SORRY FOR THE SPAM

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Hi Everybody,

We are SO SO SORRY! You might have received email notifications that informed you that you received a comment on your creation, which, when you clicked on the link turned out to be SPAM! That said you might have gotten also a message to your BurdaStyle account. We have been fighting the spam and hopefully will end the battle next week, including the Spam underneath your creations!! WE ARE SO EMBARASSED and horribly sorry. Please bare with us.

Good news is, once this is fixed there won’t be any spam anymore EVER , and you will finally receive a notification whenever somebody leaves a real comment underneath your wonderful creation!

In shock,
Your BurdaStyle Team

Trick or Treat on BurdaStyle

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Post your costumes and get a treat!

The upcoming months hold the first major holidays BurdaStyle gets to celebrate with you, and we are so excited. We’ve got lots of great patterns for you to make magnificent gifts for your friends and family. We will also post more patterns for the perfect Holiday outfits, in addition to the Shari and Cate dresses. So not only are you giving the best handmade gifts, but you will also be the best dressed- whether you are cooking or simply eating the big dinners!

To start the Holiday season off, we are going to get all dressed up for Halloween! Our friends and neighbors, Etsy and MAKE: Magazine, are having a big crafty Halloween party and we are hoping to make some extraordinary costumes! And we want you to as well! Trick or Treat at BurdaStyle.com by posting your Halloween costumes as creations under the costumes category and we will send our favorite 10 costumes some spooky (and probably sewing-related) treats!

Dogs Can Look Even Better

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The BurdaStyle team says congratulations to their friends in Germany who launched today Hallo Hund, a fun and informative community all about dogs. As a gift for the launch (we know how stressful that is!) we prepared an awesome dog vest How To, elegantly worn by Daisy. So, dress your dog in style!

Oktoberfest!

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“Are people really wearing that?” is one of the most common questions when it comes to the ‘Dirndl’ and the ‘Lederhosn’, traditional costumes in Bavaria that are still worn by all generations on festive occasions. “Yes we are!” And ‘we’ includes Bavarians (Benedikta) as well as ‘Zugezogene’ (people who moved to Bavaria, like me). And the best time to prove this is the ‘fifth season’ of the year: The Oktoberfest.

And although most dresses and pants look the same, the expert’s eye will quickly detect the authenticity and quality of dress and pants. The latter ones are most respected if made out of real deer leather – and best-case scenario, inherited from the great grandfather. New ones can cost up to several thousand Euros. No wonder that the cheaper goat or cow version is happily bought for a few hundred or second hand.

The Dirndl is an even more difficult subject matter, and opinions about what’s authentic and what modern elements go beyond the scope are crucial to some, and practically invisible to others. Some believe short Dirndls are sacrilegious and that black ones can only be worn by elderlies or in mourning. Another issue of dispute: The corset. To tie or not to tie is the question here, and zippers are often frowned upon.

We went last week to the Wiesn (how Oktoberfest is called by the locals) and took some pictures for you, so you can study what Dirndl you like yourself!

And of course there are also some BurdaStyle members who just make their traditional clothes themselves! Check out the beautiful Dirndl of Kihli.

BurdaStyle at Chicago Renegade Craft Fair

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We just returned from our first field day – the Renegade Craft Fair in Chicago!

Thank you Chicago for making our visit so pleasant (everyone is so friendly there!) and thank you Renegade, for the great organization!

Besides talking to people about our site and giving away our new little pins, measurement- and postcards we used our time to see what’s the DIY fashion up to – you can see that in Benedikta’s Renegade collage above!

We also met Erin McKean from A Dress A Day, our beloved vintage blog. And we can let you in on a secret: Erin will start in October to write a column on BurdaStyle about trends and elements of vintage clothing in the 20th century! As a lexicographer, she also has got some exciting ideas for our Sewpedia, so stay tuned! You see her in the picture with a grey cardigan and a self made dress amidst our team.

We made friends with sublime stitching and checked out the booth of Venus who put up a contest where you can win sewing machines!

Benedikta bought a wonderful bag from our sweet neighbor Hoibo (see her and Todd’s picture above), I got crazy over letter press stationary, found some beautiful cards from the golden hen press and fell in love with a the post card machine, a girl that sat in a tent talking through a microphone pulling in money and giving out self made post cards.

And for all of you that couldn’t join us and got some goodies – here is a little contest: The first ten who guess what Nayantara is wearing (which BurdaStyle dress and which BurdaStyle top?) will get a package with BurdaStyle give aways: The ultimate BurdaStyle personal measurement card, postcards and lots of (pin) buttons with fun sewing motives!

We're Featured in Etsy's new DIY venture 'The Storque'

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Check out Etsy’s fantastic new online magazine The Storque! A wonderful mixture of news, reviews, videos, event infos and how tos! Check out the BurdaStyle contribution here.

Congrats, Etsy, for this great new DIY platform!

The Storque

Jane Altered to Fit Pregnancy!

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This week’s challenge of altering the Jane pattern was relatively easy except for the fact that I have serious baby brain at the moment! I lowered the waistband on the front of the shorts so they would fit nicely under my bump. This worked well except I think my butt is growing along with my bump, argh! Next time I’ll need to make a few sizes bigger for room for growth I think. The top was easy to make, I split the front piece in two under the bust where the elastic should go and added an inch to each piece for folding. I folded each piece under and stitched then once the top was sewn together with the pieces overlapping I added poppers to fasten. Unfortunately I forgot to add extra fabric around the front for my expanding bump, I knew before cutting I needed to do this but my baby brain took over for a little while. I also overlapped the front pieces the wrong way so I ended up with the bottom overlapping the top. Other than these baby brain moments I’m really happy with how these pajamas turned out, I know exactly what to do and what not to next time and there WILL be a next time. These pajamas are going to be perfect for the hot Melbourne summer so I plan on making at least a few more and I’ll look fabulous on the maternity ward too! I need a dressing gown and slippers to match and of course Carolina for my toiletries and maybe I should trim a towel too. I used some fabric I found in the thrift store last week to make this pair which drapes nicely, but I’m considering using a lightweight cotton for future Jane pajamas.

Now it’s onto Idit. Hopefully my regular brain will take over this week and I won’t forget anything. Like I said last week I plan to alter it by adding extra fabric to the front making it longer and wider to accommodate my bump. I’ll also have the front wrap over more maybe by adding more fabric and having it meet at the bust. I’m also considering adding a hood. Do you have any ideas for how to make these alterations?

After Idit I’m going to try a few alterations of Linda. I think this skirt has a lot of potential as a maternity skirt and could be altered in a number of ways such as a stretchy knit waistband or an under the bump waistband. Do you have any other ideas? It will look cute in summery fabrics and will keep me cool but covered from the sun. I have a couple of cute vintage tablecloths that would look great used with this pattern.

The Susan sew along finishes today so if you’re taking part make sure you upload a picture of your finished garment. I, of course, am totally behind and have not yet finished my version. I’ll be uploading it in the next day or so. We’re also taking suggestions for the next sew along which I will be announcing tomorrow so if you would like to take part get yourself over there now and let me know what you would like to make, I’ll choose the most popular.

Steffi Altered - Take 2

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I had it easy this week. I made another alteration of the Steffi jacket. I used the same muslin I made for my first alteration and drew onto the muslin with a pencil, I cropped it into a bolero between the bust and waist and left off the collar. I then cut the alterations and marked them onto the paper pattern, you will see them in my how-to marked in orange. This was so easy to make, I used some recycled denim fabric for the outside and some new apple fabric for the lining that I just couldn’t resist buying last week (slap on the wrist for me!).

I basically made the jacket as I did with my first version but without the collar and facings, I then made the lining in the same way except i rounded off the sleeves at the top and gathered them rather than adding the pleats. I then put the two jackets together right sides facing and sewed around the edge leaving a gap at the back hem. I turned it right sides out, pressed the seams and topstitched. I then stitched the sleeves, which I made shorter this time, and folded them to add a cuff which shows off the apple fabric nicely. I added a cute vintage red button from my stash to the front for closure and that’s it, so simple but a great result.

Next up is Jane. I was thinking of altering the top so it was like a nursing bra with the flip down bust that clips onto the strap but Westupen suggested that I split the front under the bust and add poppers to fasten in place. This seems like a much simpler alteration so this is what I’ll be doing along with the alteration to the front of the shorts.

My next challenge is to make Idit and alter it to accommodate my bump by making it longer and wider if need be. I’ll also have the front wrap over more maybe by adding more fabric and having it meet at the bust. I’d also like to add a hood as is suggested in the comments on the creation page.

Any suggestions or thoughts? Please leave a comment below.

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Time to say goodbye

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Today is a sad day at BurdaStyle headquarters in downtown Brooklyn. Our talented and much loved intern Janina Lermer is spending her last day with us, before returning back home to finish her graphic design studies. Janina is responsible for the addition of uncountable stars and other design elements to blogposts, newsletters, banners, buttons and so on. Her style in design and fashion has been a great source of inspiration (she made me the coolest earrings out of guitarpics). We will miss her curiosity and openness, which brought her to us in the first place:

It was early July when Nora was biking around with friends in Williamsburg on her new royal blue bike, when she noticed a girl photographing graffiti on the street. Nora, who LOVES getting pictures taken, asked her to take one of the three friends. That quickly lead to a conversation and an invitation to our BurdaStyle office. After that everything happened pretty quickly. Once Janina saw our fun workplace and once we got to see her incredible artwork, we realized we needed to join forces, at least for a couple of month. She switched internships and spent the last seven weeks designing away.

We are so sad that she is leaving, but we wish her the best for her future and hope she will come visit soon. A little consolation is that she left behind many illustrations for future banners and ads, which we are excited to share with you over the next month…

Sustainable sewing

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Although only two weeks old, I just have to interrupt my weekly “Wardrobe Remake” column and share a little bit of my Africa travels.

Besides of many close encounters with lots of animals such as giraffes grazing in our camp, monkeys waking us up in the morning fighting over whatever the heck etc., I was fascinated by all the different crafting skills that I encountered. One of our guides showed me on one of our trips through the forest of the Arusha National Park in Tanzania (with view at the Kilimanjaro), how clothes were sewn long before there was access to sewing needles and thread.

The most common tree here in the plains is a kind of acacia tree. The branches of this tree has long thorns to keep animals, like giraffes and others from eating all the leaves before the tree has a chance to grow big and strong. Those thorns, very sharp and strong, can easily be broken off the branch and were for their sharp points perfectly usable as needles. All one needed to do was create a little hole in the bigger end of the thorn just like an eye of a sewing needle.

Thread was made out of a palm leaf. The leaf, once folded in half would break in two and have leave in the center a thin string that could be gently pulled off the rest of the leaf. (kind of like the string on the edge of a string bean). That string was inserted into the acacia tree thorn and ready was the sewing tool.

I thought that that was so neat that I was more than tempted to bring home a little sewing kit. I had to realize though that those thorns work for a couple of days and then get pretty dry and easily breakable. Better that way, otherwise I would maybe have insisted on getting the next collection done by sewing with sustainable acacia tree thorns…

Two Patterns this Week!

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As a special treat to you, the loyal members of BurdaStyle, who have been so patient with us during our quest for a bug-free site, we offer a mid-week pattern in addition to the regular pattern posted every Monday! We saw the feedback on the Jane neglige posted earlier this week- and, well, what can we say- we love to make you happy! Since the neglige takes only a few hours to complete, we thought you all might like an additional project to try out over the weekend. We hope the Carolina Toiletry Bag will be the perfect project, since we’ve all been busy sewing dresses and tops lately. We thought an accessory would be a welcomed break!

August - The Best Month for Fabric Hunt!

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Yes, you read correctly, August is the best month for fabric hunt. Because: Everyone is traveling, the stores are empty! Benedikta and I are on the side of the travelers: And we love it, because while we are discovering new continents – Benedikta is in Africa, I will be in Italy, we always look out for new and creative fabrics. We’ll share this with you when we are back end of August.

In the meantime Nayantara and our intern Janina are alone, so have mercy when your mails are not answered right away and when your comments are left unanswered for too long…

And tell us (we are curious), where did you find your nicest and most precious piece of fabric?

Monday Night Sewing Session

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Our 4th Monday Night Sewing Session went on yesterday! It was so crowded, there were many new faces! Our member Theresa passed by to help out. A big thank you for that! In the picture you see all attendees from yesterday. From the top left: Sarah, Etsy’s lawyer, Erin, Etsy’s intern, Anna, a great filmmaker, Michelle, a real estate manager, Meg, a design assistant, Benedikta (you know her!), Alison, one of Etsy’s Journalists, Brooke, a cake decorator, me, Veronica, a political science student, and Anders, my German-Swedish friend visiting for a wedding! Oh no, where is Nayantara? She ran around the entire evening helping a great deal. We need to update the picture tomorrow…

You might miss the sewing class video at this point, but due to the site launch and our move to a couple floors down in the building plus video editing taking ages, there was simply no time. Instead, we opened a Flickr account. Check out some pictures here!

New Site Design - Bugs and Bonbons

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We got tons of feedback for the new site design – thanks! – and we are still working on fixing it. We thought it might be of use for our members if we list the main bugs (things that will still change) as well as the great bonbons, so you know what more to expect! For the coming days we will post several updates on that.

Here are a few points with which we ask you to be a little patient with us:

*Pictures in the pattern catalog are fuzzy: We will exchange the fuzzy pictures with technical drawings and all the great pictures of our clothes, full length as well as detail shots will come back. They will be listed under the creation section and will link right to the pattern section (you can download the pattern from either section)

*Recently uploaded creations do not show yet in the ‘creation’ section, we’re fixing that so every creation that is freshly uploaded will appear right away in that section

And now a Bonbon (the German word we use for goodie!):

*The member profile is soo much more flexible! You can create your own home page. Upload pictures of any sort (not creation or How To
related) as well as a banner! You can also upload Flickr and Etsy Minis! We installed a RSS feed that informs you when someone
posted a comment on your creation or in a forum thread that you are participating in. And – you can leave messages on your friend’s wall!

The picture you see in this blog entry is red swirl’s member
home, she was the first one that used our new features just a few hours after launch.

Guess what, there is more to come

*You will be able to search patterns by the amount of fabric you have lying around at home – this will work as soon as we manually managed to fill in
that information. We hope to do that soon, right now we’re fighting the major bug war, the battles (fabric amount, lining, spacing etc.) follow…

Thanks again for all your support and constructive criticism, it really helps!

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