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Correctly Cutting Patterns


Most of us place a lot of importance on sewing, but often forget that cutting, as boring as it may seem, is just as important – if not more. This article that appeared several years ago on Fashion Incubator reminds us of it’s importance as well as transferring pattern markings. And all this time I thought I was correctly cutting out my patterns!

The jacket


Hey there! I’m finally getting back into the swing of things after the craziness of having a baby in the house. Heidi is now four and a half months old; time seems to have really flown by but it has been a pleasure, she is such a good baby.

I feel like I can now start sewing clothes for myself again after so much shape changing. I made a few skirts while I was still pregnant which fit for a little while but soon they were too big on me and needed to be altered. The sewing machine ended up gathering dust and I took to knitting for a while but now I’m almost back to my pre pregnancy weight I’ve decided it’s time to start sewing again!

I’ve had fabric ready to make the Jorinde jacket for about six months but was scared to cut into the expensive fabric until I knew my body shape would not change too dramatically. So now is the time to make it I think. I have suggested this pattern in the forum for the next sewalong; I figure we could all use a jacket in our wardrobes whether we’re heading into autumn or spring. Some members seem to be keen on the idea and there’s not been much interest in any other patterns. So I thought this sewalong could use any of the jacket patterns here on the site so that those who have already made Jorinde or have plans for another jacket can sew along.

Over the coming weeks I will document each step of making the jacket here on the blog and in the forum. I will post regular how-to’s for each step for those members taking part in the sewalong that need them. This pattern may be a little advanced for some but please don’t be scared, I’ll be going through it slowly step by step and I encourage you to give it a go, heck I’ll be learning a lot along the way too so if I can do it I know you can too.

My fabric is too expensive to cut into without checking the fit of the pattern first. So this week I’ll be making up a muslin, I have cut out the pattern in a size larger than I normally would and once I have it sewn together I will make markings directly onto it for alterations I may need to make. There will be more details in my next post about how to do this with tips and links that may be useful.

There have been some wonderful variations of the Jennifer blouse for the last sewalong. I wasn’t too keen on this pattern to begin with but I think my mind may have been changed. The Anda mini challenge entries have blown me away! I think each and every one of you that took part deserves a prize. I love how these challenges bring out the creativity in you; it’s amazing what talent we might find lurking in our members. Watch out for another mini challenge soon.

If you feel like taking part in the jacket sewalong head on over to the forum and let us know your plans. Tell us which jacket you intend to make, show us your fabric and let us know of any alterations you may like to change.

Using a Placket to Finish the Slit in a Sleeve


I am not a novice. I went to Parsons, worked in Couture and am now spending my days trying to think of ways how to offer sewing instructions and patterns that are easily replicable by our community on the site.

Launch of How To Event Series at Mood


Hey Everyone!

On Tuesday, we had our first offline event in our “How To Series” on “How to Pick the Right Fabric”. The party took place at Mood Fabrics, located in the heart of New York City’s garment district. Mood fabrics is known for providing many of America’s top designers and some of the hottest celebrities and television shows with designer fabrics. Project Runway anyone? How could we not host our event here?

With cupcakes, grapes, cheese, and not to mention yards and yards of beautiful material, we gathered a variety of people to learn how to pick out the right fabric. Benedikta and Nora welcomed together about 20 people to explore the world of BurdaStyle and Mood Fabrics. Eric Sauma, the owner, lead the group throughout the store describing all of the different types of fabrics available.
The night ended with a free yard of fabric for all who attended. Both BurdaStyle members Kasia and Somwan (JJ) got to see their creations modeled by the BurdaStyle team.

We had a wide range of people attending from Design21‘s Marissa Feiberg, Mark Wieczorek, and Tara Hohenberg, to Michelle Kempner from <a href=“;Craftzine, (who wrote <a href:”;&gt;this articel,
Carrol Chang from GOOD Magazine, Stephanie Redlener from The Talent Business, and even Cate Corcoran from Women’s Wear Daily. The live “How To Series” will be seen on Etsy virtual lab with special help from Danielle Malveal and Christine Domanica. Check out our photos (taken by the talented Antwan) on our Flickr account! Also a big thanks to Kyla Fullenwider for setting up the event and Wira Quesada for teaching us how to pick out our fabric after deciding on your first BurdaStyle pattern!

We look forward to seeing your creations!

Featured Member: Chipdale7


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

I am originally from Japan. I grew up there. I came to the States for the first time when I was 17 as an exchange student. After a year of exchange program, I went back to Japan. There I finished high school and started college. In 2004, I transfered to the University in Philadelphia. Since then, I’ve been in Philly.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

I don’t remember the first thing I made…probably some stuffed animal or something. I always loved creating things! I grew up seeing my mom making bags and some decoration stuff. So I just imitated her. The first clothes I made was a black shirt. I traced a pattern from one of my shirts. First thing I made from BurdaStyle was Azalea dress. It took me almost like 8 hours to complete! Thankfully, it doesn’t take that long anymore:p

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

Sewing is an essential part of my life! I get jittery when I’m not sewing for a few days, wanting to touch my sewing machine.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

My favorite thing about sewing is when I’m putting each piece together, when I’m actually sewing. And I love wearing it.
My least favorite thing is installing a zipper… I hate doing it just because I’m so bad at it. That’s why I use stretchy material for most of my dresses, so I can omit the zipper part. I don’t like ironing either. And I avoid button halls!

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

I want to make a dress for my little sister. I’m working on it right now actually. She loves wearing dresses like I do, and she requested me to make a halter dress for the summer.
People always ask me if I make clothes for my husband. I don’t like making clothes for my husband, and I don’t think I ever will (sorry Andy!) because all he wears is a white T-shirts and wife beaters! No fun in that.

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

Looking for free/cheap patterns! It’s so great that you guys offer free downloads. I really like to look user creations. They are all so creative, and inspire me a lot!

7. What is your motto?

vivat veritas. “May truth live”. “vivat veritas” is my husband’s tattoo on his arm, and I took it as a name of my clothing line.

Chipdale7 has created the perfect summer dresses. Her creations are light and girly but still both classic and trendy. Check out her Etsy shop to see more of her work!

The Winner of the Technical Design Contest is...


So, it was really hard for us to pick the winning design, so hard in fact that we had to send our choices to the team in Germany to help us make the final call. We have come to an international conclusion. We would like to announce the winner, congratulations to Spiderlily! Though the others were great, she got everything correct, especially the tricky leg holes. What set her design apart from the rest is that the leg holes in her design were not cut too high. Ceregana came in second and inge came in third. Ziancabug earned our honorable mention. Thank you for all of the submissions. We were so glad to have to work so hard to pick the winner, it truly is a testament to your skills.

Spruce Up Your Sewing Room


As I attended my daughter’s final softball game this week and started shopping for school supplies, I realized, fall is almost upon us. When the oldest goes back to school, I find myself organizing and redecorating the house (after the blurr of summer activities I often neglect housework) – this includes the sewing room. If your like me and are in need of a few supplies to spruce up your area, try a few of these: keep your machines dust free with a reversible sewing machine cover, ironing won’t seem boring when you have this super easy ironing board cover and pressing ham, store your needles in style with this needle case or pretty pincushion.

Voting Begins for the Sew Along MiniChallenge


Let the games begin!

Voting is now open for our second Sew Along MiniChallenge! The polls will be open until Tuesday, August 5th at 11:59 pm. That means you have exactly one week to pick you favorite Anda Dress Variation. Anyone may vote, even if you didn’t make your own creation. 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.

There are some incredible submissions, congratulations to all of you who entered. To the rest of you, good luck choosing!

Vote Now!

New How To series, first one with Mood!


Hey everyone,
We are kicking off our new How To series tonight at Mood fabrics. The How To will be “How to choose the right fabric” with a run down by the owner of Mood, Eric Sauma. There will be a web cast of the event on Etsy’s Virtual Labs check it out from 6-8 pm tonight!

Sewalong MiniChallenge: Last Day!


There’s only 1 day left for the Sewalong MiniChallenge! There are some amazing entries so far as you can see.

If you haven’t uploaded your entry yet, you still have until 11:59 pm U.S. Eastern Time on Sunday July the 27th! 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 Anda dress pattern.

• You must upload your creation into the new ‘Mini Challenge’ category by July 27th.

• When you upload your creation you must give a detailed description of how you made your version of the dress, 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 29th of July, 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!

Men's Swim Trunks Pattern


We have a new pattern up! This one is for the boys (though they could be turned into beach shorts too). Today we give you Andrethe men’s swim trunks pattern! So all you guys relax by the pool, lounge in the sun and soak up all that is summer.

Narrowing Down the Technical Drawings


As you can see, we are working through the many incredible designs for the technical drawing contest. We are narrowing the entries down to one and let me tell you, this is not an easy job. The 23 sketches that were entered were done in every medium possible (except sculpture) and they were all the top level of talent. We are going to get back to voting and leave all of you to sew your Andas. The winner will be announced soon!

Featured Member: Myra_Lee


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

I am originally from Adelaide, Australia but moved east to Melbourne about 5 years ago where I live with my boyfriend, 2 cats and dog.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

My grandmother was a dress maker in the Philippines and she and my mother and auntie would sew me clothes when I was little. I dabbled in a bit of hand sewing when I was much younger but didn’t learn how to properly use a sewing machine until November 2007. I enrolled in an 8 week CAE beginners class and the thing I made was a pair of pj pants. I didn’t realize how difficult it is to match unsymmetrical plaid though, so that was my first big lesson!

My Mum brought over her old Elna machine for me and I have been happily sewing away at home since. The second item I made was a 1950s style dress, as part of a 3 week project class at a new sewing lounge in North Melbourne called Thread Den. Since then I did a few other classes there too like a trousers class and a beginners pattern making class to build my confidence, and have been using many of the fabulous patterns from Burda Style to start making some items on my own at home.

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

It’s my new favorite hobby and I think it’s one that’s going to last. I love projects and being able to have something to show for my efforts at the end. And I find it a great way to get my mind off work and other things – sewing is the best procrastinator! I get great satisfaction after finishing a piece of clothing I’m really happy with and being able to wear it or give it a friend to wear out. Since I have started doing more sewing I find myself thinking about the construction of clothes a lot more. When a see a dress or shirt I like, I don’t just look at the cut and the pattern, I find myself inspecting the inside and seeing how it was put together, if there’s a yoke, and getting ideas for adding detail.

I think it’s an important creative outlet for me, and also makes me feel like I’m carrying on a family skill.

4. What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

My favourite things are finding new sewing patterns to try and thinking of ways to individualize them. I adore hunting for fabric I LOVE and inspires me to turn them into items of clothing. I recently went to Paris and Lisbon and had a great time rummaging through fabric stores there to find something special. I also love blogging my projects once they are done and sometimes joke that I am making clothes more for the blog than for me! And I love meeting other sewers through BurdaStyle, my blog and at Thread Den and finding inspiration in each other’s projects and sharing encouragement and ideas.

My least favorite thing would have to be doing all the measuring and cutting! It always takes so much longer than I think it will, and calculating measurements is definitely harder to do when you’re tired which can make an after work class a bit of a challenge! Oh and of course unpicking… Which I inevitably seem to end up doing at least a bit of each project… Hopefully I am improving and doing less of this as I gain more experience.

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

Hmm… I would really love to be able to make a well cut suit for my boyfriend – Marc Jacobs style!

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

I love the patterns and looking at everyone’s creations and uploading my own. And the How Tos are a god send too, so helpful! I love receiving comments from other members about my creations and I love leaving comments about creations that inspire me to make my own. I’d love if were a bit easier to find other members in my area.

7. What is your motto?

I don’t really have one. But how about – find what inspires you!

Between her cute dolls and her cool clothes, myra_lee’s is a master of choosing patterns for each piece she creates. You should check out her blog, it chronicles her adventures in travels, shopping, music and of course sewing.

BurdaStyle at the Fashion Week in Berlin!



Last weekend Benedikta and I were lucky to attend the 20 year anniversary of ELLE magazine in Germany amidst the Fashion Week in Berlin. We took the opportunity to discover the city and its great fashion spirit!


Dress code for the ELLE party was black tie – easy for us BurdaStyle girls! Benedikta wore the <a href:“;&gt;Cate dress, I showed off our <a href:“;&gt;Heidi Prom Variation.


On the first picture (taken by Roger Riedel) you see our new fun friends in Berlin: Julia Reinecke editor from the German urban culture blog <a href:“;&gt;hobnox, Mary Sherpe, who documents Berlin street style at <a href:“;&gt;STIL IN BERLIN and blogs about all happenings and thoughts around fashion at <a href:“;&gt;pudri (both are in ENGLISH!), as well as Christina Haeussler from MySpace Germany, me, and Benedikta. The second picture shows the stage, you can see Claudia Schiffer and Karl Lagerfeld. We tried to talk to him, Benedikta even held on to his glove, but all to no avail, he couldn’t get inspired by open source sewing that quickly.


Also part of the week was the launch party of GLAM in Germany (our ad network that is helping us to make some money!) where our friends from the German fashion blog <a href:“;&gt;LesMads Jessica Schwarz and Julia Knolle hung out as well. Julia is the new editor-in-chief of the <a href:“;&gt;GLAM portal, congrats!


Benedict who films for Fashion Lab back stage at fashion shows was also present with his phone, check out what I had to say in this <a href:“;&gt;video (videos all in English). I also met Mahret Kupka who is behind <a href:“;&gt;f&amp;art


In the offline world, I became fan of some fun independent designer stores, walking aroud Mitte (check out <a href:“;&gt;the stores of Andreas Murkudis, beautiful but pricey.) My new favorite store with affordable and great clothes is in Wedding and named <a href:“;&gt;STYLESERVER. You can order online, and MUST if you visit Berlin! They carry among many <a href:“;&gt;C.Neeon and <a href:“;&gt;Lala Berlin, nice!

How To Find The Stretch In Your Fabric


There’s nothing more heartbreaking than creating a gorgeous knit top or dress only to try it on and find that it doesn’t fit. The problem? Not enough stretch to your fabric. This article that appeared in Craft Stylish will help you tell if your fabric has enough stretch for the pattern you’ve picked out.


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