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BurdaStyle is incredibly excited to announce a partnership with Rowenta and Project Runway! On the first episode of this season’s Project Runway, contestants were asked to take an item of clothing from another designer’s wardrobe and refashion it into a brand new garment. We know our BurdaStyle members are just as creative and we’ve decided to give you the chance to show your stuff in our very own Project Runway competition.

So here’s the deal: we want you to take an existing garment from your closet and turn it into something new! Sounds simple enough, but we’re looking for a little bit more than putting new buttons on a jacket. We want you to really dig in and repurpose those old pieces into new functional, wearable garments while still utilizing as much of the original as possible. Don’t forget, ironing gives a more professional look when creating garments so be sure to flatten those seams and smooth out those wrinkles. We all know that Rowenta irons and garment steamers are the tools of choice among many of the fashion industry’s leading creators, so get to work for your chance to win your own!

Guidelines:
1. Be sure to email your full name, username, high quality photos and a link to your project on BurdaStyle to submissions[at]burdastyle[dot]com. You must also send us a short paragraph (under 300 characters including spaces!) explaining what you did and how you used an iron in your project.
2. Take well-lit, high quality images of your garment both before and after, front and back. You must have both images to be considered.
3. All entries must be received by 11:59pm (EST) on September 30, 2010. You have 2 weeks to create and submit your upcycled garment – We know this doesn’t seem like a whole lot of time but hey, the Project Runway contestants only got 4 hours!
4. You can enter more than one garment if you’d like but remember, quality over quantity.
5. This contest is open to US residents 16 and up. For full contest rules please click here

Prizes:
One grand prize winner will receive: An amazing prize package from Rowenta including the DG5030 Pressure Iron and Steamer as well as the IS9100 Precision Valet garment steamer, the Brother 5234 Project Runway Serger, 5 patterns and 5 trimmings from Simplicity’s Project Runway Collection from Simplicity Creative Group. Our 2nd place runner-up will receive US $200 cash prize, and 3rd place will receive US $100 cash prize!

You have shown us over and over again how insanely creative you can be, now is the time to really let it shine. Would that jacket work as a skirt? Can you make that dress into a pair of shorts? We’re looking for you guys to really let your imaginations run wild with this one. And make sure to check out the rest of this season of Project Runway for extra inspiration! We can’t wait to see what you come up with!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 03.46 PMby ichigogirl

    Next time a competition is open only to citizens of the US (or whatever country) and not to all members of the community, would you please write that straight away instead of making us click on the “read the full rules here”-link to find out… please.

    It’s less disappointing that way.

    Especially when you send us emails about it. Thank you :-)!

    Sound like a fun competition, too bad it’s only open to americans….

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      Sep 13, 2010, 04.12 PMby carottesauvage

      I agree with Ichigogirl. This is a great project, However why not in the future setting this kind of competition for European, African, Asian membership specifically? In my opinion this kind of project (when only concerning a fraction of the world) should be limited to US based Burdastyle sewing clubs.

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      Sep 13, 2010, 04.13 PMby sewella

      My sentiments exactly!

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      Sep 13, 2010, 04.24 PMby squirrellypoo

      US residents only? BOO! I got so excited about this contest until I got that far. :(

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      Sep 13, 2010, 06.04 PMby Laura Bolčina

      Yeah, me too. What a pity! :(

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      Sep 13, 2010, 06.57 PMby rachelnyc

      Sorry for any confusion or disappointment! The contest is open to US residents only, excluding Arizona. The state of Arizona has laws which exclude it’s residents from certain competitions.

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      Sep 13, 2010, 07.58 PMby bola

      Yep i agree too!!

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      Sep 14, 2010, 01.00 AMby Nessa *

      Oh! The disappointment! I was excited until I read “for US residents only”… I might have a go at completing the challenge anyway.

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      Sep 14, 2010, 06.09 PMby abbyzeeble

      oh. The first burdastyle competition I thought I might have a go at :-(

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      Sep 15, 2010, 12.52 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      US Residents only :(

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      Sep 15, 2010, 09.16 AMby sammy1000

      i really wanted to enter then i saw us residents only why everyone should have the chance

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      Sep 16, 2010, 07.09 AMby Kelsey Edwards

      no! i had everything planned before i had even opened the link and then its only in US!! i am so dissapointed!

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      Sep 21, 2010, 03.35 PMby say99

      that should be clearer right at the start – such a disappointment!

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      Sep 28, 2010, 09.08 PMby Annicka Miles

      I agree, but hey don’t feel bad, I live in the US and had the crumb of joy snatched from me when the rules stated the contest excludes residents of AZ. I live in AZ.
      I hate my state. :(

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    Sep 13, 2010, 03.40 PMby macoskrm

    Ok so it has to be something from your house, not a garment from Goodwill. Right? And can we use a certain amount of extra fabric, like in PR?

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      Sep 13, 2010, 06.23 PMby rachelnyc

      There are no strict guidelines as to where you find the garment. The important part is how creative you are with the refashioning!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 03.30 PMby Lucha Suarez

    Great!!!!! Thanks!!!!!!!!!!

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    Sep 13, 2010, 03.14 PMby Lucha Suarez

    Does it have to be one of your own garments, or can I use, say, a pair of my husbsnds jeans?

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      Sep 13, 2010, 03.25 PMby rachelnyc

      Absolutely! Good Luck!

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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