Wanna be creative, stop global warming and win prizes? You bet!

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Here at BurdaStyle we try to be as green as possible in our living. We bring out Charlie bags to the stores, try to refashion old clothes and up cycle old cloth. We believe in trying to reduce the impact we have on this world which is why we were so happy to hear about this project. We, along with, Craftster, Etsy, Craft: and ThriftyFun have all partnered with the climate awareness group 350.org to bring you a creative way to save the world, or at least do our part. The effort is called Creativity 350. This project aims to creatively spread the word about lowering greenhouse gasses to below 350 parts per million. Now here is where you come in.
There are two creative contests that you can enter: the Creativity 350 Craft Contest and the Creativity 350 T-Shirt Contest. Both contests are accepting submissions up to August 15th. There are tons of great prizes and this is a really great cause. Check it out and help us spread the word!

Featured Member: Lalalalayla

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I grew up mostly in Arizona with frequent visits to Manhattan, cut my teeth in Los Angeles, and gypsy’d across America last summer before landing in Brooklyn.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Making has always been a natural and constant thing for me, so I don’t have a specific answer to this question. I come from a family of makers. My dad is a fixer/maker/builder, and I have a box of things my mom and aunties and grandmas made for me as I was growing up, from ceramics to costumes to party dresses to stuffed animals. I also grew up in a family that would get excited about a pile of garbage because ‘maybe we can make something out of this’.

With all that, though, I don’t remember starting to sew until college. I remember trying to recover a couch and choosing really bad material. And I remember getting my roommates to dress up with me as a rock n’ roll band for Halloween, and I made my costume from scratch: it was awful and too small and I obviously had no idea what I was doing and I looked like a hooker. A few years later, my ex-husband bought me a nice sewing machine, and it was onward and upward after that.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Sewing IS my life these days. Freelancing for BurdaStyle, I get to sew a lot of the beautiful garments you see in our Creations. And I’ve also been working on my Etsy shop, Led Thread, which keeps me busy and satisfied. I’m also doing a TON of custom work. Last year I dreamt of taking a sewing vacation (just sewing for a week), and now I dream of taking a vacation FROM sewing (no sewing for a week)! That said, though, I love sewing and the creative process and I am incredibly proud of how far my craftsmanship has come in the last few years.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
I hate trying to get fabric to do something it doesn’t want to do.
I love the sense of accomplishment I get knowing garments I’ve made are out in the world living separate lives that I know nothing about. I like to imagine what they are doing: maybe shoved in the back of the closet, maybe in the donation heap, but maybe on a tropical vacation or fancy party.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
I would make myself a really avant-garde gown.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
Ah, well, I really truly love BurdaStyle and I think it is a beautiful project. I am very excited about the site redesign, because right now it is a bit clunky and difficult to navigate. I love having a place where people can share their creations, and I really like all the positive feedback our members are so generous with. I like seeing how people execute the patterns, what fabrics they choose and what changes they make. I also use the How To’s quite a bit to jog my brain if I’m coming up to a sticky construction issue. Oh, yeah, and the patterns!!

7. What is your motto?
There is no place to go save up.

Layla has been here at BurdaStyle since October of last year. In addition to keeping us laughing and being a major force behind our cookie consumption, she is also responsible for many of the patterns and creations put up by BurdaStyle (the Charlie bag, the Bella pants and Pete, the Men

Appliqued Flower Pillows

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Hello everyone in BurdaStyle land!
Today we have an awesome how to for you! We are teaching you how to create awesome appliquéd flower pillows; these can be seen all over the Sadie dress variation. These are an easy, fun way to dress up any piece of clothing you have lying around the house. Old jeans with a big hole? Now it has an awesome appliqué. Old pillow with a stain… appliqué. You get the point. We are not the first to do how tos on this, Mirela made this how to cutout applique for sheer fabrics and baerbelborn taught us how to appliqué with stamps. By following these how tos, you will be modifying everything in sight. Have fun with this one!

Taking Your Creations Further

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Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and a great Father’s Day. I know that we had a nice, relaxing sunny weekend. Now it looks like it is about to open up here in Brooklyn, ahh well.

Member suggested patterns

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Hi everyone and happy Friday!

The heat wave has finally broken. It’s always fun when you think of the upper 80’s as a cool day. As some of you may have noticed, we have been doing a lot of information gathering which also means a lot of sorting. We have gone through all, yes all, of the comments and suggestions left by you on the survey and put them in our idea bucket and sent them to our programmers. We are going to be keeping these ideas in mind as we move the site forward. Thank you for taking the time to write these. We have also been sorting through all your great ideas for new patterns. So without further ado here is the list of “Coming Soon” patterns suggested by you:

• Bathrobe
• One-piece bathing suit
• Hoodies
• More women’s patterns in larger sizes
• Raglan sleeve knit hoodie
• A winter coat in larger sizes
• More menswear
• Sweatpants
Men’s tee shirt
• Yoga pants
• Turtleneck sweater dress
Cowl neck tank

Keep in mind, these are not the only items that will be posted, there will be many projects and variations in between these patterns. And as a plus, whether you realize it or not, the in betweens help you grow as a sewer. By looking at the project, how tos and variations you are learning the skills to transform all patterns into your dream outfits! Have a great weekend everyone and we will be back on Monday!

Member suggested patterns coming up!

DIY Studded Belt on Threadbanger

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If you’re looking to add a little punk flair to your outfits, check out Geri’s latest tutorial over at ThreadBanger. She shows you how to whip up a knock-off, knockout studded belt for a fraction of what you’ll find in retail clothing shops. It’s a quick enough project that you could whip it up in the afternoon for that evening’s fun.

Featured Member: Bathina

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am originally from Germany near cologne but now live more south in Mannheim. I also spend three to six months of the year in Ohio, because my boyfriend is from there.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made was the apron from BurdaStyle ;-) a very nice and easy 1st-sewing project.
The first time I was in Ohio with my boyfriend I thought about starting to sew. So I bought a sewing-embroidery machine on Ebay. I always wanted to do this but I never had time for it. The years before I went to my work and in the morning I studied in the evenings, so no time for any hobbies.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Since I started sewing a few months ago, I figured out how creative the world is and what fun it can be. At first I only made clothes but now I like to sew some decorations too.
There’s so much to learn and I want to learn it all. If it’s pattern drafting, designing, the knowledge of fabrics & techniques everything is very exciting for me. Normally I didn’t have patience for something – sewing has changed me at this point.
I feel such more in balance since I started to sew and the time in one day is never enough.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
The result is my favorite thing of all it. The steps between are sometimes little and hard and in the moment it can be painful; you start to think that you will never finish this project like you planned. But at the end you forget all this anger (yes sometimes anger comes up) and you’re proud to reach your own little goal.
I haven’t gone to a sewing-school yet, only some great pattern instructions like yours, the www, TV and good Books helped me to ‘fight’ the patterns.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
I would sew something for the home or a nice a bag. To make clothes for somebody is a bit difficult, above all it should be a surprise present.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
BurdaStyle patterns were the first one’s which I didn’t have any problems with. And if I had a problem BurdaStyle has a very huge collection of helpers.
I like the community they are all very friendly. I like to see the members in process and that’s pushing me in my work.
BurdaStyle is easy to use- I like it!
Sometimes there are these ‘fake’ pattern ( only a picture without a pattern or an instruction) from the USER – I don’t like this

7. What is your motto?
Nothing is impossible to sew when you’re not afraid of your faults. Be accurate when you’re sewing. Don’t give up- give yourself time and try again later.

Follow Bathina’s creative thought process by checking out her blog! Also she and her girlfriend just opened a new website called Creativoo. The main idea of the site is it is a community for all kind of crafting hobbies that posts more videos instead of pictures. Check it out!

How To Select The Right Needle

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Universal, ballpoint, sharp. With so many different sewing machine needle styles out there, it’s sometimes difficult to pick the right one for your project. This entry at Craftstylish can help you in choosing the correct needle for your material.

Men’s Size Chart

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So we have been a little slack on keeping you up to speed about the comings and goings of people here at BurdaStyle.

Last week I mentioned that our all-star intern Nora worked on the badges. Well, I would like to introduce you to her.

BurdaStyle badges for your site!

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Show your love for BurdaStyle! We have 6 incredible badges to choose from. We are so excited to be offering these to you. Our graphic designers have been working nonstop; just ask Hikaru and our all-star intern Nora. The badges can easily be put on you’re website, your MySpace page, your blog or any other place your heart desires!

To add a badge, follow these simple instructions:

-Choose which badge you want

-Highlight the HTML code, which can be found directly below the badge.

-Copy the corresponding HTML code (once highlighted) by going to file and hitting “copy” from the drop down menu

-Paste the code into a page on your website, or the template for your website or blog.

Voilá! Now you have an awesome BurdaStyle badge on your site. Drop us a comment telling us where you are linking from, we think it would be interesting to see.

Featured Member: Toupinette

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I grew up, studied and lived in Paris for most of my life. My husband is a south of France man and he didn’t want to live in Paris because “it’s too cold, too raining, too many people and too far of sea” (he has a great sense of exaggeration!). So, I moved to a little town in south of France famous for its fondness of food: Montelimar. The NOUGAT’s town (you know it’s candy made with honey, almond and sugar….).

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Because I’m crazy for clothes and fashion, I would to be able to make my own wardrobe. Many reasons of that:
- I love designer’s clothes but too often it’s very expensive;
- I want to have original outfits;
- I think it’s an ecological and social action.

So, last year, I asked for a sewing machine for my birthday and the first thing I made was a simple gray linen bag that I use when I travel. I was quite pleased with the result so I decided to make something hardier: a real outfit. I bought sewing books, discovered BurdaStyle, saw amazing creations of the other members, downloaded beautiful patterns, made a lot of horrible things, learned from my mistakes and now I have begun to sew some clothes that I’m not ashamed of!

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
When I was younger, I never had manual hobby. I was very frustrated because the creative part of me was completely ignored (I’m lawyer, it’s not a very creative and funky job…). So sewing allow me to develop the creative part of me (and have nice, original clothes too !! ) That’s why it’s become my favorite hobby. I’m always thinking of my future creations and dreaming of when I get to sew beautiful fabrics, pattern or creations of other members!
In conclusion, I can say that’s sewing makes me happy and fills me with pride.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
Lots of favorite things: choosing the perfect fabric, imagining the results, seeing pieces of fabrics becoming a real clothes, etc

Least favorite: marking the pattern on the fabric and cutting pieces of pattern (because I don’t have a big table so I have to make it on the floor and it’s not very comfy!)

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
One of my best friends makes fun of me when I told him that I had begun to sew (he saw my first creations… hmmm). He bet that I’d never be able to make a men suit for him. So I hope, one day, I’ll be able to make him a great suit for him!!!!

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
First all, I really, really, really love this site and the community!
I ‘m always looking for patterns, inspiration, support and advice and I’ve gotten them on BurdaStyle.

I love members who are very nice. Their support gives me the hunger to continue.

I love the creations of members, I’m very impressed by the talent of them. Some creations look very professional and stylish. It’s astonishing.
I m’ always amazed by the way of the same pattern can be interpreted by different members. One pattern becomes many different, original and singular creation.
It’s very inspiring.
I love the BurdaStyle team who select patterns and give them a modern and funky touch.

I love solidarity in this community because people share tips, how to, advice, pattern.

For me, this site is perfection… just one fault: it’s hard for me to understand pattern because it’s in English and I’ have bad English … but I’m okay because it’s my fault … I slept during English lessons and it’s the occasion to improve my English!!!!

7. What is your motto?
Not very original… CARPE DIEM

Even though she slept through English class, she appears to be doing a great job with the English instructions. She has been making incredible creations and mastering the art of sewing.

Men’s T Shirt Pattern

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Hi everyone, we are sorry to report that we are having some difficulties with the pictures, so the weekly pattern will be uploaded as soon as possible, most likely tomorrow. We are sorry for the inconvenience but we promise you it will definitely be up in enough time for Father’s Day (June 15th.)

Set-in Arm tutorial

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I’m in the middle of sewing a dress right now, and – quite frankly – I’ve stalled. I’m stuck at the sleeves, and I’ve had this crazy block with getting them done. I’m taking this latest post at the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog as a sign that I need to go ahead and knock those suckers out. The step-by-step instructions and photos on how to attach a set-in sleeve make me think I might actually be able to get past this sewing road block.

Women's Clothing Month

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May has been devoted to “Women’s Clothing month” at Sew, Mama, Sew. Every day in May, a new tutorial or tip is added to the site plus there is a sew along (with instructions for making a vintage smock) and discussions in the forum based on the blog entries this month. Some ‘must read’ articles include how to take measurements, how to sew from patterns, and how to alter your (pants) patterns.

Featured Member: Shiela_Imbao

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am from the Philippines, living at its capital, Metro Manila.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
My first project was a black silk shantung basic-dress. I made the pattern from scratch as part of my first lesson in basic sewing & dressmaking school in one of the older dressmaking schools here in Manila called the Golden Hands Institute.

Sewing for me came out of nowhere. I am trained as a food technologist and had worked for two major restaurant and food corporations for 2 years each, before getting married and working with my husband at their family business related to manufacturing and heavy industry. My husband suggested that I try sewing, for me to be able to have what ever dress I want. You see, choices available are limited as others would agree. It’s always something too simple, or something ill-fitting, or something overly priced and poorly done, or simply the styles available aren’t MY style. So I agreed to try his suggestion, and within weeks I was immersed in dressmaking, pattern making and fashion design. I was making projects at home not related to the course I was taking. I would try to make replicas of blouses that I already own, or I would try to make my own designs. Every piece I made then, I still keep in my closet now, to remind me of how far I’ve gone and how much I’ve improved in craftsmanship and taste. And I’d do the school projects in school, learning as much as I can from my instructors (it’s a one-on-one approach) as I can.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Sewing for me right now occupies about half my week. So far it doesn’t produce a lot of income for me, since I only sew mostly for friends and relatives (at cost) and only accept very few referrals. But lately I’ve been doing dressier full-on projects for attending weddings, graduations and other formal events. I’ve learned so much from my last few projects and I think I am now more capable of making a bigger range of apparel for myself and others.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
I think my favorite would have to be being able to dress myself and my clients, having only our imaginations as a limit. My last client wanted a hot-pink silk dress copied from: a hot pink dress worn by Chloe Sevigny and a black dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s. The result was exactly what we talked about, and much to my client’s approval. That exact outfit would have been impossible for her to find locally, and at such a reasonable price.

My least favorite would have to be the amount of work involved BEFORE getting to the actual sewing part. The pattern making, cutting and tracing alone takes me several hours. Sometimes it takes more time than the assembly and sewing part itself. But aside from that I like the work involved especially when the result is something that doesn’t look store-bought, and is very well-made.

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
My least favorite would have to be the amount of work involved BEFORE getting to the actual sewing part. The pattern making, cutting and tracing alone takes me several hours. Sometimes it takes more time than the assembly and sewing part itself. But aside from that I like the work involved especially when the result is something that doesn’t look store-bought, and is very well-made.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
I look for patterns, and inspirations for my future projects. I think it would be nice if more patterns were available from your site so there would be less need to buy patterns from other vendors.

7. What is your motto?
If you can’t find something reflective of your style, make it yourself. If you can’t make it yourself, learn how. If you’re not yet good enough, practice until every outfit you produce is picture perfect, fits like a glove, and wows everyone who sees it.

To see shiela_imbao’s creations click here! Her hot pink cocktail dress shouldn’t be missed

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