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We have teamed up with SINGER for this fun Summer Sewing Challenge! Create a new favorite summer outfit, whether it’s one you wear for a day on the beach, brunch on your favorite restaurant patio, or a night on the town, and enter it for a chance to win a brand new sewing machine!

The grand prize winner will receive the new retro SINGER One™. The SINGER One™ sewing machine is the first in a new series of machines from SINGER that combines the company’s iconic design cues with its easiest-to-use features giving the classic sewing machine a modern twist.

The runner up will receive the Expert Finish iron from SINGER.

How to enter?

-Choose at least one pattern to base your project
This pattern may be from your collection of BurdaStyle or burda style magazine patterns or newly acquired but it has to be a pattern available in our Pattern Store or from The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook.
-Post your project on BurdaStyle.com
Each project submitted must include the text “Summer Sewing Challenge” in the title. This project must be a new project, never previously posted on BurdaStyle.com and to be eligible, the project must link back to the pattern from which you based the project. This is easily done in the uploading process. For more information on how to post a project, click here.

All submissions to the challenge must be posted by Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 5:00pm EST.

On Tuesday, August 7, 2012 the team at BurdaStyle will select and post 10 finalists in a slideshow in the Gallery. There will also be an announcement in that day’s newsletter as well as on the homepage.

Once the top ten submissions are posted we open up the voting to the BurdaStyle member community! The voting will close at 5pm EST on August 13th and the winner will be the finalist with the most votes!

What is the BurdaStyle Team looking for when choosing the 10 finalists?

Create an outfit that shows off your personality, from the materials to the style of garment(s) you choose. We encourage you to alter or embellish your garment to create a truly unique variation of the BurdaStyle or burda style magazine pattern used.
Show off your attention to detail!
Make sure your beautiful outfit gets the attention it deserves through photography and styling.

Discover all of the rules for this contest here.

If you are looking for a pattern browse our Pattern Store and don’t forget to check out our selection of FREE patterns. We have provided you with links to some of our favorite summer patterns below but feel free to use another pattern of your liking, whether it is one you have been waiting to use from your BurdaStyle and burda style magazine collection or newly acquired, just make sure it can be found in our Pattern Store.

The outfit you choose to make can be intended for any time of day or event as long as it is summer appropriate.

A day on the beach…

Clockwise from top left: Shirt Dress 05/2012, 5/2011 Peasant Mini Dress, Andre, Free Bandeau 07/2012 and Scarf Shorts 07/2012, 6/2010 Chiffon maxi dress, 06/2011 Men’s linen shirt

A day around town…

Clockwise from top left: Amanda Plus, 06/2010 One Shoulder Blouse, Francesca Variation, Fatina Plus, Men’s Summer Shirt 5/2011, Slouchy Blouse 4/2010

An evening out…

Clockwise from top left: 10/2010 Full skirted dress with cut-out bustline, The Stinchcomb, 01/2011 Sequined mini skirt, 5/2011 Bustier Dress with Draped Detail, 07/2011 Sailors Neck Dress, 6/2010 Cocktail dress with asymmetrical collar

Get started today!

Remember. To be considered for the Summer Sewing Challenge and win the SINGER One projects must be posted by Sunday, August 5, 2012 at 5:00pm EST and each project must include the text “Summer Sewing Challenge” in the title and be linked to the BurdaStyle or burda style magazine pattern used. The project also must be a new project, never previously posted on BurdaStyle. To win you must be a North American resident.

Discover all of the rules for this contest here.


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    Jul 10, 2012, 09.11 PMby ivorynoire

    Your rules say “*Please Note: The winner must be a North American resident.” Does this also include the runner up? Or is it just to say, internationals need not bother like the blog post puts it: “North American contestants only.”

    I’m starting to wish you’d just stamp an Americans only logo on your contests so as not to get the international members’ hopes up. As is, one really needs to be looking for that clause to find it.

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      Jul 10, 2012, 09.31 PMby burda-user-647408

      I truly agree with you!!!!!!!

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      Jul 11, 2012, 10.12 AMby natfraga

      My feelings exactly. You’re totally right, ivorynoire.

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      Jul 11, 2012, 10.22 AMby paunnet

      I agree, what a bummer!

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      Jul 11, 2012, 12.08 PMby vanclar

      I agree …

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      Jul 12, 2012, 10.20 AMby Anne Wagenhauser

      Agreed!!! Put a logo on the competition page, then the non-US members of this online community wouldn’t need bother to look any futher.

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      Jul 12, 2012, 02.07 PMby burdastyle

      Hi ivorynoire,

      The reason for this particular competition being North America only is due to the limitations with power voltage on the machine offered as a prize from SINGER.

      We strive for all our competitions to be international but this time we were limited to North America. We apologize for the inconvenience and hope you will enter next time!



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