Forum Manager: Sew4my3

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Hi Everyone! We are so happy to introduce you to (though many of you already know her) our new forum manager: Sew4my3. You will see her around the forums Monday through Fridays, helping out and answering your questions. Without further ado, here is a little background and welcome Sew4my3!

I was born in Flint, Michigan USA in the late 60’s to hippie parents. Let’s just say creative thinking has always been a part of my life. Throughout my childhood I lived in many places, much like traveling gypsies and gaining insight into how many people live. Sewing has always been a part of my life. My grandmother, who had her own techniques for sewing, taught me to make doll clothes when I was six years old. She taught me to use the sewing machine, which I had sewn my finger right in to.

By the time I reached high school the desire to create my own clothing was strong and my parents fueled the fire by taking me to local fabric stores to purchase needed supplies. After high school, I soon married and started a family with twin girls being my first born. They were premature and required very tiny baby clothes, that either was not available or extremely expensive to purchase, so I began making their clothes. Five years later, we added a son to our family and I learned to appreciate the talent that goes into making boys clothing. Over the years I found sewing classes wherever we have lived to learn new techniques such as smocking and embroidery.

When all three of my children were in school I took the job of a pre-k teacher and was able to be at home when my children were home. Today, I live in the Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA and am still married to my high school sweetheart since 1986. My twin daughters are in college and my son is in high school. My son is also a member of BurdaStyle.com and you can check out his creations by searching for “”http://www.burdastyle.com/member/NathanL">NathanL".

I became a member of BurdaStyle to continue learning new techniques and found so much more, including a job! I am so flattered to be asked to be the “Forum Manager” and a part of the BurdaStyle team. My job is to help provide answers to questions and respond to concerns that the community has in regards to sewing and the site. Please be patient as I learn the ins and outs of my new job and I will try to provide you with the best services possible in the BurdaStyle spirit.

Happy Sewing!

Sew4my3

ANDREA ZITTEL's ‘Smockshop Berlin’

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Sprüth Magers Berlin is delighted to host Andrea Zittel’s artistic enterprise, ‘Smockshop’. This is the first time the Smockshop has set up its stall outside North America. Two artisans will work in the gallery for the first four days of the exhibition making the smocks that are available for purchase right after their production. The double wrap-around garments designed by Zittel collectively represent an aesthetically diverse yet functionally uniform body of work.

Each smock conforms to the same basic shape and form, but there is nonetheless an infinite array of colour, texture and pattern possibilities, as their method of manufacture derives from Zittel’s principle that ‘rules make us more creative’. Since it was founded in 2007, almost 300 smocks have been made by the collective. The process of making is collaborative, as each smocker is given license to interpret and rework Zittel’s designs according to their own interests and skills.

Sewing and Stitchery Expo Here We Come!

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We are busy getting everything ready for the Sewing and Stitchery Expo in Puyallup, Washington. This annual conference has over 32,000 passionate sewers, over 100 seminars a day, hands on workshops, 200 plus exhibitors…it’s going to be awesome! Stop by our booth 232, right near the food court in the Showplex or hear Nora and Benedikta speak! February 26th – March 1st from 9am -6 pm at the Puyallup Fair & Events Center. See you there!

Survey

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Hi everyone, just wanted to let you know about this opportunity, we are wondering if you would like to share your thoughts for a community research project and help us improve the site. Take this survey and enter to win a gift certificate from Amazon.com!

Fashion Students Race Against the Clock

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The Kent State University fashion students worked feverishly through 20 long hours to create a garment to be judged in a fashion show. There were many great entries and prizes, one person even won a scholarship from Coats & Clark!

Theresa Rietschlin, the winner of our prize (pictured above) will help us create a new pattern for the site. Congratulations to all that entered, we are excited to see the pattern that comes from this.

BurdaStyle featured in Jeff Jarvis' "What Would Google Do"

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We recently added number 180 to our favorites. Why? Because Jeff Jarvis, internet and media expert, mentioned BurdaStyle in his new book “What Would Google Do?” on page 180!

And this is what he writes:

…Another challenge: fashion… Just as the internet democratizes news and entertainment, it is opening up style…See also BurdaStyle.com’s open-source sewing from the German publishing empire Burda, which decided to take copyrights off its dress patterns and invite the public to use them, adapt them, create their own, and share them. The site is filled with patterns, how-tos, and discussion…

If you’re interested to learn more, we highly recommend reading Jeff’s book and his blog Buzzmachine.

Fall In Love With Sewing!

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We are encouraging everyone to fall in love with sewing with three beginner Valentine’s Day inspired projects. These quick, easy and cute gifts are perfect to make for your loved ones, friends or even yourself. Check out the projects : the Pete Valentine Variation, the Valentine’s Flower Bouquet and Valentine’s Day Cards.

Post your gifts up on the site under the “Gifts” category and we will put them all in a slide show!

This month is all about Tailoring, Outerwear, and Menswear.

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We will be delving deeper into the ins and out of Tailoring, Outerwear, and Menswear. This month we will revisit some of our past patterns and look at the variations you have all made of them. Along with these old patterns, we will have new patterns like new coats for men and women.

Kent State Design Challenge

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This weekend twenty-six fashion design students at <a href"http://www.kent.edu/index.cfm&quot;&gt;Kent State University will be competing in a “Project Runway”-type design challenge. They will have only two days to complete a garment and have it ready to be judged in a fashion show.

There are some awesome prizes being awarded to the winners, one lucky contestant will have their design turned into a pattern for BurdaStyle and one will even win a scholarship from Coats & Clark! Keep your eyes peeled, we will be putting up a slide show of the winning designs.

What do you like about the Paola Wrap Dress?

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We were so happy that you all loved last week’s Paola pattern! We would love to hear your input on this pattern, can you put your finger on what you liked about this dress? Let us know and we will try and keep it in mind for future patterns!

We Want Your Input on the Forums

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Now is the time to speak up! We have been collecting your suggestions from the forums on how they should function. We are in the midst of planning the forum on the new site and we would love your input. Please leave comments below on what you like, how to improve what you don’t like, and what functions you would like to see.

Featured Creations Slide Show!

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Check out the new Best Of slide show for the week of Jan 11-17
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Donate a Bow Tie for the American Cancer Society.

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We have set the goal of 150 Bow Ties to donate to the American Cancer Society’s Pink and Black Tie Gala. Help us reach that goal, post your comment below and pledge a bow tie or more! As the Bow Ties come in we will be adding them to our growing bow tie slide show!

First Bow Ties Recieved!

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Today we received such an exciting gift! Our first bow ties for the American Cancer Society’s Pink and Black Tie Gala came in! A big thank you to the Ivy Family! We are so glad that you have all taken on this challenge. Keep up the great work!

Want to contribute? Click here!

Changes and new opportunities

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Dear members,



Our last post has created quite a stir in the community so let us explain a bit more what BurdaStyle is, what it offers, and what the changes entail:



BURDASTYLE



BurdaStyle set out to be a community for people that love to sew or would like to learn.



We believe that supplying access for everyone to a platform where we all share our inspirations, creations and knowledge is the best way to improve your skills, get help when you’re stuck and earn reward and recognition for your hard work.



We want this community to be open to anyone and to continue to offer easy and cost-free access to all areas of the site that involve inspiration, recognition and especially exchange of knowledge.



PATTERN CHARGE



We do want to apologize if you may have felt upset by our recent changes.



We at BurdaStyle have always acted with our community in mind, which was also the case while making the decision to charge for all patterns, and feel that this is the point to give you insight into the larger picture:



Clearly our reason behind charging for ALL patterns is to create revenue, in order to produce new patterns, new content and new features and to keep the current site intact. Only charging for new patterns is not able to cover the cost for maintaining the entire content on the site.
BurdaStyle would love to offer you all patterns always for free. And clearly you, our community, feels very strong about our patterns and the resource of free patterns.



So why not join forces and work together.



Our plan has been all along to find partners that are interested in working together with us on a variety of activities such as contests, how tos, features and sponsored pattern downloads at times. If a partner chooses to sponsor a pattern we would be able to cover the cost and waive the fee for a certain amount of downloads.



We are in the talk with a fair amount of companies that showed interest in working with us.



Seeing your immense response we were thinking, what about joining forces with our most important asset, our community. What about YOU helping us find partners that are interested in engaging in activities for example sponsoring free downloads for the community



Anyone successfully creating a partnership would be rewarded with the thankful response from the community and a percentage of the partnership fee.



FEATURED MEMBER PROJECTS



Being floored by your talent and efforts creating patterns and creations we felt that you need to be included in our weekly project upload on the homepage.
From now on we will accept submissions of creations with instructions and/or patterns from which the best ones will be included in our editorial calendar and featured for one week on the most prominent spot of our homepage. Additionally these projects will have a mention in our newsletter.
Send submissions to team@BurdaStyle.com with the subject line: “Featured Project”.



MEMBER’S PATTERNS SALE



Starting with the new site members will be able to sell their own patterns.



We hope that you are looking forward to new challenges and opportunities with us.
We are looking forward to the year 2009 and many years to follow with our community!

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