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2011 BERNINA Halloween Costume Competition: Meet the Winners!

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The votes have been counted. We are so excited to announce the winners of our Halloween Costume Contest sponsored by BERNINA!

Drumroll, please…

The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook: Ships From the U.S. Now!

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Today is the day. The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook hits retailers in the United States and we can hardly contain our excitement (international members: you can order your copy from a U.S. retailer and have the book shipped internationally)! If you haven’t had a chance yet, make sure to check out our dedicated page to get an exclusive preview of the book including pictures, pattern previews, technical drawings and more, then snag your copy at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound or wherever books are sold!

Electric Lady Land: 5 New Plus Size Women's Sewing Patterns

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Have you ever mixed royal blue, electric purple and dark brown? Or what about bright mustard, khaki and tomato red? The Spring 2012 runways were full of eye popping color combinations all of which we find so refreshing and fun! These new patterns are great templates for color blocking and for creating everyday staples. Read on to see them all…

Time to Sew: 8 Essential Women's Sewing Patterns

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There’s a reason that certain trends or designs stay current forever— because many of these trends consist of classic shapes that can easily blend into our lifestyles, yet the variations come into play through fabrics, colors and styling. Read on to see 8 new patterns with a timeless elegance…

Featured Member: Apfelbluete

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Where are you from and/or where do you live now? What do you do other than sewing?
I am originally from the former capital of Kazakhstan, called Alamty, which I left 17 years ago. Currently, I live in Düsseldorf, Germany.

Get Designer Jewelry, Score a Sweet Deal: 50% Off Your First Purchase + Free U.S. Shipping from JewelMint!

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[Updated 10/31/2011] – It has just come to our attention that because JewelMint is a U.S.-based company, this offer is only valid for U.S. BurdaStyle members. We apologize for any confusion this may have caused, and look forward to offering more amazing promotions that cater to all of our fantastic members across the globe.

If you have any questions, please feel free to leave them in the Comments section below.

We Say Goodbye and Hello!

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Hey BurdaStylers,

It has been about a year and a half since I joined the BurdaStyle team as Project Manager of The BurdaStyle Handbook and then stepped into the role of Community Manager. Today is my last day at BurdaStyle. It is a bittersweet occasion for me as I leave this amazing role to attend graduate school and further my education.

Halloween Inspiration Boards

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One of our favorite holidays, Halloween, is upon us and we’re sure your weekend is going to be filled with costumes, candy and loads of other haunted happenings. What are you doing to celebrate? If you’re anything like me you’ve left your costume until the last minute and have already eaten your way through half the candy you were supposed to be passing out to trick-or-treaters….

Whether you’re going out or staying, I pulled together a few inspiration boards to get you in the spooky spirit.

Around the World: Highlights from Tokyo Fashion Week

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With all of the hustle and bustle surrounding New York, London, Milan and Paris fashion weeks – we can often forget that there are loads of other fantastic fashion week showcases all over the world. From Nashville to LA, Berlin to Moscow – fashion is an international language with each city putting it’s own unique spin on clothing and style. One of my favorite places to watch fashion unfold is Tokyo. Japanese designers and fashionistas are known the world over for their trendsetting (or trend bucking) creations – from the high-fashion, avant garde designs of Yohji Yamamoto and Rei Kawakubo to street style trends like Lolita and Agejo, Japan is an amazingly artistic and unique environment that provides loads of inspiration for almost any sewing or DIY endeavor.

The BurdaStyle Designer's Guide: An Entrepreneurial Path

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I was so excited to see the positive response and the number of BurdaStyle members eager to take the next step and get their business ideas off the ground. Over the next few articles I’ll be delving more into the process of making that dream a reality, but first I wanted to review the life of an entrepreneur and the reality of starting your own business. Some of you may be thinking – “But I’m a designer and I’m doing this to focus on design!” I hate to burst anyone’s bubble or dream, but the truth of the matter is that you’ll most likely only be spending a small part of your time on design and the rest on running your business. Which is why it’s so important to have a great business foundation for yourself and be mentally and financially prepared.

Style Sheets: Scare Wear From Halloweens Past

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As much as I love Halloween, the week before never fails to find me sans costume. Generally, my best Halloween ideas come to me shortly after the holiday has passed and then disappear long before the day has rolled around again. Alas, this year is no different. As the creepy decorations go up and jack-o-lanterns are alighted, this month’s Style Sheets is dedicated to filling the trick-or-treat bags of us procrastinators with a little inspirational eye candy.

Comment to Win a Gift Certificate from Britex Fabrics

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[Update 11/1/2011] – Congratulations to the winners of this contest, Tallaslint and rdejam!

5 Tips to Jumpstart Your Social Selling with TabJuice!

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If you’re not already familiar with TabJuice, you should be. It’s a great way for you to create your own online store using only the (free!) TabJuice app and your Facebook page. They call it social commerce, we call it genius!

Added benefits to setting up your store through the TabJuice platform are that you have access to your friends, fans and potential customers through the power of Facebook’s nearly 800 million strong user base, and TabJuice doesn’t charge you for a thing – no fees for using the app, no fees for posting your products and no fees when you sell. You really can’t argue with free…

BERNINA Halloween Costume Competition: Time to Vote!

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[Update 10/26/2011] – Thank you all for your feedback regarding this contest. To assist in viewing all of the amazing submissions, we have created a Flickr set , which allows you to view them in bulk, as thumbnails.

Circus Costumes from the 50s

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When David shared these photos with me last week I was absolutely in awe. I adore 40s + 50s fashion as many folks do— but I had no idea the spunk and creativity that went into vintage circus costumes, and they are indeed amazing, as are the photos, discovered on howtobearetronaut. Read on to see them all!

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