New Blog! Sewvenirs: The Global History of Fashion

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We have a brand new blog premiering today and appearing every Thursday. Every post will be about a different element of the history of world wide fashion. This blog will be written by our new contributor Marie Karaisl. Born In Germany and living in Mexico City she has certainly had a lot of experience abroad. I am really excited to find out the journey that fashion has taken and how that affects where fashion in different cultures is today. Welcome Marie, we can’t wait to see your work!

Organize Your Fabric Stash

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I admit it. I’m a fabric junkie, a material-holic – I strive to reach SABLE (Stash Accumulation Beyond Life Expectancy), although I probably already have. I’m reluctant to show you my fabric stash, but if you peek here, you’ll be able to get a glimpse of what I currently own. I don’t really have a ‘system’ for organizing my material, but this article, although meant for yarn, but should work just as well for fabric, might help get met started. How do you organize your stash?

Featured Member: SenaSews

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

I was born and raised in Dortmund, Germany. Now I’m living in a region in the center of Germany which is famous for the river Rhine and its medieval castles.

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

Both of my grannies have been seamstresses and my mother used to sew a lot as well. So I’ve always been fascinated by sewing. I made my very own attempts to sewing nearly a year ago by making a dress for me. It was absolutely not wearable but it was such a joy to make that I’ve stuck to sewing.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

For me sewing is a good compensation to my every day work. I usually sit the whole day in front of a PC. So for me it’s joy being creative and it’s somehow satisfying creating something I can touch and feel.

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

I really love everything about sewing – planning a project, choosing a pattern, buying the fabric (oh, that’s one of my favorite things), tracing the pattern, cutting the fabric and seeing how an idea turns into a real piece of clothing. When I start sewing something, I always have a concrete imagination of the finished piece. So I don’t like not finding the right fabric, the right buttons, … or when a project doesn’t turn out as I imagined.

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

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

What I love the most about BurdaStyle is that it is a steady source of inspiration it gives me. I love to see other members creations and how they turned i.e. a basic pattern into something so unique and special.

7. What is your motto?

I don’t really have a motto. I try not to fear trying things and just do it. So I try not to fear making difficult clothes as a beginner, cutting expensive fabrics, working with knits or trying out new techniques.

You know senaSews from the Anda Sewalong Minichallenge I can’t read German, so I was very excited to find that almost every blog post is written in both German and English. She shows us how she did her beautiful diamond smocking as well as tips for other patterns. I was sucked into her blog and I think you will be too!

Drittofilowiki, A Wiki for Pattern makers and Textile Designers

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Cecilia from Pamoyo pointed this out to us. It’s a nifty little thing along the lines of the sewpedia but on a grander scale. Drittofilowiki is a giant wiki for people in the pattern making and textile design sector. It is designed for people who care about clothes and where they come from. It seams like it would be right up our ally. So, thanks Cecilia!

Pamoyo Goes Open Source

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Pamoyo, the Berlin based fashion house has gone open source. They have decided to make their designs available under the under the creative commons law. The patterns from this fashion house can be downloaded for free and printed out on your home printer. From the BBC

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!

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