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Appliqued Flower Pillows

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Hello everyone in BurdaStyle land!
Today we have an awesome how to for you! We are teaching you how to create awesome appliquéd flower pillows; these can be seen all over the Sadie dress variation. These are an easy, fun way to dress up any piece of clothing you have lying around the house. Old jeans with a big hole? Now it has an awesome appliqué. Old pillow with a stain… appliqué. You get the point. We are not the first to do how tos on this, Mirela made this how to cutout applique for sheer fabrics and baerbelborn taught us how to appliqué with stamps. By following these how tos, you will be modifying everything in sight. Have fun with this one!

Member suggested patterns

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Hi everyone and happy Friday!

The heat wave has finally broken. It’s always fun when you think of the upper 80’s as a cool day. As some of you may have noticed, we have been doing a lot of information gathering which also means a lot of sorting. We have gone through all, yes all, of the comments and suggestions left by you on the survey and put them in our idea bucket and sent them to our programmers. We are going to be keeping these ideas in mind as we move the site forward. Thank you for taking the time to write these. We have also been sorting through all your great ideas for new patterns. So without further ado here is the list of “Coming Soon” patterns suggested by you:

• Bathrobe
• One-piece bathing suit
• Hoodies
• More women’s patterns in larger sizes
• Raglan sleeve knit hoodie
• A winter coat in larger sizes
• More menswear
• Sweatpants
Men’s tee shirt
• Yoga pants
• Turtleneck sweater dress
Cowl neck tank

Keep in mind, these are not the only items that will be posted, there will be many projects and variations in between these patterns. And as a plus, whether you realize it or not, the in betweens help you grow as a sewer. By looking at the project, how tos and variations you are learning the skills to transform all patterns into your dream outfits! Have a great weekend everyone and we will be back on Monday!

Member suggested patterns coming up!

BurdaStyle badges for your site!

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Show your love for BurdaStyle! We have 6 incredible badges to choose from. We are so excited to be offering these to you. Our graphic designers have been working nonstop; just ask Hikaru and our all-star intern Nora. The badges can easily be put on you’re website, your MySpace page, your blog or any other place your heart desires!

To add a badge, follow these simple instructions:

-Choose which badge you want

-Highlight the HTML code, which can be found directly below the badge.

-Copy the corresponding HTML code (once highlighted) by going to file and hitting “copy” from the drop down menu

-Paste the code into a page on your website, or the template for your website or blog.

Voilá! Now you have an awesome BurdaStyle badge on your site. Drop us a comment telling us where you are linking from, we think it would be interesting to see.

Lalalalayla's Prom Photo

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Oh, Prom. I turn a little red, at least on the inside, when I think about Prom. To start with, I, the Anti-Prom girl, talked my way onto the Prom Queen ballot via my friendship with the Student Council kids. It started off as a joke, but then I wore a tiara and a purple dress and was disappointed when I didn’t win.

The purple dress I bought for $40 at my favorite thrift store. I probably paid another $40 in alterations. I wasn’t used to such a low-cut neckline, and my girlfriend alerted me to a nip-slip wardrobe malfunction at dinner before the boys noticed.

Senior Prom was the only big dance I attended, and I’m glad I did. I want to go to another one so I can pick a different outfit, and have someone give me a corsage again!

-Lalalalayla

Brooklyn Tee Party

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Come join BurdaStyle at the Brooklyn Tee Party! Taking place from 1-3pm on June 1st, the Tee Party is perfect for teens 12 and up. In addition to readings by authors Rachel Maude, Lauren Mechling, Emily Gould and Zareen Jaffrey, the girls from Compai, Etsy, and your very own BurdaStyle will give demonstrations on reconstructing and customizing tee shirts, so be sure to bring an old, over-sized tee to refashion! Space is limited so reserve a space by writing to: RSVP@Etsy.com. If space has filled up, don’t worry, you can join us online here: http://www.etsy.com/virtual_labs.php
We look forward to seeing you there!

Brooklyn Tee Party
Sunday June 1st
325 Gold St. 3rd floor
Brooklyn, NY
Ages 12+
Free

Brought to you by: Etsy.com, BurdaStyle.com, Compai, Delacorte Books,Little Brown and Razorbill.

NEW FEATURE ON BURDASTYLE

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BurdaStyle defeats April’s nasty onslaught and proudly presents two exciting news upfront. First and foremost: we finally, finally swept another old bug out of the system – the searching tool is now freshly greased and running more smoothly than a cat could purr. Secondly: we are thrilled to announce a new feature we added to our site: virtual post-its. Born from a minor misfortune, i.e. a burnt Talea coat, was the idea of giving the visual splendor of our users’ creation a mode of verbal expression. So BurdaStyle picks up the hint and starts dropping notes: click the “ADD NOTE” bar under each creation to tag a spot in the photo and leave your comment with it – whether you have advice, a comment or an anecdote to share. After all, every piece of self-made fashion has a story to tell – so go ahead and give it some subtitles.

Welcome Heide Grace!!

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Hi everyone! So as you know, last week we had to say goodbye to our dear friend Nayantara, this was very hard for us; but this week we get to say hello to someone new! We would like to welcome and introduce you to Heidi Grace!! Our brilliant contributor and good friend Nikkishell gave birth to a wonderful little girl on March 20th. So, congratulations Nikkishell and welcome Heidi Grace!!! All our best wishes to both of you.

In other news this week, we too have a new addition here at BurdaStyle, the Naomi Jacket!! This pattern came from Kasia’s incredible jacket pattern for a doll and ended up on one of the all time queens of the runway. You can read the full story here.

We had two contests that ended this weekend, The Sew-Along Mini Challenge and the Easter Egg Hunt. We would like to thank everyone who entered these contests. Your creations were all breathtaking and your hunting skills are unparalleled. I guess when you have an eye for detail it helps with everything! We would like to congratulate JJ again for wining the Mini-Challenge! If you haven’t checked out her winning creation, you should. And remember, keep your eyes peeled for the announcement of the winner in the Easter Egg hunt!

Keep on creating!

Love

BurdaStyle

Sewalong MiniChallenge- AND THE WINNER IS:

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Congratulations JJ! Everyday we are impressed by the work of our members and this day is no different. Her incredible “Blue plaid with Microsuede Yoke Skirt” variation of the Sidonie has won her two books: Couture Sewing Techniques by Claire B. Shaeffer and The Practical Guide to Patternmaking For Fashion Designers; Juniors,Misses and Women by Lori A. Knowles. We hope that these will inspire her to come up with more amazing creations! We had so many incredible entries into the Sew-Along Mini-Challenge, but her variation on the Sidonie skirt blew us, along with the voters, away! Though everyone’s creations were amazing, we would like to give an honorable mention to Kasia26’s “Rosy Sidonie” for coming in a close second, congrats Kasia26! We were so impressed with the imaginative ways all the members took the original pattern and changed it into something of their own. We are so proud of the BurdaStyle community and all their hard work with this! We are excited to see what creations you will all come up with next! Congratulations again JJ, it truly is an amazing skirt!

BurdaStyle meets Naomi

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In the wake of globalization, socialite’s favorite pastime is the so-called “Kevin-Bacon”-game: establish your connection to just about anyone in the world via six degrees of friendship: Shelly knows Kelly, Kelly knows Tricia, Tricia knows Molly, Molly knows god knows whom who is a cousin thrice removed to Michael Jackson.

So we tried and tested the grounds and – voila! – We are now ready to present the visible link (plus pattern) to connect any BurdaStyle fashionista with the very catwalk of fame. The story begins on a miniature scale, i.e. Bratz Doll. Member Kasia26 constructed a truly incredible jacket on a tiny doll. Once the BurdaStyle team saw her amazing design (see above) it quickly swept through the headquarters and through a little tweaking, a pattern was born.

As a milestone of BurdaStyle’s international mission in the name of DIY-fashion, where did the creation venture? What started out as Kasia’s jacket on a doll’s humble plastic collarbone, quickly made its way into a pattern and then a creation. From there it was packed in Benedikta’s and Nora’s luggage when leaving for Burda’s Digital Life Design convention. Once there, where else was the jacket to end up but on the hallowed shoulders of larger-than-life catwalk queen, Naomi Campbell! Hence, from puppet to supermodel", the Kasia Jacket has seen all scales of size and fame – and now it is your turn to suit yourself. Here is the pattern to show your friends that the Kevin-Bacon-game owes it all to you.
You can find the very fabric of Naomi’s jacket here .

BurdaStyle in the Daily News

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EXTRA EXTRA! Read all about us!

We hate to toot our own horns, but did you see the awesome article about BurdaStyle in yesterday’s New York Daily News? Well, here’s a little tidbit bit.

Nicole Lyn Lesce from the New York Daily News writes:

"Meet Brooklyn’s fix-it fashionistas
You don’t have to be Michael Kors or even “Project Runway” fan favorite
Christian to personalize your wardrobe. Brooklyn’s Burdastyle fix-it girls
share tips on how to turn your tattered old duds into customized couture."

For the entire article, click here.

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….

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