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[2/24/2013 UPDATE: Voting is closed.] View the top finalists!

[1/28/2013 UPDATE: Submission Deadline Extended to 2/15/2013!] To kick off the new year, we are celebrating the release of our new book with an exciting sewing competition open to the international BurdaStyle community – the BurdaStyle Vintage Modern Sewing Contest!

The grand prize winner will receive a lovely package valued at $800 filled with prizes from B&J Fabrics, Hart’s Fabric, MOO, and Spoonflower.

How to Enter:
Create a fashion sewing creation to showcase your take on giving a vintage look a modern spin. Use one of the following options as your starting point:

Option One: Make a creation using one or more master pattern(s) from the BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern book.

Option Two: Create one or more variation project(s) featured in the BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern book, which are based on the master patterns featured in the book.

Option Three: Create your own variation project using one or more master pattern(s) and/or variation project(s) from the BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern book.

Upload your project with the words “BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern Contest 2013” included in the project title by February 15, 2013 at 11:59 PM EST (new extended deadline). This project must be a new project, never previously posted on BurdaStyle.com. To be eligible, the project must link back to the pattern from which you based the project on. Only projects following these criteria will be considered for this competition. Limited to one entry per participant. However, you can make more than one project from the book and turn it into an outfit and submit as one entry (e.g., a blouse from the book paired with pants from the book).

On February 19, 2013, the BurdaStyle team will select and post 20 finalists in a slideshow gallery, which will be announced on the homepage. BurdaStyle community voting will be open from February 19, 2013 until 5:00 PM EST on February 24, 2013.

Top 20 Selection Criteria:
1. Creativity - In addition to following contest rules, we are also looking for projects that showcase your creativity and how you interpret the “vintage modern” essence of the sewing competition. We encourage you to alter, embellish, and style your garment to your own liking!
2. Craftsmanship - Show off your attention to detail and finishing skills! (This is where detail shots of your project really come in handy!)
3. Presentation - Make sure your individual creation gets the attention it deserves through quality photography and styling.

The Prizes:
Grand Prize – BurdaStyle Community Choice First Place: A $100 USD gift card to Hart’s Fabric, 3 yards of fabric from Spoonflower of the winner’s choosing, a $50 USD gift card to MOO that can be used toward the purchase of 40 postcards or 100 business cards, a fabric assortment from B&J Fabrics (approximately $550 USD in value), and a limited edition BurdaStyle tote bag. Yes, that’s right, the grand prize includes tons of high-quality fabric to add to your stash for creating more sewing projects!

BurdaStyle Community Choice Runner-Up: A $100 USD gift card to MOO that can be used toward the purchase of 80 postcards or 200 business cards and a limited edition BurdaStyle tote bag.

BurdaStyle Favorite: One lucky winner chosen by the BurdaStyle team will receive a travel iron. The BurdaStyle Favorite will be chosen from the 20 finalists in the voting slideshow.

This competition is open to all BurdaStyle members, no matter where you sew! BurdaStyle is such a vibrant, diverse and fun community of creative people – we can hardly wait to see what you guys come up with! Remember, the last day to post your projects is February 15, 2013, so start brainstorming, experimenting and sewing now! Click here for official rules and happy sewing!

88 Comments

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    Feb 4, 2013, 12.49 AMby mysteriousskin

    Altering the pattern is acceptable, right? For example adding a collar, or color blocking it?

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      Feb 5, 2013, 07.29 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi,

      Yes, you can use one of the base patterns featured in the book and alter it through patternmaking.

      BSS

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    Jan 30, 2013, 09.04 PMby MojoHollz

    Will voting only be open to BurdaStyle members? Or will anyone be able to vote?

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 31, 2013, 10.13 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi,

      You must be logged in as a BurdaStyle member in order to vote, but creating a BurdaStyle account is free and easy!

      BSS

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    Jan 30, 2013, 08.02 PMby Maria Sanchez

    i am interested in entering in your contest, but i want to know if i buy a pattern from burda can i use it?

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 31, 2013, 05.33 AMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi Maria,

      Please see the information above regarding entry criteria. Your project must be based on a pattern from the book BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern, which is available in both hard copy and eBook formats. It is also available at certain public libraries. Let us know if you have any other questions!

      BSS

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      Jan 31, 2013, 01.24 PMby Maria Sanchez

      so i got the pattern, now do i have to use specific fabric?

    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 31, 2013, 04.21 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi Maria,

      You can use any fabric you would like.

      BSS

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    Jan 29, 2013, 11.29 PMby Anniemollison

    I have just realised that you can only enter once after reading the fine print. Thats a bummer because I have already started on my next outfit thinking my first was just a warm up… If I decide my next outfit has a better shot can I submit that and cancel the first entry?

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 31, 2013, 10.15 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi,

      BurdaStyle will not take an official inventory of the entries and compile the voting gallery until the submission deadline. You may edit your current entry until then (for instance, renaming it as a non-contest, regular project so you don’t have to delete it).

      Let us know if you have any other questions!
      BSS

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    Jan 27, 2013, 05.16 PMby Nadya Joy

    How many photos of our project do we have to submit? Is is necessary to take pictures of our outfit in different angles and our outfit’s details?

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 28, 2013, 08.24 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi Nadya,

      There is no exact number of photos required, but the more the better so we all can see your details and full look! Good luck!

      BSS

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    Jan 27, 2013, 04.55 PMby Nadya Joy

    For the fina look, is it okay if I make a piece from the Burda Style Sewing Vintage Modern book and combine it with a piece not from it? For example, pairing a Burda Style Sewing Vintage Modern blouse with a skirt I bought from a store or made not using the Burda pattern.

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 28, 2013, 08.25 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi Nadya,

      Absolutely! We would love to see your styling and creative presentation!

      BSS

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    Jan 25, 2013, 11.18 PMby Linda O.

    I wonder why I am just seeing this post now. Just got the new book, I ordered it from Amazon from Nigeria. Good a thing I am making one of the variations on the book. Will sure upload it. Thanks burdastyle team for this interesting, useful and sew-ducative book. It sure will help me go further.

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 28, 2013, 08.25 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi Linda,

      We are glad you like the book! We look forward to seeing your creations!

      BSS

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    Jan 24, 2013, 11.00 AMby fashionfreek

    I purchased this book. Good book. Another one to my collection.:-D

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    Jan 19, 2013, 04.43 PMby Elochka

    Is there any limitation as for how long must someone have been a member of the burdastyle.com community, to be able to participate in the contest? I’ve been following the site for a while already, but I only signed up and made an account today. There also a minimum of projects that one needs to post before having the right to participate in the contest? I’m really excited about the contest theme and I ordered the book on Amazon today. I would really like to enter!

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 20, 2013, 04.19 AMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi Elochka,

      There is absolutely no restriction on how long you have been a member. All the contest rules can be found above. All you need to do is submit an entry by the deadline within the parameters listed above, basing your project off of one of the patterns featured in the book.

      Good luck!
      BSS

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    Jan 16, 2013, 03.04 AMby EleganceandElephants

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 16, 2013, 04.20 AMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hi Heidi,

      Absolutely! Show us your creativity!

      Cheers,
      BSS

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    Jan 15, 2013, 07.39 AMby MojoHollz

    Soooo excited about entering and sharing! CAN NOT WAIT to get started on my idea! And I am really looking forward to see what all the lovely BurdaStyle members will be making! I really love the idea of making vintage new, so this is really going to be neat seeing all the different interpretations. Thanks BurdaStyle!

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 16, 2013, 04.20 AMby BurdaStyle Support

      We are very excited to see all the wonderful submissions, too!

      Cheers,
      BSS

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    Jan 15, 2013, 06.14 AMby Anniemollison

    Just received my book from Amazon. Can’t wait to get started…

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    Jan 9, 2013, 11.15 PMby Nayila Wright

    My new years resolution was to enter a sewing contest, this is a sign!! Fingers crossed I actually follow though for once. Now the hard part; figuring out the perfect design! mhhh, maybe the base pattern for the dropped waist dress…

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 11, 2013, 07.15 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Excellent! We are excited to see your entry. Enjoy the challenge.

      BSS

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    Jan 9, 2013, 08.43 PMby Trudy McGrath

    I never got my question answered about different entry levels to have a fair go for all skill levels and also sizes as it is is now can be a little bit intimidating (didn’t want use discriminatory) to beginners and plus size models. I have already subscribed to the monthly issues of burda style magazine and have loads of vintage patterns saved already such a pity that they wont do even though I and probably many others have spent a lot of money on those.. As much as I’m excited about this competition the more I feel that there’s more and more issues to it as I’m reading the comments.

    It won’t hold me back making vintage new but I think the competition isn’t cater for all of us equally enough…:(

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    • Whiteb_large

      Jan 9, 2013, 09.37 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Thanks for your feedback, Trudy. The terms of this competition are listed above (one grand prize winner, and one runner-up, plus an iron winner). The focus is on our new book, BurdaStyle Sewing Vintage Modern.

      We will definitely consider your and others’ ideas regarding categories for different skill levels for future competitions. We wanted the competition to be as open as possible and not restricted by skill levels or body types, so chose an overall theme: “vintage modern.”

      The book provides projects for all levels and entrants are not restricted by 19 projects alone in the book. Entrants can use any of the 5 base patterns to create a project variation, which allows for an array of skill levels.

      BSS

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