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[UPDATED, August 17, 2011] Start gearing up National Sewing Month by joining BurdaStyle, Coats & Clark, Tula Pink, and FreeSpirit Fabrics for our awesome September Sew Along! Hosted by designer Tula Pink and featuring the sewing talents of some familiar BurdaStyle faces, Peter Lappin and Gretchen Hirsch, each week in September we’ll be posting new steps, tips and techniques to guide you through creating two of our fantastic patterns: the Skirt with Front Pleats and the Halter Dress!

We are so excited about this month-long project and we want you to get excited too! Featuring two of our favorite BurdaStyle patterns as well as loads of tips and techniques for all skill levels, you’re sure to learn something new or spark a creative idea. So download your pattern, grab your materials and mark your calendars for September 1st so you can join us for the FreeSpirit Fabrics and Coats & Clark BurdaStyle Sew Along!

Update: Thank you for your feedback! We of course want to include as many BurdaStylers as possible in this sew along! The dress and skirt pattern we are using are recommendations, but by no means must you use these patterns to be involved in this sew along! If the patterns we’ll be making aren’t available in your size, these are our suggestions:

-Try your hand at grading (pattern sizing). This could be a opportunity to achieve the perfect fit by tailoring the pattern to your exact measurements. For reference, check out these awesome (and surprisingly simple) tutorials: A Simple Way to Enlarge a Simple Pattern, Full Bust Adjustment for Princess Seams, Enlarge a Basic BurdaStyle Pattern, Grade a Bodice Pattern to a Larger Size, and Make a Pattern Larger or Smaller.

-Choose a different pattern in a similar style. We selected these two patterns for their simplicity in construction as well as their cuteness! Look around for a similar style in your size. There are a few burda style magazine patterns that have similar princess seam construction as the dress, but with different details. These patterns are available in sizes 44-52: 5/2010 Shift Dress, 07/2011 Bustier Dress, and 07/2011 Off the Shoulder Dress .

Our friends at FreeSpirit Fabrics and Coats & Clark have also recommended the following patterns to try:

Butterick: B4461, B5574 (Plus)
Simplicity: 2475, 2152, 3688 (Plus)

Butterick: B5457, B5461 (Plus)
Simplicity: 2176, 2247 (Plus)
McCalls: M6349, M6085 (Plus)

Let’s get sewing!


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    Sep 25, 2011, 09.19 PMby cuada

    I’m just wondering what the deadline is for posting pictures of the dresses/skirts we made for the sew along? (yep, I’m a little bit behind!) Also is this competition open to all countries? -I’m in Ireland:)

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    Aug 20, 2011, 08.25 PMby rubissima

    Thank you for including the fatties! (No offense intended for anyone who doesn’t identify that way!) I mean that genuinely!

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    Aug 19, 2011, 06.54 PMby moni87

    This will be my first time making anything. I’m so excited. I’m sure I will need a lot of help. I hope you all will be here to help.

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    Aug 19, 2011, 06.24 AMby luxihere

    Count me in! But i would be sewing these for my darling daughter (4.5 yrs old) is it fine!

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    Aug 19, 2011, 05.00 AMby thinker

    I’m planning to participate and am looking into getting materials for the Halter Dress. Never made anything so fitted that is needs boning so love the idea of doing the sew-along and learn. I’m confused though, it only lists boning tape, not actual boning. Are we intended to use the boning-with-cover sew on boning tapes? If so, what kind of weight? Does it depend on the fabric? Cup size? Or should I save these questions until September?

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      Aug 19, 2011, 06.52 PMby rachelnyc

      Hey thinker,

      Hold tight until September. We will be providing detailed descriptions of all the materials needed. Can’t wait to see what you make!

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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    Aug 18, 2011, 03.29 PMby teresaslo

    Cute story! I still have my September is National Sewing Month t-shirt from over a decade ago…break it out every September. I recently read that the reason our country has to “Outsource” is because Americans don’t have the ‘skills’ needed so keep sewing and sharing inspiration! I have earned a living from sewing for many years and it has added to my personal pleasure/joy!

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    Aug 18, 2011, 02.40 PMby vtkatmommy

    I am game for the sew along and am looking forward to it!

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    Aug 18, 2011, 01.04 PMby OIMaynooth

    Will do my best to get in on this (skirt pattern only)—but I’ll be away until September 6th…..

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    Aug 17, 2011, 09.25 PMby kirschca

    I’m a teacher, so September is a very busy time for me. But I plan to find time for this sew along, it sounds like fun!

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    Aug 17, 2011, 09.06 PMby Kasiorist

    shame I’m on holiday half of the month, it looks like I will miss a lot…

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    Aug 17, 2011, 07.44 PMby Suvi Parhankangas

    Definitely going to participate, can’t wait to get started!

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    Aug 17, 2011, 05.43 PMby kittyvonk

    I’m definitely going to attempt the skirt… this is my first sew-along, I can’t wait to get started!

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    Aug 17, 2011, 02.07 PMby wildflower31

    Burdastyle.com I just found out the other day that there is a plus size version (Burda Plus) of Burda magazine, so why is it so hard for this website to include larger size patterns? I really wanted to take part in the sew along.

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    Aug 17, 2011, 01.45 PMby lakaribane

    I’m in! I picked this pattern from the magazine previews way back when so this very timely indeed. I may even do the skirt to. Finally, a sewalong I hope to finish on time crossing fingers

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    Aug 17, 2011, 01.22 PMby Ruth Brown

    I’m a size 14 (average these days). I think I can grade a size 12 up one size. I’m going to join in.

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    Aug 17, 2011, 12.21 PMby Angela Kane

    May I blow my own trumpet here?

    When I started out with my patterns and tutorials online the only negative comments I received was the issue of sizing. As a result I have put much effort into grading everything for size 06-22(UK). I am now well aware that many people turn to sewing because they cannot find nice styles in their size.

    angelakane.com and my sizing chart

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    Aug 17, 2011, 11.45 AMby kraftee

    Why in the world would you only consider our slim sisters’ for this great project? I am very disappointed.

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    Aug 17, 2011, 09.20 AMby sewno

    I really wanted to take part in the sew along but its terrible that your pattern only goes up to a size 12, your alienating so many people.

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    Aug 17, 2011, 07.18 AMby greengal7

    The average size woman is Australia is now an Australian size 16. It is such a pity that we are not even being catered for here. It would have been great fun.

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    Aug 17, 2011, 06.24 AMby Linifotto

    Dear Tula Pink and Burda,

    Oh please find a way to keep us plus size girls in on the sew-along. I just know you didn’t really forget about us.


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    Aug 17, 2011, 04.02 AMby katrena

    Can I use another halter pattern to participate in the Sew Along??

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    Aug 17, 2011, 03.56 AMby katrena

    I want to do a sew along I have never done one before i am up for a challenge. Can BurdaStyle grade up the halter dress pattern for plus size ladies?

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      Aug 17, 2011, 05.22 AMby rubissima

      +1 (That’s what I wanted to make, too.)

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    Aug 17, 2011, 03.49 AMby sarabeth22

    I love it! This might motivate me to actually make something for myself. Thanks.

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    Aug 17, 2011, 03.29 AMby robiedodson

    Oh my – this is SO exciting! I’ve never done a sew along … what exactly will we do?

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