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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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    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.
      http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/01/magazine/01plussize-t.html?pagewanted=all

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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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