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Guest Column: Doll Fashion Around the World


One of the best things about sewing your own doll is the opportunity to create fabulous outfit for her to wear. These dolls are about 22 inches tall. This makes if very easy to sew clothes for them – it is actually more difficult to make tiny clothes for Barbie-style dolls. I love learning about fashions and traditions from cultures different from my own.

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Join us on Twitter and Facebook, and enter to win products from Schlosser Designs!

I Second That E-Notion


Notions: small articles, as buttons, thread, ribbon, and other personal items, especially such items displayed together for sale, as in a department store.

Guest Collumn: Needle Sculpting your Doll Face


You can accent the features by adding dimension with needle sculpting. This is an easy and fun technique that uses a long needle and thread to make small indentations – we use it to highlight the eyes and cheeks and to make the dimples.

Intern with BurdaStyle!


Come backstage at BurdaStyle! We are look for a few amazing interns to join our team.

One Week Left in the Sewing Republic Apron Remake Challenge


Just a friendly reminder, you have one week left to create and submit your apron for the Apron Remake Challenge. There is still time left to create, so, review the rules and get cracking!

March Madness


Need a reason to get into your crafting area and sew? Not only is March National Crafting month, but March 20 is National Quilting day! During this time you’ll find lots of reasons to celebrate – free projects, fabric and crafting sales, giveaways, and more! Celebrate the month by making something for yourself or others, share your love of creating by teaching someone else to sew, or learn a new skill or technique. No matter what you do, be sure to share it in the gallery!

Guest Column: The Super Simple Way to Create a Cute Face for Your Doll!


We’re ready for hair and makeup! This is where our dolls get their personality. I realize that a lot of folks find this step intimidating. I know how you feel! When I first began making dolls, I left off the nose because the noses that I drew looked, well, strange. So I read dollmaking books and magazines and experimented. The result of this experimentation is an innovation that I’ve included in Doll Fashionistas makes it easy to create a sweet doll face. I call it my Face Template.

Details of McQueen

Details of McQueen

Guest Column: Sewing Dolls – How Green is This?


If you are making these dolls, guess what! You’ve already got your green on!! Sewing dolls is a very eco friendly activity.

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: Badges, Letters, etc.


With flower seeds in hand, Spring is finally preparing to return to New York! We at BurdaStyle are excitedly setting aside time for group picnics and other fun activities in the sun. For our sewing clubs, we hope the upcoming season (whether it be spring or fall) will also inspire you to join your fellow sewers in creative and motivating activities.

Here is some of the latest news for BurdaStyle Club members!:

Guest Column: Stuffing the Doll


Once the doll parts are sewn and turned, they are ready to be stuffed. There are many choices for stuffing including sawdust, wood shavings (also called excelcior), clean sand, metal or plastic pellets, fiberfill, shredded foam, and stuff around the house like cut up nylon stockings (at least there is something useful to do with nylon stockings after they have run!).

Close Knit


Do you knit? We don’t talk much about knitting here on BurdaStyle, being the seamstresses & seamsters that we are, but I must say I am so impressed by all of the cool knitting projects I have discovered on the site!

Featured Member: Peter in NYC


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m a native New Yorker, originally from the Bronx (Ralph and Calvin’s old neighborhood in fact). I currently live in Chelsea on Manhattan’s West side. I’m truly fortunate to be just blocks from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) — I can see it out my window, in fact — as well as many wonderful fabric and notions stores.
And the Chelsea Flea Market, an endless source of inspiration!

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
Get this: In May of 2009, I picked up a pair of Edwin Jeans at my local Goodwill but they were about 4" too long — not unusual, since I’m only 5’7." I wanted them shortened but I didn’t want to pay for the privilege. I don’t even remember how, but it occurred to me one night that I could probably buy a sewing machine and make my own alterations, and it would pay for itself in no time. Long story short: I bought a vintage Kenmore on eBay and my life hasn’t been the same since.

Guest Column: Humble, Utilitarian, Wondrous, Super- Awesome Wool Felt!


Wool Felt is an amazing, versatile textile. It predates the spinning of yarn and the weaving of threads into fabric. Because it isn’t woven, it does not ravel and it holds its shape beautifully. Today, felt comes in a wide variety of textures and thicknesses and in every color of the rainbow. Pure wool felt is smooth, soft and sturdy all at the same time. For doll making I use 12 to 16 oz. per yard weight of wool felt.


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