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11 May

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    May 11, 2015, 02.00 PMby jennyrecorder

    Hi Sarah, I have just made two more dresses based on your Port Elizabeth top pattern. I don’t have a Flickr account so I can’t add them to your page, but feel free to post the pics if you want them :) Best wishes, Jenn Quick (aka Jennyrecorder)

13 May

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    May 13, 2013, 11.47 PMby BVE

    Hi Sarah,

    I’m having difficulty printing off the instructions for the Helena Skirt – I have the pattern but for some reason I can’t print the instructions. Any suggestions?

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      May 24, 2013, 08.58 AMby Sarah Magill

      Hi there,

      I can’t seem to access them either. I will contact burdastyle.

23 December

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    Dec 23, 2012, 09.38 AMby prettysewinggirl

    Hi Sarah! Hope you are well! Just wanted to let you know I finally got time to make one of your patterns – the Helena skirt! loving it :) Super comfortable and cool… we’re up to 40C at the moment.. heatwave!! Anyways, wanted to let you know its a wonderful pattern, thank you so much for sharing! Best regards, Francini

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      Dec 24, 2012, 10.26 AMby Sarah Magill

      Hey! Lovely to hear from you. I’m so glad you like the pattern :) Lucky you! It’s miserable, wet and windy here, so no chance of me wearing mine!! I’d love to see photos. Have a great Christmas. Best wishes, Sarah

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      Dec 24, 2012, 10.28 AMby Sarah Magill

      Just found the pics- great job! The buttons are really gorgeous!

11 May

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    May 11, 2012, 07.16 PMby prettysewinggirl

    Hi Sarah! I know just the right shops that you need to visit! I’ll find their addresses and telephone numbers, and will email it to you (but the email would probably only follow on Monday, for me to ring them up first!).. June/July can get windy and wet, but I do not think it is anything as cold as you might be used to in the UK..the weather seems to be a bit different this year (this past week was still 25 Celsius, and sunny, which was so nice!).. and in the Garden Route you need to be prepared for anything, the weather can change quickly. A coat and boots will be a good idea if you can fit that in, but probably more useful will be the coat (if you can use it say for rainy days). A particularly thick coat will not be necessary, a medium coat with a layer underneath will be fine! Also remember that indoors are mostly not heated and that can be cold if you are used to heated indoors! Average daily temperatures June/July in our area vary between 15-18 degrees, and night time can drop to between 5-10 degrees Celsius. Rain normally does not last for a long time, it might rain for 2-3 days after which it again clears and sunny days usually follow. Also: warm windy days are possible, so be sure to pack for that too :) Maybe best is for you to drop me an email shortly before you leave and then I can tell you a bit more about the weather at that time? Good luck with the preparation, I will email the fabric shop details next week!

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      May 11, 2012, 07.32 PMby Sarah Magill

      Thank you so much!! That’s really helpful! I really appreciate you finding the addresses for me and all your info on the weather! Now I have a better idea of what to pack! It gets much colder here and it’s been raining for weeks, so our spring has felt like winter :(
      Thanks again and look forward to hearing from you next week :)

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    May 11, 2012, 05.34 PMby prettysewinggirl

    Wow that is great to learn that you will be visiting on a youth outreach!! I can for sure help with some info on local shops, please let me know for what kind of fabric you will be shopping (i.e. mostly cottons and maybe knits I assume) and please send me your e-mail address, then I will send it all to you on an email :) Let me just get the addresses + telephone numbers.. and then I will e-mail it to you! Anything else, just let me know, I’ll be glad to help out :)

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      May 11, 2012, 05.45 PMby Sarah Magill

      That would be excellent! Thanks so much :) My email address is: sarahmagill@yahoo.co.uk
      How cold does it get in June/July in knysna/ Plett? Do I need my coat and ugg boots?!! Really appreciate your advice and kindness :)

      Ps I will be looking for basics for the youth centre, but anything different for me! African batiks, quilting fabrics… basically if it’s textile related, I’ll get excited!!

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    May 11, 2012, 08.32 AMby prettysewinggirl

    Oh wonderful! I hope you will have a very pleasant visit in June/July! Yes, George is my hometown and I also often visit Knysna and Plett! Beautiful towns – you will be sure to have a great time, and even though it is winter, it is still sunny and pleasant out! I am sure going to try your PE top… I’m adding it to my “summer sew list”.. for the moment I am trying to finish up some winter jackets and some wintery projects to inspire me for our winter :) (When you live in South Africa.. you most likely prefer summer over winter :)… well, all the best for your travels, and maybe we will see a Knysna or Plett top ;) Ps! Please feel free to drop me a note should you have any questions about George/Knysna/Plett or need any local advice :)

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      May 11, 2012, 11.23 AMby Sarah Magill

      Hey, thanks for your message! I love SA! I’m going to do some work with a local youth centre, as I’m a textiles teacher, but hoping to meet a friend and stay in Keursboomstrand for a week or two. It’s a shame it’ll be winter, but it’s the only time I can go :( Thank you for offering to advise me about local stuff- you must know where the local fabric/ haberdashery shops are then!!! Do any exist in Knysna? Good luck with the PE top- it’s really easy to make! I will get designing some more patterns whilst I’m there! :))

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    May 11, 2012, 06.41 AMby prettysewinggirl

    Hello Sarah! I browsed another BurdaStyle Member’s studio and came across the Port Elizabeth summer top… interesting name I thought, and wondered whether there was any relation to Port Elizabeth, South Africa?? And so I ended up in your Studio.. with some more SA seaside town tops :) They are most beautiful and do remind me of South African summers! Thanks for sharing :)

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      May 11, 2012, 07.02 AMby Sarah Magill

      Hi there!
      You are correct! I named these patterns/ tops after towns I visited in SA. I’ve been twice and returning to Knysna/ Plett in June/ July. I checked out your profile and noticed you live in George- I’mflying there to get to Knysna- small world!! Thank you for your lovely comments and good luck making the PE top!
      Sarah :)

30 November

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    Nov 30, 2011, 07.51 PMby rubbersoul1971

    hi! i’m trying to print your port elizabeth shirt pattern, but i can’t see how i can piece all of those together? will it be more clear after i print all the pages? it’s a great top by the way! thanks!

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      Dec 2, 2011, 12.56 PMby Sarah Magill

      Sorry for the delay in replying- I’ve been travelling. There is a chart to show how you piece it together when you print it out. It’s very easy, but let me know if you get stuck :)

2 February

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    Feb 2, 2011, 08.27 PMby BreathingFashion

    Heey. I reaaally love your Helena pattern. I’ve got a stupid question for you. So, I’ve downloaded and printed the pattern. Yes very im new to this, I’ve made a few pieces, but they were store bought patterns. I do see the numbers, but how do I piece it together? Thankkks:) -Z

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      Feb 2, 2011, 08.30 PMby Sarah Magill

      Hi there. Glad you like the pattern. There should be a chart in the instructions download to show you how to lay out the pieces. Let me know if you still have probs. Good luck!

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      Feb 2, 2011, 11.09 PMby BreathingFashion

      Thanks, I had not seen that, whooppps.
      I’m still working on it.
      The tiniest bit confused, but it’ll work out:)

16 August

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    Aug 16, 2010, 02.33 PMby aineg

    Thanks for the link, I’ve got it all cut out and ready to try tonight! Hurrah!

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      Aug 16, 2010, 04.16 PMby Sarah Magill

      Great! Good luck! Post some photos when you’ve made it!
      Sarah :-)

20 June

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    Jun 20, 2010, 09.28 PMby seussian

    Hi, I saw you comment on the Ballet Russes blog entry and you said you work at the Royal opera House in London.

    That’s very impressive!

    Anyway, I’m hoping you’ll help me.

    I have 20 yards of netting in a box and I’m looking into making myself a pancake tutu.

    Would you have any advice for a complete novice?

    I mean any advice at all would most likley help me.

    I look forward to hearing a reply,

    God bless you, M

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      Jun 24, 2010, 03.44 PMby Sarah Magill

      Hi there,
      I worked there for a short period and didn’t really have any experience of making tutus, I’m afraid. You ought to try and look at one in the flesh/ online museum catalogue, as the layers are built up and ‘sculpted’ into shape. It is a very tricky thing to get right! Maybe try Youtube for video how-tos or search for instructions online?
      Sorry I can’t be more helpful, but thanks for your kind comment and good luck!
      Best wishes,

15 June

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    Jun 15, 2010, 08.26 AMby eva-bergengren

    Stupid qustion about pattern summer top. The piece 11 in the PDF sems to be in another scale then the others. The lines does not connect proper and there is the same problem with the waist line. What to do? /Eva

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      Jun 15, 2010, 04.02 PMby Sarah Magill

      I’m really sorry Eva- Please see my email to you. I will re-scan and upload tomorrow. It has warped somehow. I couldn’t see this without zooming right in and comparing the actual piece.

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