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29 December

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    Dec 29, 2014, 11.03 PMby Ricardo Abreu

    Happy, healthy and productive 2015

9 March

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    Mar 9, 2013, 04.00 PMby olac

    Hey, Whassup from sunny SA. I am afraid you have been my inspiration, again… :-) Must be so hard being you. I bought an oil painting canvas at a charity shop with an aim of sewing a jacket. Any tips for your underling? Does it require any treatment? Is there a good way or bad way to work with it? Any and all hints welcome!

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      Mar 11, 2013, 03.36 AMby urbandon

      Glad I can be of inspiration. If the canvas is thick with paint don’t wash it otherwise give it a good hand wash. I used a denim needle to sew it and avoided double folds or tricky seams- use cover seams to eliminate bulk. Lay the pattern pieces as to make good use of the canvas. Having an image running across the front or the back panel will look great!

      Hope that helps. Look forward to you posting images of it.

      All the best, Don

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      Mar 11, 2013, 07.45 AMby olac

      Thanks Don!

      it is thick with paint and the paint is flaking a little. I figure it will add to the look. :-) I was wondering if there is a way to seal it so that it does not flake off more.

      Also thinking of making it a raglan, with the sleeves out of different fabric like velvet (not enough canvas for whole jacket). Raglan would mean no thick seams under arms, and will give the jacket a bit extra length.

      Can’t wait to get sewing. Damn this day job…

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      Mar 12, 2013, 06.16 AMby urbandon

      Not too sure about controlling the peeling- enjoy the effect perhaps???
      Have fun!

20 January

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    Jan 20, 2013, 12.22 AMby jennyrecorder

    Congrats on being featured on ecouture, your stuff is inspirational :)

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      Jan 20, 2013, 06.21 AMby urbandon

      Thanks so much!

19 January

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    Jan 19, 2013, 12.11 PMby fashionfreek

    Congrats Urbandon on your feature. You have some great work..all the best to you.:-D

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      Jan 20, 2013, 06.23 AMby urbandon

      Thank you so, so much.!

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    Jan 19, 2013, 11.16 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Congratulations on your feature!

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      Jan 20, 2013, 06.23 AMby urbandon

      Thanks so much Anne!

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    Jan 19, 2013, 09.26 AMby martinK

    Hi guy, congrats to the feature!!! This jackes are fabulous and I like the story behind them!!! I am curious about what is comming next. greetings from ice cold Rotterdam

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      Jan 20, 2013, 06.22 AMby urbandon

      Thanks so much. Very happy about the feature…more so! Greetings from mega-hot Sydney!

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    Jan 19, 2013, 05.52 AMby caramia-made

    Congratulations on being featured on the website – those coats are fab!

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      Jan 20, 2013, 06.21 AMby urbandon

      Thank you SO much!

11 November

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    Nov 11, 2012, 04.33 PMby olac

    Hey Urbandon! Thanks for jeans maxi skirt inspiration – my fav pair of jeans eventually gave in, and now it is a funky maxi skirt! I have turned pants into skirts before, but never like this! Thanks!


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      Nov 12, 2012, 11.54 AMby urbandon


      Hey glad to hear! Jackets from jeans have to be next!!

      Best wishes, Don

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      Nov 12, 2012, 04.51 PMby olac

      Oooh, good idea! I am thinking long trench like thing, a bit like your Seth coat but more “messy”. :-)

6 September

8 August

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    Aug 8, 2012, 11.12 AMby martinK

    Schön, dass Dir/Euch die Stadt so gut gefällt. Ich war im Mai zum ersten mal in Berlin. Grüsse an Ralf :-) und viel Spass noch!!!

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      Aug 8, 2012, 07.27 PMby urbandon

      Dank Martin, liebe Berlin und Deutschen. Having a great time here!

7 August

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    Aug 7, 2012, 03.26 PMby abendstern

    Yes, Berlin is great! And you speak German very well!

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      Aug 8, 2012, 09.16 AMby urbandon

      Vielen Dank! Wir werden im nächsten Jahr wieder!

4 August

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    Aug 4, 2012, 04.12 PMby andrartic

    very good job men!! from spain!!

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      Aug 6, 2012, 07.58 AMby urbandon

      Thanks so much! Very kind of you.

13 June

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    Jun 13, 2012, 06.51 PMby Stanford Thomas

    I’ve been looking at your clothing for quite a while now. This year I just started sewing. I’m hoping one day I could be as creative as you.

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      Jun 16, 2012, 02.46 AMby urbandon

      Thanks so much man! I guess the key it to do something every day…sewing and sketching and research- looking at everyone elses clothes. Also, I think it’s best to make your own patterns…Have a look at Metric Pattern Making for Men, or a similar book. Bought patterns just don’t cut it!

      Best wishes on your sewing and creating!


4 June

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    Jun 4, 2012, 05.34 AMby Isabel Alexander

    I couldn’t comment on your status, but 350 pieces of clothing in one year is seriously impressive. Almost a garment a day. I’d love to make that sort of progress. I can’t wait until I can settle down and start sewing seriously.

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    Jun 4, 2012, 05.34 AMby Isabel Alexander

    I couldn’t comment on your status, but 350 pieces of clothing in one year is seriously impressive. Almost a garment a day. I’d love to make that sort of progress. I can’t wait until I can settle down and start sewing seriously.

9 May

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    May 9, 2012, 06.20 PMby Vanessa Leigh

    You make such fabulous design. I also CANNOT wait to see your women’s wear!

7 April

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    Apr 7, 2012, 05.40 AMby olac

    Re: your status update – can’t WAIT to see the results!! :-)

29 February

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    Feb 29, 2012, 01.36 PMby joost52

    Hey Don,

    I need a hand from my make Burdastyle friends, so here I am asking a favor :)

    I recently started working on a project that sits somewhere on the crossroads between sewing and IT, two things I happen to like. I wanted to draft my own pattern, but I didn’t like all that measuring and mucking about with paper and pens. So I sat down with the guidelines for a Tshirt pattern and programmed them into a website.

    It’s still rough around the edges, but in principle the pattern it generates should be just as good as what you would create by hand. To check that it actually works, I am looking for people who want to generate the pattern for their own measurements, and then make the Tshirt (it’s a pattern of a Tshirt). You can make it in a muslin, there’s not need to do the finish, I am just looking for feedback on how the fit is.

    I know it’s a lot to ask for some of your precious sewing time, but I hope that with more work and some valuable feedback, this will become a useful tool for us all :)

    Thanks in advance, you can try it here: http://makemypattern.com/


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      Feb 29, 2012, 10.25 PMby urbandon

      Sure thing. I will give it a ‘whirl’ over the next few days and get back to you.

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    Feb 29, 2012, 12.32 PMby patti-r

    Don, Thank you for the compliment on grading! Although this one is sort of a yawn at first it takes you through many steps for men and women including draping:


    Problem some the members want a quick fix, not always possible. Love your work, keep up your creative designs.

    Hugs, Patti

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    Feb 29, 2012, 09.18 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

    I happened across this board on Pinterest, thought you might get a kick out of it. http://pinterest.com/joroan/hard-to-find/ Unfortunately the pinner doesn’t always put the source of the items she pins, but for pictoral inspiration I thought it might be worth it. Have fun.

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      Feb 29, 2012, 10.28 PMby urbandon

      Thanks for the link- indeed I get a kick. I pretty much loved everything on the pages. They certainly have the same taste as me.

      Thanks again. Best wishes, Don

26 February

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    Feb 26, 2012, 11.15 AMby Ruffles Gazebo

    wow small world. i just stumbled upon you tagged in a gallery serpentines picture. Didnt realise you did jewellery. I was in there the other day and now that i think of it must of picked up a few of your pieces! that makes me strangely happy that i stumbeled upon an internet buddy in real life!

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      Feb 26, 2012, 10.52 PMby urbandon

      That’s so cool! Yes, I make a little bit of jewellery-Serpentine is good to me. I live just up the road from there.

      Hope you are well, Don

12 February

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    Feb 12, 2012, 06.52 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Congratulations on the shops, your stuff is so cool it should fly out the doors!

21 January

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    Jan 21, 2012, 08.08 PMby cantare

    Your status post from the 15th—totally agree! This is a community to uplift and aid, not tear down and hurt. Thanks, Urbandon! Hope life is going well on the other side of the world!

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      Jan 22, 2012, 12.44 AMby urbandon

      Thanks so much. We don’t usually see negative comments here but after receiving one I had to pounce on them like an angry lion.

      Best wishes, Don

12 January

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    Jan 12, 2012, 07.03 PMby Misstristras

    I bought the drape drape japanese book Vol 1, 2 and 3 and I was looking for some tutorials by internet …and you appeared. Love your clothes!!!

17 December

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    Dec 17, 2011, 04.20 AMby KazztheSpazz

    Just checking out the Fashionary books you’ve recommended. They look brilliant, I’m proceeding to check out now. Thanks Don.

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      Dec 18, 2011, 06.40 AMby urbandon

      Kazz(a) , someone with brains! May they be your new favourite toy!

8 December

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    Dec 8, 2011, 08.43 AMby loulourosa

    Thank you for the info, I hope my fabric isn’t damaged allready, it’s such a delicate wool,…

1 December

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    Dec 1, 2011, 05.35 PMby olac

    LOVE your work, man! Men’s fashion has been stuck in a rut for decades, so thank you for shaking things up. I see you draft your own patterns – care to share? I would love to adapt some of these for myself – if that would be OK with you?

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      Dec 1, 2011, 10.08 PMby urbandon

      Thanks so much. AS I sell most of my designs I dont think it appropriate to distribute my patterns. Check out Metric Pattern Cutting for Men by Winifred Aldrich.- its a great place to create blocks.

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      Dec 4, 2011, 04.06 PMby olac

      I don’t sell my stuff, most I do is do stuff for friends, for free… Plus I am in Joburg, u r in Sydney – we are harldy in competition with each other. :-) So if you change your mind about sharing ur talents… olac@telkomsa.net

3 November

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    Nov 3, 2011, 04.04 PMby dottty

    Its getting back in the swing that will keep your good memories safe jj:)x

18 October

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    Oct 18, 2011, 01.27 AMby Tracey McGowan Wirth

    I’m so sorry to hear about your dog. We lost our lab about a year ago and I still can’t bring myself to clean her nose smudges off the inside of my station wagon windows. So sad for you and so sorry….

15 October

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    Oct 15, 2011, 09.10 PMby Sara Moskovitz

    Urbandon, One dog lover to another, I just wanted to say how sorry I am for your loss… I hope you are taking all the time you need to grieve and remember wonderful memories.

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