patterns is encouraged, and seeing the different variations on the same pattern that people come up with! I’d really like to see a feature where how-tos connected to particular patterns can be linked from the main page of that pattern, if possible. And I want more mini-challenges!

7. What is your motto?
Borrowing from John Lennon, since I believe it really applies to sewing too. “Life is what happens while you’re busy making other plans.”

For more info on Sunnyb64, take a look at her profile. If that is not enough for you, make sure you check out her blog!

Swap-O-Rama-Rama heading to NYC this week

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New York readers – it’s time to get your swap on. The famous Swap-O-Rama-Rama clothing swap is happening this week. Grab your unwanted clothes and head down to NYU for a giant clothing swap and series of DIY Workshops. It’s a great chance to recycle and reuse clothing. See the Swap-o-rama-rama site for details on what you can bring and what to expect. [via]

Get your creation published!

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Some of you already noticed that every month we fill up a page with BurdaStyle fun stuff in the German Burda Modemagazin. And since BurdaStyle is all about our members, we have featured some of you already, and want to continue! Along with beautful pictures of your BurdaStyle creations, we love to tell you story and to show everyone what’s unique about you. Maybe you are a cake decorator, a forest ranger, you use BurdaStyle patterns for your own line, tell us!

We are looking for your story and your pictures! Since it is a print magazine, the pictures should be in high resolution (300 dpi) and aesthetically pleasing, charming, fun!

The people with the nicest pix and coolest stories will be featured in Burda Modemagazin! Send them to us to answers@burdastyle.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!

Happy Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day!

We at BurdaStyle would like to congratulate you, all our members, on making a difference in the world. Because you all make your clothes, even one t-shirt or one pair of pants, you are contributing to a cleaner planet. Making clothes yourself helps decrease the emission of Carbon Dioxide and various by-products of mass production that harm the environment.

Burda News Feed: 100 Skirt Project

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Depending on which fashion site you read, 2008 is going to be the year of the skirt. If you follow this season’s trend, no doubt you’ll be sewing up at least one of these garments for yourself, but while you’re at it why not sew up a skirt for someone else? Vintage Threads has started the 100 skirt project – she’ll be making embellished skirts (with coordinating tops) ranging is sizes 3T to misses small, wrapping and numbering each set, and sending all of them to an orphanage in Guatemala. As she began documenting her progress, readers of her site began taking an interest in her projects and began to send skirts to her cause. If you’re interested in contributing to this charitable project, then be sure to read this entry where Charity lists what sizes are still needed before the 100 skirt project is complete!

Prom Dress Pattern Variation!

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Hi Everyone!

Well it’s that time of the year again; over the next couple of months those of you in high school have many a momentous occasion arising. All eyes will be on you from prom to graduation, flash bulbs will be flying every which way, are you ready for it? If not, we have great news for you and anyone who needs a dress for a special occasion. The BurdaStyle team decided that since we know how incredibly talented and fun you all are, that you would appreciate a dress that spoke of your elegance as well.

Sewing Universe News Feed: 14 April 2008

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On a recent Ellen, program host, Ellen DeGeneres, expressed her extreme dislike for anything with sparkles or glitter Ever since, Crafty Chica has been on a mission to bring “Glitter Awareness” to the world. On the 8th, the Crafty Chica herself, along with other LA crafters gathered outside NBC’s Burbank studio to bring her message to everyone. Those in the area gathered their handmade glittered goods and signs to “promote glitter awareness and safe sparkle alternatives” and headed on out to the rally. For more details about gathering check out this entry on the Crafty Chica.

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