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BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Denver, CO, USA


Nestled among Colorado’s mountainous landscape, the BSC of Denver, Colorado is creating a lot of sewing magic!

The September Issue


If one is expecting a psychological breakdown of who Anna Wintour really is and why, one may be disappointed upon viewing R.J. Cutler’s documentary The September Issue. But if one is keen on witnessing the inner-workings and staunch editing that goes on behind the gilded doors of the fashion magazine American Vogue, one will be thoroughly enchanted.

I must begin with the true star of the film (at least in my eyes), Grace Coddington, because honestly, there would be no dreamy editorial spreads gracing the glossies without her. Anna & Grace are like Gilbert & Sullivan- if Gilbert & Sullivan were editor-in-cheif & creative director. The film is based around the high-tension dynamic between Anna, the “pope”, and Grace, the visionary. What is so alluring about their relationship is that Grace is the only person in the film who is not intimidated by Anna. What I found most compelling was the editing room where Grace’s spreads would be laid out only to be later cut by Anna. Grace’s feelings seemed etched into her face-she has a softness about her yet underneath she is fierce and has a vision, a quest for perfection and keen intuition. Grace wants texture and volume, color and light- she’s daring and bold, yet so heart-breakingly romantic it brings tears to my eyes. She is truly one of fashion’s greatest editors- she is the images one conjures up when thinking of high-art fashion editorials. “I’m one of the last remaining fashion editors to dress the girls myself,” she tells the camera in The September Issue, and I hope she remains dressing girls for a long, long time.

Has anyone else see this film? Can you relate to Grace, to Anna?

Featured Member: MinnieTheMinks


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am from the very north of Scotland, any further and you are swimming to Norway. I now live in Wellington, New Zealand, which is a fantastically stylish and fun city.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I am quite new to the sewing world as I sewed my first skirt just two and half years ago. I started because I came to New Zealand with a ruck sack and not much money! I was getting fed up of looking at garments that cost so much but were so poorly made, I thought I could do better than that. So enrolled in a sewing night class. The ethics of cheap store bought clothes and the environmental damage it creates put me on the ‘sewing my own’ road too.

Back To School: Dorm Life Essentials


As important as grades are, making a dorm room feel like home is just as challenging. We compiled a list of essentials to help you get ready for the big move.

Project T-Shirt


Last week I made a soft, supple t-shirt from my new-found favorite textile Lyocell after having been inspired by Julia & Julie (the film) to sew more. Which brings me to this week; I am (still) quite inspired by the ubiquitous t-shirt , so much so that I continue to design more, and actually, am building a capsule collection entirely based off of the t-shirt.

This week I’ve created a tri-colored t-shirt dress- long enough to wear alone, yet looks lovely paired with opaques and it it so comfortable- the fabric is buttery soft and slightly transparent. While it may sound simple, within a classic pattern live countless pattern variations (not to mention surface design opportunities), and I find that designing within some constraint only opens up more windows of curiosity. It seems to me that this classic statement is not going anywhere, and for the time being, I am thoroughly intrigued. Is anyone else making t-shirts?

Pictured above: my tri-colored t-shirt and inspiration board for Spring/Summer 2010.

Starving Crafter


It doesn’t matter if you sew, knit, bake, or partake in any other form of crafting, there’s always some sort of contest or giveaway for your hobby to be found on the internet. The question is, “How do you find them?” The Starving Crafter is your answer. Not only are there links to the latest competitions, but also information on places to sell your works, crafting social networks, and magazines that are looking for submissions. Starving Crafter looks to be a relatively new site with lots of room to grow, but it’s a great resource for fun links and a starting off point to finding others with similar interests!

Beginner's Sewing Blog: This Skirt Has Something Against Me


I started to sew my first wearable project! I’ve been told the easiest thing to sew is a nice, flowy, simple skirt. The Linda skirt seemed to meet all the requirements so I set to work. As easy as the project was, I managed to make it a very, very difficult.

Now, all of you who sew and know what you are doing are going to think of me as absolutely nuts when I tell you this next bit. I decided on using gingham with all those little ¼ inch contrasting boxes; and as if that weren’t enough, it wasn’t the right width so I had to finagle it and add some seams in the front and back.
Between the little boxes and the new seems, I was hunched over the pattern table pinning everything together for over an hour.

BSC Update: BSC Brooklyn, NY, USA!


On Monday, August 24th, the BSC of Brooklyn conducted their sixth meeting. Once I realized how close they were to the BurdaStyle offices, I decided to drop by for a visit! Held at one of the members’ beautiful loft, the five ladies and I had a wonderful time talking about everything from their current projects to Project Runway!

How do you do Denim?


Denim has been around since the late 18th century- it’s origins residing in France, where the French once created a sturdy cloth called “serge” in the city of Nimes; hence denim’s original title “serge de Nimes”, which was soon thereafter shortened to Denim.

Today, when one sees denim, images of centuries past are not abundant, but instead we see something much more modern, current and quite American right? I find denim amazingly versatile in this sense. Denim has this extensive history, yet it can instantly be reinterpreted into a completely modern fashion.

I am sure almost every reader of this posting owns a pair of jeans. How much do you love them? In all of it’s incantations, how do you do denim? Are you a fan of the 70s, wearing bell-bottoms and flowy tops? Do you have a favorite pair of jeans? Are they modern or vintage, drainpipe or cropped? Which of the pictures above do you relate to the most?

Featured Member: Shalyn


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
Well, I grew up for my earlier years in Southern California, then moved to Manhattan for a number of years before deciding to go to school in BC Canada and now I’m settled in Vancouver BC.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I started sewing by doing embroidery, which likely explains why I sew all of my clothes by hand. I’ve never had a sewing machine. I used to embroider handkerchiefs a lot, so I’m pretty sure that must have been my first project. Just one of the random things that I saw at some point and decided I wanted to do, so I went to the library and started taking out books that illustrated different stitches. I was probably about 9 when I started sewing.

Perfect Fall Jacket Patterns!


As much as students dread it and parents love it, it’s undeniable… it’s back-to-school time! What better way to start off the school year than with a perfect fall jacket? Go from the warm summer nights into cool fall days with these chic BurdaStyle patterns!



Last Thursday evening I had a date with my beau. We went to one of my favorite Thai food restaurants which is cheap and B.Y.O.B. (bring your own beer- or wine in my case) which is very recessionista friendly. Recessionista: A person who is able to stick to a tight budget while still managing to be stylish. I think, before this word was created, and before the economic crisis, that many of us on BurdaStyle were recessionistas already, sewing our own clothing and accessories and being frugal and creative about our immediate surroundings.

More Uses For Thread


Of course we all know that thread is an important tool for sewing, but did you know that 100% cotton thread can have cosmetic uses? As I was surfing the web the other night I came across this article that discussed the increased popularity in the ancient art of threading. Intrigued, I searched around to find out more information and discovered that the concept is simple, thin cotton threads are twisted around a follicle and then pulled, removing the unwanted hair – similar to tweezing. If you’re interested in seeing threading in action, be sure to check out this video (the ‘action’ starts at 2:00), of course, if you’re really interested in trying it out for yourself, this tutorial on eHow will teach you how. Personally, I’m going to stick with keeping my thread in my machine.

The Beginner's Sewing Blog: The Big No Sew


Well, again, my time at the sewing table has been minimal this week, but that is because my ankle is the size of a softball. Yup. Softball. Wednesday night I rolled the hell out of it, so I have been laying on the office couch, keeping my ankle elevated and doing all the things I’m supposed to to make it mend…except for last night.

Last night we had our New York meet up and I just couldn’t sit still! We got to meet many of the incredible member/friends that we’ve made through the site (picture above, more to come next week!) I was so inspired by all these amazingly talented women, women who work so hard during the day and come home and

Wednesday's Repairs


As you know, we have been fighting off the bugs you reported as fast as we can! On Wednesday the site was down for repairs and we were able fix some of the major ones that have been lurking on the site. So now, without further ado, here are the changes that you will notice throughout the site


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