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BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook, The [Hardcover-spiral]

Nora Abousteit , Alison Kelly , editors of BurdaStyle
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Book Description

7 Jan 2012
The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook is the most comprehensive, hip, and creative guide to learning to sew clothes with style. With more than 430,000 members around the world, BurdaStyle is the largest online community of sewing enthusiasts, fashion designers, and DIYers. BurdaStyle celebrates this vibrant, global community as they teach readers everything they need to know to design and sew an entire wardrobe of fashion-forward looks using the five fully customisable sewing patterns enclosed with the book. Filled with gorgeous photography, step-by-step instruction, and contributions by 78 designers from 22 countries, The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook will be the go-to guide for every fashion sewer.

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Product details

  • Hardcover-spiral: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Potter Craft; 1 Spi edition (7 Jan 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 030758674X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307586742
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 9.3 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 246,897 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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""The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook"...sits at the other end of the sewing spectrum, providing inspiration for clothing designers and experienced sewers. BurdaStyle is a website for the fashion-oriented." --Associated Press

"A great new resource that is absolutely overflowing with information and inspiration."

About the Author

Nora Abousteit is the co-founder of BurdaStyle. Previously she worked on the staff of Hurbert Burda and was part of the production team for the DLD conferences in 2005 and 2006, as well as for several World Economic Forum, cultural, knowledge-transfer and networking events.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not so great for plus sized sewers 16 Feb 2012
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I bought this book as I am a reasonably accomplished sewer of bags, skirtds and children's clothing but have never yet managed to make myself a dress or a blouse.
Firstly, let me say that the book is beautifully laid out and gorgeous to look at. Seeing photographs of other people's projects is always inspiring and some of the pieces featured here are stunning. Fully traceable patterns are included in a neat pocket at the back of the book and the instructions for each pattern and the featured variants appear to be clear and easy to follow.

My big complaint with the book is about sizing and lack of information on how to go about altering the patterns for those of us who are larger sized.
I bought the book hoping to actually be able to make some of the beautiful items within it. Sadly that won't be possible for me because my measurements fall outside the range in the book, which only goes up to a 41 inch bust. The book doesn't contain any mention of how to do things like a full bust alteration (or even a small bust alteration, not ignore those on the opposite end of the bust spectrum!) It does mention that altering the size of patterns is possible but doesn't have any real information on how to go about doing that.

It also states in the section on measuring that you should choose a pattern based on your full bust measurement in order to get a good fit around the neck and shoulders but for many women this is simply not the case, especially if like me you have a 6 or 7 inch difference between your full and high bust measurements, or a back which is much smaller than your front.

I think this book is beautiful. I think if you fall within the specified measurement chart and don't need to substantially alter the patterns then this book will be a delight to you. But if, like me, you don't fit those parameters, it might be best to look elsewhere.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Useful but not as comprehensive as expected. 1 Mar 2012
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I was very excited about this book, due to the vast amounts of variations it seemed to offer, so was very disappointed to discover that it only contained a handful of "patterns" or "projects". The patterns contained aren't the prettiest (but of course, this is subjective).

I much prefer the variations everyone else has made on the initial patterns but there were no instructions on any of these, or how to go about making variations that I saw. Which was a bit disappointing.

As a relatively new seamstress, I wanted more guidance and I feel this book promises more than what it actually has to offer. I bought the perfect pattern making book alongside this and that seems to be a lot more informative on a basic level but also helps you to create patterns and adapt them at will.

Overall, I didn't find this book inspirational or much of a guide. But it would be harsh to say it was completely useless...To me a good sewing book, should not only guide you along the process but inspire you to create and unfortunately I felt like this book didn't do either well.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sparked my creativity! 9 July 2012
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I bought this book with a bit of trepidation that it would be another sewing book with gorgeous pictures but not a lot of content that I can take away from it. This book proved me wrong. I loved the basic patterns you got with it and the demonstrations of how you can update them. It really got me thnking about how I can alter an outfit I sew when sometimes I get lazy and follow a pattern word for word. Great book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Burda 27 Feb 2013
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All the patterns are in here, there is also loads of inspriation for each project, would suit both beginners and advance sewers alike. As with all burda patterns the sizes are good.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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eventhough the designs are not to die for, it is a useful book.

I made some modification to one of the skirts and mixed it with the pattern of another top that I had and I got a very beautiful dress.

The tips in the book are really good and easy to follow.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good basic designs 11 Feb 2012
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The Burda pattern book contains good basic patterns that are easily adaptable to create your own designs. Clear instructions on how to create and adapt each pattern. There is a basic tunic / top design, coat, skirt and bag.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Hummmmmmmmm, it's just useless 30 Jan 2014
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I am not sure whether it is useful at all for those who never touched a sewing machine, but for those who have it's pretty useless. It does not teach much, the visuals are not too good either. It's a lot of text - it should be something easy to look at when doing. The plans provided are so uninteresting. What can i say, a total disappointment.
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5.0 out of 5 stars fab 14 Jan 2014
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I have coverted this book a while and with my Christmas voucher I had to have it. It lives up to expectations. Some beginners may find the thought of pattern tracing and so daunting, but stick with it and you will be rewarded.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars So many ideas
You can also change the patterns and it it your own. They are already giving you lots of Ideas. I love everything that Burda does and buy their magazine every month.
Published 5 months ago by Emmy Bissett
5.0 out of 5 stars great patterns
great patterns easy to adapt to make something different or in your own style. A very good range of items.
Published 5 months ago by Mrs J D Maynard
5.0 out of 5 stars just what i wanted and the online preview helped me to decide to buy...
just what I wanted and the online preview helped me to decide to buy it as I could see what it was like inside
Published 5 months ago by Keith Maynard
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice
I couldn't wait to get my hands on this book as everyone on the sewing blogs was raving about it. It's a good starting point for the novice or slightly experienced sewer, with the... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Polly Peirce
4.0 out of 5 stars tips for making various dresses
some patterns are ok, but if you have a little bit of desire making dresses your way.. I think you'll be a maneken in yr area
Published 12 months ago by Yolanda
1.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected
very limited information; it is not good if you want detail information. Examples are very bad and limited; There are better books out there.
Published on 17 April 2012 by Barclays
4.0 out of 5 stars very versatile
I'm very happy with what this book has to offer. The patterns are easily adjustable and mean that you get more out of it and the modern designs are very appealing. Read more
Published on 5 April 2012 by C. Haddrell
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