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First BurdaStyle Wardrobe Remake Session!

Get insight into our first Wardrobe Remake Session! See how Saskia starts her shorts, Michelle her dress, Alexis her curtains and Anda……her WEDDING DRESS! Stay tuned, we’ll give every week insight into the progress of everyone. Alison, the two Erins, Sarah, and Andrea will show their challenge next time!

If you live in New York and are interested to join, write to answers@burdastyle.com!

First Berlin Fashion week EVER!!

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The style spotlight shines on Berlin this weekend, where fashion industry powerhouse IMG is launching the first-ever Berlin Fashion Week, sponsored by Mercedes-Benz. The event only confirms what locals, expats living in the city and its jetset fans have known for a while: That Berlin is abuzz. Drawn by cheap rents and a bustling café culture, artistic types have come to Berlin from all over the world, putting down roots in ex-East districts such as Mitte. Over the past year, the city’s energy has reached critical mass, crossing the threshold from something underground, gritty and street, to a scene with enough above-board and international appeal to draw IMG and its stable of corporate sponsors.

The four Berlin-based labels competing for the Karstadt New Generation Award – Lala Berlin, Macqua, Kaviar Gauche and Talkingmeanstrouble – certainly deserve wider attention. To judge by these lines alone, the fashions coming out of Berlin cover a broad spectrum, from Lala’s flirty dresses with their punkish wink, to Kaviar Gauche’s slyly feminine space-age sensibility, to the Talkingmeanstrouble sister’s serene, fastidiously patterned and tailored clothes, to Macqua’s draped jersey elegance. More young designers are moving to the city every day, and/or graduating from Berlin’s design school, Esmod, Berlin, style capital, will be with us for a while.

Win a Sewing Machine in the Etsy Contest

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Our friends from Etsy partnered with Instructables to “celebrate their communities” and launched Sew Useful: “Entrants will bring their skills to practical projects that make life easier, then share the how-tos.” Prizes are 3 Singer QUANTUM 9940 computerized sewing machines, 3 Leatherman knives, and, 3 Etsy gift boxes.

What we really like is that Etsy will support the one laptop per child initiative. They “will donate all fees from participating listings to ”http://laptop.org/“>OLPC as well as $1 per entry”.

Deadline is 16 July 2007 and you find more info here.

And, remember, the BurdaStyle Design and Pattern Competition deadline is 15 July 2007! Prizes for the winners are 300 and 500 USD.

NOTE: The cute illustration you see is created by our dear member Anda.

Etsy's 2 Year Anniversary and Renegade Craft Fair

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This was a busy weekend for the BurdaStyle team. We attended the 2 year anniversary party for Etsy, which was conveniently held the night before the Renegade Craft Fair in Brooklyn, so craftsters from all over had an even better excuse to head to the big city! The party started at 7 pm, though guests started trickling in as early as noon! As more and more people got here, you could hear giggling and screaming all over the place- we realized that a lot of these Etsy sellers knew each other from the Forums and were just meeting face to face for the first time! It was so exciting, we got a little jealous and can’t wait to meet the BurdaStyle members sometime too! Regardless, Happy Birthday, Etsy! And congratulations on an awesome party: this party was also unlike any party we’ve been to lately. Of course there was pizza, a bar, and a dance floor, but when was the last time you’ve been to a party with a piñata and a paper hat-making station! They even broadcasted the entire party over a web-cam in a chat room so friends of Etsy who couldn’t make it could still be a part of the fun!

Then came the Renegade Craft Fair! It was held in McCarren Park Pool in Williamsburg, Brooklyn on both Saturday and Sunday! There were over 150 sellers, with everything from prints, stuffed animals, accessories, clothing, soaps, and stationary. We met lots of people who make things, write about making things, buy things that other people make, and want to start making things. It’s so encouraging to see so many people who are not only interested in making, but have making as an intrinsic part of their lives! We spread the word about BurdaStyle, since everything we do is also about making, and hope to have some new members after this fun-filled weekend!

Winner of the Fabric Contest: LindaL

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We are so proud to announce our winner for the Fabric Contest. Her name is Linda and in her blog she writes how she felt: “I hardly ever win anything, so to respond to a pattern/fabric contest and to be told you won, well I am just truly tickled pink.”

Linda was so kind to tell us a little bit about herself and how she started sewing:

I am a native of a small city in Virginia called Danville. I have a degree in Social Work and have been a CEO or senior level staff person working with two non-profit, charitable organizations that serve adults and/or children with disabilities or disadvantaging conditions.

I started sewing when I was around five years old using a Singer sewing machine that you turned the crank to sew. (I still have this machine.) I made a small quilt with the help of my grandmother who was a great seamstress/sewist. I inherited the “sewing gene” from her. She later bought me a Singer sewing machine that was rather old and only had a straight stitch. My husband and I were both going to college at the time and to have clothes I sewed them myself.

My career took me to various locations throughout the United States (Texas, California, Florida, Pennsylvania and back to Virginia). I continued to sew my clothes even though my salary improved with each move and I could easily buy what I wanted (within reason). However I have always enjoyed making my own clothes as I know I will not see someone wearing the same suit, dress, or skirt. Plus it is specifically sewn to fit my measurements.

While living in Florida I made wearable art jackets as well as purses and sold them in a small consignment store just for one of a kind item. As a result of this, I had two ladies commission me to make them wearable art jackets for St. Patrick’s Day. I enjoyed doing this and was pleased that they thought enough of my work to have me make them special jackets. However, I truly like the pleasure and leisure of sewing for myself and family members so did not pursue making garments for sale.

I love to sew and when possible I take online classes or read about new sewing techniques to continue to hone and improve my sewing skills. I love reading other sewing blogs and started one of my own over a 18 months ago. Blogs are a great source for sharing and learning.

Please also check out Linda’s blog that she started 18 months ago, and of course her member profile!

BurdaStyle on GeekEntertainment TV

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Watch our newest interview on GeekEntertainment TV here. We loved chatting with our new friend Eddie Codel. We talked about the site concept, open source, and the new design and features that will be launched in July!

WIN FABRIC for the SUMMER!!

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Get ready for the summer patterns!!! Last week we posted our drawings and asked you which ones of our next patterns you would like to see first. Yesterday we had our big photo shoot and are almost ready to begin with our summer fashion. Now you can win the same fabric, that we chose to make our samples in. Check out the four swatches you see above and let us know which one you think goes with which drawing. Let’s say the red one (A) goes with dress (#7), write fabric (A) goes with garment (#7)… Write your answer to answers@burdastyle.com. The one who gets the most correct answers the fastest will win enough of one of the fabric for the corresponding outfit. We will announce the winner on Monday. BEST OF LUCK

Learn How To Screen Print Garments

Our office is placed amidst lots of craft activities and today we decided to give you some insight of what’s happening around us. Our friends and office mates Bre Pettis from MAKE: magazine and Matt Stinchcomb from Etsy filmed a super How To about screen printing. This is a great way to add some decoration and fun to garments!

For more of Bre’s projects check out his podcast and join the EtsyLabs to make it yourself!

Forum section of new site

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Our new forum pages will be much more intractive: Members will be informed via RSS or email of new posts in their thread. It will also be more visually appealing. Every member will be displayed with avatar. Posts can include links, pictures, and video!

Sneak Preview: New Pattern

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Haven’t found the pattern you’re looking for? Vote which patterns we should post next! We’re constantly working on bringing new and revamping old patterns – so have a look at the new designs we will start uploading mid-June. Please tell us which ones you would like to see first – write a comment! – and we will be delighted to follow your wishes!

Sneak Preview: New Design II

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Part of the new design will be a pattern catalog, where you can sort according to newest pattern, sizes, if there are hem or seam allowance, recommended fabric, etc. We we also establish a new rating system, where people who used the pattern can share write their experience and help other users to find the right pattern. And, as you might have read already, you will be able to search pattern according to the amount of fabric, so you can use all your left-overs! And the major news: We will give credit to the designer, pattern maker and pattern producer (the latter one is for our case Burda). We will enale users to upload their patterns, it will possible if you make your own PDF.

Sneak Preview: New Pattern

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We are right now working on the new creations to get them ready for the photo shoot beginning of June. On the picture you see Benedikta sewing shorts and in the background you find a shirt that is being prepared by Nayantara!

Sneak Preview New Design

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Some of you might have wondered what went on lately, not hearing from us. Some of you heard it already, and now it’s official: We will have a new design! And of course, it’s about time to give you a little preview.

We’ve stayed up long hours, worked on weekends, and skipped quite a bit of social life to be able to improve the structure and launch new tools. We’ve read your comments and made sure to incorporate your feedback. E.g. we will offer you to search patterns by the amount of fabric you have. Also, forum threads will indicate where new posts are made, and you will be notified when comments are left on your thread. Very exciting is a highly flexible user profile. On your personal page, you can share pictures of anything, your dog, your cat, your sewing place, your family, anything you like.

With our new Category “BurdaStyle Backstage” we will also keep you in the loop with what’s going on behind the scenes: New patterns in progress, design and site feature updates, photo shoot insights and and and.

So, stay tuned for our new Backstage Report!

Benedikta and Nora

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