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

A sewing machine needle has a scarf? Who knew!?

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I’ve often been stumped by the range of types of sewing machine needles. I can understand the basics, but honestly, I don’t know enough to really make the most of them. So I was very excited to see a new article on CraftStylish called, “Demystifying the Machine Sewing Needle with Some Facts.”The post is a great run down of the specific parts of a machine sewing needle. The good news is, they’ll be demystifying needles even more – this one’s a series!

Lalalalayla's Prom Photo

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Oh, Prom. I turn a little red, at least on the inside, when I think about Prom. To start with, I, the Anti-Prom girl, talked my way onto the Prom Queen ballot via my friendship with the Student Council kids. It started off as a joke, but then I wore a tiara and a purple dress and was disappointed when I didn’t win.

The purple dress I bought for $40 at my favorite thrift store. I probably paid another $40 in alterations. I wasn’t used to such a low-cut neckline, and my girlfriend alerted me to a nip-slip wardrobe malfunction at dinner before the boys noticed.

Senior Prom was the only big dance I attended, and I’m glad I did. I want to go to another one so I can pick a different outfit, and have someone give me a corsage again!

-Lalalalayla

Featured Member: Juebejue

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am from the Silicon Valley in the Bay area of US. I had been living here for the past 9 years. I grew up in China and Singapore.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
The first thing I made was clothing for Barbies when I was 10. And then I moved onto sewing teddy bears and soft toys when I was 16. The first real clothing I made was the red skirt I posted here last year. When I was little, my dad (yes, my DAD is awesome! :D ) used to sew up beautiful clothing for my mom and me, so I guess I got a little sewing tendency from him. I always wanted to sew real clothing, so after I graduated from school last year, I started sewing real clothing.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
I love making things, and I have gone through phases such as soft to making, paper craft, jewelries, etc. I just can’t seem to relax! I am also very small, so its hard to find clothing that fits me. So sewing is a practical hobby that is fun, and it helps me relax after work.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
I love shopping for fabrics, sewing them up, making cute details, and wearing them! If I have to pick something I don’t like, maybe it is the cutting of patterns and fabrics. I wish I had a cutting monkey!

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
Once I get good enough, I would attempt to make stuff for my family and friends :) It would be really cool to make a fun family “uniform” that is not tacky ;)

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
I was first attracted to BurdaStyle by the freebies. And slowly, I got addicted to the user creations — its so inspiring to see everyone’s creations! I work in engineering, so I don’t personally know anyone who sews (except for one of my friend, whom I’m coaxing into sewing), so this place is somewhere my sewing-personality can feel at home. This site is awesome, I love everything about it — creation uploading, how to interface, free/cheap pattern downloading… you name it! But the most important part of BurdaStyle is the encouraging users and the warm community.
As for improvements, maybe it can have a way to list users by location, so that I can look for people who sew near me and ask them things like, where I can find a good local fabric store! Also, it would be nice to have some sort of notification when someone leaves a message on your creation or wall. And fixing small bugs here and there!

7. What is your motto?
Have fun! That is the most important part of sewing!

Juebejue’s incredible creations have such beautiful lines; She makes elegance look so effortless!

Welcome and Enjoy our Prom/Graduation Photos

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Welcome!

We want to welcome the newest member of the BurdaStyle community. Our wonderful contributor, Stacy , gave birth to little Easton James in late April. He is a happy, healthy, beautiful boy. We are so happy for Stacy and send her all of our well wishes.

Project Runway's Sweet P blogging

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Project Runway fans, here’s your chance to keep up with one of Season 4’s favorite contestants – Sweet P. She’s started blogging, and here’s what she had to say about her latest venture, “Well I have finally decided to blog. I hope I can keep you updated on my busy life as well as give tips and inspiration. Wish me luck!” We’re reading, Sweet P, and looking forward to design and sewing inspiration! [via Cathy Fillan]

Brooklyn Tee Party

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Come join BurdaStyle at the Brooklyn Tee Party! Taking place from 1-3pm on June 1st, the Tee Party is perfect for teens 12 and up. In addition to readings by authors Rachel Maude, Lauren Mechling, Emily Gould and Zareen Jaffrey, the girls from Compai, Etsy, and your very own BurdaStyle will give demonstrations on reconstructing and customizing tee shirts, so be sure to bring an old, over-sized tee to refashion! Space is limited so reserve a space by writing to: RSVP@Etsy.com. If space has filled up, don’t worry, you can join us online here: http://www.etsy.com/virtual_labs.php
We look forward to seeing you there!

Brooklyn Tee Party
Sunday June 1st
325 Gold St. 3rd floor
Brooklyn, NY
Ages 12+
Free

Brought to you by: Etsy.com, BurdaStyle.com, Compai, Delacorte Books,Little Brown and Razorbill.

Featured Member: Karencilla

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m from a very small country called the bridge of the world and heart of the universe: Panama. (Not Panama City, Florida haha). I was born and lived here my whole life, although people usually think I’m from some part of Asia!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
It’s kind of a funny story. I used to watch my mom using the sewing machine a couple of times to repair or alter some clothing, but I NEVER paid attention to it. Some time later, my sister who is 5 years younger than me, told my mom that she wanted to learn to sew and asked me to join her in the classes because she didn’t want to do it alone. My mom asked a friend who is a dressmaker to give us some classes and she agreed. So within the first classes I began to fall in love with sewing. Unfortunately we had stop classes because of school and college. The funny part: my sister now doesn’t like sewing! My very first project was to do a simple black pencil skirt with my own pattern. I enjoyed doing it so much just like every piece I do now.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Believe it or not, it relaxes me. My career sometimes can be very stressful, so I try to take some time to sew. I like to create and make things with my hands so I do have other hobbies that I love; like doing mosaics and stained glass, though sewing is a very useful and fulfilling hobby. I’m trying to always have a new project to do and dedicate some time of the week for it. I think there are two things that keep me sewing: my love for fashion and BurdaStyle. Since I discovered this site, I’ve improved a lot.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
My favorite part of sewing: planning the project, choosing the fabric, assemble the pieces, see the whole project taking shape and of course wearing it or see it being worn or used. My least favorite part: cutting the fabric, TRANSFER the pattern’s marks and iron, but anyway those things have to be done!

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
Definitely, a gorgeous prom dress for my sister, yes the one I mention before; she is graduating this year from high school and I will love to make it for her; also a shirt for my boyfriend (well, that could be my next project!) and for me, I will love to do a flowery vintage dress.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
Inspiration, ideas, and new things to learn. Everyday I have the habit to check my emails, my Facebook profile, some blogs and BurdaStyle. What I love? The constantly new things you upload to the site, and the community. Everybody here is so supportive, encouraging each other and sharing their ideas, opinions and doubts, that’s what I really like. Improves? Pretty much nothing, but I would really like to receive a notification or something when somebody writes a comment or opinion about my creation.

7. What is your motto?
Maybe. “Be grateful”. Usually we are so “busy” and we forget to pay attention to those little things that make us happy, those things that we have to be grateful for: be able to watch a sunset, good health, the people that care about you, being with your family or be able to eat three times a day (or even more!!). Many of us are very fortunate and we need to live being grateful for those things, not regretting all the time for those things we don’t have and certainly, we usually don’t need. Yeah yeah, I know that I might sound corny but it’s so true.

To see Karencilla awesome creations click here Make sure you see her incredible skirts and bags! Her fun, pink JJ shirt is something not to be missed. She also has pictures of some incredible beaches on her profile, these will warm you up on the coldest rainiest day.

Make a Muslin

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We all know you need to measure twice and cut once, but what happens when you measure, cut and sew …. and it still doesn’t fit right? Alterations are an option, but if you’ve cut in to expensive designer fabric, ripping and re-sewing may not work very well. Mary over at Sew, Mama, Sew! has a great piece on making a muslin when you’re sewing a new garment. I’m kind of an instant gratification gal, but after reading her article, I’m really interested in taking the time to make a muslin so I can perfect a fit before I dive in to my fancy fabrics.

Letter from the Editors

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Nora and Benedikta are back from Germany and have finally recovered from jet lag. While in Germany they had the opportunity to hold a press lunch attended by a number of publications. Even more important, it was attended by our recent Featured Member: Fashion1. She had a chance to meet with Nora and Benedikta and to talk with the German press about how much she loves BurdaStyle and what a great community we have here.

Featured Member: Nuiwida23

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I have resided in Southern Maine for my entire life (all 16 years of it)! Naturally, I love the ocean, sailing, and lobster (yum!).

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
When I want to learn how to do something, I dive right in! The first thing I ever made was a set of purple patchwork quilts that were just the right size for my two dolls and their bunk-bed. I was 11 years old and would accept no help! My Auntie Dana has always been my sewing inspiration. She does custom upholstery and home design; I owe my natural abilities to her! When I was younger she used to make me clothes, and one I specifically remember was a blueberry print dress. She loves that we share an interest in sewing, and whenever I need assistance she is my go-to!

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Sewing is my creative outlet; it gives me a sense of accomplishment when I can create something beautiful out of something that had no distinct purpose before. It also fulfills my need to be unique! When I make something, I know that no one else has the same dress, bag, or skirt. Sewing sets me apart from the rest, and lets me express my style.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
Let’s start with my least favorite, since that’s easier to answer! Marking the fabric, hands down. I can never seem to get it all, and it stops the flow of creating something when you have to worry about your seams matching up! If I had to pick a favorite, I would say that initial feeling of inspiration. I get that every time a new pattern appears on the site. I also love being able to say “I finished!!!” since the last few touches can be a struggle for me!

5. If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?
I would LOVE to sew an elegant evening dress for myself, and actually have a party to wear it to! I love vintage clothing, so something 40’s inspired would be lovely.

6. What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?
When I found this site I was looking for a place with patterns and helpful tips. Boy, did I get that and so much more! There couldn’t have been a better site for me, because the support and inspiration that I have received from everyone involved is invaluable. My two favorite aspects of the site are the sense of community and the awesome patterns! Something that I would love to see is more variety in the kinds of patterns. Like everyone, I love the Charlie bag and would love to see another accessory or bag pattern.

7. What is your motto?
I have learned that life can be so exciting when you do something unexpected, say what’s on your mind, and use your imagination. As Miss Frizzle from the Magic School Bus always says, “Take chances, make mistakes, and get messy!”

To see Nuiwida23’s incredible creations click here! Also check out her profile

Spring is Here!

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Hey everyone!

The cherry blossoms are in bloom, the lilacs are gorgeous and the trees have leaves. Yes, spring has finally sprung here in Brooklyn and we at BurdaStyle could not be happier! There is something about the spring air that just inspires us. Everywhere you look the energy is just buzzing around, even the pigeons have a bounce in their step.

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