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 Last week, I wrote a story on Kate Hartman’s Soft Circuits Class at NYU’s ITP) program. I was also teaching at ITP this summer, leading a class called Introduction to Physical Computing. Intro to Phys Comp, as it’s called for short, is a class where students are taught to make basic circuits and to use the Arduino microcontroller. While the class doesn’t concentrate on soft circuits, more students have been making them as innovative flexible conductive materials have become increasingly available. I thought I’d share a fun soft circuit project that came out of my Intro to Phys Comp class by Shirley Palma, who is currently working towards her masters in Computer Science at NYU.

Sewalong Minichallenge #2!!!


It’s here again! The BurdaStyle Mini challenge, a fast paced sewalong with a prize!

Starting today the 13th of July you have 2 weeks to make and upload your own version of the Anda dress to the site to be in with a chance to win some special secret sewing treats and BurdaStyle goodies!


• You need to be a registered member to take part.

• You must use the Anda dress pattern.

• You must upload your creation into the new ‘Mini Challenge’ category by July 27th.

• When you upload your creation you must give a detailed description of how you made your version of the dress, the alterations you may have made and materials used etc.

• How-to’s and pattern alterations are encouraged and may earn you Brownie points!

The mini challenge will be judged by you the members. Voting will start on Tuesday the 29th of July, more details about how to vote will be given at a later date. When voting you should take the following into consideration:

• Creativity and variation

• Difference in appearance from original

• Skills and techniques used

• And of course your favourite!

• You can vote once only

Are you up for the challenge? Get creative, dig out those sewing technique books and teach yourself something new while you’re at it, show us your talent and skills!

For official rules, please see here .

Soft Circuits Workshop Project Presentations


I recently was invited as a guest critic for final project presentations of ‘Soft Circuits Workshop’, a class at NYU’s ITP program that was taught and developed by my colleague Kate Hartman.

BurdaStyle is Faster!


Good news everyone! As you know there has been a lot of talking about a site redesign and code review. Well, our awesome programmers from Area 17 have just rolled out a major improvement. You will notice that the site is much faster now! We know from reading your survey answers that the speed of the site was a big issue. Slow and steady might win the race but we are happy to announce that turtle speed will no longer hinder your pattern browsing abilities. No more little hourglass while the Sabrina loads, no more failed pages, easier download of all the patterns, can you ask for anything more? Well yes, but that is also coming. It’s all very exciting.

Overlocker machine review


If you’ve ever gotten a new, special sewing machine or serger, you know how exciting … and scary … it is to open it up for the first time and figure it all out. Lisa and u-handbag just got her first overlocker machine, and has a great post full of beautiful pictures and a review the new addition to her sewing studio.

From Maternity to Empire


Anitra Cameron of Coffee Pot People shows us how she took a $0.25 maternity top and transformed it into a cute empire waist shirt. It’s a great reconstruction that you could work on your thrift store finds or on maternity clothes you are no longer using. Thanks, Diane !

Sorry about that!


As many of you have noticed we had a slight glitch in our site earlier today. It is resolved now and we are sorry for any problems this might have caused. BurdaStyle.com is going through a major code review and site redesign. What this means is that our awesome programmers are going through the foundation of our site and fixing the bugs. Thank you all for your continued reporting of the problems you find. And now without further ado we would like to present the ONE and ONLY Francesca!!! Check it out, it’s another member suggested pattern.

Using and underlay when cutting slick fabrics


If you’re working with a slick piece of fabric that constantly shifts when you are trying to cut it, check out The Sewing Divas latest post about using an underlay. She’s given a great tutorial on this technique that will help you keep your fabric straight and keep you from getting frustrated when you work with special fabrics.

Taking Your Creations Further


Happy Monday! I hope you all had a lovely weekend and a great Father’s Day. I know that we had a nice, relaxing sunny weekend. Now it looks like it is about to open up here in Brooklyn, ahh well.

DIY Studded Belt on Threadbanger


If you’re looking to add a little punk flair to your outfits, check out Geri’s latest tutorial over at ThreadBanger. She shows you how to whip up a knock-off, knockout studded belt for a fraction of what you’ll find in retail clothing shops. It’s a quick enough project that you could whip it up in the afternoon for that evening’s fun.

How To Select The Right Needle


Universal, ballpoint, sharp. With so many different sewing machine needle styles out there, it’s sometimes difficult to pick the right one for your project. This entry at Craftstylish can help you in choosing the correct needle for your material.

Men’s Size Chart


So we have been a little slack on keeping you up to speed about the comings and goings of people here at BurdaStyle.

Last week I mentioned that our all-star intern Nora worked on the badges. Well, I would like to introduce you to her.

Men’s T Shirt Pattern


Hi everyone, we are sorry to report that we are having some difficulties with the pictures, so the weekly pattern will be uploaded as soon as possible, most likely tomorrow. We are sorry for the inconvenience but we promise you it will definitely be up in enough time for Father’s Day (June 15th.)

Set-in Arm tutorial


I’m in the middle of sewing a dress right now, and – quite frankly – I’ve stalled. I’m stuck at the sleeves, and I’ve had this crazy block with getting them done. I’m taking this latest post at the Sew, Mama, Sew! blog as a sign that I need to go ahead and knock those suckers out. The step-by-step instructions and photos on how to attach a set-in sleeve make me think I might actually be able to get past this sewing road block.

Women's Clothing Month


May has been devoted to “Women’s Clothing month” at Sew, Mama, Sew. Every day in May, a new tutorial or tip is added to the site plus there is a sew along (with instructions for making a vintage smock) and discussions in the forum based on the blog entries this month. Some ‘must read’ articles include how to take measurements, how to sew from patterns, and how to alter your (pants) patterns.


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