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Meg's Magazine Mash Up: January Issue

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Let me formally introduce myself. I’m Meg Healy, one of the Editorial and E-commerce managers here at BurdaStyle.com, or you may know me as the girl who posts a lot of green and spandex projects. Is there anyone else out there who made a resolution to sew more this year? Well I did, and this year I am challenging myself to sew a pattern every month from the latest issue of burda style magazine. But of course I am going to put my own spin on the pattern. So I have decided to document my year of sewing through these magazine mash up posts and share with you my entire process with you. Hope you enjoy, get inspired, and join me!

The Making of a Peter Pan Collar Dress

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I fell for this Marc Jacobs embroidered silk from Mood months ago. I saved it in my list of must-get fabrics while I searched for the right pattern. I wanted the pattern to be playful for the sake of the dots, while also being serious enough to live up to the silk. Enter BurdaStyle’s Graphic Dress 09/2012 #113. I liked the carefree nature of the Peter Pan collar, as well as the design of the front facing that lent a tuxedo vibe to the dress. Add some of Mood’s rhinestone buttons, and you’ve got a great combination.

The Making of a Drop-Waist Dress

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If you follow BurdaStyle on Facebook, you may have seen my review of their new book BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern already. Jamie Lau, one of the book’s authors, actually wrote to ask me if I’d make a dress from her book before asking if I’d review the book itself.

Exclusive Turban Headband Project

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Our new book, BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern hits bookstores next week. Five adaptable master patterns for tops, dresses, and pants are transformed into 19 different projects for women and men that draw inspiration from key fashion moments. These influential looks from the Roaring Twenties to the Awesome Eighties are all modernized and reinterpreted for today’s sewing enthusiasts.

The Making of a Peplum Top and Pencil Skirt

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Whew! You have no idea how excited I am to finally have this peplum “dress” completed. It’s taken me over a month from prepping the fabric, to cutting the fabric, to putting in the last hand stitches.

Behind the Seams with Marina von Koenig: The Making of a Couture Top

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How many attempts does it take to give up on a project? A couple of weeks ago I had to make a decision and give up on my initial design choice, going for a slightly different style. Despite the time I spent on the first idea – two full days of pattern drafting, fitting, adjustments – I learned a big deal about fabric selection, patternmaking, fabric manipulation, and sleeves in general. And despite the initial ‘fail’, it helped me find a different solution, adding a personal touch to the project I chose from the September issue of burda style magazine.

The Making of a Striped Swing Dress

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I’ve been in the mood for stripes lately – swingy stripes. For my big project this month, I wanted to find the perfect pattern to pair with a lovely striped wool jersey from Mood (sadly, out of stock, but here’s a similar, albeit narrower, stripe in the fetching combination of navy and pea green) that I bought with my Mood Sewing Network allowance.

Behind the Seams with Marina von Koenig: The Making of the Couture Godet Skirt

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Soaring temperatures and humidity in New York these past days are not particularly stimulating to start working on a fall wardrobe. I must admit, usually, fall pieces lounge on my work table waaay past winter months. So, actually, I am quite happy I had an early kick-start (thank you, Burda), and here is the latest project for my BurdaStyle couture challenge, made after a monthlong holiday break.

Project: The Perfect Blouse

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If you are in need of some blouse inspiration, this is the post for you. We are highlighting some of our favorite blouse patterns on the site along with inspirational member versions. Check this out and start working on your perfect blouse!

BurdaStyle x Britex Fabrics: Dusty Rose Jenny Skirt

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The makings of this story include a yard of wool blended with just enough lycra to give it softness, body, and depth; a classic, high-waisted pencil skirt pattern; a collaboration between two of the sewing industry’s biggest names and one sewing enthusiast; and a bit of suspense for good measure.

How-To: Make a Pinup Bikini

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Like many women of my generation, I love pinup bathing suits. I admire the Coke bottle shape our grandmothers sported on the beach, and as an avid swimmer, Esther Williams—in all her sparkly-spangled swimsuit goodness—has long been one of my style icons. However, I’m also a fan of comfort and I doubt those old suits, made of sturdy cottons (or wools!) and boning, can compete on that front with my quick-drying Speedo.

Behind the Seams: The Making of a Couture Flapper Dress

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This is it – the perfect theater or evening dress I was lacking in my wardrobe. Breezy and luxuriously soft, the dress is extremely light and comfortable. It is going to get a lot of wear this summer!

BurdaStyle x Britex Fabrics: A Full-Skirted Dress in Watermelon Sherbet

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Recently, I was asked by BurdaStyle and Britex Fabrics in San Francisco to work with them on a collaboration project, and of course I jumped at the chance!

DIY: Cut-Out Shoulders

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We created a fun new DIY tutorial that shows you how to add cool shoulder cut-outs to any top!

How-To: Sewing a Built-In Bra with Cups

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I’m a huge fan of clothes that simplify my life. It was a revelation, over a decade ago, when I tried on a store-bought tank top with a built-in shelf bra — it was so comfortable, easy to wear, and it never showed tacky bra straps! Inspired by some of my favorite yoga tops and vintage bathing suits with built-in bras, I’ve been experimenting with building shelf bras with cups (for more support and shape) into tanks, t-shirts, and bodysuits (here’s one of my first maillots from last summer).

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