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

If you talk to my mother, she would mention that when I was little, I used to ‘design’ Barbie clothes. Apparently, I spent a great deal of time drawing elaborate gowns for her and at times trying to sew them up (by hand). I didn’t use a sewing machine until an 8th grade home economics class where we were told to follow a pattern to sew up a sweatshirt. Unfortunately, that garment didn’t turn out quite as expected! I didn’t try using a sewing machine again until 8 or 9 years ago (I made a pajama set for my daughter and had much better results) – and I haven’t stopped sewing since!

Forum section of new site

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Our new forum pages will be much more intractive: Members will be informed via RSS or email of new posts in their thread. It will also be more visually appealing. Every member will be displayed with avatar. Posts can include links, pictures, and video!

Don't Find Wanted Fabric - But Still Sew!

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Making from recycled fabrics is proving to be hard work sometimes. As i have mentioned before i want to recycle to save money and be more environmentally friendly but when you have a project in mind, like i did this week, it can sometimes be difficult to find a recycled fabric that will suit and buying new is very tempting. My project this week has been the new pattern Anda, such a fabulous dress and a dress i so much wanted to make but did not have the required fabric type in my recycled stash.

The pattern calls for linen, viscose-rayons or crepe. I was expecting to have to make a trip out to scour the thrift stores, which to be honest i really didn’t have the time for this week (i had a birthday to celebrate and a massage to enjoy!), when i received an email from a blogging friend: She had been clearing out her stash and came up with a pile of fabrics that she no longer wanted and thought i may make some use of them. Are you kidding me? Of course i can! She popped them in the post and they arrived a few days ago. So, now there was no need to go out or to spend any money because amongst them was a piece of green knit jersey, roughly a metre in length. I decided that even though it wasn’t the recommended fabric for Anda i thought it could be a good replacement. It could give the dress a more casual day look, which with my lifestyle i need a lot more than a dress for a night out.

Due to the size of the piece of fabric and a small mark i needed to shorten the dress. I changed the pattern slightly to suit my fabric by twin top stitching the neck and armhole edges using a twin needle. I also used the leftover strip of fabric with the mark hiding the mark on the underside, to make a belt as an alternative to adding casings and ties therefore using up the whole piece of fabric.

Although i am happy with how it turned out i would have liked to have made the dress smaller, i did use the smallest size on the pattern (38) but i feel the dress gapes a little too much at the armholes. Shortening the dress worked out well though as i’m only 5’ 2’, i think i took off around 4 or 5 inches in total and it seems to be the perfect length.

It amazes me how thoughtful people can be, not only did i gain new-to-me fabrics from this fellow blogger but she also helped me to save money and the fabric was put to good use.

You can see more details of how i made Anda in this How To.

My current project is Emily but i would also like to get you, the readers involved in my projects. I’d like for you to choose what i make next from these patterns, leave a comment and once a pattern has been chosen i shall then document my adventures here. This should be interesting!

Former columns of NikkiShell: Finding Recycled Fabrics and Franzi Vest Made from Thrift Store Skirts.

How To: Make a Mock Fly-Front

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At some point or another, everyone comes to this decision: Do I make a Mock Fly-Front or Real Fly-Front zipper. . . You think to yourself, Do I reaaaaally want those extra few pattern pieces??. After much desperate deliberation, you, like many others, will decide that the Mock Fly-Front is the way to go. So, in preparation for this day, I have taken it upon myself to make an illustrated how-to which will help you celebrate this decision, with “Photoshopped” photographs and explanations galore! Here’s a hint- you are likely to find this very helpful when sewing one of the new patterns from our upcoming collection- keep your eyes open! And stay tuned—- I smell a Real Fly-Front How To cooking in the oven

TREND: Here Comes the Bride

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People get married all the time, for all reasons, in all ways, but to believe the media, June is the month when a certain kind of wedding prevails. One need travel no farther than the word “Bridezilla” to summon the paradigmatic June nuptial, a choreographed, soundtracked, camera-ready piece of theater in the round in which every detail must be rehearsed, and feature. The sighing floral arrangements, the ring bearer fumbling on his pillow for the glistening band, the ice sculptures, the first dance, the mothers with their damp eyes, the shellacked bridesmaids, the seared tuna hors d’oeuvres and the towering cake. And, oh yeah, the bride and groom themselves, stars of this spectacle, the players with the important lines: “I do.”

Sneak Preview: New Pattern

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Haven’t found the pattern you’re looking for? Vote which patterns we should post next! We’re constantly working on bringing new and revamping old patterns – so have a look at the new designs we will start uploading mid-June. Please tell us which ones you would like to see first – write a comment! – and we will be delighted to follow your wishes!

Featured Member: Mirela

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

As a child, I started sewing using a little toy sewing machine, making pretty dresses for my dolls. I remember as if it was yesterday although it happened about 17 years ago: I was watching my mother sewing a pink outfit for my birthday party and I loved that outfit! It was the first time I showed interest in sewing. Not long after, I started sewing myself and made a circle skirt for my Barbie doll out of leftover pink fabric. The first real clothing item I made for myself was a classic plaid shirt. All along the way, I had benefited from assistance and help from my mother, to whom I cannot give enough thanks for instilling in me her passion for sewing.

How To: Fold and Crop

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If you haven’t noticed yet, I like making things. I especially like making things that are EASY to make, but look great! Here’s another project that uses the “fashion origami” techniques I illustrated in my last How To. This cropped jacket is made by folding (and unfolding) fabric a few times, cutting two curvy lines, and sewing. There is really no limit to the amount of clothing that one could make using this technique, and I really encourage everyone to try at least one of these projects in their free time this week. Find a nice knit or even a medium-weight cotton, and you might have the perfect spring-time evening jacket on your hands (or rather, your shoulders) in no time!

Sneak Preview: New Design II

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Part of the new design will be a pattern catalog, where you can sort according to newest pattern, sizes, if there are hem or seam allowance, recommended fabric, etc. We we also establish a new rating system, where people who used the pattern can share write their experience and help other users to find the right pattern. And, as you might have read already, you will be able to search pattern according to the amount of fabric, so you can use all your left-overs! And the major news: We will give credit to the designer, pattern maker and pattern producer (the latter one is for our case Burda). We will enale users to upload their patterns, it will possible if you make your own PDF.

Featured Member: Squirrellypoo

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We would like to introduce to you a new blog category: Featured Member! Many members of the site have been very active and supportive, and we think they should be in the spotlight. We prepared a set of questions that will be posed to the respective user.

Today we are featuring Melissa Fehr, known to the sewing community as Squirrellypoo.

BurdaStyle 1st Design and Pattern Competition

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UPDATE: Due to shipping issues, the deadline is extended to 15 JULY 2007 Items should be at our office either before or on that date.

Dearest BurdaStyle members,

We are thrilled to announce our first BurdaStyle Design Competition. As an open source website, we are hoping to facilitate more creative opportunities for the sewing community all over the world. Now we’ve come up with the perfect way for you to contribute to the site as well as to your own trophy case, or in this case, pattern library. Send us your designs and we will choose two winners to have their patterns professionally created, shot in a photo shoot, featured on BurdaStyle.com, and downloaded by other BurdaStyle users! Also, did we mention that this competition can make a contribution to your wallet!?!

There are two categories to which you can submit. If you are great at designing, but not patternmaking, submit an illustration and tech drawing along with specifications, and we’ll do all of the pattern work. If you feel confident in your patternmaking skills, show them off! Send us a pattern you made along with a muslin of the design and technical drawing.

Design-based competition

PRIZE $300
Design a garment or outfit (if you choose to illustrate an outfit, make clear which piece you are submitting as we will only choose 1 garment to produce)
Submit an illustration of your design (front and back), a technical drawing (front and back) and specifications. Also send a document telling a little bit about yourself, the inspiration for your design, and a description of the fabrics you envision your design in.
Send everything as low-res jpeg [indicate size] and contact information including a picture of yourself in an e-mail to
answers@burdastyle.com
. All contestants must have a filled-out user profile on BurdaStyle.com, which will be used to introduce you as a participant.

Pattern-based competition

PRIZE $500
Design a garment.
Submit a self-made paper pattern, muslin, and technical drawing. Also send a document telling a little bit about yourself, the inspiration for your design, and a description of the fabrics you envision your design in. All contestants must have a filled-out user profile on
BurdaStyle.com, which will be used to introduce you as a participant.

Send through the good old Postal Service to

BurdaStyle
Attn: Benedikta Karaisl,
325 Gold Street,
6th Floor,
Brooklyn, NY 11201
USA

All submissions are due in our inbox (e-mail and post) by July 15 (formerly June), 2007. We will choose one winner from each category and notify him/her by the end of June.
Please note, by entering and winning this competition you are giving us the permission to make your design and pattern open-source, and for the pattern produced from your design to be posted on our website.
Please note: Some people where confused if they were allowed to enter altough they didn’t live in the US, yes, they are! For more information check the official rules!

By the way: Interesting and creative submissions that didn’t win will still be featured on the site!

Sneak Preview: New Pattern

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We are right now working on the new creations to get them ready for the photo shoot beginning of June. On the picture you see Benedikta sewing shorts and in the background you find a shirt that is being prepared by Nayantara!

Sneak Preview New Design

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Some of you might have wondered what went on lately, not hearing from us. Some of you heard it already, and now it’s official: We will have a new design! And of course, it’s about time to give you a little preview.

We’ve stayed up long hours, worked on weekends, and skipped quite a bit of social life to be able to improve the structure and launch new tools. We’ve read your comments and made sure to incorporate your feedback. E.g. we will offer you to search patterns by the amount of fabric you have. Also, forum threads will indicate where new posts are made, and you will be notified when comments are left on your thread. Very exciting is a highly flexible user profile. On your personal page, you can share pictures of anything, your dog, your cat, your sewing place, your family, anything you like.

With our new Category “BurdaStyle Backstage” we will also keep you in the loop with what’s going on behind the scenes: New patterns in progress, design and site feature updates, photo shoot insights and and and.

So, stay tuned for our new Backstage Report!

Benedikta and Nora

Saturday Trend

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This week BurdaStyle says hello to summer, and goodbye. YOU STUD

Conjure summer style and the pictures in your head are invariably the same: Frothy, airy, breezy on the one hand, short, sexy, punchy on the other. There’s not a lot of room in the summer wardrobe for tough-girl chic, functional and urbane fashion with a touch of baditude. Last summer, girls in New York walked around town in slouchy boots, barely conceding the look to July’s weeklong, 100 degree heat wave; behind that look, I suspect, was the urge to toughen up last summer’s gossamer shifts. We’ve got more shifts in store this coming heat wave season, as well as a summer due, as the last ones have, to break all kinds of temperature records. Boots are out. Instead, look to smart designers like Tiffany Tuttle to fill the void: The Chaconne sandal in her LD Tuttle line beats the heat with some punkish panache, courtesy of the black studs poking out of the leather. If flip-flops bleat, these sandals snarl. Midnight-blue pedicure optional.

Friday Playlist

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This week BurdaStyle says hello to summer, and goodbye. THIS BITES

I like naps. Over the past few years, I’ve developed my own little napping ritual, which involves catching up on the first ten or so minutes of my favorite NPR podcasts before I doze off, and then waking up to the familiar closing credits of shows such as Studio 360 and This American Life. A few months ago, I fell asleep to Fresh Air – Terri Gross’s soft, dulcet voice makes for a particularly good send-off to sleep – and woke up again a little later with the audio still going and my head spinning. Was that Alex Kapranos, the singer from Franz Ferdinand, on Fresh Air talking about food? Or was I dreaming? This had to be some kind of weird alternastate – rock dudes do not, as a general matter, go on NPR to regale high-minded interlocutors with tales of the road, and they certainly don’t go foodie. Tour dining is Taco Bell and backstage riders of vodka and Cheetos, yes?. But, no: I was definitely awake, and Alex Kapranos was definitely on Fresh Air, talking to Terri Gross about his punk-pop palate, promoting his book on that subject, Sound Bites. It was weird.

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