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FlyNY's Kite Design Competition


FlyNY is New York City’s annual international kite design competition co-hosted by the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and the New York City Affiliate of Architecture for Humanity. The event aspires to inspire design novices and professionals alike through the challenge of designing and flying a kite. Join us in celebration of New York City and its Parks as a place of culture, community, and play with a fun day of kite making and flying activities. To contribute, simply upload your original design ideas on by August 10th and make your way to Pier I at 70th Street in Riverside Park South on August 21st to showcase your finished product. A special pre-launch event will take place Friday, August 20th where 40 kite designs will be on display for a jury panel, which includes Craig Dykers of Snøhetta, Cameron Sinclair and Kate Stohr, co-founders of Architecture for Humanity and BurdaStyle’s own co-founder Nora Abousteit.

We’re excited to be part of such a creative event, and can’t wait to see the innovative designs flying high at the Pier. For more information and submission requirements visit FlyNY on Architizer’s Project page.

Share Your Work with your Facebook Friends


Facebook Connect allows you to share not only with the BurdaStyle community but also with your entire online community of friends!

Back to School Bags and Projects


For some of us, school will be starting in just a few short weeks. Besides a new wardrobe, there are lots of other ‘essentials’ needed for the big day – backpacks, lunch bags, and even covers for new books. Learn how to whip up your own back to school gear with BurdaStyle’s Messenger or Diana patterns, and lunch bags (link provided in credits). Need a few more ideas? Check out these free pattern links provided by

Comment to Win with Sublime Stitching!


Connect with BurdaStyle on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win a La Petite Embroidery Kit from Sublime Stitching!

Scheduled Maintenance Friday morning

Hey all just wanted to give you a heads up that this friday (7/30) there is some scheduled maintenance on the site that should last about 30 minutes or so.

Digital Summer 2010


After a wildly successful first outing, Ubergizmo is back with another edition of Digital Summer. Once again taking place at San Francisco’s beacon of green nightlife, Temple, the event on August 25th promises to bring together technology, art, fashion and sustainability for a night of creativity and socializing. If the event is anything like last year’s – with over 800 attendees, a fashion show featuring sustainable clothing company Edun and new product test drives – the 2010 outing should be a smash. With partners Girls in Tech and the Innovative Fashion Council of San Francisco, Digital Summer is setting the standard for the continually evolving integration of fashion and technology.

From live-streaming fashion shows to integrative design software, fashion is embracing technology more than ever and we here at BurdaStyle are definitely no strangers to the cause. If you’re in the SF area you should definitely register and find your way to Temple and let your tech-girl-geek-flag fly with pride!

See all the details here

GAP 1969 Women's Denim – Sponsored Post


My aunt once told me that in the late 60s she would soak her new blue jeans in the ocean for days, so as to soften them up and take the “newness” away. There’s something to say for vintage washes or worn-in clothing; they appear to have a soul or personality. You feel instantly laid back or easy going when you’re wrapped up in an old classic piece. When I tried on a pair of GAP 1969 Special Wash Always Skinny jeans they felt as if they could have been my Aunt’s jeans from decades past—super soft, perfectly frayed and gently worn-in. A prevalent trend in New York City amongst my generation is to dress in an effortlessly chic manner. Girls will throw their boyfriend’s beat up denim shirt over leggings and expensive shoes and come off as blasé about their look, or wear a playful silk georgette dress over rolled up acid wash jeans and heels.

Featured Member: Lala86


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I’m from Buenos Aires, Argentina, I live in a suburb called Ituzaingó.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
I’ve always made crafts and sewn, specially jewlery. But what I think it was a the real beginning of my sewing life was a denim skirt I made when I was 14 years old. It was all hand sewn and that made my mom feel sorry for me so she bought a sewing machine that waited for me upon my bed in a box with a big bow on it (and so I thought it was a tv set). So I learned by myself and by the time I went to the university I did the majority of my clothes.

A Rainbow of Gem Tones


Sometimes a fabric choice can really make a simple dress just POP— sometimes a dress pattern alone is just intricate enough for one solid color of fabric. This week I have both options; from a simple tunic top in an opal palate, to a flowing evening gown in solid, glowing Amethyst…

Liesl Gibson on: The Principles of Fabric Selection


Last month I wrote about some of my favorite fabrics for sewing. But, as you know, selecting a fabric is just the first choice you need to make when you’re planning a project.

Since our Oliver + S sewing patterns are sold primarily in independent quilting shops, we design most of our patterns for quilting cotton. And since most quilting cottons are printed, selecting a print is something most of our customers do.

Editor's Pick: Blouses


Blouses can be worn all year round— but the summertime is the most fun time to wear blouses, as they can really make the entire outfit.

Charitable Links


Sewing for yourself can be quite rewarding, but if you’re looking to for the ultimate reward, consider making something for those in need. If you’ve thought about putting your skills to work for a charity, but didn’t know where to turn, this list at We All Sew is quite expansive and is updated weekly.

Museum Collections: the Perfect Source of Inspiration


One of may favorite things to do is look through past fashions and see how they influence today’s looks. Living in New York City you can see people wearing vintage pieces and styles from almost every decade from the past century. Living here also provides the opportunity to go visit the vast collections around the city. Many cities have these collections and I highly recommend going to visit them if for no other reason than to be inspired. Many of these collections are available online as well, it’s the perfect way to see details, go through the centuries and spend an afternoon.

Check out the Met’s Costume Institute (let alone their Gala)

The Brooklyn Museum also has an amazing collection up through August



Have you heard of the website KICKSTARTER? It’s a specially curated platform for creative minds to kick start their dreams by seeking donations— anywhere from $10 to $1000, and in return, you’ll get special treats from the artist if they reach their goal.

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BurdaStyle is giving away three sets of four tickets to the upcoming Detroit Maker Faire!


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