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Trashion Fashion: Sewing with "trash"


The word “Trashion” originally was used to describe couture, almost costume-like, designs created from repuprosed materials. However, with green sewing becoming more common, “trashion” has become more wearable. A great example of how far salvaged sewing has come, check out this video by CraftSanity on the Recycled Runway event at the Urban Institute of Contemporary Designs (and Jennifer’s entry, The ‘Headliner’ Newspaper Dress). [photo via CraftSanity]

Time is at a Stand Still


Bugs or problems of inconvenience related to the new site recent migration, search no more, the problem is, and I would like to underline it, Analogue. Buster Keaton lost his balance a long time ago for the purpose of his most iconic film sequence! The clock building hosting the BurdaStyle indicates an evident standstill, since the launch of the site. A historic moment needs a creation myth, a little legend. I noticed the inoperative clock the first day of my internship, I found it weird, New York is supposed to be one of the fastest city of the world, and a forgotten clock in the heart of the city, well…Brooklyn might just be in a different time-zone. That day, I hung around the block postponing the intimidating time of my first visit. As you can see on the picture (taken at 11.16 am NY time), the clock is stuck on 5 past 11, the other side of the clock on 11:27. Now you would think taking the picture between those to contradicting times may not prove my point sigh…

I am trying to help the best I can, but there is not much I can do when it comes to bug tracking, all I can testify is that it is nerve wracking for the team members. I have been working on a simple shirt involving knitted implements and a few how-tos related to it, sharing the pattern table with Larisa. For now, I am off to visit one of my BurdaStyle member friend in Upstate New York and I am much looking forward to meeting all New York/Brooklyn based BurdaStyle members. Until then, happy sewing!

Beginner's Sewing Blog: The No-Sew Tutu


This week with all the bug hunting and reporting, I barely had time to leave my computer let alone get Larisa to teach me about patterns, so I cheated. I did create something this week, though it wasn’t sewn. I am kinda in love with it. It’s a multi-colored, floaty tutu for my two and a half year old niece (you may recognize her from the Sophia) who I am babysitting tonight.

This was a fun quick project to make, and I will be putting up the super easy instructions sometime next week. Time slipped quickly away all week, and finally at 5:30, everything slowed down and I was inspired. While looking for something on the site, I found this adorable project. I remembered that we had some tulle lying around from the Heidi prom dress variation that had yet to find a good home. At first I tried to make it out of a stiff, pink tulle. It looked good, but I soon realized that 1) it would not feel good against her delicate baby skin and 2) it was a pain in the butt to work with! I suggest using a finer, softer tulle if you are going to be doing this. Driven by the excited look I knew I was going to get, I worked away until 6:30 when I had a presentable tutu.

Once I arrived at her house I was greeted by a shreik of pure joy and the orders to put it on her, followed quickly by a please. We marched, and sang and danced for hours. After playing with it in every possible way (tutu, wig, lions mane, car wash) the princess of Neep-a-neep (as she wishes to be called) is all tuckered out and I

Curtains up for the wondrous world of a costume designer


Imagine your creations have to convey the personality of certain characters and the mood of a script; have to perfectly fit their wearer so as not to hinder his or her movements and accord to the aesthetic ideas of yet other people; have to be visible and transmit their meaning even from far away and harmonise with the stage setting and the props; and of course, have to be affordable given a tight budget. In short, as a costume designer you need much more than only creativity and craftsmanship to satisfy all the various requirements and demands of a play and its production.

All this and much more is what Sarah Booth, twenty-two year old costume designer, explains to me on the phone. Although the phone has to bridge the immense distance between Mexico and London, there is no way not to notice her brimming enthusiasm. She is so excited about her first really big production after just having graduated from Exeter University, and the opportunity of designing the costumes for Maurice Ravel’s childrens opera L’Enfant et les Sortileges (The Child and the Spells: A Lyric Fantasy in Two Parts) and the world premiere of O’Saci, a dance theatre by the Brazilian composer Miguel Kertsman; the first is about a rude child whose toys one day retaliate as they come to life; the second about a cheeky Brazilian folklore character who gets blown to England and falls in love with a Welsh Water nymph after helping to put out a burning village.

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Would you Twitter a T-Shirt?


Benedikta recently told me about Pa++ern, a website which offers you creative control to create a design to be embroidered onto a t-shirt- via Twitter!

Do you twitter? Tweet? I don’t. I’m not old fashioned or anti-social networking or a twat, I just don’t tweet. I realize that Twitter is the 3rd most popular social networking website on the WWW, and one of the 50 most visited websites in the world, so it doesn’t come as a surprise that the folks behind Pa++ern attached an embroidery machine to a specialized computer which will then stitch an esoteric message onto a t-shirt via tweeting.

It's Show Time!


BurdaStyle will be at the Stitches and Craft Show from Wednesday August 19th until the 23rd. Visit our booth and see our creations in the daily fashion show.

Entry is only $10!! Under 10’s get in FREE!!

Rosehill Racecourse, Unwin Street, Rosehill, NSW. Details of how to get to the show are here.

Check out the website for more details.

See you there!!!

I don't know how to sew...


…Welt pockets. Yup, I am ashamed to say I got a B (or was it a C?) on my welt pocket assignment in fashion school. I just never got it down, nor did I care to practice, it was just too hard! I avoided pockets at all costs. And zippers. I made things I had to tug over my head and had to be a contortionist to get out of. Did I ever cut myself out of something? Absolutely. But that’s another story.

My friend Matt’s birthday is next week and seeing that all I have been able to think about lately is stuff boys might like to wear or use from my next collection for Dahl & Dane, I decided to make him a woolen bag with contrasting welt pocket. See, Matt is gay so he will carry a bag- he may even go so far as to call it a purse- and as he loves his Iphone, I made a special pocket in front so it will be easily accessible.

I created a tutorial for anyone else afraid of welt pockets, or anyone who wants to recreate this simple bag. Thanks to the wizard of sewing, Larissa, our pattern-maker extraodinaire here at BurdaStyle, for guiding me through this treacherous process. I think you’ll be seeing some more welt pockets from me in the future!

BurdaStyle Welcomes BERNINA


Hey everyone, just wanted to keep you in the loop on some exciting news! BERNINA will be sponsoring areas of BurdaStyle in the coming weeks. You may have noticed the cool Sewing Republic ad on the home page! BERNINA has also sponsored this week’s newsletter and will enable some blog content. Keep your eyes peeled for more fun stuff!

The New BurdaStyle


We have received lots of comments on the new site and would like to thank you for contributing. We collected all the great feedback from the private beta testers (both feedback and feature suggestions) and are still noting all your ideas and thoughts from the discussion section. Our priority right now is to get all the bugs out of the system and then to work down your feature wishes. We have a tight budget but hope to implement a lot!

Right before we opened the site up to all of you, we had one last big final migration. During that transfer some lines got crossed, e.g. several comments and projects (formerly creations) got shifted. The development team is working on all these issues at this moment.

Please continue reporting any bugs you find in the forums, we will forward any bugs to the programmers. Thank you for your patience and diligence in reporting these issues! We will keep you up to date as soon as we have more information.

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Seattle, WA, USA!


The BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs are growing at a lightning-fast pace! New clubs are sprouting up all over the world, and established ones are gaining members, and having really engaging and creative meetings. Here is one club you should know about!

A group of Washingtonians with nine members strong, the Seattle BSC is excitedly gearing up for their next August 15th meeting. They are going to have an inspiring and thought-provoking look into the world of fabrics, ranging from ways to determine the contents within fabric fiber by how it burns, and the best local and online fabric resources. Participants are even encouraged to bring their own fabric swatches to share!

The meeting will be held at Stitches, a hip and chic fabric store in the heart of Seattle. For Seattle sewers,

Senior Street Style


While fashion and street style blogs are nothing new to the internet, most tend to concentrate on trendy clothing for ‘Generation Y’. What about style for ‘Baby Boomers’ and beyond? That’s where Advanced Style comes in. Their tag line, “Proof from the wizened and silver-haired set that personal style advances with age” describes their site perfectly, showing the wild, wacky, contemporary, and even traditional looks sported by our aging population. Not only is it a fun read, but gave me a glimpse into my future!

Beginner's Sewing Blog: Project Charlie Bag Complete


Charlie bag- done! So amidst the launch craziness I took a break to sew up my Charlie bag. I diligently cut and pinned (I think I over pin if there is such a thing) managed to stab my poor fingers a couple times but after a little while and couple of seams ripped apart and resewn, I put the final touches on the bag, I even used flat feld seams on the handles, see how pretty? I was so proud, I announced it to the office and slipped it on my shoulder just to discover I had sewn the handles the wrong way… I was so frustrated after this discovery that I sat down and my desk and worked on the site for an hour or so.

Once I had calmed down and looked at the bag as my practice version I set about to make one as well as I could. So I cut, pinned and triple checked my handles, flat felled seams no matter how often I read the instruction and practice, I always mess up. Remember, when using flat felled seams start with wrong sides facing each other, otherwise it doesn’t work.

After a day of work I have one correct bag and one semi-functional bag. I serged the edges because, we have a serger and, why not? I practiced on a couple scraps, it was pretty easy with only a couple little mishaps (the curved surged on the first bag missed the edge a couple times) but second bag went pretty well. I think I will use my new bag for a Saturday picnic in the park. Lets hope the weather holds out, otherwise it might be an indoor ice cream social.

Have a good weekend everyone!

Colombiamoda 2009


Columbia – that is for me Gabriel Garcia-Marquez, rainforest, Guerrilla war and Ingrid Betancourt, and my friends Tatiana and Javier who I met in random places at random times. When I think of Colombia, I think of many things but normally not of fashion. Nevertheless, it is here in Colombia that one of the most important FashionFairs of Latin America takes place: the Colombiamoda a mega-event in Medellin, that celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.

And this year, just as in the years before 22 selected young designers “jÛvenes creadoresî” all of them still students, had a chance to present their creations on the catwalk. Inspired by the theme “Raizes” (Roots), they presented 22 unique mini-collections that search for their ethnic, social, historic and cultural roots. Especially in these times of crisis they consider their ethnic heritage as an oasis of sustainability and self-sufficiency that provide guidance towards designing aesthetically novel and beautiful clothes that are still within the reach of the consumer. So, it is no wonder that the students of the Andean University of Pereira turn to traditional materials such as the fibers of the fique. Before the Spanish conquest the inhabitants of Colombia used

Welcome to the New BurdaStyle


As you can see after months and months of hard work and testing we have finally moved from private beta to public beta!

You may notice a slight delay in your access to the new site, this is because changes to DNS records sometimes take up to 48 hours reach all areas of the internet. If you are experiencing trouble accessing the new site these little tricks may help: try restarting your computer, clearing the cache or disconnecting from the internet, hopefully that will resolve the problem.

We are very excited to bring you the new site and offer you some long awaited additions. Once on the new site, you will notice an activity feed where you can follow your favorite members, you are able to view the instructions for a pattern before you purchase it, and Projects (formerly Creations) that you can make include step-by-step online instructions where you can ask questions at each step. There is more renaming: How Tos are now called Techniques and Forums are found under Discussions!


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