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  • Introducing: The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook

    "The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook" is a comprehensive guide to DIY sewing, from novice to beginner. In this video, discover the inspiration, history and mission behind it.
    By Nora Abousteit and Creative Director and co-author Alison Dahl Kelly.

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  • BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Pattern Variation: Altering the Skirt Pattern Piece

    BurdaStyle member elegantmusings shows us how to alter the front skirt pattern piece on her pattern variation, as featured in the "BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook."

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  • BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Pattern Variation: Drafting the Pocket

    BurdaStyle member elegantmusings shows us how to draft a pocket on her pattern variation, as featured in the "BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook."

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  • Reading Fabric

    BurdaStyle member sunnilj9 shows us how to read fabric, as featured in the "BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook."

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  • How To Read A Sewing Pattern

    BurdaStyle member sunnilj9 shows us how to read a sewing pattern, as featured in the "BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook."

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  • How To Thread Your Sewing Machine

    BurdaStyle member sunnilj9 shows us how to thread a sewing machine, as featured in the "BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook."

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  • BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Pattern Variation: Attaching a Patch Pocket

    BurdaStyle member elegantmusings shows us how to attach a patch pocket on her pattern variation, as featured in the "BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook."

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    Apr 9, 2014, 11.23 PMby Cat Cell

    How can the patterns be made for a size 20 when 14 is the highest size in the book?

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    Mar 24, 2014, 07.35 AMby ginaminton

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    Mar 4, 2014, 12.59 AMby tayey

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    Jan 3, 2014, 06.35 AMby Nyiesha Otis

    I really love the patterns in this book. I have had great success with the alterations with me as a beginner… however my issue is that it does not tell you what type of fabric to use. It only tells what type of fabric to use with the first skirt. I also have the Modern Vintage book and I really like that it gives fabric suggestions. I really have a specific shirt that I want to make from the sewing handbook but I am unsure of the fabric to purchase. It is the shirt with the peplum attached. Can anyone suggest what fabric to purchase?

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    Aug 28, 2013, 04.01 AMby talky

    Hi, I received my copy of the book 2 days ago but it has only 3 master pattern sheets. The blouse & the dress pattern sheets were missing. I want to confirm if it should have 5 master patterns as mentioned on the book cover. I have requested for a replacement already.

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    May 20, 2013, 03.48 PMby Meg Tuomala

    Hello— I want to let you know about something that I think is missing from the pattern sheets that are included w/ the physical copy— the back facing piece for the blouse. Couldn’t find it on the blouse/skirt sheet— or anywhere for that matter. Making Novita’s variation which calls for a back facing but it’s nowhere to be found. Anyway, made my own but please revise or let me know where that facing can be found :)

    Thanks! Meg

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    Feb 13, 2013, 09.58 PMby carolientje

    I’m glad I bought this book, I can’t wait to get started, :)

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    Feb 6, 2013, 03.55 PMby Luciac

    Hi, I just bought this book for Kindle, but I can’t find the code!! Can anyone tell me where exactly is it? Thanks!!!

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      Jul 12, 2014, 07.31 PMby Ariashley

      It’s at the beginning of Chapter 2.

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    Jan 27, 2013, 10.31 PMby nenasew

    Love this book! I just made a the skirt and will be making a second skirt tomorrow. Beautiful book, great instruction and easy to adapt patterns. I have BurdaStyle magazine but I really like this book because it has just a few patterns but lots of ideas.

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    Nov 1, 2012, 09.14 PMby Olaide Idowu

    hi every1,i would really luv to buy the book buh cant. am in Nigeria and dont have means to pay online.can any1 help?

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    Jul 14, 2012, 06.31 PMby viryallest

    Soy de Guadalajara Jalisco, dónde puedo conseguir sus ejemplares de revista y este libro aquí?

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    Jul 3, 2012, 09.24 PMby reynalay

    If you have the book, does anyone know where I can find a pattern for the shirt on page 95, or the actual shirt for sale. It is the ruffled/pleated shirt on the right, on the moodboard. I FELL IN LOVE WITH IT. Does anyone know where I can find it? email me: reynalay@gmail.com if you know for sure, thanks! -Reyna

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    May 20, 2012, 06.49 PMby DebCarrDesigns

    I love the book, but wish the patterns had been graded for larger sizes. In 2010, at least 64 percent of American women wore sizes larger than 14.

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    May 18, 2012, 06.34 PMby Andrea Delesdernier

    I love this book. I received it as a Christmas gift. I do have a question about the patterns. It came with three separate sheets of pattern. How many should it have come with? I thought there were supposed to be five patterns in all. And after examining the ones I have, it feels like I’m missing some.

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      Jul 16, 2013, 04.02 PMby DonnaH21

      Read the text in the corner of the sheet. Two of the sheets each have 2 patterns. I believe the pieces are different colors.

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    Apr 23, 2012, 02.35 PMby ladyedirin

    i will like to purchase the hard copy, Where can i get it and ur magazines here in Nigeria?

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    Apr 17, 2012, 10.07 AMby chrystye11

    Hello I don´t understand where I can find the code. Do I have to pay for this? Or its free?

    Enter the download code shown in your e-book copy of The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook to retrieve your pattern (printable PDF).

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      Apr 19, 2012, 12.28 AMby tailorstack

      Yeah you have to first purchase the e-book version and then you are given a code in order to be able to download the patterns.

      If you are buying a hard copy of the book then the patterns are included in the back of the book.

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    Mar 25, 2012, 05.55 PMby madelein

    Where do I get the ebook version?

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    Mar 17, 2012, 03.41 AMby Michelle Ford

    What was the thinking behind only going up to size 14. I am larger for that and one reason I sew is for a better fit. Seems to me you left out a significant portion of the sewing community with this decision.

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      Mar 21, 2012, 08.29 PMby katie3701

      I agree! I just got this as a present and was so disappointing that the sizing didn’t go up to a at least a 16. It made me feel bad and now annoyed that I have to resize the patterns.

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      Apr 8, 2012, 03.25 PMby Stitcher75

      I agree, too. Size 14 is not big enough for most Americans over 25. I hope there’s a fairly comprehensive section on pattern grading.

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      Apr 17, 2012, 01.31 AMby tailorstack

      Could be a great idea for a second edition re-print – now includes ‘x’ number of new sizes

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      May 20, 2012, 06.46 PMby DebCarrDesigns

      I agree with that remark!!

      Just like all the fashion designers out there who think that the only people who buy clothes are under 30 years of age. This link (below) is for a New York Times article that states that 64 percent of American women are above a size 14.

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    Mar 17, 2012, 03.41 AMby Michelle Ford

    What was the thinking behind only going up to size 14. I am larger for that and one reason I sew is for a better fit. Seems to me you left out a significant portion of the sewing community with this decision.

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    Mar 16, 2012, 12.56 AMby Kovu

    my library or any surrounding libraries dont have the book.. :(

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    Feb 28, 2012, 07.53 PMby carolientje

    I would like to buy this book, is there a translation (dutch) version?

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    Feb 24, 2012, 07.10 PMby somayeh

    I was planning to make Karin’s coat described on page 150 of the book but i came across a little issue. On page 152, FRONT YOKE FROM FRONT BODICE section 1, line4 says:

    Draw a straight line extending about 6"(15cm) in from the bottom point of the neckline curve, perpendicular to the center front. Draw a 4"(10cm) reference line down from the endpoint of the first line, parallel to the center front. We’ll use these as reference lines.

    Now if you look at the illustration there is no sign of the 6"(15cm) line instead you can see a 2"(3cm) long line.

    I am confused, which is the correct measurement?

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      Feb 27, 2012, 02.57 AMby tailorstack

      Looking at the size of the pattern piece proportion to where the line should sit the 2" measurement i think is correct however 2" is 5cm not 3cm.

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      Feb 27, 2012, 07.53 PMby somayeh

      I know. 2" is not 3 cm. thats what making me more confused and doubt the other digits. i also cant understand the sleeve alteration. very confusing.

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      Mar 21, 2012, 12.20 AMby tailorstack

      hey somayeh did you get this one figured out?
      As the book is American i think trusting the inches measurements would be fine. It looks as though the one you came across was just a typo is all, happens in almost every book i own.

      For the sleeve. What was confusing you?
      What it basically says to do is take off 1" of sleeve head (this removed the extra gathers and puffiness)
      Then make a seam on back side of sleeve 3 1/4" from underarm seam. This is creating the back seam to form the plaquet with buttons. From there you are adding the vent extension/overlap for the buttons to sit and the sleeve hem.

      Bit more confusing on this one as the diagram is on the next page to the instructions.

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      Jun 26, 2012, 01.30 PMby ichigogirl

      Hm, I wish I could answer this question, however I don’t have the book (must get a new copy, I gave mine away!). I did write the instructions using metric numbers though.
      The sleeve is basically changed from a one-piece sleeve to a two-piece sleeve by cutting it in two. The cutting line is slightly curved at the top of the sleeve. At the bottom, I added a placket.
      For the yoke, I made a new line on a copy of the front piece, 1cm from the center front-line, the top 10cm’s straight (vertical) and then curved. At the side-seam of the front piece pattern piece I drew a line perpendicular to the seam (side of the side-piece), then curved (the two lines meet up in the curve). I hope that was of any help. Got this by looking at the altered pattern piece with measurements and instructions that I sent to the technical writers.
      Anyway, I hope you already solved the problem!

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    Feb 18, 2012, 06.27 AMby Dettieann

    Purchased my book last week. LOVE IT! Have read through all the instructions for each pattern multiple times. Starting my first pattern this weekend. Tickled…….!!!!

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    Feb 16, 2012, 12.56 PMby Wahiebah

    Hi :) I also absolutely love this book. Just one problem I am very confused about the overlapping patterns of the hard copy patterns at the back of the book. How do I make sense of them? I can’t seem to make heads or tails of them.


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      Feb 18, 2012, 07.38 AMby tailorstack

      If you look for the burdstyle logo in the bottom left corner just underneath the logo will tell you what the pattern pieces on that sheet are eg. for the coat both pink and black are coat pieces on another sheet pink is skirt and black is blouse.

      Next locate your size eg if you are a 36 you need to follow the line with the x on it or size 46 is heavy solid line etc

      Then trace away. Be sure to use paper weights so your pattern doesnt move mid-trace and dont forget to mark on grainline, notch marks and pleats etc. + add seam allowance.

      Name your pieces as you go and a good idea to add “COAT” etc to the piece as well.

      I usually fold up the pattern pieces and put them in an A5 envelope with a trade sketch/ line drawing of the garment + any notes on the front

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