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So, you’ve worked out your Burda size, downloaded, printed and assembled a pattern, and now it’s time to get started! But wait… is there more to this fashion sewing business than you bargained for? Fear not, the sewing community at have assembled a HUGE library of resources to help you with just about every problem you might possibly encounter on your forays into fashion sewing! Here’s our must-read articles…

How to read a sewing pattern
Helpful sequence of images explaining the different types of pattern markings. There is also a fab video explaining the pattern markings and symbols here.

How to adjust a pattern for mixed sizes
If you’re not a standard size, here’s how to adjust between two different sizes on your Burda patterns.

How to shorten or lengthen a pattern
Follow the examples below to lengthen a petite size pattern to a standard size or a standard size to a tall size.

How to cut difficult fabrics
This How To shows you how to properly, easily, flawlessly cut those difficult light and slippery fabrics, like chiffon, lining, and light silks.

How to sew french seams and flat-felled seams
Another great step sequence on how to sew the perfect seams in your garments

How to sew buttonholes
Fantastic introduction to using the automatic buttonhole feature on your sewing machine

How to interface a collar
Learn how to sew a collar properly, using interfacing on the undersides to stiffen the fabric.

How to sew ruffles
This great tutorial shows you how to sew many different types of ruffles.

We could go on and on, but advise you simply to check out the BurdaStyle Resources yourself – you are sure to find what you’re looking for and WAY more besides! What did you think of the tutorials? Let us know in the comments below!

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