Sneak Peek: Discussions

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Coming closer to our launch some info about the discussion section:

The Discussions section replaces the forums our current site. In the forums you were able to find answers, post questions and share your knowledge of sewing. All that will be able to happen in the discussion section as well PLUS some exciting new features that we are thrilled to share with you.

The new Discussion section houses the former help section as well. Offering the help in this format will allow you to comment on our help and ask additional questions as well as help each other out. The help topics will be clearly indicated as BurdaStyle content and will always remain at the same place in the list.

The design and outline of the Discussions section is more organized and streamlined. You will find it much easier to find exactly what you are looking for.

Once you have asked a question, people’s replies will start to come in, the freshest posts bringing the most active topics to the top of the list. You will be able to reply directly to a discussion topic or post, and replies will be visually indicated through indentation.

We are happy to announce that the long awaited “Report as Inappropriate” button will be under each new topic and individual comment. This helps us keep the quality of the forum up by eliminating spammers thereby making it a better place for all you BurdaStylers out there.

With this optimized design, conversations will flow, answers will be found quickly and questions will be answered. We are excited to see you take part in these discussions and watch you all grow as sewers because of it!

Happy Birthday Nikkishell!

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She has been with us since the beginning and we just wanted to take this opportunity to wish one of our fabulous bloggers a wonderful Happy Birthday!

Sneak Peak: Learning Section

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The fourth sneak peak is about Learning. Under this navigation point we folded the content of the original how to and sewpedia sections.

This new learning section is an optimized place to enhance your knowledge of sewing by picking up a new technique or discovering a new definition. It provides a platform for the step by step instructions of the techniques which refer directly to the terms. The filtering system is optimized for you to find easier the techniques you have been looking for.

Because How Tos associated with projects have been separated from those that are teaching a technique, this section is truly devoted to learning. When clicking through the steps on a technique, you will be able to comment on each step, which allows you to ask questions about a particular step, not just about the how to in general.

There will also be a listing of related terms on each Technique. Having the related terms will help if you aren’t sure of a definition in a technique. At the same time you can browse alphabetically for a term. The Terms, just like the sewpedia, will have a photo and definition associated with it, to help correctly illustrate the definition.

We are excited to have the Learning section, making the teaching aspect of BurdaStyle much more streamlined and user friendly.

Bow Ties Sold on Etsy for the American Cancer Society

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You all sent in so many wonderful and fabulous bow ties that everyone could hardly stop themselves from ogling over them the entire night! We are selling the wonderful remaining bow ties (a few at a time) from the Pink and Black Tie Gala on our Etsy store. All the proceeds from sales of the Bow Ties will be donated to the American Cancer Society, so buy yourself or a friend a fabulous handmade bow tie for a great cause.

Sneak Peak: Pattern Section

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Pattern Section:

Welcome to our third sneak peak of our new site. At this point we can excitedly share with you that we are at this point transferring the data from the old to the new, which means we already had the pleasure of playing with a completely functional new version of BurdaStyle. Our excitement is endless.

Today we will cover the new pattern section. The section is structurally fairly similar to our current site. However you will find immense improvements on the filter and layout. Similarly to the project section you will be able to find patterns according to Garment Type, Style, Material, Season and Difficulty. Other than the inspiring approach of the project section (even though a pattern will not exist without a project) this section is for you to browse directly for the kind of pattern you are looking for.

The detail page indicates more detailed information about the pattern. Next to the technical drawing, you see the image of the flagship project, the creation that was uploaded to represent the pattern. (Note: no pattern can be uploaded without a flagship project.) On the bottom of the page you can find what other users had made out of it, their interpretations and variations.

In our next sneak peak, we will familiarize you with the Learning section. As we get closer to Launch, we will also provide you with more information on how to prepare your data for the big move.

Stay tuned, it’s getting closer!

American Cancer Society's Pick and Black Tie Gala

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At the American Cancer Societies Pink and Black Tie Gala, we had so many bow ties that they couldn’t all fit on the table! We ended up raising $375, selling the bow ties for $25 a piece. Alden was busy tying ties all night long while Benedikta and Nora pulled people in from all across the room. Everyone was very excited to see the bow ties, even though most brought their own to the event. We rounded the night out by cutting a rug to the awesome musical stylings of the Dexter Lake Club Band. Check out our pictures of the night!

After such a great night, we would like to continue this great energy and have decided to sell the remaining Bow Ties on Etsy with all proceeds going to the American Cancer Society. Thank you for all your amazing work and creations, we are excited to continue this fundraiser through Etsy. We will let you know when we have all the bow ties listed, so you can get to shopping and promoting this good cause!

BurdaStyle is open for design submissions

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BurdaStyle is open for your design submissions!

You are the talent and we want to give you even more room to show it.

Starting immediately we will at all times accept design submissions. Any time you have a fabulous idea for a new piece, send in a sketch of the piece from the front and back as well as a technical drawing. Think about why that piece is not only a perfect design for you, but for all other members on BurdaStyle and write it up in a short essay. Make sure to mention what category you are designing for (men, women’s, women’s plus, children, accessories) and what fabrics you had in mind.

Your design will be produced into a real Burda pattern, famous for its fit! Please keep in mind, producing one pattern for our site is extremely cost and labor intensive. Each pattern will first be drafted in our studio, sewn up, optimized and redrafted until it reaches perfection, this process takes several months.

Afterward, we take it to Germany where it takes another couple of months to be made into a CAD pattern, graded, trued and set into a pattern pdf. While grading it the studio in Germany sews it up several times to make sure it works in all sizes. For each pattern, the German Team will create instructions and technical drawings.

Therefore, we have to choose carefully and select only the best and most versatile designs from your pool.

Submitting a design does not mean it will automatically be produced, we also don’t guarantee to choose any design. Drawing on our experience, we will choose only designs that are valuable for the community and catalog. No style that could be created by altering an existing pattern will be produced. We will choose designs that are unique, stylish and of interest for our members.

If BurdaStyle chooses to produce the pattern, you will get a grant of $160 dollars. A sample of your design will be made up and shot in a professional photo shoot. You will receive pictures in high resolution that you can use to for your portfolio. You will also be proudly presented as the Designer of the pattern and eternal gratitude of the community is yours.

We are looking forward to many submissions in all categories.

Email the following to submissions(at)BurdaStyle(dot)com:


  • Sketch from the front and back

  • -Technical drawing

  • -Short explanation of design’s value to the community

  • Category and recommended fabrics

Show update

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I’ve been back from the Brisbane Stitches and Craft Show for a week. I represented BurdaStyle with a booth and a daily fashion show. I spent a lot of time explaining the ins and outs of BurdaStyle to the older ladies who assumed i was selling the Burda Magazine and they left the booth armed with their postcards and a smile telling me they were off home to check out the site.

The fashion show’s were great and drew big crowds each day. Heaps of school kids on school textiles class excursions watched and got excited and i spotted some BurdaStyle members there too, in particular Caity who was very excited!

Can i tell you how lovely it is to actually see the garments for real!? I’ve fondled some of them and even tried a few on…shhh (if only i could be as tall as the girls in the picture above, i’d want to wear them on the catwalk each day too!) and am patiently waiting the patterns of some of those that are yet to be published here on the site.

Now i’m preparing for the next show in Sydney from August 19th to 23rd. I’m still looking for more volunteers to help with BurdaStyle and Wardrobe Refashion, if you are interested in helping out please email me at nikkishell@burdastyle.com

More photos of the show to come soon.

The Launch of Social Designer

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Felissimo Design House has just launched, Social Designer: Goods for the Greater Good. It is an online marketplace for designers, artists and consumers who want to make a difference. Social Designer promotes social awareness through hosting weekly rotating design competitions online. They invite all individuals to create original art and products that support meaningful causes. Through the votes from the online community and a panel of judges, a winner will be chosen and receive $2,000 and their design will be featured and sold on the Social Designer website.

Social Designer will donate from 20-50% of profits from sales to participating organizations and charities including UNESCO/Tribute 21 DREAM Centers, the American Cancer Society, Aikido International Foundation, SPCA International, Architecture for Humanity, The Edible Schoolyard, The September Concert Foundation, Kiva and 826 National.

This is a not only a great opportunity it is a great cause with great designs. Check it out!

Join a BurdaStyle Sewing Club


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[Updated 7/1/2011] There are over 260 BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs (BSCs) throughout the world, and there may be one in your neighborhood, too!

The Club Leaders are listed by State and City, or Country and City. Feel free to message the leaders to sign up for a group, discuss meeting times and find out the location. Don’t see your city listed? Learn how you can use our Meetup Everywhere platform to start your own.

For a visual depiction of just how many BSCs there are, check out our Google Maps!

How to locate the nearest BSC with Google Maps

Find your nearest BSC by entering your city and state in the Google Maps search engine. Click on the BurdaStyle Sewing Club tabs at the bottom left corner, then check the BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs category. Zoom out on the map to see just how far your nearest BSC is!

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New Sneak Peak: Projects

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Sneak Peak number two is about our first newly structured navigation point of our new platform, the “Projects” section.

This section will from now on include all finished sewing projects (currently named creations), meaning both projects that are derived from patterns and projects that are solely based on instructions. The latter is currently living in the how to section.

For that matter, at the moment we are dividing the How To section on the current site into Projects and Techniques. Techniques will be hosted under Learning, but more about that in another sneak peak. The projects data is being transitioned right now to fit the new section and we may be contacting some of you that have projects living in the current how to section, to do the same. No worries! Easy as pie.

To properly host all the necessary information for the projects, each creation has its own step by step instructions if needed. BurdaStyle’s pattern instructions will be posted here, and accessible at all times, even before pattern purchase!

The Project showcase has optimized sorting capabilities and a great filter system, which allows you to sort out projects that you can make from the projects to be inspire by. You will also have the ability to sort projects by season, material, garment type, and style making it much easier to find the projects you are looking for.

As you see, there is a lot to look forward to and please, ask questions as we go along. And don’t forget, we will help you transition slowly and be there all steps on the way.

Stitches & Craft Show Day 1

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I arrived safely in Brisbane and got straight to work setting up the booth at the show. If you’re in Brisbane i’d love to see you so stop by and visit me at stand 106 which is right next to the Service Centre as you enter the hall.

The fashion show runs at 11:30.

Sneak a Peak at the New Homepage!

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The new launch of our website is finally in sight!

Only being about a month away we wanted to start sharing with you what has been keeping us so busy.

We, along with our agency Area 17, have been working tirelessly for over a year to create the best platform all around sewing projects, patterns, techniques and most importantly, friends.

You will notice quite a few differences. First off is the new look and feel. From Nora and Benedikta’s first attempt in Web-Design we moved on to a more mature, sleek look. After all, we are almost two and a half now.

Secondly, we have optimized functionality and the overall structure of the content. We will introduce you to each evolved component of the site over the next couple of weeks. We will create awareness of every optimization and answer any questions you may have.

You will be excited, the new BurdaStyle is a breeze in finding and organizing inspiration and sewing projects.

Over the course of the following months, we are busy transferring all the content from the current site to the new platform. Meanwhile we will inform you if there is anything that needs to be done on your part to help move your existing content smoothly. However, be assured that all your content, unless specifically mentioned, will be transferred automatically by us.

Once this has been completed, the new site will be launched. Right after launch the current site will coexist with the new site for a good month so that you can take time familiarizing yourself with it. Simultaneously we want to take the time to double check all transferred content and optimize it.

Note that during the coexistence of both websites, you are free to upload new content to either of them. We strongly recommend to use the new one to ensure best results.However there will be an additional data transfer from the old site to the new one before finally switching it off.

All that is left to say is, enjoy the sneak preview and share our anticipation for the new BurdaStyle!

Brisvegas!!!

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I am excited! I’m off to Brisvegas (Brisbane, Australia) tomorrow morning to attend the Stitches and Craft Show! If you already have plans to visit make sure you stop by for a chat, if you didn’t have plans to visit then you most definitely should. Check out the Stitches and Craft Show website for details of all that will be happening including the Incubator where heaps of crafty bloggers are selling their wares, craft labs galore, and huge amount of wonderful craft supplies, fabulous displays and lots lots more!

Now, i’m off to bed, i have a 4am start and i’m hoping my cold disappears overnight, i have a very husky voice, not such a good thing when i plan to talk all week.

See you there?

Sewing Charity Night with BurdaStyle!

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You are cordially invited to attend the first-ever BurdaStyle Charity Sewing Night!

Partnering with the American Cancer Society (ACS), BurdaStyle pledged in late November to give 150 user-made bow ties for auction at the upcoming ACS Pink and Black Tie Gala, raising money for the advancement of cancer research. Many users responded enthusiastically and sent in their handcrafted creations. As usual, we were impressed by your talents and grateful for your generosity. Nonetheless, we are still in need of more bow ties to complete our goal.

Nearing the deadline date, BurdaStyle would like to host a night filled with fun sewing for a great cause! Meet the BurdaStyle team and other members as we come together to sew for a great cause. You’ll be guaranteed wonderful conversation, fantastic bow tie fun and a warm heart.
The event will be held Wednesday, April 29th from 5 to 8:30 p.m. at our Brooklyn-based studio.

Unfortunately, due to such a great response, we had to close the RSVP for this event. Nonetheless, there still are ways to participate in this fun night!

Follow the festivities through Twitter and Flickr, where we will upload each bow tie as they are completed, as well as photos of all the people involved. On Flickr, you can join our special group, where those unable to attend can post their own creations on this special night. And we would love for you to continue sending in your bow ties, as we still have a ways to go in reaching our goal of 150 bow ties for the American Cancer Society’s Pink and Black Tie Gala. Your creations would certainly bring us closer to that goal.

We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to seeing your bow ties!

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