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Katie Vardijan on: Millinery 101: Making a Top Hat, Part 1


Last week we talked about some of the tools, trim, and notions used in millinery, this week I’m going to show you how to make a fabric-covered top hat!.

Choosing a Pattern:

There are many hat patterns on the market today to choose from: current fashions, historical, and vintage-inspired.. Before selecting a pattern, study the materials needed carefully as you may have to buy some of the supplies online if they are not available to you locally. You will also need to figure out your head size. To do this, wrap a tape measure around your crown, right above your eyebrows and ears, where the hat will sit. The average size is 22.5 inches but your head can be larger or smaller than this size. Measure accurately, there is nothing worse than putting all of the time into making a hat only to have it be too small or too large! If you are making a fascinator or other “perching” style of hat your head size will not be an issue.

Acid Yellow: From the runway to your wardrobe


Call it acid yellow, call it chartreuse; it’s a color that POPS and heats up any summer wardrobe.

Discover Smashing Darling!


SmashingDarling.com is a cutting edge online boutique merging independent fashion designers with individuals looking for a unique fashion edge. They currently feature over 660 designers from top cities like Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. If you are a designer or fashion-lover, find just what you need at Smashing Darling!

365 Days, 365 Dresses, 365 Dollars


Do you think it’s possible to make 365 dresses in 365 days for $365? One woman is determined to find out. Marisa Lynch, owner of the blog, New Dress A Day is upcycling some ‘unfashionable’ pieces (complete with photos) and turning them into trendy dresses, one day at a time. With 141 days to go and $140, it just might be possible, but it looks like we’ll all have to stay tuned to find out.

Featured Member: Ajtak7171


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from Zurich, Switzerland, but I live in Vienna, Austria.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I started making things very early on… first miniature clothing – and other stuff – for my dolls house, then for my bigger dolls and later for myself… My grandma was a seamstress and my mom a very good sewer. However, I always just did it somehow, but lately I have become much more picky, I want it all to look professional, inside and out, and it seems like I have to learn sewing all over again – this time for real!

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Book Review: Design it Yourself Clothes


One thing I’ve always wanted to be able to do is to design my own clothing – I love the idea of being able to sew a fabulous wardrobe without the need of a pattern. I know that there are several of books on the market that discuss how to do this, but honestly, I don’t want to read anything that looks like a text book. I recently stumbled across Design-It-Yourself Clothes and decided to take the plunge and buy it. Although the the designs are ‘simple’ (basic skirt, tee, button up shirt, dress, and pants), the author discusses ways that your can change the overall look to give some variety to your design. Speaking of the projects in the book, I did find that most of them have quite a bit of ease (as you can see from the front cover). If you go in expecting to come out with a pair of fitted pants, this book isn’t for you – it’s just a very basic introduction to pattern drafting. There is some information on how to fit, however, it’s not in depth and honestly with some of these styles, isn’t really needed (for example, I saw a lot of people on Amazon saying that there wasn’t any information on full bust adjustments and bust darts, but I just don’t see how bust darts would work with these designs). With that said I did find Design It Yourself Clothes to be a wealth of information and I do intend on making my own project sometime in the near future. I’m really hoping that Cal decides to write more of these books (perhaps a bit more in depth and with fitted designs) in the near future because I found this to be a fun, easy to read instruction book on how to draft your own clothing patterns. Overall, Design-It-Yourself Clothes makes a great beginner’s book for pattern drafting, especially if you’re looking for something that’s easy read with lots of illustrations. However, you may be disappointed in the styles if a fitted looks is what you’re after.

Katie Vardijan on: Millinery 101: Tools of the Milliner


Last week we talked about a few different hat construction methods, this week we’ll talk about some of the tools, trim, and notions used in millinery. For the next two articles we’ll put some of these tools to use as I show you how to make a fabric-covered top hat!

Hippy Chick


Headbands, tassels, long, flowing dresses… are you down with the hippy chick look?

Featured Member: Sibeli


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in a quaint village in Emmental, Switzerland (and yes, that’s where Emmentaler cheese comes from ☺.) I have lived in Poland, Ireland and London and went to University in Denmark and Sweden. Most recently, I returned from a year in India where I worked for the Akanksha Foundation, an organization that provides education and after-school activities for underprivileged children.
If you haven’t read about it yet, visit the Uniform Project (www.theuniformproject.com) which chronicles Sheena’s attempt to raise funds for Akanksha by wearing the same black dress for one year. I love her blog, and the lookbook of all the looks provides loads of inspiration on how to accessorize an outfit. I wish we had the pattern for her dress here on burdastyle….☺

Shop at Bellaga!


Need to update your wardrobe, but want to invest in unique pieces that you’re sure no one will have? You could, of course, make some new clothes yourself (you are on BurdaStyle, after all), or could also discover the indie designers at Bellaga!

The Updated 2010 Ultimate Make-it-Yourself, DIY, Sewing Summer Guide!


Summer is absolutely upon us. We have decided to give you the ultimate backyard fun and beach guide. Sew and craft up all of these projects to create your perfect summer!

She's A Rainbow


These 5 looks would be perfect for a summer music festival like Coachella or SXSW… or for a ride in the country listening to the Rolling Stones (i.e. “She’s a Rainbow”)…

Liesl Gibson on Her Favorite Sewing Fabrics


I sew mostly with fabrics made from natural fibers. I tend to prefer them over fabrics made from manufactured fibers for their feel and the way they take color.

My last few posts on natural fibers, petroleum-based manufactured fibers, and cellulosic manufactured fibers went into a lot of technical detail on the building blocks of the fabrics we use for sewing. This month, I want to talk about the properties of some of my favorite fabrics themselves. If you remember what I discussed at the fiber level, you should start seeing how the fibers, when assembled into fabrics, bring their properties to the materials we use for sewing.

Announcing…The BurdaStyle Book!


We at BurdaStyle are thrilled to announce the creation of our first ever book! Extending our community and mission offline, the BurdaStyle book will be a reflection of our creative international community. The BurdaStyle book will bring our community and ethos to new frontiers!


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