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!

Pants with my name on them!

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Pants with my name on them!

This week I’ve made up a muslin for the ‘Nichola pants from an old sheet. I made a simple alteration to the front piece of the pattern by scooping the waistline to fit under my bump. Since I’m in need of comfortable clothing at the moment I thought that instead of adding the waistband with buttons and zip that I’d give the pants an elasticated waist. What do you think? I know that this would alter the look of the pants but this doesn’t concern me since I’m not really in need of tailored pants. My bump still has more growing time I so need pants that will fit me until the end of the pregnancy and in my eyes elastic is the way to go. I’m thinking of adding extra length to the waist which I can fold over to create a channel for the elastic and also need to add some length to the rise at the back, when I sit down you get a nice (or not so nice) view of my bottom! So an inch or so will be added to my back pattern piece. I’m also going to leave out the pocket, I’m not sure it would sit right since there will be some slight gathering at the waist but I am considering adding some side pockets like those in Nayantara’s how-to, I LOVE pockets I can sink my hands into. The last alteration I need to do is to shorten the legs, in the picture above I have already shortened them by 15cm and they’re still too long which just goes to show how small I am! I want these pants to be as casual and as comfortable as possible to wear which I think they will be and they are also very easy to make (without having to add the back pocket and waistband) so I should be able to whip up a few pairs in no time.

Now, onto the Lydia sew along. I procrastinated all of last week too and didn’t get around to making mine; instead I spent time making Christmas decorations for our tree and postcards for a swap I organized. Now that I’m making the Nichola pants I think I will make the Lydia top with short sleeves to wear with them instead of making the dress version. I’m loving Julietta’s take on the pattern and Mellu’s cute version with the puff sleeves which she made with the help of Zahra’s how-to. Check out the thread in the forum for more details and see more finished Lydia’s in the creations section.

Since it’s the holiday season and everyone is busy busy busy I thought we would keep the next sew along nice and simple and make the Layla apron and matching mittens. Maybe you’d like to make it for yourself to wear on Christmas Day whilst cooking lunch or dinner or maybe you know someone it would make the perfect gift for, handmade gifts are the best I think. Just remember to use a non-flammable batting/wadding when making the mittens. If you want to take part please head on over to the new thread in the forum and let us know who you are making Layla for, what fabrics you plan to use and any alterations you may make.

Advent Quiz #4

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Congratulations to yesterday’s winner, Betsy Moore, for answering yesterday’s question correctly- What segment of your body approximately equals one yard?
Her answer- From the tip of your fingers to the tip of your nose with your head turned away from the hand you are measuring from."

I’m sure that was a great start to her week, and we hope to make even more of you happy, so there are still lots more questions to answer.

The 4th Advent question is:

Who was the first person to establish a Haute Couture house?

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 Christmas treats!

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

Good Luck!

Featured Member: Brooke Noelle

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m originally from Portland, Oregon, located in the beautiful
Northwest. I moved out to New York to attend culinary school and
hopefully become an accomplished cake decorator. I’ve lived in
Brooklyn for almost 3 years now, and I love it. I reside in historic
Bed-Stuy, in a brownstone with my partner, Mike, and our two comical
felines.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I took sewing classes when I was very young, an early sign of the
project mania to arise in my later years. My teacher took pictures of
me with every single finished project, which I still have in a photo
album back home. Some of my earliest masterpieces include a denim
tote bag, fabric dolls, and a hideous sweatshirt covered in neon
numbers. I dropped sewing to pick up crosstitch and didn’t come back
to it until just a few months ago. I’m glad I did!

3. What role does sewing play in your life?
Sewing plays an important role as a stress relief and creative outlet.
As forementioned above, I’m a bit of a project maniac, and I take
great pleasure in having new things to create, and I love learning
something new. Now that I’m not in school, I like to spend all my
spare time learning a new crafts. And there’s no better feeling than
when you wear something you’ve made and get a compliment on it!

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?
My favorite thing is that I can pick out a pattern, visualize it in a
different way and be able to make it (potentially)! My least favorite
thing about sewing is when I get lost and frustrated. But I know it
comes with the territory, and I’m pretty used to it, being a self
taught knitter.

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

I would have to choose a matching apron, potholder, dress set for
Julia Child, who is my complete hero. She started her life later than
most people and made so much out of it. It teaches me to never give
up, and always remember that you’re never too old to learn new tricks.

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

I always log in to the site to check out everyone elses creations, it
keeps me motivated and provides me with ideas and inspiration, I love
it! I think the site works really well. Maybe provide more links to
other sites, places to get fabrics or notions, blogs, etc. Another
thing that would make it flow better was if you could click on
someone’s picture and go to their profile, so you don’t have to search
for them. Otherwise, I like everything about it, and tune in everyday
for updates and new patterns.

7. What is your motto?
“Everything in moderation, including moderation.” -Jacques Pepin

Learn more about Brooke and see some of the amazing cakes she’s made by seeing her member profile and her photo blog here.

Advent quiz, the 3rd!

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…ein Lichtlein brennt! (a little light is burning….) Yesterday was the first advent Sunday (three more to go!), when a light is being lit in German houses to await Christmas eve, and our special first candle question "Which designer made ‘harem’ pants famous?’ was perfectly answered by one of our very active members Zahra…and this is what she said:

“Paul Poiret brought this trendy change to fashion… freeing women from corsets back in early 20s”

We will send our little goodie bag with lovely sewing things to Zahra who lives in Pakistan, we hope she gets the package soon!

So many of you wrote and didn’t win this time. Don’t worry! There are 22 more chances. And here is question number 3:

What segment of your body approximately equals one yard?

Please send your answer to answers@burdastyle.com with subject line: ’Advent Quiz #3". First one to get it right, will win our third goodie bag!

We are looking forward to plenty more responses! Rules and regulations, you find here.

SEWING UNIVERSE NEWS FEED 2 DEC 2007

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Claire James at Project reFashion has a very interesting commentary

on the dying art of tailoring. She examines the difference between

personal/reconstructive fashion sewing and true, high quality

tailoring. She makes some

great points about the change in quality of how clothes are being

made, and how the lost art of tailoring is affecting small business

alteration shops.

Mermaids has a <a

href=“http://mermaids.wordpress.com/2007/12/02/bound-neckline-tutorial/&#8221;&gt;Bound

Neckline Tutorial up – use scraps of fabric to dress up the

neckline of your next shirt.

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