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Pantone named emerald the color of 2013. We could not be more thrilled! It is a lovely color and was seen on many recent fashion runways. Pantone describes emerald as “Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony.” See below for some great emerald designer looks, as well as some emerald burda patterns and member projects!

Designer’s Spring / Summer 2013 collections portrayed emerald, and here are some of our favorites that we spotted:

Michael Kors gives emerald a hip-young feeling in this two-piece short suit

Burberry Prorsum walks a beautiful emerald lace dress down the runway. So stunning.

Gucci uses emerald for a classy turtle neck with sleeve gathers.

Stella McCartney shows us a wonderful shirt-dress in emerald that is so urban.

We have selected some burda patterns that have been photographed and made in emereld.

The Theater Dress looks absolutely stunning made in an emerald stretch satin. Also made in stretch satin is the Empire Top in plus size. It would sure dress up any outfit!

Nothing says luxury quite like the Satin Evening Gown sewn in a gorgeous shiny emerald satin. For an understated look try making the Over Sized Dress in an emerald silk. It is such a sleek and stylish dress.

And last, but certainly not least, we have selected a few recent member projects that show off this brilliant color perfectly.


Determined to test out her new sewing skills and tackle the Shift Dress pattern, alekat set out to create her Green Dolly dress. She used a “super drapey silk lykra blend” that cost her a “pretty penny.” Can we all agree this was worth the splurge?

If you aren’t quite ready for a full on emerald green outfit you can try a splash of this trend color with a jacket like AnitaS7’s Emerald Jacket. Check out AnitaSy7’s project page, she shows off the Cropped Jacket in 4 different well styled outfits.


Trploceanmoon never seems to let us down when it comes to inspiring style and she really hit it home with this head-turning Green Wool Jersey Cocktail Dress. Who needs a LBD when you can make a dress like this?

Elfka created a this silk evening dress by lengthening the V-neck Blouse pattern. Elka admits that she is not 100% satisfied with the style/fit and details of her dress but silk, I think we can all agree, is a challenging fabric to say the least. Whether or not Elka is 100% satisfied of not, the dress definitely caught our eye and we have to agree, the colour is awesome :).

For more inspiring projects in shades of emerald view the gallery Member Projects: Emerald.

From the runway to the magazines to the BurdaStyle member projects, shades of emerald are sure to turn heads. This is a color trend no one wants to miss. What do you want to make in emerald green?

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    Feb 16, 2013, 09.59 PMby bluetalmeida

    No matter how much they want to make it a trend ,Emerald green never will be a strong one. Pantone has failed for several seasons now with the color they name “color of the year” and this coming season won’t be an exception. The ones who love it will wear it but the ones who never wore it before may be will get a tank top an accessory but never more than that. Black and white and the biggest trends of the season followed by light pink ,baby blue, lavender and vanilla yellow with white and gray. Navy blue will stay strong but this year combined with red and white,red and camel. Tangerine as well will stay strong this year combined with white and black (instead of last year combined with navy and white) Remember at the end of the season, because I will be right,again.

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    Jan 11, 2013, 03.45 AMby dj1

    i like it esp the gucci dress….think ill make own version of it for th summer..

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      Jan 11, 2013, 03.47 AMby dj1

      oops i mean tunic

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    Jan 9, 2013, 11.00 PMby MaycieAfterFive

    I love emerald. It’s my birthstone! I’m excited to make skirts and dresses in emerald.

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    Jan 8, 2013, 05.27 PMby WildforTextiles

    Emerald Green is my Absolute Favourite Colour!! I look forward to many great fabrics in this colour this year. Great news!

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    Jan 4, 2013, 12.34 AMby nouvellegamine

    I should add, I have a very pink complexion and so (most shades of) green performs a magic where my skin looks more ivory, while my hair looks brighter and more coppery. My friend with light olive skin, dark brown hair and pale green eyes can’t wear any shade of green. It makes her skin actually look green.

    Now, I’m going to dream dreams of Oz ;D

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      Jan 15, 2013, 10.33 PMby notdeadredhead

      I second that motion! Love your posts! n.n

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    Jan 3, 2013, 09.43 AMby Luiza Grooks

    Once I have sewn an emerald green dress…I look like Ariel in it :) so please…anything but emerald green… :)

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    Jan 2, 2013, 10.01 AMby KristinaBerisha

    crazy color. love it ;)

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    Jan 2, 2013, 02.53 AMby RomRom

    Love love love this colour!

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    Jan 2, 2013, 01.06 AMby nouvellegamine

    Green is my favorite- absolute favorite color to wear. And that Gucci turtleneck with the Biba-esque sleeves is beautiful!

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    Jan 1, 2013, 07.24 PMby Marie Lamb

    Some good news for the redheads…I am one, and emerald is a great color with my hair!

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    Jan 1, 2013, 04.29 PMby krunamagiar

    always want this colour in my wardrobe,..never get round to it :).. I like it!

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    Jan 1, 2013, 04.20 PMby martinK

    not really a flatering colour :-( the models are very nice, but please in another colour!!!!!

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      Jan 4, 2013, 02.36 PMby orchiddream

      You’re right as usual, MK . Very few people can wear green.
      Did you know that in the Couture ateliers sewing with green fabric is considered bad luck? Nuff said :.))

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    Jan 1, 2013, 03.43 PMby kisses

    Love this…I like all the pictures especially love the design Michael Kors did with the blue and green very smashing

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      Jan 4, 2013, 04.28 PMby martinK

      with the Michael Kors you are right, because it looks like a hard edge painting from Elsworth Kelly. that’s why it works.

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    Jan 1, 2013, 10.17 AMby alicia88

    Phantastic pictures. I like Pantone. Especially Emerald and Gray Jade.

    http://naehbistro.ch/blog/?p=2896

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    Jan 1, 2013, 06.53 AMby SydneyAnn Malain

    Love! emerald is so beautiful this season! www.thebackwardsowl.blogspot.com

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