Three pairs of pants and a very busy Mama!

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Three pairs of pants and a very busy Mama!

I managed to sew up not one pair but two pairs of my version of the ‘Nichola pants this week and I even have a third pair cut out waiting for me to change the thread in my overlocker. The first pair I made from some brown linen I had in my stash, I LOVE this pair, they’re so comfortable and great for the hot weather. I added the extra length to the waistband to create a channel for the elastic to fit through and a little extra at the back so I don’t flash my bottom when I sit, they’re still pretty low slung though and fit comfortably under my bump. The second pair I made from some red fabric given to me a while back by a friend. I wore these yesterday and discovered the fabric to be too rough on my skin, especially at the inside leg seam, ouch! How can I fix this problem so I can continue to wear them? I don’t want to have to cast them aside. My third pair which is waiting in the ‘To Do’ pile is pale blue cotton I think which is so soft I shouldn’t have the same problem. These were so easy to make, cut out, sewn up and worn within a few hours. They look nothing like the original ‘Nichola pattern but that doesn’t matter to me.

My next project is going to be the ‘Desira. With all the new pants I have I now need more tops to match. I have a similar top that I made last year which I continued to wear in the beginning of my pregnancy until I could no longer wrap it around my growing belly. I think that if I extend the front and length of Desira it should fit through to the end…….hopefully! I’ll also need to move the ties up to just under the bust. I picked up a few white bed sheets for $2 each today and think they would be perfect for this pattern. I may keep it plain and simple but I’m also thinking that I could add some pretty trim or contrasting fabric somewhere like the ties, but since I have 2 large sheets I could do both!

I still haven’t managed to sew up Lydia but I promise I have a good excuse, my overlocker has been playing up for some time now and really I need to overlock jersey before sewing it up, that’s my excuse anyway and I’m sticking to it. The bottom looper thread would snap every time I tried to use it and no matter what I did I could not fix it. In the end I removed the foot and plate and cleaned everywhere, I changed the needle and the threads, worked with the tension some more and thank goodness it seems to be working now. I have my fingers crossed that it will stay working because I truly was about to throw the thing out of the nearest window! Luckily my girls were safely tucked up in bed while I worked on it because the language that came from my ‘oh so innocent’ mouth (ha ha) was NOT for little ears! So now that it’s in working order I can stop procrastinating and get it made.

I took the Handmade Pledge for Christmas, did you? Well I had already bought my girls a dolls house and a mini sewing machine for my oldest Mia (watch out BurdaStyle!). Other than that everything they receive from my husband and I will be secondhand or handmade. I have fabric ready for bride dresses and veils; I’m crocheting a tea set and will sew them a little tablecloth and napkins, I’m sewing them clothes, some pajamas and a quilt each. I’m also going to make them miniatures versions of the Layla apron and mittens. ! So between now and Christmas Eve I’m going to one very busy Mama! Phew! I’m tired just thinking about it all. What’s that? I hear my sewing machine calling, back to the grindstone I go.

Advent Quiz #12

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ADVENT QUIZ #12

Congratulations to Mirela, for answering the 11th advent calendar quiz question correctly! The question- What does the “hand” of a fabric mean?. Her answer- ”The way that the fabric feels is described as its handle or the fabric hand. It refers to the properties of textiles, their aesthetic qualities (stiffness, smoothness, drape, bending, etc) as they are perceived by the human touch.”

Now, for the 12th Advent question is:

“Tatter” is another term for what?

Please send your answer to answers@burdastyle.com with subject line: “Advent Quiz #12" and PLEASE be sure to include your mailing address in your response so that we can quickly mail you your Christmas treats!

We look forward to seeing all your responses! Rules and regulations, you find here.

Good Luck!

Don’t worry if you haven’t won yet, we still have 12 days until Christmas! But if you have won already, please share the Holiday spirit with members who haven’t! We’ll only choose winners who haven’t won yet.

WANTED - BurdaStylist who sews and/or sells

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The week is young, the week is hot and you will not believe your eyes should you keep reading this:
For an article Business Week wants to write about BurdaStyle we are looking for active to hyperactive BurdaStyle members using our patterns to make clothes either for themselves or to sell. Who would even think about 15 minutes of fame when your face could feature in high resolution, nationwide print?

Whether you live in the U.S., Europe, Papua New Guinea or even where the sun don’t shine, contact us immediately and no later than by Wednesday night.
Business Week will send one of their local photographers to the members selected to take pictures of you and your creations. The pictures have to be taken by the end of the week, which is why we need you to contact us as quickly as possible at answers@burdastyle.com if you want to be in the game. And we would be delighted if you would.

With Great Expectations,

The BurdaStyle team

Advent Quiz #11

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ADVENT QUIZ #11

After a brief pause in announcements, we’re happy to tell you about the last three Advent Quiz Winners:

Wendy Christie got it right when she said that it was the year 1913 when Gabrielle “CoCo” Chanel opened her first boutique in Deauville, France?
Kim Lam got the tough Sunday question right, which was “To prevent wrinkles below the waist when making pants, what measurement is important to have? Her answer, “Your crotch depth. You measure it sitting down on a chair.”
And of course, yesterday’s winner, Thawinee Phisutthithada, for correctly answering the question: If making a garment in a plaid fabric, how much extra yardage does one need to allow for matching the plaids?. Her answer, 1/4-1/2 yard of additional fabric for small to medium sized plaids, and 1/2-1yard for medium to large size plaids.

Now, for the 11th Advent question is:

What does the “hand” of a fabric mean?

Please send your answer to answers@burdastyle.com with subject line: ’Advent Quiz #11" and PLEASE be sure to include your mailing address in your response so that we can quickly mail you your Christmas treats!

We look forward to seeing all your responses! Rules and regulations, you find here.

Good Luck!

Don’t worry if you haven’t won yet, we still have 13 days until Christmas! But if you have won already, please share the Holiday spirit with members who haven’t! We’ll only choose winners who haven’t won yet.

Stairway to heaven? Highway to hell!

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One more time we hit the road to Germany, not for sausage, not for love, but in the name of BurdaStyle. In Offenburg we had the pleasure to visit the very birthplace of all Burda patterns and even the creators themselves (see above, the Burda pattern design team). We started making a film to show for once all complications and intricacies of producing patterns. Hopefully it will be finished soon to show you the incredible amount of effort and time devoted by the team there.

A different kind of adventure was the flight in the Burda helicopter. We took our seats in style (see bottom left, still happy), but a ride 90 minutes long and shakier than a snow dome in an infant’s hands were enough to eliminate any VIP feel about our existence (see bottom right, atmosphere a little strained). True, we made it to Offenburg faster than by ground transportation, but the rattling of the train on the way back never sounded so sweet.

Back in New York we are barely alive but still sewing. We can’t wait to work on the fresh patterns imported for next season and flood you with some fresh inspiration.
Conclusively, do remember to leave them choppers alone (unless your time really is money) and keep your eyes peeled for news on all fronts,

Yours truly,

Benni & Nora

Featured Member: PinkHibiscus

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born here in the US, but I grew up in Taiwan. I came to the US for graduate school 4 years ago, now I reside in Ithaca, NY.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
It’s hard to recall exactly what I made first, because I started making things when I was really small. This was mainly because of my mom. She had a major interest in crafts and sewing and was a crafts teacher when I was small. We order stuff animal kits together and do sew alongs at home with her. So I would say the 1st thing I made was probably a stuffed animal of some sort, and it was all done by hand sewing. Funny thing is, I did a stuffed animal in my high school crafts course by hand sewing, and the teacher suspected that my mom had helped me sew it with machine…Should that be a good thing or bad?^^So during free time, I learned how to quilt and took on some handbag projects. Just recently, I started sewing garments because my sister left some old clothes. I did some reconstruction projects and eventually turned to sewing from patterns.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Since I took up sewing (garments) by machine this summer, it has been a stress reliever for me that helps me relax, focus and feel accomplished.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
My favorite thing about sewing is probably seeing pieces come together and form a beautiful shape, and learning some new techniques from every project. My least favorite thing about sewing is “finishing” the garment, that refers to hemming and zig zagging the edges.

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

I would probably want to make a nice dancing dress for my mom when I am more skilled. She now takes a lot of interest in dancing whether social, international or cultural, so she gets custom made dancing dresses from a local seamstress. I wish one day I can design her dress too.

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

I visit burdastyle for inspiration, pattern and to learn sewing techniques. The creators have an eye for style and always bring out really eye-catching patterns. Other than free patterns, the best thing of this site is the established illustrated how-tos, everyone does a great job explaining a technique they want to share, I want to thank you all! I think other than the creation uploading “bugs” that have been bugging us, what I would like to see is probably more activities such as contests that can engage members to feel involved. (and to see the results of the contests!)

7. What is your motto?
Be creative and sew through life!

Learn more about PinkHibiscus and see some of her awesome creations by viewing her member profile!

Advent Quiz #10

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ADVENT QUIZ #10

Stay tuned for the 11th Advent blog post for the announcement of the 8th, 9th, and todays winners! And now, test your fashion knowledge again with the 10th quiz question!

If making a garment in a plaid fabric, how much extra yardage does one need to allow for matching the plaids?

Please send your answer to answers@burdastyle.com with subject line: ’Advent Quiz #10" and PLEASE be sure to include your mailing address in your response so that we can quickly mail you your Christmas treats!

We look forward to seeing all your responses! Rules and regulations, you find here.

Good Luck!

Don’t worry if you haven’t won yet, we still have 15 days until Christmas! But if you have won already, please share the Holiday spirit with members who haven’t! We’ll only choose winners who haven’t won yet.

ADVENT QUIZ #9

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ADVENT QUIZ #9

…ein Lichtlein brennt! (a little light is burning….)
It’s the second Sunday of our Advent calendar, so another candle is lit! We’ll be announcing yesterdays winner, along with the winner from today, on Monday morning. Hope the suspense isn’t killing you!

The 9th Advent question is:

To prevent wrinkles below the waist when making pants, what measurement is important to have?

Please send your answer to answers@burdastyle.com with subject line: ’Advent Quiz #9" and PLEASE be sure to include your mailing address in your response so that we can quickly mail you your Christmas treats!

We look forward to seeing all your responses! Rules and regulations, you find here.

Good Luck!

Don’t worry if you haven’t won yet, we still have 16 days until Christmas! But if you have won already, please share the Holiday spirit with members who haven’t! We’ll only choose winners who haven’t won yet.

ADVENT QUIZ #8

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ADVENT QUIZ #8

Congratulations to Lisa Cavagnolo, for answering yesterday’s question correctly- Which designer is known for the popularizing the mini-skirt and in general the MOD look of the sixties?
Her answer- Mary Quant.

Don’t worry if you haven’t won yet, we still have 17 days until Christmas! But if you have won already, please share the Holiday spirit with members who haven’t! We’ll only choose winners who haven’t won yet.

The 8th Advent question is:

In what year did Gabrielle “CoCo” Chanel open her first boutique in Deauville, France?

Please send your answer to answers@burdastyle.com with subject line: ’Advent Quiz #8" and PLEASE be sure to include your mailing address in your response so that we can quickly mail you your Holiday goodies!

We look forward to seeing all your responses! Rules and regulations, you find here.

Good Luck!

A+ Pattern grading!

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For months we’ve been promising the How To Grade a Pattern tutorial, and finally we can say we’ve got it! It’s a difficult task to write this How To, since generally, grading is taught in fashion schools as its own class for an entire semester! So, I’ve decided to split it up. We’re going to start with a How To showing how to grade a basic blouse block. We’ll continue with grading skirts, pants, and sleeves as the weeks go on. So, for those of you who were waiting for this, take a peek and lets so how it works! And for some of you who aren’t quite ready for this, familiarize yourself with it anyway. You’d be surprised at how easy it can be once you get started!

Advent Quiz #7

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ADVENT QUIZ #7

Congratulations to Sarah Jefferis, for answering yesterday’s question correctly- What style of hat became popular in the 1920’s?
The correct answer- Cloche hats.

Don’t worry if you haven’t won yet, we still have 17 days until Christmas! But if you have won already, please share the Holiday spirit with members who haven’t! We’ll only choose winners who haven’t won yet.

The 7th Advent question is:

Which designer is known for the popularizing the mini-skirt and in general the MOD look of the sixties?

Please send your answer to answers@burdastyle.com with subject line: ’Advent Quiz #4" and PLEASE be sure to include your mailing address in your response so that we can quickly mail you your Holiday treats!

We look forward to seeing all your responses! Rules and regulations, you find here.

Good Luck!

SEWING UNIVERSE NEWS FEED 06 DEC 2007

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Sigrids Sewing Project has a post covering topstitching, and

has put together a tutorial on how to perfect the fly front

zipper. Her topstitch tips are described in her <a

href=“http://sigridsewingprojects.blogspot.com/2007/12/topstitching-and-tutorial-fly-front.html&#8221;&gt;post,

and she’s included a link to her PDF tutorial for the fly front

zipper.

So you’ve made great outfits and want to share them with your sewing

community online. Don’t let your photos ruin the great stuff you’ve

made. Kasmira at What I Wore Today has posted tips on how to

photograph your outfits. She’s <a

href=“http://whatiwore2day.blogspot.com/2007/12/photographing-your-outfits-camera.html&#8221;&gt;covered

equipment, lighting, backgrounds and more.

Advent Quiz #5

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Congratulations to yesterday’s winner, Diana Kaiser, for answering yesterday’s question first and correctly- Who was the first person to establish a Haute Couture house?? Her answer-
Charles Frederick Worth (1825-1895) is first the person who was fashion designer and the founder of Haute Couture and established the first Haute Couture House in Paris.
We’ll be mailing her special prize to Dresden!

The 5th Advent question is:

Which designer’s work was coined “The New Look” in 1947?

Please send your answer to answers@burdastyle.com with subject line: ’Advent Quiz #5" and PLEASE be sure to include your mailing address in your response so that we can quickly mail you your Christmas treats!

We look forward to seeing all your responses! Rules and regulations, you find here.

Good Luck!

Susan Beal at BurdaStyle!

Fashion at Felt Club

written by Susan Beal

I had the chance to teach a jewelry class at Felt Club XL Holiday in Los Angeles this year, and after my demo was over I walked around and saw all the handmade work for sale. In the sea of great indie crafts—clever T-shirts, adorable baby gear, and accessories galore—I thought the designs from Bossa Nova Baby, Twospace and Queen Puff Puff were especially gorgeous. Each owner-designer sews her entire line single-handedly, and the attention to detail is remarkable.

Portland designer Cathy Pitters of Bossa Nova Baby had a lovely collection of her handmade skirts and reworked vintage sweaters for sale. She reclaims thrift-store and estate-sale cardigans and pullovers and hand-embellishes each one with Gocco printing and stitching, using classic motifs like sparrows, anchors, and deer. Her skirts include details like piping or rick-rack edged pockets, Gocco printing, and decorative stitching along hems.

The skirts and sweaters in her line are typically one-of-a-kind since she uses vintage materials and frequently updates her designs.

Christine Haynes of Twospace had her current collection of dresses and separates at the sale, all hand-sewn in her Venice, California studio. The fabrics she chooses are fantastic—graphic patterns and solids with lovely drape. And the original patterns she designs (like this Café Dress in gingham) are always figure-flattering, reflecting a vintage-meets-modern sensibility. Christine also created a charming paper doll page to showcase her current collection!

Meanwhile, Petaluma, California accessories designer Nicole Vasbinder had a striking collection of her Queen Puff Puff handbags, clutches, and headbands for sale. She rotates her fabric choices seasonally, always sticking to bold prints and lush colors for her coordinating pieces. She said that these oversized tote styles have been recent favorites…

…but she’s also been busy whipping up these new zippered pouch wristlets.

Since the holiday craft fair season is well underway, you can find each of these three designers at events over the next month, or see their work through each of their websites.

Cathy of Bossa Nova Baby will be at Urban Craft Uprising in Seattle (Dec. 1-2), the BUST Craftacular in New York (Dec. 8), and her own sale, Crafty Wonderland, in Portland (Dec. 16).

And Nicole will be at a flurry of shows with her Queen Puff Puff bags: Indie Sacramento (Dec. 1), Netivot Shalom Arts and Crafts Festival (Dec. 2), Appel and Frank in San Francisco (Dec. 6), Feria Urbana in San Francisco (Dec. 8), and Thread in San Francisco (Dec. 16). Her work will also show at Craftland in Providence (Dec. 1-22).

SEWING UNIVERSE NEWS FEED 4 DEC 2007

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There’s nothing like inspiration that’s tailored specifically to your

preferences. When your stack of fashion mags gets a little

overwhelming, pare them down and make them into a custom

inspirational magazine. Cut Out and Keep has a <a

href=“http://www.cutoutandkeep.net/projects/diy_fashion_magazine&#8221;&gt;tutorial

to show you how.

So you’re a pro at sewing your own clothes, but what happens when you

need to accessorize your ever-growing DIY wardrobe? Niesz Vintage Home

… and Fabric has a great idea for a quick-change bag that you

can customize

to match all your outfits. And it will put your scrap stash to

good use, too!

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