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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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    Dec 21, 2011, 02.51 PMby gedwoods

    As I was stepping out the door for my taxi to the airport for my Christmas trip to the Canadian west, I saw my mailbox was full – it is the BurdaStyle book finally arrived. And I’m in it! (hi hi… just a bit part, really, but still!)

    I have to say, after taking some timem to sit down and leaf through the book, I am very, very impressed. I’ve seen a lot of “beginners’ sewing” books – remember, I was a beginner sewer not all that long ago, and I tend to do a lot of research when I get into a new area. Superficially, this looks a lot like a certain class of Beginners Sewing books, the project book.

    But as you start to delve into it, you see it is so much more! It is a fascinating métissage, interweaving, of styles, creative ideas, thoughts and reflections on the act of sewing, of design, of pattern adjustment, from many different perspectives and cultures! As a result, it has appeal for all levels of sewing experience, a very different situation than is the case for most “beginner sewing” books. I love everything about this book, and I’m thrilled to have it with me on more holiday! Kudos to all involved in the book, but also to the wider community as the book incorporates their presence!

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    Dec 19, 2011, 02.59 PMby slj1224

    Just got the book from Amazon ( it got to me really quickly) Can’t wait to start on some of the patterns. How exciting I just might be able to get back into the swing of sewing again !!!!

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    Dec 19, 2011, 01.04 PMby kroyala

    Hi, I bought the Ebook from Itunes few days back. I have not received any code from Itunes or from Burda style to download patterns from Burdastyle patterns page.How do I print the patterns from Ipad ?

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      Jan 3, 2012, 07.54 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi Kroyala,

      I am e-mailing the book publishers about this issue now. I sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

      - David

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      Jan 4, 2012, 07.05 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi Kroyala,

      The code is in the ebook itself, so readers can easily find it once they’ve downloaded the book for any platform. You can find the code at the beginning of Chapter 2, “Using Patterns,” in the instructions for the 5 individual BurdaStyle patterns, and at the end of the ebook.

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    Dec 18, 2011, 08.50 PMby Nikki Lloyd-Gervais

    This book looks amazing, EXCEPT for the fact that it’s basically “thin-centric” and really not inclusive of your devoted (and fashionable), plus size fans. That makes me sad!

    I hope plus size patterns for your gorgeous book and fabulous website are in the works!

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    Dec 14, 2011, 01.23 PMby Ximena Alegre

    como puedo obtener mi ebook en argentina?

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      Dec 15, 2011, 07.23 PMby lala86

      Xime el Ebook es para todo el mundo, pero tenes que pagar por internet y despues lo descargas. Pedir la edicion impresa a lo mejor tarda. Pero deberia llegar sin problemas si lo pedis por Amazon.

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    Dec 14, 2011, 12.41 PMby kroyala

    I bought the ebook through Itunes for my Ipad. I don`t see any code in my ebook. How do I get my code? Thanks Kamala

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    Dec 10, 2011, 09.39 PMby brsnyder

    I don’t see where to buy an ebook version….

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      Dec 13, 2011, 11.02 PMby burdastyle


      The e-book is available via Barnes & Noble. We are waiting for confirmation from our publisher about when it will be available for Amazon, as well.

      We apologize for this inconvenience.

      - David

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    Dec 6, 2011, 03.42 PMby squarebob

    19 days till i get this whoop whoop x

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      Dec 23, 2011, 08.01 PMby squarebob

      2 sleeps now!!

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    Nov 23, 2011, 08.18 PMby daisybrain

    I’m torn. I want this book and I do mean book. I want to hold it in my lap and make notes in the margins in bed but… I also want the convenience, extra content and cheaper price that comes with the e-book. How does one reconcile this? As a result I have neither.

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      Nov 24, 2011, 12.49 PMby Ruth Brown

      with the real book you don’t have to print out the patterns using more paper. they come with the book.

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      Nov 27, 2011, 01.11 AMby carottesauvage

      Once your digital device crashes, gets damaged or stolen, have no money to sustain its cost….you’ll be happy you chose the analogue solution. The printing matter still rules. Bradbury’s “Fahrenheit 451” is still the ultimate read…not on Kindle though ;)

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    Nov 23, 2011, 08.18 PMby daisybrain

    I’m torn. I want this book and I do mean book. I want to hold it in my lap and make notes in the margins in bed but… I also want the convenience, extra content and cheaper price that comes with the e-book. How does one reconcile this?

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    Nov 20, 2011, 11.57 AMby ladidoh

    The book looks great – very exciting, well done :) Are there any plans for plus size patterns to be made available? I would love to buy the book but likely to put it off if there is too much pattern grading involved :(

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    Nov 19, 2011, 09.55 PMby giabelsi

    Ordered it yesterday fro, Amazon. Can’t wait!

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    Nov 17, 2011, 01.49 AMby melyssa

    Sweet I have been to the library to borrow others books which are a lot of fun…can’t wait to get my hands on this one!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 08.15 PMby mirela

    I just got my copy in the mail today together with my coat. The book is great, I need to learn how to do alterations and really liked the ones presented. I have to say I would really like to see everyone’s sketches too, since it was a big secret we could not reveal, now that the book is out, I would love to see them. It would be great if BurdaStyle could post a slideshow with the sketches. I had hoped to see my coat on a model too, plus some details about all the contributors. Did BurdaStyle have any behind the scenes photos that did not make it in the book? It would be fun to share. I like the book a lot and thanks for the opportunity! I can’t wait for the weather to get cold enough to wear the coat :)

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      Nov 17, 2011, 01.23 AMby carottesauvage

      I am glad you mentioned it and totally second this! A slide show of the sketches is a great idea. Although, it was a great honour to contribute (and the book is beautifully didactic), like you I feel that each creation that was not presented on a model should be enhanced.

      So yes, it would be nice to present each creation as the project of the week- like Mena Trott’s today-, publishing those posts throughout the year. This way, each contributor would reveal the process, alteration, details etc…It will also keep the buzz going until the next book is published.

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      Nov 17, 2011, 02.06 AMby anajan

      Hi guys! I just wanted to let you know that I pointed out the same thing on a yesterday’s BurdaStyle meeting. David is looking for a way to introduce all the contributors’ variations in details on the website – either as a photo gallery, or as an individual project that links to the book or as a project of the week, as Helene suggested. I’ll do my best to highlight the importance of this to the team, since I feel the same way about my blouse and my work as a contributor.

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      Nov 17, 2011, 07.02 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi Mirela,

      Great suggestions! I think it would be wonderful to show some of the contributor sketches. I’ll look into how we could go about doing this.

      Once all of the contributors have their garments (we’re still processing shipments), we hope to do more with featuring all of the amazing creations that were made.

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      Dec 21, 2011, 02.44 PMby gedwoods

      I agree, sketches, sketches, sketches! We need more of these throughout the site as well as in the book!

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    Nov 16, 2011, 02.47 AMby Christianne DeHart

    I have been a Burda fan for 30 years, at least. I am looking forward to viewing the alterations and change section.

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    Nov 12, 2011, 04.37 PMby mlssfshn

    I hope to pick a copy up soon! Didn’t know about page 42! Thanks, for the mention!

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    Nov 9, 2011, 10.17 PMby gedwoods

    Good luck with the book launch tomorrow! I’m envious of all those who can be present! (Someday soon I’m going to come to New York and surprise all the BurdaStyle folks!)

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      Nov 14, 2011, 12.09 PMby sew4my3

      You need to let me know when you go so I can fly in at the same time. Maybe some of the other members would like to get together at the same time.

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    Nov 9, 2011, 03.48 PMby Megan Richards

    Can’t wait to check this out! What great inspiration to see the incredible talent of BurdaStyle members brought together like this.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 08.32 PMby brisehuus

    Will there be a German version one day?

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      Nov 17, 2011, 08.41 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi brisehuus,

      The book will be available internationally on January 2012, but international members can still purchase it through U.S. retailers. Unfortunately, a German-language version is not available at this time.

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    Nov 8, 2011, 05.05 AMby jalcindor

    Hello, will the European version have metric measurements?

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      Nov 17, 2011, 08.35 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi Joanne,

      Unfortunately, the international book version will not contain metric measurements. I apologize for this inconvenience.

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    Nov 6, 2011, 09.48 PMby nouvellegamine

    i just had a chance to look at it in a bookstore. really fun & i love the patterns, esp the coat pattern- lovely! i’m putting it on my christmas wish list!

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    Nov 5, 2011, 10.19 PMby sewnknitmom

    I just got this book yesterday. I am so excited to start sewing the patterns!

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    Nov 5, 2011, 04.31 PMby fauxstepfordwife

    I just got the book. The projects look great! I’m excited to start doing them. Are patterns available here on the website for the member variations?

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    Nov 5, 2011, 01.34 AMby jaims

    Too bad all of the patterns stop at 46…

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    Nov 3, 2011, 09.35 AMby Ruth Brown

    Bought a copy at Barnes & Noble yesterday. Love it!

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      Nov 5, 2011, 11.26 AMby Ruth Brown

      I am really enjoying the book. My only beef is that there is no pattern for or chapter on pants.

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    Nov 2, 2011, 08.52 PMby amandala

    What sizes will the patterns come in?

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      Nov 17, 2011, 07.29 PMby mynameisdavid

      Hi Amanda,

      The sizes are 32, 34, 36, 38, 40, 42, 44, and 46.

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    Nov 2, 2011, 12.53 AMby sewtessuti

    Can’t wait to get my hands on a copy! It looks fabulous

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    Nov 1, 2011, 07.10 PMby Delphine C.

    I just got it in the mail, I can’t wait to see some more details about the members projects !!

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    Oct 23, 2011, 03.33 PMby katesy

    yummy, can’t wait!!!

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    Oct 22, 2011, 11.14 AMby hdiamond

    It looks awesome!

    I’d like to add a suggestion for this book and perhaps future patterns: don’t forget us kinesthetic learners! I find pictures easier to follow than lines and lines of instructions. I’m not stupid honest, it’s just I learn and understand better by doing than reading, for example in the Ehren jacket pattern it said to “stitch the upper collar accordingly” with no further reference to what or how. I had to wrack my brain for a while before I gave up and just fiddled about with the pattern pieces – then I got it.

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      Oct 22, 2011, 08.44 PMby nouvellegamine

      me too, that’s one of the things i love about japanese pattern books. i can’t read the instructions, but i can still figure out how to sew an item :)

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      Nov 1, 2011, 09.08 PMby cur-jargon

      me too :)

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