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


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    Dec 2, 2010, 08.37 PMby ddhursh2

    I would like to see more tutorials on pattern fitting. I’m very large busted ((44DDD) US 3X) and having a heck of a time altering patterns to fit. To make things worse I’m only a US size 12 on the bottom. I’d also like to see more large size patterns.

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    Dec 2, 2010, 08.30 PMby spankachutoo

    more handbag patterns and tutorials!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 08.27 PMby anneburr

    I think more patterns for kids learning to sew would be fantastic.

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    Dec 2, 2010, 08.20 PMby annaelisabeth

    i would love to see a tutorial which shows how to make a swimsuit block

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    Dec 2, 2010, 07.56 PMby chiccoat


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    Dec 2, 2010, 07.50 PMby ghainskom

    More embellishment ideas (like embroidery!).

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    Dec 2, 2010, 07.49 PMby galatina

    Pattern drafting – definitely. And I always love when’s there’s a new technique that i’d never have found otherwise.

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    Dec 2, 2010, 07.44 PMby bitterbunny

    I would LOVE to see more about pattern drafting as well! as far as patterns: I’d like to see a few more men’s items and cute bag s

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    Dec 2, 2010, 07.41 PMby restlesslegs

    I have a sister, now I need a BROTHER SEWING MACHINE

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    Dec 2, 2010, 07.05 PMby gdavid3039

    I would love to instructions on how to resize patterns for the petite sized, as well as see more petitable patterns.

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    Dec 2, 2010, 06.54 PMby Jeanne Henzel Swartz

    I’m new to Burdastyle and don’t really know what sort of tutorials you have been giving to date, but I am interested in couture techniques and highly technical sewing information.

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    Dec 2, 2010, 06.40 PMby angelical

    I would like to see more tutorials on pattern making, as I am still a novice pattern maker. Also, a start-to-finish corset tutorial would be great! (because I LOVE corsets but don’t know where to start :S)

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    Dec 2, 2010, 06.38 PMby aine1

    I’d like to see more patterns in plus sizes! Us curvy girls like to sew nice clothes for ourselves too! ;)

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    Dec 2, 2010, 06.33 PMby Rebecca Allen

    Invisible zips and revere collars.

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    Dec 2, 2010, 06.15 PMby loversandhaters

    More bag patterns!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 06.08 PMby colorwild


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    Dec 2, 2010, 05.54 PMby NYAM Afia Cayee'

    I would like to see techniques on how to modify patterns to fit petite women. I am only 5’2" (pear shape)and I always have to shorten the torso and reduce the bust of everything. I would also like to see tips on pattern making! THanks Burda!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 05.52 PMby sunshinegirl287

    I would just love a nice tutorial on how to drape a garment with museline on a dressform, to transform it into a patern. Just like we see the designer do on Project Runway. This machine is awesome, I would be delighted to own one.

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    Dec 2, 2010, 05.51 PMby katrinabird

    I would like to see pattern alteration tutorials on Burdastyle. So often the big pattern producers miss the mark on design lines and more importantly proper fit! The patterns out there are so often too large for the size they are supposed to fit. I am seeking greater autonomy in my sewing by learning skills so that I can change a pattern into what I want it to be. Burdastyle is an excellent source and I can’t wait for more.

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    Dec 2, 2010, 05.42 PMby lizyard

    more custom tailoring techniques!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 05.40 PMby Lennette Daniels

    I would love to see more beginner instruction, especially geared toward teens since both my daughter and niece are sewing.

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    Dec 2, 2010, 05.28 PMby assamthee

    I would like to learn more about stitching stretchy fabrics without a serger. I always struggle with this so tend to avoid all knits, which is a shame…

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    Dec 2, 2010, 05.15 PMby calliesa

    I’m a babybeginner sewer and I’d LOVE to have my own sewing machine—I am borrowing one now as it is. I’d like to see more intro level projects (that are still wearable).


    Thanks for the chance to win!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 05.05 PMby Kimmy Elliott

    I would LOVE to see how to hand bead or apply swarovski crystals. Little details that make all the difference! ( And can help with details on Theatre costumes! )

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    Dec 2, 2010, 05.02 PMby leale

    I like the articles focused on vintage fabric. As a newbie, I’d appreciate any info on fabric: what makes it special and what to use it for (and what not to use it for!).

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    Dec 2, 2010, 05.00 PMby sewnseabee

    It would be great to win this machine – It would give me a chance to teach my granddaughter to sew on her own machine

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    Dec 2, 2010, 04.49 PMby ealis

    I would love to see tutorials on how to adjust patterns and ready-to-wear to camouflage trouble spots, such as big hips or a gut.

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    Dec 2, 2010, 04.32 PMby ladydae

    I would love to see more no pattern tuts that get beginners sewing useful items right away!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 04.10 PMby scottiejo

    I make my own clothes so they will be just right – so any tutorials on how to alter a pattern – fitting sleeves, lengthening hems, re-doing darts to be more flattering – would be great!

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    Dec 2, 2010, 04.01 PMby silverwolf

    Wow, I just love the suggestions I’ve read so far – especially the how to use CAD software idea!!! I’d like to add to that – how about maybe some sort of CAD program that can be downloaded from this site with a tutorial on how to use it would be beneficial. It could come with fabric suggestions, notions, fabric amounts needed etc – just like you would find on the back of a purchased pattern envelope… then we could all upload our patterns to share, we could browse all those patterns & we could just enter our own measurements for the ones we like, print them out, & get going on those projects!!! ;)

    I’d also like to see more boys, teens & menswear patterns. How to’s on refashioning, recycling or up-cycling garments, tutorials on grading existing patterns & slopers to fit ones own measurements would be so great!!!

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