Nora Goes to Novi

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This weekend Nora had barley landed in New York before she had to pick up and fly to Novi Michigan for the American Sewing Expo. There she met up with our friends Nancy and Lynn from Coats & Clark. She also ran into our friends Rob and Corrine from ThreadBanger, along with a couple of their fans Kearsten Hall and Zachary Hutchinson. ThreadBanger, along with Janome, created a very cool “Re-Construction Zone” where people were invited to upcycle old, worn out jeans into new usable objects. Great idea guys! It was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to next year.

ThreadBanger Has Their Own Sewing Machine!

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Our great friends at ThreadBanger have their own series of Janome sewing machines! How cool is that? Congrats to our good friends and their awesome new machines!

Fall Fashion Week in NYC

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Well, last week was fashion week here in the city, the high heels were clicking and the fabric was flowing.
It was my first experience with fashion week, well show’s at least, and let me tell you, it was exhilarating. Layla went to the Vera Wang show at 10 am and I met her my ticket to the Naeem Khan show at 11. Aside from getting lost behind the tent at Bryant park 5 minutes before the start of the show, it was amazing. Hikaru went to Cynthia Rowley and Benedikta went to Zac Posen. Details were in: the use of lace, woven fabric, drapes and ruffles defined the spring 2009 ready to wear collections. Most of the fabric that was chosen went one of two ways, either extra flowy or super stiff. Fashion week is very exciting and I can’t wait to see these looks next spring. Check out Style.com for pictures from all the shows.

New Alchemy Request: get paid to make the UTE shirt

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Hey everyone,
a new Alchemy request has been posted for an Ute shirt. Make a bid and good luck!

We Want Your Blogs and Sites!

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We are going to be creating a new feature on our blog. Every Saturday and Sunday we will post a members blog, site or store. What this means is if you post something cool on your blog (which I’m sure you do) and you want us to check it out send us the link and maybe you will get chosen for that week’s member blog spot. This goes for stores and sites too, we want to see what you are made of! So if you have something for us to see, send it to us at team@burdastyle.com, we will check it out and the pick the ones for that coming weekend. Have a great long weekend everyone and we will see you back here on Tuesday!

100K Open Studio Party - Check Out the Pix!

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Check out the <http://www.burdastyle.com/albums/5/images&quot;&gt;photos

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!

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