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The BUST Craftacular @ World Maker Faire is fast approaching (Sat & Sun, Sept 20 & 21!) and since we have loads of pent up excitement about it we've been chatting with some of our wonderful vendors to bide our time until then. We recently sat down with Mary Rockcastle of My Breast Friend to find out what makes her crafting tick and what keeps her being awesome. BUST: Tell us a little about yourself and your wares. What's your main goal for your business, why did you start, how would you describe your brand's personality? How did you get your name? You get the gist. Read More
The next time someone asks who you're knitting that sweater for, say your brain.  It's long been assumed that creative types like Sylvia Plath are somehow more susceptible to depression, when in fact the opposite might be true; writing poems may have been her brain's way of fighting depression.  "When we are involved in (creativity), we feel that we are living more fully than during the rest of life," says Psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi. "You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. Read More
Trigger Warning: slightly graphic imagery For the artist Eliza Bennett, her flesh is her medium; in embroidering her palm with thick threads, she hopes to explore the ways in which we view gender roles. Her hand, swollen and bruised by her own careful work, is titled “A Woman’s Work Is Never Done,” and her gruesomely precise handiwork serves to remind the viewer of the strife of women laborers, many of whom are paid far less than their male counterparts. Read More
  Are you a fantastic sewer, sewist, or seamstress on your nights and weekends? Would you rather spend 100 hours making a dress than 100 bucks buying one? Do you constantly rip apart your thrift store finds and turn them into your own unique fashion statements?  Have you created wedding dresses for friends, pants for yourself, or even costumes for Comic-Con? If so, don’t miss this opportunity to show off your skills...on TV! The Sewing Bee, an adaptation of the U.K. smash hit The Great British Sewing Bee, is beginning production for a major U.S. cable network. Read More
Detroit-born artist Ronda J. Smith makes pillows in every neat little shape you can imagine: cat pillows, camera pillows, pillows of ferris wheels... These designs were created by combining her two favorite things, photography and sewing. She takes the her photographs, prints them on fabric, and sews them into cushions. Her shop, In The Seam displays her special creations that are available for purchase. You can even request a custom print. Think about it: what would you like to lay your head on? Find In The Seam at... Read More
  Are you an aspiring fabric designer? Put your work up on Pinterest to enter Bernina's contest! The grand prize winner will receive a sick new Bernina 710 sewing machine, custom runs of the winning fabric, a chance for fabrics manufacturer Benartex to review the design, and a feature on the WeAllSew blog. Runner-up prizes will also be awarded, including two Pinterest People’s Choice Winners. Click here for Steps to Enter. DO IT. image via wa.Bernina. Read More
Finally! A straightforward tutorial on how to make one of these cute bottoms that I've always wanted but never can wear. These skirts have a great silhouette and are pretty much a spring essential. But the ones I've seen in stores are always too long or too short. As a tall, lanky lady, I wasted $50 on a short one before realizing I didn't really enjoy sitting on my bare ass in the subway. Whether you're short or tall, this guide is perfect because now you can easily alter the length to your liking. No more flaring out and revealing your ladybits to the world! Success. Read More
  Just because you’re on the beach, that doesn’t mean you need to dress like a bum. Super comfy and chic, caftans are not only the perfect bathing suit cover, but they can also be easily dressed up for a night on the town.  Making your own custom caftan is a breeze. Get a breathable, cotton fabric that’s 60" wide, and measure from your shoulder down to your desired caftan length; double this measurement, adding 1/2" for the hem. Cut the fabric to the desired length, then fold in half so right sides are touching, pin the edges together, and iron down the fold. Read More

Not Your Mom's DIY

BY Intern Kelsie in DIY

Crafting gets a bad rep. Relegated to senior citizen homes and children's day camps, admitting a penchant for crafting in your twenties elicits confusion and discomfort from your peers. Sample reaction: "But, like, why would you make something when you could buy it at Target?!" Here at BUST, though, we think half the fun (or sometimes all of the fun!) in acquiring something new comes from doing it yourself. Thanks to the hundreds of awesome DIY blogs these days, new ideas are constantly at our fingertips. Read More
Think you have out-of-this-world sewing skills? Well, no offense, but they probably are no match for the skills of the ladies who created the Apollo space suits. (Unless your hobby is to meticulously craft suits capable of withstanding space travel and landing on the moon. If so, I commend you.) The space suit was stitched together from 21 layers of different materials as varied as Teflon and Lycra, and each layer served a specific purpose. Read More