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BurdaStyle and STC Craft Present: DIY Design Day Benefit for BARC and Bags For the People!


Join BurdaStyle & STC Craft/Melanie Falick Books for a hands-on experience with DIY projects, DIY inspiration and techniques on a thrifty budget. Come learn to make fun and easy DIY designs and support local non-profits!

With lessons in sewing, printing and hand stitching from such amazing teachers the likes of Heather Ross of Weekend Sewing, Katherine Bell of Quilting for Peace and Alicia Kachmer of Brooklyn Based, this event is going to rock!

Sewing Related Tattoos: Yay or Nay?

I know that tattoos have caused some controversy in the past, what do you guys think about these sewing related tats?

Sewing Vintage: Unprinted Patterns


Welcome back to Sewing Vintage! This week I’m going to talk a bit about an aspect of sewing vintage that often scares people off: the unprinted pattern. This means that instead of having clear black lines and symbols on patterns (as we do today), patterns from the early 20th century were marked with little perforated holes, like the middle image above. It can be disorienting at first, but do not fear! Unprinted patterns are nothing to be scared of, and you’ll be glad you took the plunge. I work mostly with Vogue patterns from the very early 1950’s, and sewing patterns at this time were still all unprinted. In the images above, you can see a pattern envelope for one of these patterns, what the pattern tissue looks like, and what the garment looks like sewn up.

The first thing to realize about the perforations on unprinted patterns is that they were meant to be used with tailor’s tacks, rather than a tracing wheel and paper like we usually use today. The perforations make a lot of sense for tailor’s tacks, because you can just make your thread loops right within the perforated hole. But there’s also an easier way: just use a piece of tailor’s chalk to color in each hole on the front side, then stick a pin through the hole to mark it on the back. I have a tutorial for each method on my blog, which you can see here.

How to Make Your Own Shoes


Mary Wales Loomis makes her own shoes- at times in the same prints as her dresses! And you know what? You can to. How? Mary wrote a step-by-step book which is in it’s 4th revision, on how to make your own shoes from SCRATCH. Applause!

I am completely obsessed with the shoes Georgina Goodman designed for the Erdem A/W2009 collection (pictured top left & right). It is a good thing I cannot find them for sale anywhere because they make have broken the bank. I wanted to do a posting simply featuring beautiful fabric-covered, painted or hand-made shoes but then I stumbled upon one of sweetest books I have ever seen and had to tell you about it. It’s not that the website itself is especially interesting, but the story behind it is, and you can order Mary’s book to try out your skill in shoe-making. I am definitely asking Santa Claus to bring me a copy, can you imagine making shoes to match your wardrobe? …..dreamy. If you are really into these hand-made gems, check out Osborn Shoes, which are hand-crafted in Guatemala City and lovely- they are the Aztec and plaid printed kicks pictured above.

Now we want to know: has anybody made their own shoes?

Featured Member: Tejka


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am from Slovenija, from a small village called Branik near Italian border. Even though most of people don’t know about my country , it’s a great place to live, full of life, energy and lovely people.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
When I was a child my mother every summer would send me to my grandma Karmela to Carst some for company, to help her with household and to water her flowers. She owns a huge old house, surrounded by garden and lots of apple trees and still keeping her old singer sewing machine, lots of different pieces of textile, old Burda magazines, my mother’s clothes. ..A lot of stuff that I got in touch with and started to deal with it. I actually don’t remember the first thing that I had done, but i created lots of babydoll clothes, little bags and toys from old socks…

Take a Look at the Burdastyle Resource Map!

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The BurdaStyle Resource Map is officially launched!

We love the great business resources now listed, and are excited to present more in the future. Whether you are looking for places in your neighborhood to find great fabrics, notions or sewing classes, traveling and in search of a great local sewing lounge while away, or have a favorite local sewing spot you think others should know about, our Resource Map is created just for you.

BurdaStyle talk at Parsons


Hey Everyone!
Just wanted to extend this invitation to you, tonight at 6.30 PM EST Benedikta and Nora are giving a talk in the “Networked Design” Series at Parsons, organized by the ASS Graphic Design department. The talk will be on “The road to collaborative fashion design” and we would love you to come, listen, and ask questions! It’ll be fun. Find out more information here

Address: Parsons School of Design, Kellen Auditorium,
66 Fifth Avenue (at 13th St.), Room 101, NYC


Not able to pass by? Watch the live stream of the event!

We are very excited for this talk and can’t wait to see you all there!

Calling All US Innovative Fashion Designers…


Calling all Innovative Fashion Designers…the Plastics Make it PossibleSM design competition began October 29th. Hosted by GenArt and Plastics, citizens of the 50 United States have the chance to win $10,000 and a ticket to New York city Fashion Week. For complete competition rules and regulations visit GenArt’s official website. The entrant must submit two separate, original designs of womenswear made entirely of these approved materials. Clearly the plastics industry is looking for some support, so if you haven’t gone green yet, here’s a chance to show off your talent in Lycra or polyester chiffon!

Submissions will be accepted starting on October 29, 2009. Deadline for entry is December 1, 2009. Users will be able to vote on their favorite designs from October 29 to December 15, 2009. Winner will be announced on or around December 21, 2009.

8 Stella Jackets


My dear friend Amy DuFault (who writes a cool fashion-conscious blog for EcoSalon) is opening up an eco-chic boutique on Cape Cod, where I’m from, and the opening ceremony is this Friday. Amy asked me if I had any jackets for the opening, and seeing that I am living in limbo, in the middle of moving, most of my patterns are packed deep in a storage unit & quite impossible to uncover- perhaps I don’t even have them anymore. Amy sent me the above (left) image of a jacket I designed a few years ago, closure being my hand-made sterling

Recycling Costumes


Halloween is over and as you’re slowly emerging from your sugar coma you are no doubt wondering, “What will I do this this year’s costume?” After countless hours slaving over a sewing machine only to have your design worn for a few precious hours, it feels such a shame to have to store your hard work into the back of a closet. So how can you recycle your costume? This article demonstrates 8 different ways (from places to donate your duds to links to reconstructing parts of your design) you can keep your costume alive for years to come.

Sewing Vintage: Three Essential Alterations for Vintage Patterns


Hello everyone, and welcome back to Sewing Vintage! This week I’m going to tell you about three of the most common pattern alterations needed for vintage sewing patterns. Personally, I like vintage style but I like the fit to be modern. So I make several alterations for a cute contemporary look, as well as for ease of wearing without vintage foundation garments like bullet bras and girdles.

All of these changes require that you start with some sort of fitting step. This can be a tissue fitting, a basted fitting, or a muslin. (Check out the book Fit For Real People for help with all this.) Making a muslin wasn’t a common practice of home sewing until recently, so the method used would be to tissue fit the pattern, and then machine baste all darts and seams for a basted fitting. Making a muslin never hurts, though, and it will ensure a perfect fit every time.

Amazing Halloween Makeup

So as you all know I am a bit of a fanatic about Halloween, but I just had to share this with you! Check out this amazing video from M.A.C., the Lichtenstein inspired costume is just mind blowing! Maybe next year

found via TashaMarie

Are You Dressing up for Halloween?


Are you dressing up for Halloween this year? If you’re stuck on a costume idea you should take a look through Alexander McQueen’s archives to be fully inspired! His runway looks are fit for the likes of Blade Runner or a Philip K. Dick novel, they are truly extraordinary! When I was little, I always went as a specific character or theme: Debbie Gibson, Fortune Teller, Punk- but as I get older, I find it more exciting to just make something extravagant (a la McQueen) and have a ball. We have some great ideas on BurdaStyle, like our Static Cling

Beginner's Sewing Blog: I Have a Costume for Halloween!


It is by no means done, but I followed your advice and have something that will certainly pass! I pulled it in here and there to get rid of the poof. Making it out of jersey didn’t hurt either, that little bit of stretch goes a long way (you were all right about the muslin)

I accidentally sewed the whole dress together in what I had originally decided was the wrong side out, I ended up leaving it because there was no clear right side/wrong side and this is only for a costume after all.

Featured Member: Susanne20_11


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I am originally from the Netherlands, but I have been living in Copenhagen (Denmark) for the past 4 years. I moved to another country for my job, I am a scientist and just obtained a PhD in Evolutionary Biology at the University of Copenhagen. Next year I am hoping to move to Australia (Perth) for a few years, also for work. I am lucky to have a great boyfriend who is happy to move with me!


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