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More Uses For Thread


Of course we all know that thread is an important tool for sewing, but did you know that 100% cotton thread can have cosmetic uses? As I was surfing the web the other night I came across this article that discussed the increased popularity in the ancient art of threading. Intrigued, I searched around to find out more information and discovered that the concept is simple, thin cotton threads are twisted around a follicle and then pulled, removing the unwanted hair – similar to tweezing. If you’re interested in seeing threading in action, be sure to check out this video (the ‘action’ starts at 2:00), of course, if you’re really interested in trying it out for yourself, this tutorial on eHow will teach you how. Personally, I’m going to stick with keeping my thread in my machine.

The Beginner's Sewing Blog: The Big No Sew


Well, again, my time at the sewing table has been minimal this week, but that is because my ankle is the size of a softball. Yup. Softball. Wednesday night I rolled the hell out of it, so I have been laying on the office couch, keeping my ankle elevated and doing all the things I’m supposed to to make it mend…except for last night.

Last night we had our New York meet up and I just couldn’t sit still! We got to meet many of the incredible member/friends that we’ve made through the site (picture above, more to come next week!) I was so inspired by all these amazingly talented women, women who work so hard during the day and come home and

Wednesday's Repairs


As you know, we have been fighting off the bugs you reported as fast as we can! On Wednesday the site was down for repairs and we were able fix some of the major ones that have been lurking on the site. So now, without further ado, here are the changes that you will notice throughout the site

BurdaStyle Sewing Club Update: BSC Columbus, OH, USA!


Founded by talented BurdaStyle member Shaunda, the burgeoning BSC of Columbus, Ohio is off to a great start! They are preparing for their first meeting on Saturday, September 19, and hope to have future meetings on the first and third Saturday of every month.

For their inaugural meeting, they are going to do a simple “Meet and Greet.” All you need to bring is some creative ideas for future group meetings, and a couple of your favorite projects for a Show-and-Tell. Any of your favorite sewing tips and techniques are also welcome.

From Himba to Haute Couture


Picture the texture of the braided hair of black women; the silhouettes of African mothers who have wrapped their children into blankets to carry them on their back; the urban reality of daily improvisation in the ghettos in Cape Town and “Joíburg”; and the manifold themes of self-expression of South Africa’s youth black and white – in their search for a new identity, after their liberation from the apartheid regime. All this lived experience shines through the designs of the eight South African fashion designers that were nominated for the Mercedes-Benz Award for South African Art and Culture 2009

As diverse as South Africa’s society, are the origins and the designs of the eight nominees: iconic street ware, romantic opulence, Afro-bohemia, urban warriors and reshaped traditions that lie somewhere between history and future.

Of course there can only be one winner, Black Coffee,

For Lovely Mothers-To-Be


Does “maternity fashion” sound like an oxymoron to you? Nora recently mentioned to me that many expectant mothers on BurdaStyle have been asking for maternity-wear tips and tutorials. This week, we bring to you (courtesy of Nikkishell’s pattern altering know-how) fashion tips & patterns to accommodate a swelling belly- whether it be your own or a loved one’s.

Featured Member: WonderWonder


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m from Nagano, Japan, and I live in Brooklyn, NY now.

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

I’m not sure if this is really the first thing I made, but I think it was a bookmark made of felt and straight stitched. I remember I added some starry bead decoration to it. It my was made in 1st grade home economics class and we exhibited it on the wall of the hallway at school. My mother was quite crafty and she handmad/patch worked all my kindergarten nap time blankets, bags and pouches, so it was a great influence. I ended up joining a patch work club at elementary school!

3. What role does sewing play in your life?

My Designs in September Issue of Cosmopolitan magazine


Back in May I began working with Cosmopolitan magazine and Caress skin care to create 3 looks which will ultimately be given away to 3 winners (once they’ve won, the winners receive the look of their choice in their respective size). After months of hard work; sketching, draping, drafting, the final pieces are featured in September’s issue of Cosmopolitan! In September, Cosmo’s website should have contest details posted as well.

This sort of partnership appeals to me for a couple of reasons. Here’s how it works: Cosmo forms an exclusive with Caress. Cosmo finds a young designer to create a fresh allure to the brand. A budget is provided for the production of the 3 looks while the designer also receives a stipend. The art directors from Cosmo & Caress and the designer perform an in-house photo-shoot at Cosmo while the designer plays stylist. The spread is published and winners chosen. It seems as if it is a win-win situation for all parties included, as well as the 3 potential winners.

As the stylist, I borrowed jewelry from my friend Rachel Leigh to complete these looks- I love her new pieces. This is the second time I have worked with her, we also collaborated on a line of jewelry together in 2006 for a ShopBop.com exclusive… I would love to get into jewelry design again. I studied the art of silver-smithing throughout my college years- most intensively in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, under Billy King- the infamous (well, infamous if he ever instructed you) madman of the Mexican jewelry circuit- and an incredible teacher. He has a school in San Miguel, Sterling Quest, which I would recommend to anyone who has the desire to learn the alchemy of silver-smithing. It truly changed my life in the most empowering way.

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.

Featured Member: Bereingold


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I grew up in Maryland and I live in Brooklyn, NY.

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!!!


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