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


View BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs in a larger map

[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!

Start a Local BurdaStyle Sewing Club!

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[Updated 7/1/2011 – For information on how to start a club or connect with one of your own, please visit this dedicated blog post.

Badges to promote your BSC can now be found directly on site. Download them here.]

Several members have expressed the wish to meet with other sewing enthusiasts near them. So we thought it would be great to help initiate BurdaStyle Sewing Clubs!

A BurdaStyle Sewing Club (BSC) is a group that meets regularly to discuss sewing related issues. Each one is uniquely tailored to fit its members, and each leader is given control over what is discussed, taught and created.

Find all your Sewing and Pattern Making Supplies at the New BurdaStyle Store

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As some of you may have noticed, last week we launched an online store. In our new online store, we compiled tons of helpful products, books, and fabric . The store was designed keeping all skill levels in mind. Pick up helpful notions, check out our pattern making supplies and browse our reference library to further your techniques, all at the new BurdaStyle Store.

When the Ruff gets Romantic

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Hey everyone,

This week MerryK’s post is taking a brief hiatus (don’t worry she will be back next week) but we are still bringing you a history of fashion inspired blog piece, written by our awesome intern Rachel

It’s no secret that fashion repeats itself; rarely are trends and styles born unique and completely free of historical reference. How apparent the particular influence the past has on renewed fashion varies from trend to trend and often can go unnoticed. But many times a style is revived that can be dated back to its very invention.

Although in today’s industry, womenswear generally reigns high above menswear, there was a time when the two were equal, a time when menswear was just as risky and just as forward, a time when lace and ruffles served as symbols of a fashion savvy man. This attitude, however, dates back centuries ago.

During the late mid-sixteenth century, the ruff was developed in western Europe and soon became a wide-spread necessity. To this day it serves as one of the most recognizable details of the period. Although both men and women eventually wore the ruff, it was made popular by men, which can be said by much historical fashion. As all fashion is developed, the trendy form of the ruff was a result of a purely functional garment. It began as a way to protect a mans doublet, which can most be associated with a modern day mens jacket, from becoming dirty since washing these elaborate garments was extremely rare and often impossible. It started as a small removable ruffle controlled by a drawstring around the neck of a man’s shirt that itself could be changed and washed. As time went on, it evolved into a style, later becoming a completely separate garment that ruled the fashion scene. At it’s peak, the ruff could extend a completely impractical foot or more from the wearer’s neck. As all trends do, they continue to the extreme and then cycle in the other direction or disappear altogether. It seemed to fall out of fashion by the end of the sixteenth century and was pretty much absent by the mid-seventeenth.

Since then, a ruffled neckline may have made a comeback or two but one only needs to scan the runway to arrive at the conclusion that these updated versions of a historically menswear style is an important must have for the coming seasons. Although this style has become decidedly feminine and romantic and only the bravest of men would sport such a look today, historical menswear continues to inspire modern fashion and will forever serve as a reference for the best kind of trend innovation.

Check out our mock ruff

Video: How a Dress Form is Made

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Ever wondered how a professional dress form is produced? Have a look at this great video on the Science Channel – How It’s Made: Dress Form. Thank you wzrdreams for posting this on Facebook! Click here to start watching.

More Bow Ties Coming In!

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You gals rock! In the last two days we got 4, yes 4 bow ties! We got three awesome pink ones from Fatmouse in Biloxi, MS: one in Burlap, one in Seersucker and one in Elvis Print. We also got a wonderfully soft black bow tie made from bamboo by mecb in Portland. Keep up the great work!

Learn about our pledge of 150 bow ties to the American Cancer Society and send your own in your own by May 4th!

Get everything you need for a bow tie right here!

Button It Up!

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Do you have a pile of buttons? I know that I have a jar of beautiful vintage buttons just sitting there to be admired. Unfortunately they have been in the jar for the past 3 decades and I just can’t find uses for all of them. Fortunately, Susan Beal’s new book, Button It Up is out, with over 80 projects for all of us button lovers.

You Decided, New Plus Size Sewing Pattern: Paola

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We asked you which you preferred and the answer was pretty clear: Paola! We are working on drafting up a pattern and addressing the bust fit concerns. Thanks for all your feedback, you can look for this in the Fall/Winter 09 collection!

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