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Beginner's Sewing Blog: First Pattern Project


Growing up, my grandmothers were always sewing. Did I learn from them? No. Am I kicking myself? Absofreakinlutely.
Between visiting my two grandmothers and helping my mom with Halloween costumes, the sewing machine was just as ordinary as the coffee pot. I credit this exposure with my lack of fear when I’m around one. I know that for many beginners, it can take a lot of psyching up to even get to the point of sitting down at a machine, so I’m very grateful I don’t have that fear, but I do have another…patterns.

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Perth, AUS


The talented sewers behind the BSC of Perth, Australia are excitedly gearing up for their next August 8th meeting date! With four members and growing, the meeting is sure to be a creatively inspiring and fun time for all who come!

Hosted at the fabulous Sewanista studio, which features state-of-the-art sewing machinery, large working spaces and dress dummies, they encourage prospective members to come armed with loads of creativity and ideas to share!

Spotlight On: Slow & Steady Wins the Race


Have you heard of the conceptual brand Slow and Steady Wins the Race? I am very late catching on to this label but while I was looking for shoes this Spring I kept stumbling upon these cute wedge heels and flats (which are literally labeled “ballet flat”) by a seemingly understated label. I began to dig for information on the brand. As you can see, the website is set up with chapters,

A little fashion curiosity, I thought I'd share...


I finished my book, and to fill the void that opens when you have turned the last page, I decided to skip work last Monday and go on a day trip with a friend. We went to Taxco a little town of white houses and red roofs, stuck some 1,800 meters above sea-level on the steep slopes of a mountain halfway between Mexico City and Acapulco.

Meandering through the streets and alleyways, peaking into the silverware stores (Taxco used to have a big silver mining industry) and lingering around markets, you will probably find something unexpected. And we did, or better my friend did: in the entrance of an artisan store that sells all sorts of toys, papier-m’che figures and folksy dresses, she spotted hand-knitted Barbie fashion in all colors and shapes: from little tank-top summer dresses with matching purses, to thick sweaters including woolen socks and hats to



Last week I was in Portland, Oregon where I visited the Rose Garden. If any of you have ever been there you know what I’m talking about- meters upon meters of native & hybrid roses line bright green grassy pathways which lure you in with the most succulent sweet smelling flora you have ever set your nose upon.

These gorgeous gifts from mother nature have stuck in my mind & I am determined to incorporate them into my next collection. Though I am not sure I want to design my own typical floral print I do indeed want to use the organic beauties as inspiration. I am picturing taking a flower, drawing it, blowing it up & abstracting it so you can no longer tell it is a flower. Instead, large strokes of color sweep across the front of a dress in an a-symmetrical manner.

The Merge of BurdaStyle and BurdaFashion


Hi Everyone,

As you have been informed, in the future there will be a merger for BurdaStyle and BurdaFashion.

As you can see from the overlay, this merger is to integrate us with BurdaFashion in order to offer you the entire pattern catalog as well as content from the magazine. The overlay is to inform you of these changes in advance, we are looking at at least 4 – 6 months before the actual merge. Nothing is going to change in the immediate future, however it was important to us to share this information at an early stage with you via the overlay.

We are very excited about this merger and what this will mean for BurdaStyle and our community. Though all of this is in the very beginning of talks, we can share with you some information:

Get Inspired for Back to School


With fall right around the corner, thoughts turn to heading back to school. Luckily we have started to put together some outfits that will help inspire you to create your own fabulous combinations.

  1. JJ (created by Ceregana)
  2. Judy
  3. Andrew (created by NattyJane)
  4. Lydia (created by Beckercs)
  5. Anna Boho Bag
  6. Bella (created by miho555)
  7. Kasia
  8. Anita

Free Pattern from Weekend Sewing & STC Craft. Plus enter to win one of three great books!


Hey Everyone,

We just found out about this great contest from Heather Ross, author of Weekend Sewing and STC Craft

They’ve put together free pattern and easy gift idea. They’re giving you the pattern for the Gardening Gloves from Weekend Sewing as a free download, and they’re also giving you some really cool, creative ideas about how to present them to a friend. For the pattern and the rest of the details (which include some of Heather’s adorable illustrations), click here.

To sweeten the deal, they are also giving away three STC Craft books! To enter to win, join them on Twitter (@stc_craft), answer the question—“What are you currently crafting or looking forward to starting?”—and tag your tweet #STCcraft. Then, on Friday, July 31, 2009, at noon EST, they will choose three winners at random from the eligible entries and contact them via Twitter.

Good luck!

Green Sewing with Pamoyo


“Green” sewing has become increasingly more popular thanks to books such as Betz White’s Sewing Green. A number of sewing websites have also popped up on the internet as well, including Pamoyo. Not only do they blog about “Green Fashion”, but they also have a section devoted to…. Patterns! Just like BurdaStyle, these are open source designs! Unfortunately, there’s only one available at the moment, but here’s hoping there will be more in coming months!

Get Your BSC Leadership Packet Today!


Hi Everyone,

The Official BurdaStyle Sewing Club (BSC) Leadership Packet is ready, and have been sent out to all listed leaders!

Have you received yours?

It contains everything you need to start and maintain a successful club, including:

Beginner's Sewing Blog: My Style


I was born in the wrong decade. I should have been around in the late 40s and early 50s. Between my broad shoulders, bust, hips and general aesthetic (see above), that’s when I fit in. But, alas, I am around now and though I love the majority of today’s fashions, they are made for the complete opposite body type. Walk through the streets of New York, look at the satorialist, or flip through the fashion magazines you will see somewhat waifish girls (small hips, small bust, small shoulders) rocking the latest fashions and trends. I long to wear many of these trends, but I also know that with my particular body type and height (I’m 5’ 11”) that they A) wouldn’t fit, and B) if I were to wear something that had no waist definition or certain kinds of empire waists I would look like

Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress


There are days, when you really don’t feel like working. Either, the sun and the sky are too bright to sit inside; or you are newly in love and you cannot think about anything but whoever you are in love with; or you are reading a book that you simply cannot put away… I am hooked on Balzac and the little Chinese seamstress written by Dai Sijie. It is definitely not a new book having been published in 2000, and maybe a lot of you have read it already, but for those of you who haven’t, it really is exceptional in its sensitivity and wit.

Let me just take you to the beginning of the story: it takes us to Communist China, and two city boys who have hardly finished primary school, are being sent to the Mountains of Phoenix under the re-education programme of Mao’s cultural revolution. They arrive at a village so remote that a violin and an alarm clock that the two boys bring along are novelties for the farmers. And so the book opens with the arrival of the two boys and the peasants’ discovery of the violin. It is beyond the villagers’ imagination that this could be a musical instrument, so the narrator has to prove it to them. What is he going to play? – A Mozart sonata. But what on earth is a Mozart sonata? And, isn’t Mozart, like so many other Western artists and writers banned in Communist China? The two boys quickly rename the classical piece into something more politically correct: “Mozart is thinking of Chairman Mao” to the delight of the peasants.

The encounter between the farmers and the two city boys is setting the scene for what follows. But the real story starts when the two meet the little seamstress. Daughter of the tailor who is revered almost like a king in the mountain villages, she sits at home sewing on her sewing machine from Shanghai. She may not be able to read but there is something refined about her that attracts the attention of the two boys. She is different than the rest of the people in the villages….. and this is where the story really begins. I close here to return to my book and hopefully leave you enticed to read it yourself.

Amuse Me


The images above are photographs of a few of fashion’s extremely influential women. Beneath each photo are a few examples of how these iconic women’s styles have seeped into modern fashion consciousness. These women are certainly not your typical role models- they stood out for their idiosyncratic fashion style and legendary eccentricities; one paraded around Venice with a pair of leashed cheetahs while wearing live snakes as jewellery, one single-handedly pioneered the modern woman’s new look, one became a muse to some of the 20th century’s most distinguished writers and artists, including Wyndham Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Tristan Tzara, Ezra Pound, and Louis Aragon.

Do you know who they are? Whose fashion sense do you admire? Who (or what) is your muse?

Featured Member: ZickZack


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am from Germany and live in Cologne where I am studying, but I’d like to get to know some other places and countries and hope I’ll get the chance to study abroad for one year.

I Want to Say One Word to You. Just One Word...Plastics!

Mike Nichols’s The Graduate is a true cinema classic. I have always loved this movie, but now it has special significance for me because as of June 6th, I, too, am a graduate! I know I’m just graduating from high school, but I can relate to the scrutiny and pressure Dustin Hoffman’s character feels at the beginning of the movie. All the big questions start coming up in conversation (especially with adults) – What are your career plans? Anyone special in your life? How are you going to set yourself apart from “the competition”? Yeesh!

Well, at least I can answer that last question! All the grads had to wear these huge green gowns that made us all look the same, but I came up with ways to spiff up my look and stand out. I wore a really cool gem necklace plus sparkly flower-gem earrings and a green gem ring. My mom gave me a pearl bracelet that my grandmother had given to her for her graduation. And under all of this, I wore a tie dress my sister made on Jane’s Sew & So.

Chanel rummaged through thrift stores and found a bunch of beautiful men’s silk ties. She unfolded the ties and sewed them together to make the base of the dress and the straps. The top of the dress is a gorgeous red silk remnant. As my mom says, “Stop shopping and start sewing” – the whole dress cost about 8 bucks to make. And, while graduation was a sea of green, I alone was wearing a secret explosion of color underneath the whole time.

After we all threw our caps in the air, I unzipped my gown and was instantly ready to party. I added green sparkles to my hair and the silver shoes I wore to prom then hit all the grad parties. I got tons of compliments on my dress. People said they’d had seen tie vests and skirts but a tie dress was a really original idea. Oh, and remember the Simon and Garfunkel tune, “The Sounds of Silence?” from The Graduate?

. Check out this music video I made using the same song. It won a bunch of student film awards – yep, that’s my career plan!


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