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What a tech blog can teach you about sewing

May 27, 2008

One never knows what one will learn when reading a tech blog. I subscribe to Robert Scobles’ Scobelizer blog and today he was answering a reader’s question about why all the hoopla over Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, and all the new tech gadgets he reviews. The reader was asking him why he gets so excited over such things.

I liked his response. (You can read the whole post here.) What he boiled it down to, in my opinion, was this statement of his: “The real thing I’ve been doing for more than eight years now is to try to arrange my life so that I have an interesting conversation every day with someone interesting.”

Don’t we do that on our sewing blogs too? Even when we’re just talking about family stuff (health, newborns, gardening, travel, you name it) we’re having interesting conversations with people we would otherwise never have the chance to meet. The Internet is helping us to broaden our horizons, expand our knowledge, and become more interesting people ourselves. It’s a continual source of something interesting to read or talk about.

How does that relate to learning something about sewing? Well, in reading his blog, he puts a link to Burda Style, open source sewing. I’m familiar with the open source concept in my work world – OpenOffice being an open source tool for word processing, I believe to compete with Microsoft Word. Operating systems like Linux are also open source, as, I believe is WordPress. Someone will correct me if I have my technology facts wrong, I’m sure.

But I took a peek over at Burda Style. You may or may not be familiar with it, if you are a sewing enthusiast. I think I’d heard of it before, but never really checked it out. There are some weird things out there. Like these ankle spats. Huh? Now that just looks weird to me. What’s the point?


Or these Joy Slippers. How the hell do you walk in these?


But the opposite end of the odd stuff is the really cool stuff – and the patterns are free. Did y’all hear that? FREE. (Well, not all of them, but most of them.)

Like this cute Maddy top. Here is PinkHibuscus’ interpretation of it. Fabulous.


Or this cute Garbo skirt.


This Shari dress has potential, although I don’t particularly care for any of the user interpretations shown so far.


And I think this AMC dress is just darling.



My questions to you: Have you used any Burda Style patterns? What did you think of them? Which ones are your favorites? I’d love to hear what your experiences were – good or bad.

  1. May 27, 2008 8:12 am

    Burda style patterns are great, in general. They appeal to the type of people who need guidelines, but aren’t terribly obsessed with details. I would say definitely try them.

  2. Ruth permalink
    May 27, 2008 6:26 pm

    I downloaded and sewed the Lydia T-shirt from Burda Style. I was really happy with the finished shirt. Read some reviews and used a bound neckline instead of the facing the pattern called for. Very glad I did that as it looks more RTW than homemade that way. I’m still a beginner sewer and that was my first Burda pattern. I’m feeling lucky, so I’m going to try BWOF 04-2008-15 next.

  3. May 27, 2008 9:36 pm

    I don’t know much about tech stuff and I haven’t sewed since high school and the only reason I’m on Facebook is to spy on my son plus we play scrabble on it.

    But I do know I can’t wait to lose more weight so I can fit into clothes like that except for those phone cord shoes. I could see another broken ass in the future if I wore those shoes.

  4. May 28, 2008 11:37 pm

    having so many patterns available for free download, and a gallery of other people’s creations is fantastic I think. That said, cutting out the patterns from A4 paper and taping the billions of pages together is very tedious, so far I’ve only made a pair of slippers and a cosmetic bag for that reason! but there is potential there….

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