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!

STITCH AUSTIN - Meet Us There!

UPDATE: We are giving away 3 pairs of free tickets for STITCH Austin! Write us to answers@burdastyle.com, the first three are the winners!

The coming weekend – Saturday, November 10th – we will be at the most exciting DIY fashion show STITCH AUSTIN, in Texas. We are sponsoring the event and would be happy to see you there. Please comment or send us and email to answers@burdastyle.com so we can meet up! Hoping to see you there…

Aenne Burda Charity - German Art Auction

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We thought to let you know that our friends from Germany are having an art auction to honor Aenne Burda and to support a tumor biology clinic and an associaton for children with cancer. The exhibition is taking in the old printing press of Burda in Offenburg, where Aenne used to live and conquered the world with her magazines. If you understand German, you can bid online via eBay here. The auction runs from Nov 1st till Nov 9th, 2007.

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.

BurdaStyle on CraftyPod!

Check out our latest interview by Sister Diane on the excellent CraftyPod!

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…

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