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!

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

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