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Time to Vote: Halloween Costume Contest

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Halloween has passed and it’s now time to vote for your favorite costumes!

Voting ends November 8th at 4pm EST and the winner will be announced November 9th in the newsletter and via our blog.

Your favorite Halloween costume winner will receive an awesome prize package including fabrics from Laurie Wisbrun, thread from Mettler, and your very own BurdaStyle “Stitches” T-Shirt!

Check out some of the looks the BurdaStyle Team sported this Halloween weekend….

Party Through the Decades: Contest Inspiration

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The current BERNINA Party Through The Decades competition is one of our best! Not only is the contest open to each and every BurdaStyle member (finally a contest non-US members can enter)— it’s an exciting platform to showcase your joie de vivre in a fabulous party look.

Make Your Own Bella Trousers

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Check out our members’ renditions of the Bella trousers!

Get an Early Start on Those Holiday Gifts

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Sewing is one of those hobbies that can, when done right, save you a ton of money. With the holidays quickly approaching, you may be thinking about sewing up a few gifts for friends and family, but looking to save money at the same time. Besides the number of inexpensive and free patterns at BurdaStyle, be sure to look for sites that offer tutorials such as SewMamaSew, Craftster, and Cut Out + Keep. Free e-books are also available as well such as these offered by AllFreeSewing.com. Now what are you waiting for?

Announcing the BERNINA "Party Through the Decades" International Competition!

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Calling all independent designers, sewing hobbyists and D.I.Y. crafters from around the world: Here’s your chance to win a BERNINA 3 Series sewing machine or cash prizes by putting your design skills to the test!

PayPal Experiencing Technical Difficulties

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For those of you planning to purchase patterns today, it has come to our attention that an internal update at PayPal is causing some hiccups in their check out system. While we have not experienced any issues ourselves, nor had any complaints, we wanted you to be aware of the situation in case any of you encountered problems trying to pay for your patterns through PayPal. Check out PayPal’s Development Network for more information, live site stats and updates.

Nora Featured on Fast Company!

BurdaStyle co-founder Nora Abousteit was recently featured in Fast Company’s video series highlighting risk-taking, young entrepreneurs called Change Generation! Check out Nora talk about the beginnings of BurdaStyle, what she’s learned along the way and what it takes to start and run a successful business. Go Nora!

Instructables Halloween Competition!

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Our good buddies over at Instructables are having one of the biggest/best halloween contests on the internet with some incredible prizes in their craft category from Singer! We know there’s only a couple days left before Halloween, but this one is worth entering! Plus you can submit entries through Nov. 7th, 2010!

The Instructables Halloween Contest has different categories, each with its own awesome set of prizes. Win something cool in Costumes, Decorations, Props, Food, Green, Video and Slideshow for those who just want to share their photos. Don’t worry about what category your entry will be in, just enter the best Halloween-related Instructable you can and they’ll take care of the rest!

Exploring Vintage Fabric: Seersucker

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Ah, when men were men and men wore seersucker.

Before the ironic t-shirt and the Old Navy button-down, men wore suits. Yes, even in summer, even in the deep south. Men had their tricks, though, and one of them was seersucker.

Featured Member: petitejosette

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1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?

I am originally from the North-West of France but I moved to Vancouver in April 2009, after living in Paris for 5 years.

Men's Sewing Patterns

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Guys need clothes too. Because such a vast majority of our members are women-sewing-for-women, we have designed a lot of patterns exclusively for the fairer sex. Today, let’s think about designing for him.

Issey Miyake Brings New Meaning to Folding Your Garments

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Teaming up with computer scientist Jun Mitani, innovative Japanese designer Issey Miyake and his team at Reality Lab have created the origami-based addition to the Miyake design family, 132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE. Taking a Mitani created software program which generates formulas to construct three-dimensional, geometric shapes out of single sheets of paper, Miyaki and his design team adapted the process to fabric resulting in flat, folded shapes (rather than cutting and sewing, the fabric is held in place by a series of strategic, permanent creases) that literally pop-up into wearable garments.

Showcase your DIY Halloween Costume for a Prize!

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Making your own Halloween costume this year? You may be the best on the block, but let’s see how you compare with other BurdaStyle members. Submit to our spooky slideshow for the chance to win!

PBS To Run New Sewing Show

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Once upon a time, not so many years ago, a cable network station carried a plethora of sewing and crafting shows. Once DIY home repairs became popular those shows slowly met their demise and crafty television was left with very little options. However, with the increased interest in sewing a new show is in the works and ready to air spring 2011. From the creators of Sew News and Sew It All magazines comes Sew It All – a program devoted to teaching new techniques and projects each week. Look for it on your local PBS station.

Silver Screen Sewing: Annie

“It’s a hard knock life,” says Annie and the other children in the orphanage in this clip from the hit 1980s musical, Annie. You’ve got that right.

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