Monday, November 21, 2011

BurdaStyle Book Launch Party

I'm in New York!  When people ask me why I came to New York and I say "for a party" it sounds so extravagant and ridiculous. The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook party was last week. I made a coat which was in the book and I kept getting emails from the BurdaStyle team about the upcoming party and it was too tempting to pass up.

The book contributors were invited to go bowling with the BurdaStyle team. It was a nice way to get to know people the night before the party. Some people were definitely better bowlers than others. Hahaha. Wish I had video of that... We had a lot of laughs.... :)

The party was held in a cool bookstore in Manhattan. I got to meet and hang out with some of my favourite BurdaStyle members like AnaJan and CarotteSauvage!

There was a photo booth which was lots of fun. Here I am with Vlad and Sterling. I'm staying with Sterling in Brooklyn and he has been such a lovely host!!

With some of the book contributors and BurdaStyle people: Grace is wearing the skirt she made for the book. Jenn is a moderator on the site, David is BurdaStyle's Community Manager, Helene - aaaah this girl! An amazing ball of energy! You really cannot tell from her photos...  Nettie made a gorgeous dressAna I met last winter when I was passing through Belgrade.

And my friend Nicole came! We studied together in Budapest way back in 2006.

I read a lot of sewing blogs and follow what a lot of BurdaStyle members are creating online and this event was just such a great opportunity to meet lots of these talented people in real-life. I met some people I now consider friends.

It was a really good night, I enjoyed it a lot. Thanks BurdaStyle!

Friday, November 4, 2011

BurdaStyle Book and New York

BurdaStyle, my favourite sewing website, just released their first book! It's a sewing handbook with five patterns and lots of variations made by different BurdaStyle members from around the world. You can read more info about it here.

I submitted some sketches for two designs and they picked the coat for me to make! I was sent the pattern and some beautiful wool and I had a crazy week  last summer making a warm autumn coat for a tight deadline. And now finally the book is out!

I decided about a week ago to go to New York. I go on Monday for two weeks. I am soooooo excited!! I haven't felt this excited about something in a very long time. Flight prices weren't as high as I thought they would be so I decided to go on this trip instead of buying an overlocker.... Will have to start saving again for that when I come back :)

I can't wait to meet up with my friends there. And to see a new city! I have spent a day or two in the US on stop overs and the people I met didn't exactly make me really interested in that country (I was 17, travelling alone, and met loads of weirdos... this will be very different. Still going alone but I'm ten years older and will now be able to legally drink :)

 I am sooooo looking forward to New York!