100K Open Studio Party - Check Out the Pix!

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The studio almost burst with the amount of people that came- we had to take out furniture, even our beloved pattern table.

The room was certainly abuzz with creative energy. We had a good turn out of members: (wzrdreams, Kasia26, cmintrator, Desira_Pesta, bellamabella, motozulli, Julia) as well as tons of smart and creative people from DIY, fashion, media and the online scene.

Some of the people who have inspired us through the years joined in our celebration. Admired Esther Dyson came, Robert Kalin, founder of Etsy (who taught Benedikta and Nora Illustrator and got them on the opens source track), Etsy’s new CEO Maria Thomas – super nice and smart! – as well as tons of our Etsy friends.

We were especially happy to welcome independent designers that use BurdaStyle patterns for their line! Check out the following:

- Layla Delridge Ledthread

- Das Design Team ruffeoheartslilsnoty

- Desira Pesta Desira Pesta

And of course our sweet new addition to BurdaStyle contributor Alison Kelly (known from Project Runway, who is always wearing her beautiful line Alison Dahl) and also a young guy named Alex Yoo (founder a fun site where you can design men’s shirt online: alexander-west.com)

People were certainly having fun and celebrating all that is BurdaStyle: “Awesome party — very colorful! Burdastyle is a fantastic idea, and it’s great to see it flourishing. Viva la DIY!” says Tom Bennett of Pond5.

After Benedikta and Nora introduced team and welcomed the guests we turned up the music and danced like there was no tomorrow. As Robert Kalin from Etsy said, “The dance floor was as jumpin’ as BurdaStyle’s online community, with joy until late in the night.” Unfortunately we did remember there was a tomorrow and decided to pack it in. Though it was certainly hard to get Jeff (Hikru’s fiance) and Mike to stop (break) dancing. As everyone left they got a bag of goodies: personal measurement cards, buttons, and lollipops.

There was a lot of work that went into this party and we just want to take a minute to give the team a shout out: We all worked hard on our customized T-Shirts, playing around with Hikaru’s iconic button design. Alden organized the party with the huge help of Layla. Juniors was responsible for our big super cheese-chocolate cake, picked up by Sabsi. Tristan caught the perfect mood with the perfect music. And finally to everyone who contributed and attended the party, thank you.

There will be a video next week, stay tuned!

Check out pictures:

Antwan Duncan was our photographer and his pics really captured the moment.

And Bre Pettis took some awesome photos, as well!

Problems Purchasing Patterns

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We have noticed a slight problem with the “submit order” button while purchasing patterns. Our programmers are working hard to fix this but for the time being we ask you not to purchase any patterns until further notice. The free patterns are still available for download. Thanks for your patience!

The Quilt Scandal

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Hey everyone,
We have noticed that there has been quite a hubbub about the new quilt pattern. The reactions have been both positive and negative, either way very passionate. We at BurdaStyle are always trying to think outside the box and use new and innovative techniques. We like to invent and create new things at the risk that some are a success and some might still need some tweaking. We are glad to see that some saw it as an inspiration, using the technique to make something for their own, for the others we hope that the next pattern will be more satisfying. Thank you for all the comments both positive and negative.

4 free issues of MixTape!

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BurdaStyle Is giving away 4 copies of our very own Nikkishell’s MixTape Zine. This is a great zine full of interesting articles (as you can see from above.) The first 4 people to comment on this blog post will receive their very own copy of MixTape issue 5. Enjoy!

Back to school with BurdaStyle patterns!

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It still causes me to flinch when I hear it but, yes, it is time to think about back to school. Some of our interns have already left us, people are packing up for college, making sure they have the right pencils and note books, and that means that summer is winding down. Last week we announced our Messenger bag, which is an awesome way to make sure everything stays with you through the school day. There is also a great two part How To by milliesewly which shows another great bag for books. Fall fashions abound on BurdaStyle (the Thai pants are perfect for lounging around.) Get sewing and enjoy the fall!

New Blogger for Sewing Universe News Feed

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Hi Everyone!
I just wanted to take a moment and introduce you to the last of the newest members of out blogging team. Our new contributor to the Sewing Universe News Feed is someone you are all very familiar with. She is all around the site posting great creations and fielding all kinds of questions. May I present to you Melissa Fehr otherwise known as squirrellypoo! We are so excited to have her blogging for us from the other side of the puddle!

BurdaStyle Design Scouting: Congratulations Maryy!

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Congratulations Maryy!
Maryy is our current featured member and the winner in the BurdaStyle Design Scout contest. Her dress, hot hot Heat was chosen to be made into a BurdaStyle pattern for next spring. As many of you know, Maryy doesn’t generally use patterns but we are creating one for her…and you all. I know that I am really excited about this dress and I would like to that you all for suggesting the various user creations.

Etsy Alchemy Request

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Hey everyone,
I just wanted to bring this to your attention. Someone has posted an Alchemy request on Etsy for a Franzi vest with special button configuration. For those of you who are not familiar with Alchemy here is Etsy’s description:

Alchemy is a space on Etsy where buyers can post requests for custom items. Sellers then bid on the opportunity to make the item and win the sale. It’s your opportunity to collaborate with a crafter or artisan to get exactly what you’re seeking. Buyers can even make private requests to a specific seller within a shop.

Get out there and flex your sewing muscles!

Welcome Alison Kelly!

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As some of may have noticed, we are lucky enough to have the wonderful Alison Kelly as part of the BurdaStyle team! You know her from season 3 of Project Runway and you may know her clothing line Dahl by Alison Kelly (she has uploaded a couple of them as Creations). She is incredibly talented and we are so glad that she is with us. Alison will be poking around in the forums on a regular basis, answering questions and following up on threads. She will also be doing a regular feature on our blog each week called Upcycling. This feature will be talking about what to do with all those clothes that you just can’t seem to part with. From furniture to different styles Alison will be your guide to upcycling old fabric. Welcome around the site Alison!

We Are Nearing 100,000 Members - Let's Celebrate!

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BurdaStyle is coming close to having 100,000 members, woot! To commemorate this momentous occasion, we have decided to have a 100K open studio celebration. So all BurdaStyle members in and around the NYC area should stop by the BurdaStyle studio and join in the merry making.

We picked Wednesday 27 August 2008, 6-8 PM, so prepare for a party! RSVP by Sunday August 24th 2008 team@burdastyle.com

For all that can’t attend: Take a picture of how you and your BurdaStyle friends would celebrate our 100,000th member. Send it in to team@burdastyle and we will put together a great big BurdaStyle celebration album. Thank you all for support and enthusiasm for our site!

BurdaStyle Fashion Shoot in Craft:

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Craft Magazine Issue 8 hits the stands today! Check out our special guest appearance in the Dress Up section. We are big fans of Craft and so psyched to have an opportunity to be in it!

Be a BurdaStyle Design Scout

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This is a little different from our other contests. Instead of having you all design something new, we would like you to submit a creation which has already been made. What this means is we would like you to suggest another member’s creation (not your own) to become a BurdaStyle pattern. Go through your favorites and nominate the best of the best.

What we are looking for:

A flowy dress for the spring collection of 2009.

It must be a dress created by a member, based on either a BurdaStyle pattern or from their own imagination.

It cannot be based on any other pattern, from any other company.

It must be located on the BurdaStyle site.

You have until this Thursday, August 7th, to submit your choices to us at team@burdastyle.com. Please send us the name of the member, the name of the creation and the URL. From there, we will go through all of the submissions pick out the winner!

If you do not want your creations submitted, please write so in your profiles. If you are submitting someone’s creation, please check with that member first.

BurdaStyle got a facelift!

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That’s right, we have snazzed ourselves up just for you. The site has undergone some changes to make it smoother and more user friendly. There is now a “My Profile” button in the top bar of the page. We also have a much improved, more accessible help section located at the bottom of every page. And, you can now click on any section of the blog right from the bottom of the page. You may have also noticed that speed has improved immensely and that the bugs have nearly disappeared. Yay! There is a lot more that is different, but why would I want to spoil all the fun?? Go explore the improved site and let us know what you think!

Launch of How To Event Series at Mood

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Hey Everyone!

On Tuesday, we had our first offline event in our “How To Series” on “How to Pick the Right Fabric”. The party took place at Mood Fabrics, located in the heart of New York City’s garment district. Mood fabrics is known for providing many of America’s top designers and some of the hottest celebrities and television shows with designer fabrics. Project Runway anyone? How could we not host our event here?

With cupcakes, grapes, cheese, and not to mention yards and yards of beautiful material, we gathered a variety of people to learn how to pick out the right fabric. Benedikta and Nora welcomed together about 20 people to explore the world of BurdaStyle and Mood Fabrics. Eric Sauma, the owner, lead the group throughout the store describing all of the different types of fabrics available.
The night ended with a free yard of fabric for all who attended. Both BurdaStyle members Kasia and Somwan (JJ) got to see their creations modeled by the BurdaStyle team.

We had a wide range of people attending from Design21‘s Marissa Feiberg, Mark Wieczorek, and Tara Hohenberg, to Michelle Kempner from <a href=“http://www.craftzine.com/&gt;Craftzine, (who wrote <a href:”http://blog.craftzine.com/archive/2008/07/burdastyle_launches_how_to_ser.html&quot;&gt;this articel,
Carrol Chang from GOOD Magazine, Stephanie Redlener from The Talent Business, and even Cate Corcoran from Women’s Wear Daily. The live “How To Series” will be seen on Etsy virtual lab with special help from Danielle Malveal and Christine Domanica. Check out our photos (taken by the talented Antwan) on our Flickr account! Also a big thanks to Kyla Fullenwider for setting up the event and Wira Quesada for teaching us how to pick out our fabric after deciding on your first BurdaStyle pattern!

We look forward to seeing your creations!

Voting Begins for the Sew Along MiniChallenge

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Let the games begin!

Voting is now open for our second Sew Along MiniChallenge! The polls will be open until Tuesday, August 5th at 11:59 pm. That means you have exactly one week to pick you favorite Anda Dress Variation. Anyone may vote, even if you didn’t make your own creation. Choose only 1 creation. They are split between two questions, so if your selection is not an option in the first question, skip ahead to the second question. Please do not choose one from both.

There are some incredible submissions, congratulations to all of you who entered. To the rest of you, good luck choosing!




Vote Now!

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