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Hey everyone,
We have a question to pose to you, we are thinking of creating a BurdaStyle book and we would like to know how you would envision it?
Would it be a reference book? Beginner’s sewing guide? A collection of your creations? What would you like to read and see, how would you like to contribute? We look forward to seeing your responses!

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    Nov 13, 2009, 05.20 PMby anajan

    Awwww, all of the suggestions listed above? :-)

    However, I prefer the Strickmeise’s suggestion. My evolution as a seamstress expanded once I joined this community – it is an enormous database of creative ideas and inspiration! I loved seeing variations of the same pattern and I started thinking out of the box. As a result I began making significant alterations of the basic patterns and learned a lot about drafting.

    It would be nice to see some of the best creations from this site – especially those that are results of pattern alterations.

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    Nov 13, 2009, 04.00 PMby strickmeise

    There are many reference books or sewing guides you can buy. I would like to have a book with a collection of exceeding projects, how to make them and on which patterns they are based on. That’s what burdastyle.com is for me: a pool of ideas and creativity which I can use or alter for my own ideas on projects.

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    Nov 13, 2009, 01.46 PMby scormeny

    It should be “Our Bodies, Ourselves” for sewing — your toughest sewing questions answered, lots of basics on how to sew, lots of sisters-sewing-it-for-ourselves affirmation.

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    Nov 13, 2009, 01.33 PMby erdronen

    I agree with CarotteSauvage on this one. Something for more intermediate sewers would be fantastic, though. A few patterns (one of each- shirt, skirt, pants, jacket, dress, maybe a purse?) that could be altered to be more basic, or use more advanced techniques. Some ideas for altering and pictures of user creations that did this. Then, techniques for doing the alterations. I also think the techniques need to be a main feature- not basic techniques, either, but more interesting ones. I guess this is along the lines of Sew U, but the major difference would be the focus on the techniques, and the inspiration provided from seeing all the different versions made up. I would totally buy something like this as a gift for my sisters! Good luck with this endeavor!

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    Nov 13, 2009, 12.50 PMby carottesauvage

    The How tos are the definite gold mine and It would make sense to focus on them. Around that material, I would imagine 2 or 3 basic patterns (created for the occasion or based on existing patterns) and how to alter, adorn them (a technique related to a specific how to), drape, gather, bias cut… An extended section on sleeves, yokes and collars (as grid drawings for scaling) easily adaptable to the base patterns (difficulty level ranging from beginner to advanced), would be great!

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    Nov 13, 2009, 11.25 AMby candyjoyce

    To me, Burdastyle is all about patterns, community and creativity. I think that the book should maintain these elements of the website. I’m trying to think of something that would make me (and other burdastyle members) spend our hard earned cash on this book but i can’t think of anything that we can’t already get from the website…… maybe patterns that are exclusive to the book or something in the book that lets members of the website get a discount on some of the website patterns would make it more appealing to people who are already burdastyle members?

    I would suggest that the book would contain some patterns with Burdastyle photoshoot pictures of the finished garment and then also any pictures of the same garment that has been adapted or changed by burdastyle members to show how a bit of creativity or different fabric choices can alter/improve a pattern.

    Also the how-to’s on this site are invaluable so some these with the step-by-step pictures in the book would be great. Perhaps a glossary of sewing terms.

    Looking forward to seeing what the BurdaTeam come up with


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    Nov 13, 2009, 09.51 AMby mprevitali

    I would like a sewing guide! I agree whit Kgallagher3 and original mischief!

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    Nov 13, 2009, 09.14 AMby originalmischief

    A beginners/intermediate sewing guide would be fab! With techniques to do all those fiddly things… joining elastic to a seam, snaps, button holes… etc Free patterns with close up photography… not from across the room where you can’t see the detail. xx

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    Nov 13, 2009, 06.20 AMby monicamorales

    A collection of patterns from burdastyle. With illustrations and real life photos. With techniques and demonstrations. An editorial from the creators of the patterns. and a couple free patterns

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    Nov 13, 2009, 01.01 AMby kgallagher3

    I would envision it as a beginner’s sewing guide with some of the free patterns in it, photos of our versions of these patterns and the forum help pages for these projects (if they exist). Maybe a few of the blog posts scattered intermittently.

    I’m teaching my roommate to sew and she would like to see a section on materials and how to do different hand stitches.

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