The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook


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   If you’ve ever made your own clothes, you know how empowering it can be. That awesome skirt in a fabric you adore. The blouse that fits perfectly. The one-of-a-kind dress you just knew would look cuter with a few extra details at the neck and hem. All made by you. 
   Creating fashionable, custom-fitted clothing is often much easier than you think, and in their first book, BurdaStyle—the largest community of aspiring fashion designers and style-savvy sewers—will show you how. Packed with easy-to-follow tutorials, five adaptable sewing patterns for a skirt, blouse, dress, coat, and bag, and fifteen step-by-step sewing projects, this book gives you the basic building blocks to begin sewing and the tools you need to move beyond the basics to designing and customizing your own wardrobe. 
   If you’ve never threaded a needle before, you’ll find essential information on setting up a studio, using your sewing machine and other tools, working with patterns, and getting the perfect fit. For experienced sewers, the book offer tips and tricks for mastering techniques, as well as tons of design inspiration from seventy-eight BurdaStyle members from all over the world. With its unique blend of fashion, creativity, and expert know-how, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook is the ultimate guide to sewing with style.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780307586742
Publisher: Potter/Ten Speed/Harmony/Rodale
Publication date: 11/01/2011
Pages: 208
Sales rank: 738,205
Product dimensions: 9.30(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Nora Abousteit is the cofounder of BurdaStyle. Previously she worked on the staff of Hurbert Burda and was part of the production team for the DLD conferences, as well as for several World Economic Forum events. She earned her first money by sewing as a teenager.
Alison Kelly is a fashion and jewelry designer for her label, Dahl. Alison was a contestant on the television series Project Runway (Season 3). As BurdaStyle’s creative director, she continues to fulfill her undying passion for sewing and DIY. is an all-encompassing resource for the global fashion and sewing community. Launched in 2007, the website offers copyright-free downloadable sewing patterns, step-by-step sewing tutorials, interaction with other people passionate about sewing, and much more. For more information visit

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The Burdastyle Sewing Handbook 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 13 reviews.
Sophie_Stromm More than 1 year ago
Finally! Sewing is no longer a thing of the past! I am new to sewing and saw this book online and ordered it right away because it stood out as being one of the only books with a refreshingly fashion-forward and modern take on sewing. Being a sewing novice myself, I was wary about learning to sew from a book-- but this one is special because it guides you all the way from setting up a sewing area, to threading a sewing machine, to sewing your first seam. The photos are awesome, the mood boards are beautiful and the illustrations are clean and sophisticated-- and Project Runway alum Alison Kelly designed the patterns! PLUSES: Clear and concise instructions, beautiful photography, packed with tips + tutorials, and the 5 paper patterns (included in the back of the book) are actually really cute! MINUSES: You have to trace the paper patterns onto new paper so you can add seam allowance and preserve the original pattern to use in later variations. This is time consuming but it makes sense-- you can reuse and trace the original patterns over and over again, apparently creating countless variations. Overall score: A+
Janice46 More than 1 year ago
I bought this as a Christmas gift for my daughter as she wants to learn how to sew. I was amazed. I read the book from cover to cover and learned a few tips and techniques myself. The bonus is the 5 patterns you receive with the purchase plus, 3 different ways to make each pattern. Money well spent!!!!
Earringnut More than 1 year ago
if you are a size 12 or larger this book is absolutely useless!!!!!!!!!
Sam90 More than 1 year ago
I bought this for my very hip, trendy grandma for christmas. I purchased it online but it didn't come in time for xmas. I ended up going into the store and purchasing it to give to her by xmas and figured I would return the book I ordered online once I received it. However, that never happened. The mail carrier said it got dropped off but I never received it. pretty upsetting if you ask me, since I bought the book twice and only have one to show for it. that aside, she loves the book, so if you are trying to decide whether or not purchase it, GET IT! just be careful when you order it online.
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This looks good for one of my friends she loves clothes