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Comment to Win: What techniques or tutorials do you want to see on BurdaStyle?


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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.56 PMby lclurbanite

    I’d love to learn more about creating patterns or altering patterns as well as design software.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.55 PMby stephdero

    Even though I’m not super fat (generally a size 10 in boutiques), I’ve got some problem making burda style’s pattern fit on me. So I would looooooooooove those patterns to have 1 or 2 sizes larger. I know that burda makes some plus size patterns, but the regular ones are much more interesting to me (I’m 23…)!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.55 PMby Jodi Wade

    I would like to see video tutorials – it can be a lot easier to figure out how to make something if you can actually watch how it is done.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.52 PMby justelaite

    I would like to see more patterns/ideas/tutorials on christmas decorations :) it’s really hot topic at this time.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.51 PMby jens34

    It would be great to see pattern fitting tutorials, tips, etc. And more dress patterns!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.47 PMby nettie

    I second two of the above suggestions. More menswear (in a variety of sizes my dude is a big &tall) and more instructional information on using design software. As well info on cheaper design software alternatives.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.47 PMby elleynamarie

    I would love to see some vintage sewing techniques! I live for vintage! :)

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.44 PMby zorra5819

    More dress tutorials for novices, please, and perhaps tips for refashioning older garments.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.43 PMby angekronaus

    I would like to see more maternity wear ideas & patterns & definitely more menswear! I feel guilty sewing for ME all.the.time. husband deserves a treat too :-)

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.43 PMby planethalia

    I would love to se more refashion articles!!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.43 PMby auntchristy

    I’d like to see more vintage :)

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.43 PMby jcp07

    I’d like to see more technique tutorials – things like collar and lapel tailoring, bound buttonholes, flat felled seams, etc – the details that set apart couture from home-made.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.42 PMby redrockcity

    More menswear would be awesome! More on making knits would be excellent too. I love this site!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.40 PMby fashionfreek

    I would love to see more techniques on neck facings and different styles on opening and closing on garments even more on step by step techniques to make a welt and safari pockets and how to do a good fly opening for a mens trouser and inserting a zip without botching up. I would love to make my hubby a pair of trouser and for my son too. I could do with a new machine to update my current one…pretty please;-) Excellent site:-)

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.39 PMby LisaDiva Carroccio

    I’d love to see lots of sewing shortcuts! Anything that saves time when sewing is appreciated!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.35 PMby rachelgren

    pattern drafting and simple hand-embroidery would be great tutorials! even better if they include video!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.32 PMby leashbean

    i would love to see more video tutorials. they are so helpful!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.30 PMby Ivana Krejci

    I would also like to see more tutorials/ tips and tricks on working with different fabrics. I really like the idea of having a reference point for all different kinds of fabric.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.30 PMby daughterfish

    I would also like more on menswear, particularly patterns and techniques for sewing/tailoring a suit jacket.

    I’d also love to see some video content on basic draping and pattern blocking techniques.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.22 PMby lauriekg

    I’d like to see articles and tutorials on taking out-dated clothing and remaking it into up-to-date fashion. I also would like to see more about choosing the right fabrics.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.22 PMby krokojo

    I would really like to see more things that inspire, like embellishments, patterns to use in more then just one way (like a jacket that can also be a skirt or a bag that can work as a hat). As far as techniques are concerned I don’t really have anything that I would want to know. But I would rather hear from new innovative ways to do something than hearing how to do it the traditional way. And I think that a lot of people would love to hear how to alter patterns so that they fit them :)

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.16 PMby goldilox

    I’d like to see more on linings and facings. It would be nice to see the different ways in which linings and facing are finished

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    Nov 30, 2010, 04.01 PMby charomki

    It would be great to have more tutorials on customising patterns and how to make do without a fancy dress form. In addition I’d love to read a tutorial on the ‘varieties of petticoats’.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 03.59 PMby bodicegoddess589

    I’d love to see more tutorials on choosing the right fabrics and the right threads based on the project. I’ve seen a lot of questions about thread, and I try to answer them, but a good “from the ground up” reference about different materials and how they’re made would be nice. I’d also like to see more accessory patterns, both male and female.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 03.50 PMby Dani Restercher

    On burdastyle I’d love to see more tutorials on fabrics, their properties and how to use different ones. I think a lot of patterns call for fabrics I’m not sure about and it’d be great to learn why they’re used and anything I should do differently while I’m using them.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 03.50 PMby tissyalex

    I love the look of this machine. It’s very sleek! Would love to own one of these!

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    Nov 30, 2010, 03.47 PMby sewbella

    i would love to see more tutorials on accessory making and finishings. From making hat, bags and pattern drafting that goes along with it. I would love to see how other members break new ground with ways to pattern draft and make unique items. Choosing a wide variety of techniques from around the world since our group here is so diverse and talented.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 03.43 PMby corvus

    Definitely more for men. I also wouldn’t mind more basic information about fabric- I often feel I’ve learned lots of great techniques without a basic knowledge to ground them in.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 03.43 PMby engrbyday

    I would like to see more tutorials on drafting patterns, not just basic slopers, but also taking the basic slopers and manipulating them for different silhouettes.

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      Nov 30, 2010, 05.55 PMby Sabrina Wharton-Brown

      I agree. Also, help on measuring properly. I’ve had to figure some out on my own because the help I read in various places didn’t seem to clear it up.

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    Nov 30, 2010, 03.40 PMby analogue

    I would love to see some tutorials on how to use CAD software (such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw) for pattern drafting. I am currently trying to teach myself so I can make professional looking and accurate multisize patterns to upload on the website. I think tutorials on pattern drafting using CAD would not only help people develop a useful skill but could also encourage more members to upload more patterns.

    Another suggestion would be a reference guide to different fabrics (eg wool, silk, jersey, cotton, etc), what they are mainly used for and tips on how best to work with them. This could be an ongoing project members could contribute to.

    I’d also like to see some tutorials on vintage sewing techniques for those of us who are interested in accurately recreating historical costumes as well as more tutorials on how to make undergarments such as bras, girdles, corsets, bustiers etc.

    Last but not least, millinery! I would love to learn to make my own hats, so any tutorials and techniques on the subject would be most helpful.

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      Nov 30, 2010, 07.39 PMby vbugge

      I agree with all of these ideas!! I’d love to learn these things!!

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      Nov 30, 2010, 10.06 PMby shazzie

      I think that Millinery tutorials would be great.

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