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A sewing machine needle has a scarf? Who knew!?


I’ve often been stumped by the range of types of sewing machine needles. I can understand the basics, but honestly, I don’t know enough to really make the most of them. So I was very excited to see a new article on CraftStylish called, “Demystifying the Machine Sewing Needle with Some Facts.”The post is a great run down of the specific parts of a machine sewing needle. The good news is, they’ll be demystifying needles even more – this one’s a series!

Welcome and Enjoy our Prom/Graduation Photos



We want to welcome the newest member of the BurdaStyle community. Our wonderful contributor, Stacy , gave birth to little Easton James in late April. He is a happy, healthy, beautiful boy. We are so happy for Stacy and send her all of our well wishes.

Project Runway's Sweet P blogging


Project Runway fans, here’s your chance to keep up with one of Season 4’s favorite contestants – Sweet P. She’s started blogging, and here’s what she had to say about her latest venture, “Well I have finally decided to blog. I hope I can keep you updated on my busy life as well as give tips and inspiration. Wish me luck!” We’re reading, Sweet P, and looking forward to design and sewing inspiration! [via Cathy Fillan]

Make a Muslin


We all know you need to measure twice and cut once, but what happens when you measure, cut and sew …. and it still doesn’t fit right? Alterations are an option, but if you’ve cut in to expensive designer fabric, ripping and re-sewing may not work very well. Mary over at Sew, Mama, Sew! has a great piece on making a muslin when you’re sewing a new garment. I’m kind of an instant gratification gal, but after reading her article, I’m really interested in taking the time to make a muslin so I can perfect a fit before I dive in to my fancy fabrics.

Letter from the Editors


Nora and Benedikta are back from Germany and have finally recovered from jet lag. While in Germany they had the opportunity to hold a press lunch attended by a number of publications. Even more important, it was attended by our recent Featured Member: Fashion1. She had a chance to meet with Nora and Benedikta and to talk with the German press about how much she loves BurdaStyle and what a great community we have here.

Spring is Here!


Hey everyone!

The cherry blossoms are in bloom, the lilacs are gorgeous and the trees have leaves. Yes, spring has finally sprung here in Brooklyn and we at BurdaStyle could not be happier! There is something about the spring air that just inspires us. Everywhere you look the energy is just buzzing around, even the pigeons have a bounce in their step.

Mother's Day How To


Mother’s Day is coming up fast. Every year it’s a struggle to come up with that prefect gift to show her how all of her efforts have not been in vain. As we all know, moms can always use a way to wind down and relax, that’s why we have the perfect Mother’s Day How To! This eyemask, made from luxurious fabric and filled with lavender, will speak only of serenity and relaxation. So check out the how to to get the idea and we will post the pattern on Monday.

Have a great weekend!

Site Survey and Summer Skirt Pattern!


Hi everyone,

As you may have noticed, BurdaStyle is now on MySpace and Facebook. We have loved getting all of your friend requests, it has totally been making our day. Thank you to all of you who have left comments on our pages, it’s so nice to have members who are so involved. For all of you who have yet to be our friend, there are links on the homepage that you should check out. We love getting the requests so keep them coming!

Ordering a neckline with a twist


If you are looking to add a little interest to your neckline, check out Christina’s latest project over at Assorted Notions. Inspired by a tutorial she saw on Sew Intriguing, she gave her tee a twisted neck band. The effect is subtle, yet really cool.

Taking a break


Hi there!

Heidi is now almost 6 weeks old and she has grown so much, time is flying by. Now rather than time dragging by like towards the end of my pregnancy my weeks seem to go by in a flash, usually with me accomplishing only half the things i’ve wanted to. I promised myself that i would take some time out once Heidi had arrived so i have decided to take some time out from writing my column for BurdaStyle. I love working on BurdaStyle and have done so for over a year now! But, it takes up a lot of my time, i spend many hours sewing and then 2 evenings a week writing and editing my posts which leaves little time for anything else. I’m going to spending my time looking after and playing with my girls, trying to keep my house relatively tidy and start some of the many things i have lined up that i’ve been wanting to do for myself but have just not had the time. Basically i’m getting back to basics, making making time for the small things and doing them at my own pace.

For now this is just a break for me from writing my regular column and i will be around on the site uploading my creations, participating on the forum and organising the sewalongs and you’ll also be able to see what i’m up to on my own blog.

PS. How cool is it that Heidi has a dress named after her!?

Fabric Junkie's Dream


I have a confession to make, I am a fabric junkie. Not only is my fabric stash growing exponentially, but I can usually identify a fabric line just by looking at it! Now there’s a new site devoted entirely to my passion – True Up. Not only does this site update it’s readers on upcoming fabric lines but also teaches readers how to buy fabric online and where some of their favorite prints can be found.

How To Cut Slippery Fabric


On with the season of weddings, graduations and parties, this also means flawless skirts and dresses. These creations all involve one thing: slippery fabrics. Whether creating a lining or a silk dress, this week’s How To will show you a simple way to cut fabrics which can be hard to keep a hold of. Enjoy!

Vintage Sewing and Hatmaking books online for browsing


When you’re studying an art or craft, it can help to take a look back through history for inspiration, resources and just general fun, “can you believe they did that?” Lucky for us, the Department of Human Ecology at the University of Wisconsin has put a collection of three dozen sewing and hatmaking books online. The publication dates range from the 1890s to the mid 1940s. Scrolling through the books can be a little tedious, but there are real gems in there worth finding. [via]

Swap-O-Rama-Rama heading to NYC this week


New York readers – it’s time to get your swap on. The famous Swap-O-Rama-Rama clothing swap is happening this week. Grab your unwanted clothes and head down to NYU for a giant clothing swap and series of DIY Workshops. It’s a great chance to recycle and reuse clothing. See the Swap-o-rama-rama site for details on what you can bring and what to expect. [via]

Get your creation published!


Some of you already noticed that every month we fill up a page with BurdaStyle fun stuff in the German Burda Modemagazin. And since BurdaStyle is all about our members, we have featured some of you already, and want to continue! Along with beautful pictures of your BurdaStyle creations, we love to tell you story and to show everyone what’s unique about you. Maybe you are a cake decorator, a forest ranger, you use BurdaStyle patterns for your own line, tell us!

We are looking for your story and your pictures! Since it is a print magazine, the pictures should be in high resolution (300 dpi) and aesthetically pleasing, charming, fun!

The people with the nicest pix and coolest stories will be featured in Burda Modemagazin! Send them to us to answers@burdastyle.com.

Looking forward to hearing from you!


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