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Thanks Schickchick!


To show us her appreciation, Schickchick sent us two of her amazing bags. It was such a sweet, generous gesture and we were very touched by it. In the picture above, you can see each of us holding our favorite bag. Thank you so much Schickchick! To get your own bag like this and much more, visit her Etsy store: Shades of Gray. Thanks again, you made our day!

Holiday Gift Ideas!


It’s time to start thinking of the holidays, all the food, family and traditions. We have taken the Handmade Pledge this year, which if you aren’t familiar with it, it is a pledge to buy handmade during the holidays and request others get you handmade gifts. It’s pretty cool. We have compiled a list of simple gifts. You are sure to find something for everyone here!

We will be adding to the list each week, You can also easily spot the gift ideas by the little present icon in the corner of the technical drawing on the pattern list.


Holiday 2008

Lynne Shawl

Night Gown

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Bow Tie

Hat and Mittens

Quick and Easy

Daisy Bib

Tory Wall Organizer

Layla Oven Mitts

Layla Apron

Sabine Pillow

Charlie Bag

Carolina Toiletry Bag


Marcel Sleeping Mask

A Bit More Advanced

Allie Robe

Thai Fishermen Pants There is also a How To to help you out

Corinne Yoga Pants

Pete T-shirt

Osman Tie

How Tos

Silk Flowers can be used to make a brooch or on hairpin or on a necklace etc

Ruffled Party Necklace

Fabric Scrap Quilt


Make a Fascinator

Fancy Towels

Doggie Jacket

Fabric Origami

Hope that helps! We will continue adding to the list up till the holidays so keep checking back!

Watch the Video of Our 100,000 Member Open Studio Party

A few weeks ago we celebrated our 100,000th member party here in our Brooklyn studio. Members, friends, and partners all came and celebrated till late! See what went on, check out our cake and listen to what people say about us!

Video editing by Gabriella Kessler
Music by Les Gadjos

BurdaStyle is Going to Maker Faire Austin Oct 18-19


BurdaStyle is going to Maker Faire Austin! We are so incredibly excited! There are going to be tons of our friends from the sewing and crafting world (Average Jane Crafter, all our friends from Craftzine, Singer sewing machines and over 50 other crafters) as well as all the absolute awesomeness that is Maker Faire!

There is going to be a giant swap-o-rama where you bring old clothes and refashion them (with the help of local designers), tons of demonstrations, a Refashioned Fashion Show and so much more. Plus I just found out that not only is there a life size Mouse Trap game, the great band Mucca Pazza (who I first saw at Renegade San Fran) is going to be performing on Sunday. I am really excited to be going down south to represent the BurdaStyle team.

We are going to be located in the Show Barn giving out freebies and raffling off 10 Charlie Bags filled with goodies. I hope you all come say hi check this out, it is going to be awesome!

October 18-19th

Travis County Expo Center

Maker Faire Austin

BurdaStyle will be in the Show Barn

A Malissa Variation Getting it's Chance to Shine


Today we are featuring an entry in the Malissa cocktail dress variation contest. We are featuring this one because it never got its chance to shine in the voting. MJB14’s creation got lost in the internet void and she deserves a chance to show off. Her great creation can be seen above and if you would like more detail please check out her sewing creations. Thanks for submitting MJB14!

Halloween Costume Ideas 2008, Static Cling versus Black Widow


For those of us in a pinch only hours or even minutes before heading out to our costume required big Halloween bash, here at Burda Style we came up with one super fast and easy last minute Halloween costume,
Static Cling.

At first we thought this was some great and totally original, hilarious idea, but after only a few minutes of searching the net, we came to realize, hey! This is actually a fairly common idea that we apparently share with many. Who would have ever thought? So, although overall the idea is pretty ridiculous, check out these wacky “Static Cling” Halloween costumes and our very own variation as well.

Check out our BLACK WIDOW SPIDER COSTUME and its HOW TO as well as the STATIC CLING COSTUME and itsHOW TO !

Nora Goes to Novi


This weekend Nora had barley landed in New York before she had to pick up and fly to Novi Michigan for the American Sewing Expo. There she met up with our friends Nancy and Lynn from Coats & Clark. She also ran into our friends Rob and Corrine from ThreadBanger, along with a couple of their fans Kearsten Hall and Zachary Hutchinson. ThreadBanger, along with Janome, created a very cool “Re-Construction Zone” where people were invited to upcycle old, worn out jeans into new usable objects. Great idea guys! It was a lot of fun and we are looking forward to next year.

ThreadBanger Has Their Own Sewing Machine!


Our great friends at ThreadBanger have their own series of Janome sewing machines! How cool is that? Congrats to our good friends and their awesome new machines!

Fall Fashion Week in NYC


Well, last week was fashion week here in the city, the high heels were clicking and the fabric was flowing.
It was my first experience with fashion week, well show’s at least, and let me tell you, it was exhilarating. Layla went to the Vera Wang show at 10 am and I met her my ticket to the Naeem Khan show at 11. Aside from getting lost behind the tent at Bryant park 5 minutes before the start of the show, it was amazing. Hikaru went to Cynthia Rowley and Benedikta went to Zac Posen. Details were in: the use of lace, woven fabric, drapes and ruffles defined the spring 2009 ready to wear collections. Most of the fabric that was chosen went one of two ways, either extra flowy or super stiff. Fashion week is very exciting and I can’t wait to see these looks next spring. Check out for pictures from all the shows.

New Alchemy Request: get paid to make the UTE shirt


Hey everyone,
a new Alchemy request has been posted for an Ute shirt. Make a bid and good luck!

We Want Your Blogs and Sites!


We are going to be creating a new feature on our blog. Every Saturday and Sunday we will post a members blog, site or store. What this means is if you post something cool on your blog (which I’m sure you do) and you want us to check it out send us the link and maybe you will get chosen for that week’s member blog spot. This goes for stores and sites too, we want to see what you are made of! So if you have something for us to see, send it to us at, we will check it out and the pick the ones for that coming weekend. Have a great long weekend everyone and we will see you back here on Tuesday!

100K Open Studio Party - Check Out the Pix!


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The studio almost burst with the amount of people that came- we had to take out furniture, even our beloved pattern table.

The room was certainly abuzz with creative energy. We had a good turn out of members: (wzrdreams, Kasia26, cmintrator, Desira_Pesta, bellamabella, motozulli, Julia) as well as tons of smart and creative people from DIY, fashion, media and the online scene.

Some of the people who have inspired us through the years joined in our celebration. Admired Esther Dyson came, Robert Kalin, founder of Etsy (who taught Benedikta and Nora Illustrator and got them on the opens source track), Etsy’s new CEO Maria Thomas – super nice and smart! – as well as tons of our Etsy friends.

We were especially happy to welcome independent designers that use BurdaStyle patterns for their line! Check out the following:

- Layla Delridge Ledthread

- Das Design Team ruffeoheartslilsnoty

- Desira Pesta Desira Pesta

And of course our sweet new addition to BurdaStyle contributor Alison Kelly (known from Project Runway, who is always wearing her beautiful line Alison Dahl) and also a young guy named Alex Yoo (founder a fun site where you can design men’s shirt online:

People were certainly having fun and celebrating all that is BurdaStyle: “Awesome party — very colorful! Burdastyle is a fantastic idea, and it’s great to see it flourishing. Viva la DIY!” says Tom Bennett of Pond5.

After Benedikta and Nora introduced team and welcomed the guests we turned up the music and danced like there was no tomorrow. As Robert Kalin from Etsy said, “The dance floor was as jumpin’ as BurdaStyle’s online community, with joy until late in the night.” Unfortunately we did remember there was a tomorrow and decided to pack it in. Though it was certainly hard to get Jeff (Hikru’s fiance) and Mike to stop (break) dancing. As everyone left they got a bag of goodies: personal measurement cards, buttons, and lollipops.

There was a lot of work that went into this party and we just want to take a minute to give the team a shout out: We all worked hard on our customized T-Shirts, playing around with Hikaru’s iconic button design. Alden organized the party with the huge help of Layla. Juniors was responsible for our big super cheese-chocolate cake, picked up by Sabsi. Tristan caught the perfect mood with the perfect music. And finally to everyone who contributed and attended the party, thank you.

There will be a video next week, stay tuned!

Check out pictures:

Antwan Duncan was our photographer and his pics really captured the moment.

And Bre Pettis took some awesome photos, as well!

Problems Purchasing Patterns


We have noticed a slight problem with the “submit order” button while purchasing patterns. Our programmers are working hard to fix this but for the time being we ask you not to purchase any patterns until further notice. The free patterns are still available for download. Thanks for your patience!

The Quilt Scandal


Hey everyone,
We have noticed that there has been quite a hubbub about the new quilt pattern. The reactions have been both positive and negative, either way very passionate. We at BurdaStyle are always trying to think outside the box and use new and innovative techniques. We like to invent and create new things at the risk that some are a success and some might still need some tweaking. We are glad to see that some saw it as an inspiration, using the technique to make something for their own, for the others we hope that the next pattern will be more satisfying. Thank you for all the comments both positive and negative.

4 free issues of MixTape!


BurdaStyle Is giving away 4 copies of our very own Nikkishell’s MixTape Zine. This is a great zine full of interesting articles (as you can see from above.) The first 4 people to comment on this blog post will receive their very own copy of MixTape issue 5. Enjoy!


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