Take BurdaStyle Shopping with You!

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We’re happy to introduce a one-size-fits-all pattern to the BurdaStyle Pattern Database, because not only will it fit you- it will fit in your bag as well! The Charlie Reusable Grocery Bag Pattern is BurdaStyle’s contribution to the movement to reduce the consumption of plastic bags- which is especially high in the United States! Do your part to help by making this bag for you, your friends, your family, your neighbors. . . anyone you know who could stand to say Bye Bye to the boring and bad plastic shopping bag! Best thing about it?!- It has a pouch inside so the bag can tuck into itself! Now you can carry it with you everywhere!

Download the pattern here! Learn how to make it by following the simple instructions in this How To and be sure to post pictures in the Creations section.

P.S. Check out this version of Charlie, specially embroidered by our friends Jenny Hart and Sublime Stitching!

NikkiShell's Print Magazine: Get the Mixtapezine!

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Who would’ve thought that our great columnist NikkiShell who’s got 2 children and one of the way, and who is such a prolific writer on Wardrobe Refashion, as well as on her blog has got time for yet another project? Well, apparently she must be sleepless in Australia!

NikkiShell and her publishing partner Justine just printed issue 3 for their DIY magazine Mixtapezine. Interested to find out 10 ways to green your wallet, or How to be more alive? Want to read reviews about eco books, learn about Crafty Lady ‘Gemma Gordon’ or become an accidental gardener?

Then order your issue here or at the Mixtapezine Etsy store. Happy reading!

FIND THE PERFECT FABRIC FOR YOUR FAVOURITE PATTERN

This is an exciting day for us and for our friends over at Mood! We finally implemented the fabric link, that will lead you guys to the fabrics that make our creations what they are. Our <a href:“http://www.burdastyle.com/creations/show/2146&gt; featured pattern of the week,<a href:”http://www.burdastyle.com/creations/show/2146&gt; the Minna Variation 2 made out of Charmeuse, is the first example for the link. When you scroll down you now find a button “buy fabric” right underneath the creation’s picture, next to the pattern download button. This button will link you over to Mood, who so kindly are working together with us to get beautiful fabrics to you. And this is only the beginning. More fabrics for more creations and hopefully lots of notions are in the coming.

Have so much fun shopping!

What’s Your New Year's Sewing Resolution?

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Being back at work after a wonderful holiday, a few things right away popped into our mind and face: Nora’s unfinished bikini (Jessica pattern from August is still flying around in the office, same with the half-finished green Vanessa skirt that she urgently needs to finish to show off the striped pleats!

And, there is still this often communicated but never materialized plan: Benedikta’s dream of yet another Talea coat.

Do you have similar skeletons in the closets, or should we say haunting ghosts in your sewing cabinet? Was all that you could think of on New Year’s to quit smoking and to loose weight? Are you in need of a useful New Year’s resolution? It seems that a lot of our members have voiced some in the forum, so we decided to make it all official:

Shout out your the BurdaStyle New Year’s Sewing Resolution 2008! Tell us right here, just comment, what will you make this year. We’ll check in a year to make sure you kept your promise:)

Let us start!

Benedikta: My New Years Sewing Resolution is to replace buying with sewing as much as I can!

Nora: My New Years Sewing Resolution is to finish the Jessica Bikini, the Vanessa skirt, and to sew a Minna dress!

And here all the resolutions from the forum:

Atmomma: My sewing resolution is to correctly make a pair of pants for myself and to make more of my kids clothes instead of buying them.

Clairelovestosew : Mine is to stop being such a fabric addict, and to use up all my existing fabric, and not always rush out to buy all new stuff when I’m on a new project. My other resolution is to not be so lazy – to edge properly, adopt a “black thread means black, not mean the darkest blue I can be bothered to find” policy, not to imagi-pin and then be annoyed when it comes out wonky. etc.

Jj: I’m with Claire for using up fabric stash. Next would be try to design and draft the pattern instead of just knocking off and using commercial pattern as is. The last would be organize the sewing stuffs and keep sewing room neatly.(not a fun project that why it came last).

Maha1965: I hope I can stop being so lazy and do more sewing and don’t take it on my nerves and enjoy it

Oonaballoona: My resolution: to pin fit my patterns before i start, and continue to fit along the way no matter how much i don’t want to take off my !@*%?! sweatshirt for the 80th time. I’m always mad at myself when i finish and then have to Frankenstein it because i was impatient.

Sunnyb64: My main one is also to use up things that I have instead of rushing out to buy more fabric all the time— especially since I have fabric that I bought for projects over a year ago and never sewed! I also want to learn how to make garments more “finished”, especially inside, and finally take the time to work on a jeans pattern enough so I can have a pair that really fits!

Happy new sewing year 2008!

Christmas Present Ideas!

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We put together a little collection of quick and easy Christmas gifts for you all so you can show off your sewing skills and creativity to your loved ones. There is plenty of room to have fun and be creative with these projects, so go nuts! If you always thought Aunt Sally should have a pair of fluffy hot pink slippers, now’s your chance. Please post your creations before you give them away so we can see how great they turned out.

You find the bib pattern here, and you learn in How To section to Make Fancy Towels and to Make a Scrunchy Hair Tie. The slippers will be posted soon….

WANTED - BurdaStylist who sews and/or sells

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The week is young, the week is hot and you will not believe your eyes should you keep reading this:
For an article Business Week wants to write about BurdaStyle we are looking for active to hyperactive BurdaStyle members using our patterns to make clothes either for themselves or to sell. Who would even think about 15 minutes of fame when your face could feature in high resolution, nationwide print?

Whether you live in the U.S., Europe, Papua New Guinea or even where the sun don’t shine, contact us immediately and no later than by Wednesday night.
Business Week will send one of their local photographers to the members selected to take pictures of you and your creations. The pictures have to be taken by the end of the week, which is why we need you to contact us as quickly as possible at answers@burdastyle.com if you want to be in the game. And we would be delighted if you would.

With Great Expectations,

The BurdaStyle team

Stairway to heaven? Highway to hell!

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One more time we hit the road to Germany, not for sausage, not for love, but in the name of BurdaStyle. In Offenburg we had the pleasure to visit the very birthplace of all Burda patterns and even the creators themselves (see above, the Burda pattern design team). We started making a film to show for once all complications and intricacies of producing patterns. Hopefully it will be finished soon to show you the incredible amount of effort and time devoted by the team there.

A different kind of adventure was the flight in the Burda helicopter. We took our seats in style (see bottom left, still happy), but a ride 90 minutes long and shakier than a snow dome in an infant’s hands were enough to eliminate any VIP feel about our existence (see bottom right, atmosphere a little strained). True, we made it to Offenburg faster than by ground transportation, but the rattling of the train on the way back never sounded so sweet.

Back in New York we are barely alive but still sewing. We can’t wait to work on the fresh patterns imported for next season and flood you with some fresh inspiration.
Conclusively, do remember to leave them choppers alone (unless your time really is money) and keep your eyes peeled for news on all fronts,

Yours truly,

Benni & Nora

BurdaStyle's Advent Calendar

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Advent, Advent, ein Lichtlein brennt…..It is the first of December and every shopwindow and radio station reminds us that the holiday season is here. Advent is a season full of traditions in Germany. The advents calendar plays an important role during that season. Since nora and I love this season and miss good old home once in a while, we decided to share the tradition with you.
Every day from the first until the 24th, we will open every day one of the little goody bags on our beautiful Christmas tree. The first user to send us the answer to our question of the day, will win the goody of the day!

Our first question is
How can you test a fabric to see if it is silk?

Send your answer to answers@burdastyle.com. The winner will be announced the following day, together with a new question and a new chance to win. For rules and regulations, see here.

OPEN CALL FOR DESIGNERS

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The darkest days of the year are upon us again. Last light leaves the sky long before we trudge home from work, and the cold of winter settles in. We bundle up, hunker down, put extra blankets on the bed. As we settle down for our long winter’s nap, instead of visions of sugarplums, let’s imagine something even more delightful and inspiring . . . SUMMER IN THE CITY!

What do we want to wear when the days get long and warm again, darlings? We want you to dream up the summer fashion forecast, design it, and share it with everyone on BurdaStyle!
Though we decided to leave Workingland and instead jump into a world a bit closer to home, we will continue to look for submissions in these three categories: Women’s Trend, Women’s Plus Size, and Men’s Basic.

We hope you might find some time over this Thanksgiving Holiday to get started, though you don’t have to rush that much because the deadline isn’t a week away this time! But be sure to have your easy to wear, stylish, and creative designs to us by December 22nd! For more information and registration information, see here.

STITCH AUSTIN - Hot DIY Fashion

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Last Saturday we went for a quick trip to Austin Texas to check out AUSTIN STITCH, which we think is the hottest DIY fashion show around, with a fun ‘Guerrilla Craft Bazaar’. During the day we ran into old and new friends: We saw our sweet member Kristen (1), who won two tickets from us, our old friends Corinne and Rob (3)from the fabulous Threadbanger (BurdaStyle was featured on Threadbanger here.), had a quick chat with the amazing organizer Jennifer Perkins (4) who heads the The Naughty Secretary Club and finally met our contest winner Melissa (5) – whose design is produced and will be shot this coming Monday in our photo shoot!

We saw Bradley Baumkirchner (2, on the left) from Project Runway and and were impressed by the artistry and creativity of the fashion show. You can see some of the wonderful designs in our picture collage! Especially spectacular were Tina Sparkles’ intricate and glittery embroidery that displayed American presidents. Also impressive were all dressed up and shy, the romantic looks of the Boudoir Queen, Ramonster and many more…

BurdaStyle featured on Mashable!

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BurdaStyle got featured as one of the Top 25 fashion sites! They put us in the category Outfit Tools (nice!) and describe us as “A site for adventurous fashionistas to try their hand at creating their own clothes with patterns, tips, a forum and more.”. Thank you! Check it out here.

Time for Turkey

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Its Turkey time!! Time to go home and spend some quality time with the fam, but more importantly time to enjoy some nice home cooked food! Who is not excited about that. We certainly are and we wanted to share that with you, by presenting you our mini cooking collection!

The BurdaStyle apron makes you look like a cooking champ, but more importantly it will keep your other pretty clothes clean, while the mittens save your hands from burns (sometimes I feel, there should be mittens to iron looking at my messed up hands). We would love to see, how you look when you cook, if you do! If you are like me, you rather hang out in the kitchen, watching others preparing wonderful dishes, but even then you may want to consider wearing an apron, all the trying may get you just as dirty as the cook!

A Working Site and Workingland Designs!

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Hello Beloved Members! We cannot begin to express how grateful we are for your patience these past few days! We ran into a catch-22 because the site crashed due to heavy traffic our server couldn’t handle, and while we were glad to have so many visits, we were totally overwrought by the problems that came with our popularity! Thankfully, we’ve got the most awesome members ever, who, though disappointed by the crash, stuck with us! We’re glad to see everyone uploading their creations again, and hope you will continue to do that as the site gets better and better!

We also want to share with you the new designs that will be featured in our Alice in Workingland Spring/Summer 08 Collections, designed by BurdaStyle Members! These submissions have successfully adapted current and future trends into clothing that fits in with BurdaStyle and the Alice in Workingland theme! Kasia26 has taken a creative approach to her submissions, by making small-scaled versions of her designs modeled by a Bratz doll! The jacket is beautiful and innovative, and the skirt flattering and trendy! Snaggletooth, had a very well thought out and beautifully illustrated submission. The top we chose for its intricacy and style. We are happy to have received all the submissions, and look forward to the next deadline, when we are sure to have even more beautiful and thoughtful submissions like these!

WE'RE FREAKING OUT!! - Update: Not so much anymore:)

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UPDATE: Everything can be uploaded now, but sometimes the site is slow…. Please be patient and continue to upload all your beautiful creations!

Dear dear BurdaStyle Members!

We appreciate nothing more than having all of you on our site! We love seeing new creations in the morning and nothing is more special then seeing members helping each other in the forum.

That makes it even worse, that we have been having so many problems with the site lately! It has been unreasonably slow, uploading creations/how tos etc. was not possible, we were not able to post any new patterns and posting in the forums was so slow that it basically was pointless. We feel horrible!. But believe us, we are working hard, together with our programming team, to clean up this mess.

Originally, this blog post was supposed to be about all the new little features that we just implemented. It was supposed to be one happy post, but essentially that is what caused the trouble.

Nevertheless here a couple of the new features:

-Right under Just Signed Up, you can see now, how many total members we are and how many members currently are online.

-The member list shows now only the members with the beautiful avatars to present especially the ones of you that are working hard on our site.

- We finally are able to manipulate the tiles and the text on the home page ourselves, which means we can constantly update them and bring you plenty more fun news at all times!

- We implemented a favicon. It may not be visible in all browsers yet, but it certainly is there!

- We changed the menu bar around a bit, to concentrate it to the most important stuff.

- The menu item that you are currently viewing is switching colors in the menu bar, so that you always know where you are!

Those are only a few of the little things that we worked on , there is a lot more little stuff, that is supposed to make your life easier, without you even noticing.

We are working already on the next badge of quick fixes, which are supposed to be released in a couple of weeks and include some nice features. More about that, once we
FIXED THIS MESS!

xoxo
The BurdaStyle Team

Winner announcement of the Halloween Challenge

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Halloween is over, Thanks giving almost here. No doubt, we are approaching the HOLIDAY SEASON!!
For that matter we wanted to urgently announce our winners of our Halloween challenge:
Winners are..

Cherylfrances with her cute little pumpkin puppy, Elinorawen with her fudgy appearance at the Visitor service, Booboobear, even though she represents the Easter bunny, won for her dedication as a teacher, who dressed up in a furry bunny costume at over 100 degrees, Stacysews because she created the cutest and most charming little zombie bride , Mirela wins, because her and her friends brought us one afternoon full of laughter with her funny horn creations, Sunnyb64 wins for the fact that she really managed to look like a beautiful fairy and isn’t that something all of us girls would like to look like, at least once in our lifes, makelikeatree wins because she’s got AWESOME style, even as a dinosaur, Howlymowly’s cutest Link from Zelda wins, no explanation needed, go see for yourself, Redemily wins bringing the white rabbit and the entire crew from Alice in Wonderland to life and last but certainly not least Elainemay, because she found an incredibly adorable way to do some recycling with her bubblewrap tutu .

Thanks so much to all of you for participating. For the ten lucky winners, keep your eyes peeled for some BurdaStyle Mail!

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