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The New York team has been admiring the Anda Dress sewing pattern for quite some time now after being inspired by all the great member variations. So we all got together for an office group sewing challenge, creating our own interpretations of this flattering and versatile pattern. We also thought it would be a great way to introduce the team and give you a glimpse of our personal style. Read on to learn more about our projects and to meet the ladies behind BurdaStyle.com.

The original Anda Dress is on the left, followed by the team wearing their individual variations.

Emmy wanted to see the Anda as a top instead of a dress and here it is! She cut the pattern off about 5 inches below the waist and omitted the drawstring casing. She also added a panel at the bottom of the front piece and cut the fabric in the other direction for an alternating stripe effect. To get the back piece to fall nicely, she made the back slightly longer than the front. Check out the full project here.

1. What do you do at BurdaStyle?
I am the Editorial and E-commerce Manager for the site. I work with the patterns and the editorial content on the homepage and the blog.

2. How long have you been sewing for?
I have been sewing since I was a kid, but it was when I was around 15, I got serious about it and started making my own clothes. I worked a horrible summer job at a camping site and saved all the money to buy my own sewing machine that year.

3. What is your machine of choice?
My very first sewing machine is the one I’m still using. I have had many different machines at my different workplaces but nothing beats my Husqvarna Viking!

4. Who are your style icons/fashion inspirations?
I get my inspiration from the past and present and I am a sucker for textiles and textile design. I love the prints from the Wiener Werkstätte in the 20s and contemporary designers such as Anntian, Proenza Schouler, and Burberry Prorsum.

5. Where are you from?
I grew up in a small town in the southern forests of Sweden, but have been living in New York for the past year and a half.

6. What’s the next BurdaStyle pattern on your “to make” list?
I have been eyeing the 4/2010 Trench Coat for a while now and would love to make it in black.

On a recent trip to San Francisco, Jamie popped into one of her favorite fabric stores, Britex Fabrics, and picked up this striped linen. She liked that it was minimal, but reminiscent of the sea and summer and thought that it would work well with the Anda dress silhouette. In her version, she did away with the casing at the waistline and decided to go with a belted look instead. Check out the full project here.

1. What do you do at BurdaStyle?
I am the Editorial & E-commerce Manager for the site and also Project Manager, Lead Designer, and Co-Author of BurdaStyle’s second book.

2. How long have you been sewing for?
I sewed my first stitch in September 2007, but didn’t become a regular until I received a sewing machine for my birthday in 2008. I kept making reversible tote bags and fabric covered notebooks for friends over and over again to practice stitching in a straight line and learned patternmaking and draping along the way to delve into my ultimate passion: fashion!

3. What is your machine of choice?
Janome all the way!

4. Who are your style icons/fashion inspirations?
I design with four simple tenets: Clean, simple, and functional with quality craftsmanship. In terms of style icons, j’adore Françoise Hardy for her effortless French chic. As for designers, Miuccia Prada symbolizes smart dressing and “structured” femininity for me. I also love Rachel Comey for her amazing prints and shoes (I wear her clogs and boots all the time). Aside from my own creations, A.P.C. and Steven Alan are my wardrobe staples. I always incorporate William Eggleston photographs into my mood boards for color inspiration. And for fabric, I’m all about the wabi-sabi aesthetic and love sewing in Japanese textiles and prints. In sum, I love garments that do not bear any time stamp that can be worn over and over again.

5. Where are you from?
Born and raised in San Francisco’s Mission District.

6. What’s the next BurdaStyle pattern on your “to make” list?
Ninety percent of my wardrobe is composed of dresses, so most likely I will be making a dress! In terms of sewing patterns, I always look for clean lines and simplicity with a feminine and playful touch. One pattern I have been eyeing is the 05/2011 A-line Dress. It’s a simple silhouette, but there are so many possibilities with fabrication. The seams are flattering and this is a great candidate for color blocking.

Jillian knew right away that she wanted to add a yoke to the shoulders and make a sash in place of the drawstring. She found this lovely sheer printed cotton to match with the gorgeous washed silk. Check out the full project here.

1. What do you do at BurdaStyle?
I fill the position of Community Manager here at BurdaStyle. I handle customer service questions from the community, act as a liason between the online community and the editorial team, as well as manage BurdaStyle’s social media.

2. How long have you been sewing for?
Aside from replacing the occasional missing button, I do not know how to sew. It has always been a curiosity of mine, but never a hobby or skill. Now that I am working here at BurdaStyle I am excited to start learning.

3. What is your machine of choice?
I do not have a machine of choice yet, but I do have an old Singer my mother gave me, one she used in college. I’ve had it stored in a box for years waiting for the day I learn to sew, and have it serviced of course.

4. Who are your style icons/fashion inspirations?
I am not sure I can say I have a style icon, though I do think Diane Keaton is fabulous in everything she decides to wear. In my own wardrobe I really enjoy wearing dresses and loose fitting garments. I enjoy the femininity of the 1950s but the comfort, color, and practicality of the 1960s and 1970s.

5. Where are you from?
Winchester, Virginia.

6. What’s the next BurdaStyle pattern on your “to make” list?
For my next pattern I would like to make the 07/2011 Oversized top #116A in a lightweight cotton. I’ve really wanted a new white or soft blue summer shirt, this could be it!

Meet our intern, Meg. She wanted her Anda dress to be the perfect summer maxi dress. She lengthened the hem to the ankle and added a sweetheart neckline and back keyhole. She used a vibrant print for the base of the dress and paired it with a sheer fabric that has moderate sparkle. To finish it off, Meg excluded the casing and opted for a gold rope belt to cinch in the waist. This dress can be worn with a stylish pair of sandals for day wear, and then easily transition into night time with the addition of heels and a cute clutch. Check out the full project here.

1. How long have you been sewing for?
I have been sewing for almost 10 years now, and I’m only 22. I started sewing lessons when I wanted to design and make my own grade 8 graduation dress. It was a lime green mermaid silhouette dress with sequin straps and embellishments…it was perfectly unique. After more years of lessons and personal sewing experimentation, I knew I wanted to have a career in fashion and I know I’m going to be a sewer for life.

2. What is your machine of choice?
My number one machine is my industrial Juki serger. It is a powerful beast that meets all my serging needs…I sew with a lot of spandex and stretch fabrics so I use this serger for most of my sewing. In addition, I have a Babylock Coverstitch BLCS-2 that I love and use to finish all my spandex hems. For my single needle, I have a love for vintage sewing machines. I have a pink retro Brother machine that I use. I like how retro machines are entirely made of metal.

3. Who are your style icons/fashion inspirations?
I respond to really ‘out there’ fashion, so some of my current fashion icons are Nicki Minaj, Jessie J, and Lady Gaga. I really look up to people who take fashion risks, and are not afraid to stand out and make a statement. Some designers I get inspired by are Jeremy Scott, The Blonds, and Prabal Gurung.

4. Where are you from?
I am from London Ontario, Canada. Born and raised, it is where I initially studied Fashion Design. But now I am in New York City evolving my fashion education at Parsons and interning at BurdaStyle.

5. What’s the next BurdaStyle pattern on your “to make” list?
My current favorite BurdaStyle pattern is the 11/2011 Metallic Jumpsuit. I would love to make it in a bright spandex or in a dark metallic.


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    Aug 6, 2013, 05.37 PMby elizlanni

    Hi Everyone – you guys are all so awesome and talented! I’m about to get the Anda pattern. Even though the pattern says linen, viscose-rayon, and crepe fabrics – is it OK to try other fabrics, as well? I’ve only done two other garments before…

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    May 17, 2012, 06.11 PMby Martch

    What a great way to get to know the BurdaStyle team! All your variations are adorable and it’s nice to see how versatile the pattern is!

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    May 11, 2012, 12.31 PMby Pinkytersia

    Love the block

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    May 11, 2012, 12.31 PMby Pinkytersia

    Love the block

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    May 10, 2012, 01.12 AMby Christine Kite

    Sweet post!

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    May 9, 2012, 03.08 PMby daughterfish

    Loved reading about all of your sewing and design inspiration. You each translated the Anda pattern beautifully!

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    May 9, 2012, 12.01 PMby heidilea

    What a fabulous idea—and a great way to meet the staff!

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    May 9, 2012, 11.17 AMby moyogirlhotmailcom

    I like this sytle its versatile. Top, tunic & dress

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    May 9, 2012, 07.59 AMby prettysewinggirl

    Hi Team!! Great to read & see how the team members inspired different versions of the Anda (I’m a big Anda fan!!).. and to learn a bit more about the sewing inspiration behind BurdaStyle Team :) Thank you for sharing :)

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    May 9, 2012, 05.36 AMby nouvellegamine

    you guys are adorable and your variations are very cute.

    And Jaime, i love Francoise & 60s/70s style icons in general. I recently cut my hair off to a Hardy/Birkin long bob.

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      May 9, 2012, 03.06 PMby Jamie Lau

      Thanks! Love that hairstyle, btw!!!

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    May 8, 2012, 11.34 PMby Allison Page

    Jamie: so glad to see you in this article! And I too have my eye on that a-line dress pattern to make from some fabric I got at Mood last year! And your dress is so cute! Good luck with everything!

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      May 8, 2012, 11.49 PMby Jamie Lau

      Hi Allison,

      Nice to hear from you. I can totally see you in that A-line dress! I hope all is well with you in CA!

      Happy sewing,

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    May 8, 2012, 09.50 PMby sew4my3

    Great blog! I love seeing what you all make and learning a little bit more about the Burdastyle Team!

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