Saturday, August 2, 2008

Burdastyle: for the emerging homesewer

I meet many folks -- especially young women and teens -- who are eager to learn to make or alter clothing. Like so many Baby Boom women, I first learned to sew from my mother and a rather terrifying middle-school home ec. teacher. Then I taught myself for a few years before heading off to college and majoring in apparel design, where I picked up all kinds of new skills and information and unlearned a few bad habits. But where's the Stitch 'n Bitch for sewers? I've found one prime candidate online: Burdastyle. This site offers free downloadable patterns, photo and video how-to's, a "sewpedia" of terms and (best of all) a series of inspirational challenges and minichallenges.

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