Changes at BurdaStyle in 2009

Dear BurdaStylers,

Happy New Year! We hope all of you had a beautiful holiday season. We at BurdaStyle are excited for another great year and want to let you all know what we have planned for 2009.

In just a couple of weeks, BurdaStyle turns two years old! In that time, BurdaStyle has done a lot of growing: we are over 150,000 members strong, and we have over 160 open-source, copyright-free patterns in our database. Not to mention the rest of knowledge and inspiration available on BurdaStyle in the form of how tos, forums, and creations. Now, with our robust and wonderful community and a deep database in place, BurdaStyle enters a new phase, which includes becoming a self-sustainable business and launching a new and improved website.

As part of our plan to grow BurdaStyle and to better serve our members we will need to start charging for some of our patterns. BurdaStyle patterns developed from contest winners will still be free, as will some popular basics and smaller projects. Patterns uploaded by members will still be free, as will all the other areas of our website. Of course, everything will still be open-source, which means copyright-free, and therefore available for alteration and replication, and open for you to base a business on.

Currently, we are working on a major site redesign, which will launch late Spring. The new site offers much increased functionality, including a step-by-step project interface, which will allow you to see who is working on what, and what problems and hints other members have. The new site will also offer members the opportunity to sell their own patterns.

Thank you, in advance, for all of your continued support and understanding. We are committed to bringing you the best and only open-source sewing website around, and we want BurdaStyle to keep getting stronger and better. We look forward to an exciting New Year, with all it’s challenges and victories!

Sincerely,
The BurdaStyle Team

New Year's Sewing Resolutions for 2009

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After the whir of the holidays and finally getting all the presents made I have turned my eyes to the future, and by the future, I mean the New Year. It’s a great time to start a new, turn over a new leaf and stick to your resolutions, as hard as that may be.

After a year of working here at BurdaStyle, I have decided to actually make more of what I wear. Though there have been missteps (my first 100,000 member T shirt is still kicking around the office) I have learned from them, and am making the pledge to make more and buy less for 2009.

What are your sewing resolutions?

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Dress up your New Year's!

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Need to get snazzy for New Years Eve? Check out these quick and easy projects to dress up your get up:

Make a Fascinator

Fabric Origami

Bow Tie

Mock Tuxedo Bib

Ruffled Party Necklace

Shawl

Osman Tie

Make Silk Flowers

Quick Party Skirt

Make Applique Flower Pillows

BurdaStyle Sample Sale!

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That’s right, after 2 years we have too many beautiful creations for our little clothing racks. Been eying the Amin zip up? How about the Yellow Sidonie variation? Well now you can own them! Just check out our Etsy shop to buy your very own BurdaStyle samples! We are also selling our very own bow tie kits, they contain everything you need to make a bow tie for that special person or give the kit to someone crafty so they can make it themselves!

New Feature: Slide Shows!

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We have great news! For one, as some of you may know, we are working on a new site design, and that is only some months away (3-4 months to be exact). Better news is that we have a little preview in form of a new feature: slide shows!

Amongst those photo albums you will find featured members and their sewing rooms and a little peak at the remaining patterns in Collection 8. Check out all the albums and come back for new albums every week!

oh, and, don’t forget to let us know what you think, leave a comment below!

BurdaStyle at the Bust Holiday Craftacular!

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BurdaStyle will be at the 2008 Bust Holiday Craftacular in New York City! Over 200 unique crafters from across the country will be coming together for this day of fun and shopping. BurdaStyle will be there, spreading the word and selling our new bow tie kits! The kit comes in a variety of fabrics and with pretty much everything you would need to make it!

Where: The Metropolitan Pavilion (125 West 18th street, NYC)
When: This Sunday, December 14th 10:00am – 7:30pm

Sew and Help: BurdaStyle is Teaming Up with the American Cancer Society!

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We are asking out members and friends to donate a handmade bow ties to be auctioned off at the ACS Pink and Black Tie Gala on May 7th 2009.

Want to help?
Download the David Bow Tie pattern
Sew it up in pink and/or black fabric and send it to us here at BurdaStyle by May 4th 2009.

BurdaStyle
325 Gold st
Suite 201
Brooklyn, NY. 11201

If you would like to include a personal story with your bow tie you are more than welcome to. Write it on a note card, that way, whoever wears your bow tie will know the story behind it.

We are so excited to be helping out with this great cause and we are very happy that our members can be involved.

BurdaStyle on Shop Live on Etsy tonight!

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Tonight I will be co-hosting the Shop Live event on Etsy at 7pm EST. We will be helping you navigate the world of fashion on Etsy. Just go to the Virtual Labs at 7pm and check out our picks. For more information visit The Storque. See you at 7!

BurdaStyle meets Karl Lagerfeld at Bambi

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Nora and Benedikta just had the opportunity to attend Bambi (the German awards show which combines elements of the Oscars, Grammys, Fashion Week and the Emmys). We got to design their amazing BurdaStyle Couture gowns (which will be available on the site in the spring) in house, everyone in the office contributed to these creations. While they were at Bambi, they had the great fortune of being able to meet and talk with Karl Lagerfeld, hopefully we will be able to do something with in the future. BurdaStyle was so grateful to be part of this event and is looking forward to future opportunities. To see photos from the event please visit our flickr page.

"Poster Boy" Jeffrey Spreads Sewing in the Men's World

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Our very own Jeffrey is in this issue of MixTape Zine. He talks about the importance of men sewing and the shift of classic “women’s work” to a more gender-neutral status. It is a great read, and this combined with the other fabulous articles make MixTape the wonderful zine that it is. Check it out and get your own copy

$5 Off Venus Zine Subscription for BurdaStylers!

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So Venus Zine has made an awesome, exclusive offer for BurdaStyle members, $5 off 1-year Venus Zine subscription! Go to venuszine.com/subscribe and enter “Burda08” as promo code at check out. Offer valid until December 30, 2008.

New BurdaStyle Member Pattern

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As you all know, we asked you to nominate other member’s creations to be turned into BurdaStyle patterns. You spoke we listened, after so many great entries, MadisonAF23’s Kangaroo Pocket Dress was the favorite and it will be turned into a BurdaStyle pattern. Thank you for all who submitted, your choices were fantastic. Congratulations to MadisonAF23!

Thanks Schickchick!

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To show us her appreciation, Schickchick sent us two of her amazing bags. It was such a sweet, generous gesture and we were very touched by it. In the picture above, you can see each of us holding our favorite bag. Thank you so much Schickchick! To get your own bag like this and much more, visit her Etsy store: Shades of Gray. Thanks again, you made our day!

Holiday Gift Ideas!

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It’s time to start thinking of the holidays, all the food, family and traditions. We have taken the Handmade Pledge this year, which if you aren’t familiar with it, it is a pledge to buy handmade during the holidays and request others get you handmade gifts. It’s pretty cool. We have compiled a list of simple gifts. You are sure to find something for everyone here!

We will be adding to the list each week, You can also easily spot the gift ideas by the little present icon in the corner of the technical drawing on the pattern list.

Patterns

Holiday 2008

Lynne Shawl

Night Gown

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Bow Tie

Hat and Mittens

Quick and Easy

Daisy Bib

Tory Wall Organizer

Layla Oven Mitts

Layla Apron

Sabine Pillow

Charlie Bag

Carolina Toiletry Bag

Alice

Marcel Sleeping Mask

A Bit More Advanced

Allie Robe

Thai Fishermen Pants There is also a How To to help you out

Corinne Yoga Pants

Pete T-shirt

Osman Tie


How Tos

Silk Flowers can be used to make a brooch or on hairpin or on a necklace etc

Ruffled Party Necklace

Fabric Scrap Quilt

Scrunchies

Make a Fascinator

Fancy Towels

Doggie Jacket

Fabric Origami

Hope that helps! We will continue adding to the list up till the holidays so keep checking back!

Watch the Video of Our 100,000 Member Open Studio Party

A few weeks ago we celebrated our 100,000th member party here in our Brooklyn studio. Members, friends, and partners all came and celebrated till late! See what went on, check out our cake and listen to what people say about us!

Video editing by Gabriella Kessler
Music by Les Gadjos

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