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Hello BSC Leaders and Members!

We are currently brainstorming ideas and projects for the BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs and we would love your input.

Please consider and answer the following:

- What would you like BurdaStyle to do for your BSCs?
- What kind of projects have you and your club done in the past, and how do you think they would translate for the clubs collectively?
- Was it difficult gathering and maintaining members? How can BurdaStyle make this process easier for future leaders?
- What improvements can be made to the BurdaStyle Ning site? How helpful is it for communicating and recruiting members?

You may answer any or all of these questions, either here directly or via e-mail to team[at]burdastyle[dot]com. I look forward to hearing from you all, and helping your BSCs be an even greater success!


BSC Coordinator


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    Oct 9, 2009, 03.40 PMby littlevigilante

    For the Bemidji, MN BSC we would like Burastyle to contribute to our group by continuing to what it already does. Basically, offering this place where people can find ideas, inspiration, projects, advice and instruction. In the past our group has made: a circle skirt, t-shirt shrug, duct tape dress forms, and infinity/convertable dresses/shirts. The main focus of our group is re-using/re-purposing items. Under this focus falls many topics to be covered that involve basic to advanced sewing. Everyone in our group wants to find ways to make great things for themselves and/or their family that are less expensive than buying retail, better for the enviornment and don’t involve a lot of frustration. The duct tape dress forms are awesome! Store bought dress forms are very expensive and not custom made. Having a dress form in your shape is something just about everyone can get $10-$20 use out of. I would recomend that for a project for other groups. Gathering 6-10 paople was not hard mainly because most of them attend the same church, live in the same area (within 5 miles) and / are of some relation. A couple of mebers have moved out of state with another couple possibly to move. I have a sister in Arizona that although she cannot come to our meetings wants to know the projects so that she can do them as well…I think that may be called a sew along of sorts. If our groups falls down to two or three members I will start actively seeking new members in and around the area. I plan to do this by utilising the local newspaper and local news station. They both offer a free service of announcing area events. Also, there are many locals businesses willing to allow flyers to be posted. 10-15 people is about the max I could handle for how we are set up right now. If there are ever more people than that interested we will have to make some changes. For future leaders interested in their own clubs I recomend them contacting existing leaders and seeing how they run their groups in order to find out what their groups focus would be. Some groups will have a different focus than others, be organized differently etc. At our first meeting I passed out a survey to group members to get a sense of what they were interested in doing in this group. Those surveys gave me a really good idea of where to start as far as projects and also where to go for projects in the future and what resources we will need to do them. I do not plan to utilize the ning site at this time. The majority of our members are not active on the internet and would not be interested in using this option. If at any time this changes we may use it then. I love having this sewing group! Each member contributes a different perspective and interpretation of what they see. It is inspiring and refreshing. The most rewarding part for me though is seeing with my own eyes that this group is helping people to expand their sewing skills, be engaged in their community and increase their confidence and self esteem in what they as individuals are capable of.

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    Oct 17, 2009, 03.12 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Hi David, I posted my apron sew-along pattern (deliberately relating the pattern name to our group) to try and snag us a few new members, it worked quite well, but what really pushed it over the edge was getting featured in the BurdaStyle newsletter, in about 4 days we went from 16 members to 22 (and still counting!) I’ve sent you and your team a big thank you but it’s also just a great idea and example you might like to suggest for other groups, do a sew-along, then post all about it and share it with the community :) it gets attention and helps promote your group Mel xx

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    Jan 28, 2012, 09.44 PMby jbavaria644

    Patterns paid and downloaded for home printing with ADOBE should be complete with no blank pages.

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    Jan 28, 2012, 11.42 PMby jbavaria644

    what don’t you understand? I will try to help

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    Feb 1, 2012, 12.16 AMby cooldesigner

    I tell you what the best way for people to learn to sew is learning pattern recognition. The best way for people that are keen to learn to design, is to go look at their wardrobe and if they have clothes they don’t wear anymore they can unpick them and see how they are put together.I know some of my old students have learnt that way not only the designing way making patterns for their designs, but this way too.And infact they have learnt alot quicker with this method, aswell.Iam myself an expert in fashion designing, aswell as accessories as in belts and shoes and also bags. I did have a bag business.I also have the ability to forecast trends way ahead of a whole year, i guess you could say im a psychic artist. My favourite designer has always been the original Christian Dior what a designer he was.

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    Jul 10, 2014, 04.11 PMby doris833yahoocom

    I am making Burda dress pattern 03/2014 123A. I am at my wits end, trying to figure out how the facing at the sleeve cap goes in the dress. Can anyone there send me a drawing of how these facings go in this beautiful dress??? Pleeeeze help. Doris

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