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Letter from the Editors: What's the Deal with Burda Modemagazin!


Sometime in these past few months, did we ask you to send us High-resolution photos of some of your creations? Well, if we haven’t yet, we might soon! But a lot of people are wondering for what. Well, here’s the deal. Burda Modemagazin so graciously gave BurdaStyle a special two page spread in every issue! We use this space to share news about Brooklyn, trends, and especially, our beloved members! And while we would like to feature all of the members who send us pictures, we cannot. We can decide the articles and the overall theme, but in the end, Burda Modemagazin chooses what will be published! So, if you are wondering why your photos were not published, this is why. We are really grateful to you for sending them to us, though, and will try to use them in some other way! We’ll of course let you know if we do. Unfortunately, this spread is only published in the German edition, so even some of the BurdaStyle team can’t read it!

Sewing Universe News Feed: 20 March 2008


Frumpy t-shirts – BEGONE! They are never flattering, and not very much fun. Thankfully, the stitch lounge in San Francisco, along with Bernina, has just posted a great tutorial on transforming that shapeless shirt into a sassy fitted tee with a boatneck. Enjoy and say goodbye to giant shirts for good.

Featured Member: Ale.B


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Milano Italy and have lived here all but one year (I spent my 16th year near St.Louis in Missouri). I wish I could leave this gray, noisy, polluted town, but it seems as Milano has the power to hook you in the back and never let you go. Also because of my job (graphic design in the fashion and art field) this is the place where I have to live.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I really don’t remember sewing anything but buttons in my childhood. I was more for crochet and cros-stitch and some knitting, I learned that from my crafty aunts and grandmother.
I’ve always had trouble finding clothes that I really like 100% or that fit me right, especially pants, always too big on the waist, but most of all, I find it really disturbing to wear something that thousands of people also have, so I was always having a tailor modify my clothes.
15 years ago, I decided that I should start making my own clothes, so I bought a basic sewing machine that I still use (Pfaff hobby 303) but I got so frustrated because I didn’t know where to start, or what to do, so I just used it to hem my pants and fix the holes in my jeans…
Then a couple of years ago, I saw a skirt I liked in a shop, it was really just simple cotton, 2 side seams and the hem, and they were selling it for an embarrassing high price. So I decided to try and make my own inexpensive version of it. It came out fine (I didn’t post it though, I might get pictures of it and post it) it’s my favorite summer skirt, and after that I kept on making my experiments without patterns.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
I am now totally crazy with this sewing thing. I do it anytime I get the chance, that means mostly in the evenings, till 3 am. I think I need a bigger house because my wardrobe is experiencing a dramatic increase.
I just started pattern making school where this special and very patient lady teaches us, besides the basics, whatever we want to make, and I wish I could go there every day.
It is so relaxing and it also clears my mind from daily and work troubles. Sewing also makes me feel self sufficient, like growing your own vegetables or traveling with the wind on a sailing boat.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
The thing that I hate the most is marking the pattern on the fabric with the loose stitches, it takes too long, even though I like to see the fabric laying on the table, with loose white thread loops that look like a misterious 3-D hand-writing.
I love the sound of scissors when I cut the fabric, and most of all I really enjoy the fact that I can create something beautiful from a flat piece of fabric, something the way I like it (almost…).

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

I was thinking lately, with a friend, that I could do one of-a-kind models on which she could hand paint something, and then sell them.
I think I could also enjoy making unique clothes on request, for special occasions.
I would love to be good enough to make whatever I’m asked for, especially for my mother (she is very demanding.) I also enjoy making things for my friend’s newborn babies, so far I’ve been making 3 mini jeans jackets, one mini dress and three mini knitted baby sweaters

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

What I really like is the sharing and the feeling of cooperation. I am so much inspired by all the other member’s creation, it pushes me to do better.
I am very grateful for the patterns you provide, and it is great that also the members get to upload and share their own patterns and advice. The how-to section is also very helpful. It’s very encouraging when I receive nice comments on my creations (and also very flattering…)
But you know all these things, it’s the reason why we all are here.
It’s a great community with an enormous potential that must be improved!!! There are a lot of members, I can’t imagine how many creations and interesting discussions are happening. What I really miss is some sort of notification when I get comments on my creations, but especially on other members creations. I wish I could “subscribe to the creation” and have some sort of panel where I can keep track of the discussions or comments I’m participating in or something like that. I easily lose track of where I made a comment or asked something, and unfortunately it gets lost in thosands of creations and discussions.
Besides that, thanks burdastyle team, and thanks to all the members!

7. What is your motto?
I don’t have one, but if I did I guess it would be something like: I can learn anything that anybody else can do, it’s just a matter of time

Learn more about ale.b by visiting her profile. Also check out her creations which include the almost Pollini dress pattern which is available for download. She loves photography and has a great photoblog which should definitely not be missed. For more examples of ale.b’s creative side, check out her graphic design portfolio. Keep up the great work!

Sewing Universe News Feed: 19 March 2008


Bust magazine is getting crafty! On Sunday, April 27 they will hold their first ever Spring Fling Craftacular in Brooklyn. Not only will you be able to shop among 50 crafty vendors, but your ($2) ticket will put you into a raffle drawing for $2,000 worth of prizes. If you’re interesting in becoming a vendor for this show, be sure to fill out this entry form before March 30.

BurdaStyle Easter Egg Hunt Hint of the Day


Here’s your next hint to help you gather eggs in the BurdaStyle Virtual Easter Egg Hunt!

A red skirt with pleats, you’ll fit right in with the bright spring flowers.

Letter From the Editors: Backstage and Bye Byes!


We at the BurdaStyle team are just bursting at the seams with excitement! Why, you might ask? Because we just had an incredible photo shoot! With the help of our troupe of style mavens, this has proved to be the best shoot yet! Because of this, we have decided to go ahead and give you a sneak peak at our upcoming collection! Unfortunately, we can’t give away all of our secrets, but you’ll get the idea. Along with the sneak peak of the creations, you will see some of what goes into a photo shoot. We had so much fun, we almost forgot we were working.

Sewalong MiniChallenge- Voting Begins!



Over the past two weeks, plus or minus a few days due to some technical difficulties on our end, we have seen a wide variety of variations of the Sidonie skirt pattern. We are thrilled and impressed by how many people stepped up to the plate! We have a total of 21 entries which are all beautiful, creative, and inventive, and honestly, we’re glad we left the voting up to you this time, because it would just be too hard to choose one!

Anyone may vote, even if you didn’t make your own creation. To view all of the entries, choose MiniChallenge Entries from the categories drop down menu in the Creations gallery.

Photos of the creations are also shown when you vote.

Choose only 1 creation. They are split between two questions, so if your selection is not an option in the first question, skip ahead to the second question. Please do not choose one from both questions.

Voting ends on Friday, March 21st, at 11:59 pm.

The member who made the entry with the most votes will receive sewing books full of inspiration and tips, cool sewing notions, and special BurdaStyle swag, as well as well-earned recognition on the site!

The votes will be tallied over the weekend and the winner announced on Monday!


Sewing Universe News Feed: 18 March 2008


The Commercial Pattern Archive at the University of Rhode Island is a collection of 25,000 electronically scanned patterns and envelope covers for clothing dating back to 1868. Even if you can’t journey to visit the actual archive, you can search a digital catalog on disk from the University. Just browsing the few sample patterns on the web site is loads of fun. The project is part of the “Save America’s Treasures” initiatives. [via]

BurdaStyle Easter Egg Hunt Hint of the Day


Here’s your next hint to help you gather eggs in the BurdaStyle Virtual Easter Egg Hunt!

A pretty wrap top is just what the Bunny ordered.

Sewing Universe News Feed: 17 March 2008


I’ve been a big fan of Anna Maria Horner’s work for a while. I started out being completely inspired by her gorgeous designs and brilliantly colorful work. When I found out she’s only a few years older than me and has five children (I only have two) … my admiration and appreciation for her unique designs deepened. When I start to get frustrated about not having enough creative time to myself, I stop and remember that people like Anna Maria Horner are out there creating amazing art, fabric and inspiration – on top of being a mom. I was really happy to see that Jennifer at CraftSanity has just posted an extended interview with Horner in which she discusses “her work, he being a mother of 5 and the challenges and blessings she’s experienced on the road to becoming the successful designer she is today.”

Sewalong MiniChallenge: Deadline Extended


The Sewalong MiniChallenge deadline has been extended!

BurdaStyle is so sorry about the problems with image upload over the weekend! We understand that many of you were unable to upload your creations and How Tos, and especially your MiniChallenge entries. Therefore, we have extended the deadline for the posting of your entries.

All MiniChallenge entries must be uploaded to the site by the end of today, Monday, March 17, before 11:59 pm, U.S. Eastern Time.

Just for a refresher, here are the rules again.


• You need to be a registered member to take part.

• You must use the Sidonie skirt pattern.

• You must upload your creation into the new ‘Mini Challenge’ category by March 15th.

• When you upload your creation you must give a detailed description of how you made your version of the skirt, the alterations you may have made and materials used etc.

• How-to’s and pattern alterations are encouraged and may earn you Brownie points!

The mini challenge will be judged by you the members.
Voting will still begin tomorrow, Tuesday the 18th of March, and run through Thursday. When voting you should take the following into consideration:

• Creativity and variation

• Difference in appearance from original

• Skills and techniques used

• And of course your favourite!

• You can vote once only

Can’t wait to see the rest of the creations!

If you are still having any troubles uploading your creation, please let us know by emailing We will do everything we can to help out!

For official rules, please see here.

Sewalong MiniChallenge: Time is Running Out!


There’s only 1 day left for the Sewalong MiniChallenge!

If you haven’t uploaded your entry yet, you still have until 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time on Saturday March 15th!

Don’t forget to upload it into the MiniChallenge Entry category!


• You need to be a registered member to take part.

• You must use the Sidonie skirt pattern.

• You must upload your creation into the new ‘Mini Challenge’ category by March 15th.

• When you upload your creation you must give a detailed description of how you made your version of the skirt, the alterations you may have made and materials used etc.

• How-to’s and pattern alterations are encouraged and may earn you Brownie points!

The mini challenge will be judged by you the members. Voting will start on Tuesday the 18th of March, more details about how to vote will be given at a later date. When voting you should take the following into consideration:

• Creativity and variation

• Difference in appearance from original

• Skills and techniques used

• And of course your favourite!

• You can vote once only

Can’t wait to see the rest of the creations!

If you are having any troubles uploading your creation, please let us know by emailing We will do everything we can to help out!

BurdaStyle Easter Egg Hunt Hint of the Day


Here’s your second hint to help you gather eggs in the BurdaStyle Virtual Easter Egg Hunt!

What do you get when you cross wind, bikes, rip-stop nylon and a load of creativity? When you find out, you’ll find an egg!

Sewing Universe News Feed: 13 March 2008


Are you a designer living in or near the Dallas area? If so, the Pin Show is looking for you! They are looking for 30 of the most influential independent designers for their July show. Applications are being accepted until April 1 for clothing, handbags, shoes, jewelry and accessories. Those that are accepted will be able to show their collections to before boutique owners, buyers, and over 500 participants!

Susan Beal: Sewing Resources in Portland


Hi, I’m Susan Beal — I’m a writer and crafter in Portland, Oregon. I write a daily craft blog called West Coast Crafty, and I co-wrote Super Crafty with the PDX Super Crafty collective. I also have a new book coming out in March called Bead Simple. I love sewing and designing my own clothes and accessories, and I’m very excited to be contributing to BurdaStyle! I’m hoping to focus on indie designers and events, and all kinds of sewing and fashion resources for crafters. I’ll be posting every two weeks and I’d love to hear what you think of my column… thanks for reading!

Sewing Resources in Portland

For my first regular column, I wanted to spotlight some of my favorite places to shop for fabric, notions and all things sewing in my hometown of Portland, Oregon. Many of these shops do online sales, swatching, or mail order, so even if you’re not in town you might like to browse their websites.

Bolt Fabric Boutique

2136 NE Alberta St, Portland


This colorful shop has a well-edited selection of prints and patterns, from bold to delicate, at great prices. Look for stylish apparel and home dec fabrics as well as great extras like plain hemmed tea towels, fabric paints, indie patterns of all types, and notions galore. They also offer classes on basics and beyond.

Don’t miss: a great selection of graphic Marimekko fabrics.

Cool Cottons

2417 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland.


This lovely shop, on the first floor of a beautiful old house in Southeast, offers a huge mix of fabrics for quilting, apparel, and crafts. The store is incredibly user-friendly, with tons of space and a gigantic cutting table in the back that’s great for effortlessly looking over all your selections at once — and perfect for quilting projects. The owners offer a regular open crafting night and classes in quilting and other home-dec projects, and they’re happy to give advice and tips on everything from basting to appliqué.

Don’t miss: their new quilt block of the month club — a 1930s project with a different Art Deco floral pattern available each month.

Knittn Kitten

7530 NE Glisan St., Portland


This crafty thrift store has an ever-changing and ever-affordable mix of vintage fabrics by the yard as well as remnants, laces and trims, notions, patterns, buttons, beads, embroidery supplies, felt, and everything else you never knew you needed in the way of vintage crafty! The shop is organized by genre, with fabric and sewing supplies as a major component. The owners also take special requests if you’re looking for something specific.

Don’t miss: the vintage rick-rack, seam binding, and lace collection or the vintage linens room.

Josephine’s Dry Goods

521 SW 11th Ave, Portland


Josephine’s carries beautiful, opulent fabrics of all types, from wool and cashmere suiting to dupioni silks and brocades, along with a nice selection of notions, patterns, buttons and trim. The shop has a fantastic sale twice a year and offers sewing classes at all levels as well. Look for the inspiring sample garments displayed around the store to get ideas on your own projects, too.

Don’t miss: the gorgeous Liberty prints.

Button Emporium + Ribbonry

914 SW 11th Ave., Portland


This small, pretty shop carries ribbons of all types and styles, along with a huge selection of vintage and new buttons individually or in larger quantities. It’s just a few blocks from Josephine’s on the streetcar line — and one of the Portland Fiber Arts District shops (along with Knit Purl and the Playful Needle).

Don’t miss: the vintage glass and celluloid buttons on their original cards.

Fabric Depot

700 SE 122nd Ave., Portland


This cavernous store carries just about anything you could possibly imagine in the way of fabric and sewing supplies. Join their mailing list or check their website for their frequent 30% and 40% off sales, which get incredibly crowded — but if the cutting counter is mobbed, just take your fabrics to the wholesale area, where you can have your materials cut and pay for everything at the same time, saving yourself two long lines. During the summer, they also have an Outdoor Sale with many fabrics marked down to $1 or $2 a yard.

Don’t miss: the never-ending wall of notions (especially during sales!)

Mill End

9701 SE McLoughlin Blvd, Portland


This shop also has a huge selection of sewing supplies and fabric, including bridal and home dec specialty areas. Their laces and trims are particularly nice. Join their postcard mailing list to find out about their 25% off sales, too.

Don’t miss: The Annex at the back, which offers tons of yardage and remnants at a steep discount.


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