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24 October

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    Oct 24, 2010, 05.01 PMby carottesauvage

    Hello! good to hear from you! I am fine…ah children…they grow fast. Yes, I would suggest you buy volume number 1, I find the second instalement a bit disappointing in comparison with the first.Anyway both drape drape and pattern magic are great sources of inspirations! Keep well!XXX

17 October

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    Oct 17, 2010, 09.55 AMby siouxfairy

    You’re welcome Bola..hope i can make a tunic someday :) Your projects was totally cool :)

6 October

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    Oct 6, 2010, 04.28 PMby carottesauvage

    Thank you Bola, Good to hear from you! How’s your baby? Keep in touch!

23 September

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    Sep 23, 2010, 08.15 PMby emlj

    Thank you!! Have just redrafted some…to the fabric shop it is woo

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    Sep 23, 2010, 10.56 AMby emlj

    Hey there Ive just sent you a little email :-) I dont suppose you could point me in the direction of instructions to fix the leggings could you? I have a feeling i may be living in leggings this winter so would save a fortune to make some that fit!

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      Sep 23, 2010, 06.56 PMby bola

      Yeah of course! the advice that was given to me was to reduce the front waist height by the amount that it was bagging at the crotch. Once you’ve done this you’ll need to re-shape the waist so it slopes down nicely at the side seam. The seamstress who gave me advice mentioned some other points too, see here: http://www.thesewingforum.co.uk/showthread.php?p=198876#post198876

      Although I didn’t follow them exactly because I just remembered that I had made the leggings in Large so that also probably caused some of the bagging too. Hope the thead helps!

15 September

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    Sep 15, 2010, 09.28 PMby emlj

    Helloo :-) I cant seem to find the Anita pattern but I do have the newish Slim Fit Trouser pattern if you’s like to try that? I understand what you mean about the leggings, ive made a few pairs recently but they are really annoying to wear because of the weird crotch bit feeling a bit ‘penguin’. I have some instructions for drafting leggings from a new book, I could try and copy them down at some point if you still don’t have any luck with the patterns. Just PM me your email address if you’d like the trouser pattern sending.

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      Sep 21, 2010, 11.15 PMby bola

      Hey emlj, thanks for your reply! and for your offer of the pattern instructions. I managed to get some help off of the sewing forum and then made alterations to the carol pattern. I made up the leggings today and they are perfect!! I don’t know why burdastyle don’t make those alterations to the crotch? It was soo ugly when I wore the first pair I made- it was really baggy and the waist was kinda hanging. Is there a new slim fit trouser pattern?? I didn’t know. If you paid for it then don’t worry about sending it on to me- it’s unfair if I ask for a pattern you’ve paid for but thanks for the offer (if you got it free then do send it on to bolacooper@aol.com:))

      Thanks again!

14 September

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    Sep 14, 2010, 06.56 PMby ruthiesews

    Hi Bola, I’m new here at BurdaStyle.com. Just a few words to say hello.

24 August

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    Aug 24, 2010, 06.52 PMby Zoe Zawayira

    Hello there…i am new too….!

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      Aug 24, 2010, 10.14 PMby bola

      Hi there Zoe! welcome to the burdastyle site! Hope you enjoy the great resources here!

16 May

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    May 16, 2010, 07.57 PMby Rebecca Sherwin

    hello : ) I am new to this website! how do you use it? :)

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      Jun 12, 2010, 07.53 PMby bola

      Hi Rebecca
      Sorry for the late reply! Have you found out how to use it? You can post your projects online by going to your ‘studio area’- then you’ll find a set of instructions…bx

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    May 16, 2010, 01.10 AMby maldrich

    Thanks for you kind comments on my blog. How is your little one doing?

18 January

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    Jan 18, 2010, 12.24 AMby smallone

    Bola, lucky you to have found lambswool fabric….think you’re hat might look good from upcycled sweaters though…you could have all sorts of fun with the patterns you’d find….anyway just an idea :)

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      Jan 18, 2010, 10.16 PMby bola

      Cool, what a good idea! and upcycling is better I guess as you are reusing old clothing…. I’ll have a think.bxx

13 January

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    Jan 13, 2010, 05.02 PMby Laura Jane

    i love allll your work and its such an inspiration to me as im a student hopin to be a fashion designer your work is amazing i wich i could design and create like youu x

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      Jan 18, 2010, 10.20 PMby bola

      Lol Luzziie!! it’s funny to read you saying this as I don’t think i’m as good as many other people on this site!!:)
      I’m hoping to to get into fashion but I’ve had no formal training so I’m learning things by trial and error – slowly!
      you could probably help me more! How is the course you are doing? have you just started? what kind of things do they teach you? it would be interesting to know! anyway if I can help you in any way, let me know!

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      Jan 19, 2010, 07.38 PMby Laura Jane

      erm well at the moment we arent allowed to do fashion because it is too complex for a gcse project so i am making a playmat i will post the finished product when finished. I will be starting fashion in september. We have been taught how to do basic sewing and other little teqniques. We do our designs and explain how we want it to look the tacher manipulates her knowledge into teaching us what to do. Its quite easy so im enjoying it. I like to try out other projects by myself though

7 January

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    Jan 7, 2010, 09.47 PMby ghainskom

    Do you mean pre-pregnancy size in your status? Hope your little one is doing well…

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      Jan 7, 2010, 09.51 PMby bola

      Ha! you’re right! i’ll change it!! She is doing well thanks!!
      i’ll post a pic of her soon….

3 January

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    Jan 3, 2010, 06.37 PMby maldrich

    Is there such thing as pre pregnancy size? Not for me yet… Congrats on your little one! I hope you are doing well! Blessings!

8 December

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    Dec 8, 2009, 06.22 PMby emlj

    Hello! Yes there were instructions but i they are super easy to make, just sew up each inside leg, turn one inside out and put in the other and do the crotch seam, then put elastic in the waist. Mine are slightly shorter as i ran out of material but actually the pattern was only about an inch longer depending on your height you might want to add a few extra inches :-) Happy leggins making!

25 November

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    Nov 25, 2009, 04.02 PMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona

    congratulations abound!!!! so late to the party, but had to chime in… love, oona

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    Nov 25, 2009, 01.50 PMby polychromatin

    Hi Bola! I’m fine, thanks. Studies started again so pretty few time for sewing, but there are some projects I haven’t uploaded yet and thousands of sewingprojects in my head of course ;) I hope everything is going all right and that you’re happy :) The best wishes from Germany! Lydia

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      Nov 27, 2009, 02.49 PMby bola

      I’m glad you are well! Grrr studies! hopefully you’ll have time to sew more soon- looking forward to what you upload!! Yes i’m well thanks- just finally setting up my serger so I can start sewing again-but with more pro seams and edges!!

19 November

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    Nov 19, 2009, 01.49 PMby petitmoutonbleu

    congrats for you baby!!! and you’re a very talented woman!!!!

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      Nov 24, 2009, 07.31 PMby bola

      Oh thank you for the congrats petit.mouton.bleu! (I don’t think i’m that talented but thanks for the compliment anyway!)

3 November

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    Nov 3, 2009, 12.44 PMby polychromatin

    I wish you all the best for you and your little family! Congratulations! I’m curious about your selfmade baby-clothes :)

1 November

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    Nov 1, 2009, 11.11 PMby erdronen

    Congratulations Bola! I hope you love being a new mom :) I can’t wait to see some adorable baby clothes :)

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      Nov 24, 2009, 07.27 PMby bola

      Lol thanks! not sure if I will have time though – a new born takes up loads of time!

31 October

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    Oct 31, 2009, 08.52 PMby ichigogirl

    Congratulations Bola! I look forward to some baby-modelled baby-clothes ;-)! Take care! /Karin

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    Oct 31, 2009, 08.13 PMby Jodi Wade

    congrats! you’re gonna be such a stylish mother!

19 October

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    Oct 19, 2009, 03.50 AMby ahersh25

    I really love your Bohoho christmas skirt…I have been looking for a pattern exactly like this one. I can’t find the actual pattern and was wondering if you know how I could find it or something similar. Thanks so much!

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      Oct 19, 2009, 06.46 PMby bola

      Hey ahersh I think that pattern was an old burdastyle pattern I bought about eight years ago. I’m not sure if you can find something like it but what I would say actually is have a look at burdastyle’s circle skirt pattern and see if you could adapt it??? I hope that helps!

29 September

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    Sep 29, 2009, 05.21 PMby anitrasb

    Hey, thanks so much for the comment on my jacket! I’ve been a fan of your work here on BurdaStyle for awhile, so I really appreciate it. :)

14 September

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    Sep 14, 2009, 11.44 AMby carinesse

    Hey Bola, yesterday you wrote an answer on my wall about your navy esther, but it doesn’t appear there, very strange. so unfortunately I can’t look at it, I only see the beginning of the sentence. If it doesn’t bother you, perhaps you could post it again as an answer on your wall. I really would like to read it :) … So bad, first message and it doesn’t appear on my wall :(

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      Sep 24, 2009, 12.38 PMby bola

      Hey Carinesse I think I just said that i made the cardi a size smaller than the smallest size on the pattern so it fit better.

2 September

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    Sep 2, 2009, 03.23 PMby ichigogirl

    Congratulations on winning! What was the competition btw :-)?

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      Sep 12, 2009, 09.57 PMby bola

      Thanks! Oh it was set up by this vintage store close to where work where you had to refashion some old or unwanted clothes into something completely different. I wanted to use this African clothing my mum had gave( and which I would never wear!) and make it into something I would wear!
      Hope you are well?? hows things been?

19 August

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    Aug 19, 2009, 11.39 AMby alekat

    hello! i hope the baby is coming along okay. i saw your work on the cover of the Mixtape zine. i was so surprised that it was your work then i realised that all the crafty sew-y people know each other in some way or another like 6-degrees of separation!. anyway… good work!

14 August

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    Aug 14, 2009, 09.39 AMby ichigogirl

    Oh, wow, that’s soon… how exciting! Good luck with it all! How much fun to have a kid to make clothes for too, I’d love to sew for my niece, but she lives in Norway so it’s a bit difficult to try them on… I’m fine thanks, went to France for 1,5weeks during my summer vacation: an injection of energy! I was amazed by the strength of the sun in Provence (went there last summer too but had forgotten); I stayed in the shade when I could and loved it… Oh! A friend of mine is moving to London, so I’ll get to visit the UK too more soon, joy! I’ll ask for tips on the best fabric-stores then ;-). Take care! /Karin

7 August

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    Aug 7, 2009, 11.10 AMby polychromatin

    Girl, you’re pregnant! Long time since I visited this site ;) Hope you’re doing well? Wish you alle the best and your latest creations are beautiful!

24 July

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    Jul 24, 2009, 09.24 AMby lunatepetal

    hey Bola :) thanks for your comment on my wall!

    i’ve made only one dress for my daughter so far… i’d love to make her more things, but also feel sad to know that she will grow out of it so quickly… kids grow too fast!

    hope your doing well, and enjoying your pregnancy :)!