CHECK, PLEASE

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Menswear-inspired dressing has a lot of fashion traction lately, and nowhere is the trend is friendlier to femmes than in the plaids and checks making the rounds for this season, and next. Opening Ceremony’s oversize red and black gingham check cardigan has already blown out of its stores in New York and L.A. Banana Republic, enjoying an unusually directional collection for Fall/Winter, is printing cash on the back of its natty houndstooth coats. Traditional Scot plaids are virtually everywhere; smart shoppers can pick up Urban Outfitter’s high-waist pencil skirt in a blood-toned print and get two current trends for the (reasonable) price of one. But the freshest takes on check come in back-to-basics black and white. One of the standout looks at Danish designer Camilla Staerk’s Spring/Summer ’08 show paired a graphic, gingham print blouse with a neon yellow short; the must-have dress at Yigal Azrouel show was a X-strapped sheath in a blown-out check. Glen plaids make a subtler statement, and may stick around longer; look for a boxy, too-bit blazer with black lapels, or shop the thrift for a pair of baggy, high-waist trousers you can cut off at the thigh and roll at the hem. Together with a tee in Spring favorite tangerine or poppy, it’s an easy recipe for testosterone style with a side of girl.

WE'RE FREAKING OUT!! - Update: Not so much anymore:)

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UPDATE: Everything can be uploaded now, but sometimes the site is slow…. Please be patient and continue to upload all your beautiful creations!

Dear dear BurdaStyle Members!

We appreciate nothing more than having all of you on our site! We love seeing new creations in the morning and nothing is more special then seeing members helping each other in the forum.

That makes it even worse, that we have been having so many problems with the site lately! It has been unreasonably slow, uploading creations/how tos etc. was not possible, we were not able to post any new patterns and posting in the forums was so slow that it basically was pointless. We feel horrible!. But believe us, we are working hard, together with our programming team, to clean up this mess.

Originally, this blog post was supposed to be about all the new little features that we just implemented. It was supposed to be one happy post, but essentially that is what caused the trouble.

Nevertheless here a couple of the new features:

-Right under Just Signed Up, you can see now, how many total members we are and how many members currently are online.

-The member list shows now only the members with the beautiful avatars to present especially the ones of you that are working hard on our site.

- We finally are able to manipulate the tiles and the text on the home page ourselves, which means we can constantly update them and bring you plenty more fun news at all times!

- We implemented a favicon. It may not be visible in all browsers yet, but it certainly is there!

- We changed the menu bar around a bit, to concentrate it to the most important stuff.

- The menu item that you are currently viewing is switching colors in the menu bar, so that you always know where you are!

Those are only a few of the little things that we worked on , there is a lot more little stuff, that is supposed to make your life easier, without you even noticing.

We are working already on the next badge of quick fixes, which are supposed to be released in a couple of weeks and include some nice features. More about that, once we
FIXED THIS MESS!

xoxo
The BurdaStyle Team

Finally!

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Finally!

As I said last weekI had a problem with my Shari dress once the zipper was sewn in, the fabric was bunching up at the back above my bum. Thanks to those of you that commented with suggestions to fix this, in particular Theoreticgal. Theoreticgal’s suggestion was that I have a swayback problem and to fix this I needed to take out some fabric across the back above my waist. Lucky for me I already know her through blogging and our local knitting group (yes, I can knit…slowly) and she offered to come over and help me make the alteration. So Monday was spent trying on, pinning and altering my Shari dress and now I have a dress that fits! I do have a seam running across the back of the dress now but I’d rather that than having to scrap the whole thing. Oh how I wish I had been more patient and made a muslin! Never mind, I’ve learned the hard way that we are not all shaped the same way, even when I’m not pregnant. I now know that if I want my clothing to fit MY body I need to take my time, measure, make a muslin, make my alterations and only then should I cut into my beautiful fabrics. Do you make a muslin of everything you make? I’m going to start buying old sheets from my local thrift shops for this purpose so I can draw alterations and notes onto them.

I trimmed the hem of the dress so it slopes slightly at the front to accommodate my bump which will lift it as it gets bigger. I had some help doing this as you can see in the photo. I also tacked down anything on the inside that needed it since I’m not adding a lining.

I will be making this pattern again, I have altered the back pattern piece so I won’t have the same problem again and I may add a little extra width to the alteration i made for the front. I want to use up some two metre lengths of fabric from my stash so my next Shari will be shortened into a top.

This week I’ll be starting work on the new pattern Liz. I have made up a drawing of how I will alter it. I plan to widen the front middle pattern pieces slightly and in between the seams I will insert inverted pleatswhich will lie to the sides of my bump. I will also lengthen the top quite a bit. What do you think? Do you think it will work? Is there anything different you would suggest? Please leave a comment.

The Shari sewalong has now ended. If you took part please upload images of your finished garment in the creations section, on your homepage or in the forum and let us know your thoughts about making this dress. Did you make any alterations? What fabric did you use? Did you encounter any problems? What would you do different if you decide to make another?

Our next sewalong will be the Lydia pattern. I will be taking part in this sewalong since I am becoming desperate for clothes that fit and this pattern is perfect, it’s so simple and can be altered in so many ways. I also want to learn more about sewing knits so this is the perfect opportunity. Are you going to sew along with us? There’s a new thread in the forum where you can let us know your plans for making this top and also show us a photo of the fabric you plan to use. I think I’ll be fabric shopping for this one.

Winner announcement of the Halloween Challenge

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Halloween is over, Thanks giving almost here. No doubt, we are approaching the HOLIDAY SEASON!!
For that matter we wanted to urgently announce our winners of our Halloween challenge:
Winners are..

Cherylfrances with her cute little pumpkin puppy, Elinorawen with her fudgy appearance at the Visitor service, Booboobear, even though she represents the Easter bunny, won for her dedication as a teacher, who dressed up in a furry bunny costume at over 100 degrees, Stacysews because she created the cutest and most charming little zombie bride , Mirela wins, because her and her friends brought us one afternoon full of laughter with her funny horn creations, Sunnyb64 wins for the fact that she really managed to look like a beautiful fairy and isn’t that something all of us girls would like to look like, at least once in our lifes, makelikeatree wins because she’s got AWESOME style, even as a dinosaur, Howlymowly’s cutest Link from Zelda wins, no explanation needed, go see for yourself, Redemily wins bringing the white rabbit and the entire crew from Alice in Wonderland to life and last but certainly not least Elainemay, because she found an incredibly adorable way to do some recycling with her bubblewrap tutu .

Thanks so much to all of you for participating. For the ten lucky winners, keep your eyes peeled for some BurdaStyle Mail!

STITCH AUSTIN - Meet Us There!

UPDATE: We are giving away 3 pairs of free tickets for STITCH Austin! Write us to answers@burdastyle.com, the first three are the winners!

The coming weekend – Saturday, November 10th – we will be at the most exciting DIY fashion show STITCH AUSTIN, in Texas. We are sponsoring the event and would be happy to see you there. Please comment or send us and email to answers@burdastyle.com so we can meet up! Hoping to see you there…

Featured Member: Lifje

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

I’m from Denmark and right now I live in Copenhagen. But I’ve lived all my life with my parents in a farm in the middle of nowhere.

What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?

The first thing I made…that’s a looong time ago. I think it must have been some knitted christmas present for my parents. I spent most of my childhood in my grandma’s house where she tought me how to sew, knit and all that kind of stuff. In the Danish school you have lessons of sewing when you are about 10 years old. So that’s when I learned how to sew on a sewing machine…though one day I sewed into my finger and that scared me from touching a sewing machine for some years :P

What role does sewing play in your life?

I love making things…I love to draw, to sew, to knit, to play the piano, to make bracelets…almost anything that I can make with my hands.

What is your favorite and what is your least favorite thing about sewing?

My favorite thing is to see my ideas take shape…at the same time that’s what I hate the most. . . when I have these great ideas in my head of what I want do and then it just doesn’t work.

If you could make something for anyone who would it be and what would you make?

Don’t really know. . . I love to make things for people. It makes me really happy! It also makes me feel good when people ask me to make this and that for them. . .a lways nice when people like your work.

What are you looking for on our site? What do you think should be improved and what do you really like?

I look at other peoples creations, at the patterns and at the how tos. I like to get inspired and get feedback on my things. I never use patterns but it would be fun to try some day.

What is your motto?

No motto…and I don’t want to make one up just to have one :P hehe!

If you want to learn more about Lifje, check out her awesome member profile

TREND: Trick or Treat?

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Happy Halloween, kids. Rather than pontificate, as planned, on the aspirationally porny horror of the “sexy” costume, this year, in honor of our annual frightfest, your intrepid correspondent has decided to face down her current fashion nightmare. There’s nothing I fear more than a new silhouette. Sure, it might look great on a model, it might tantalize on the street, but push come to shove, conversion is hard. The eye advances before the nerve, and I think a lot of women feel this way. To wit: About five years ago, a few friends and I had gathered at a downtown basement dive bar, one of those bleeding-edge places with no sign, etc. We were all downing beers, contentedly stylish in our relatively new bootcut Sevens and Paper Denims, when in walked a pair of girls just impossibly cool, wearing paint-on jeans tucked into knee-high boots. They looked amazing; they looked like what was next. A pall came over our table. We’d seen the future, and the future darkly hinted at a ten lb. crash diet and the purchase of some (hopefully forgiving) blouson tops. We were scared. It took a year for the bravest among us to get on board with the skinny denim trend.

These days, every one is trying to figure out what’s going to dislodge that skinny denim silhouette. High waisted and wide-legged is gaining traction, but one senses a general fear that it’s a fad, and not anything worth another 10lb crash diet and some major wardrobe reshuffling. Mannish trouser cuts are coming back; New Zealand designer Karen Walker has some smart versions of these, and Twenty8Twelve (Susannah and Sienna Miller’s new line) is doing an exceptional trouser-jean for Spring, lightweight and hip-slung. They are easy to integrate into your closet. But the pant that keeps catching my eye, the one I’ve seen on the impossibly cool girls around my neighborhood, and by ahead-of-the-click designers such as Mayle and ACNE, present the sternest challenge to the style nerve. Gathered at the waist and baggy through the thigh, they taper at the ankle, for a subtle parachute effect. One wears them, probably, with skin-tight tank, a slouchy sweater or open flannel, a pair of flat granny boots and a hat. Or: A leotard, long necklace and ankle-shaking heels. The pair by Australia’s LOVER, coming for Spring, are the best parachutes I’ve seen, soft, black, with some jerseyish drape. I know I want them. I know I fear them, too.

Aenne Burda Charity - German Art Auction

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We thought to let you know that our friends from Germany are having an art auction to honor Aenne Burda and to support a tumor biology clinic and an associaton for children with cancer. The exhibition is taking in the old printing press of Burda in Offenburg, where Aenne used to live and conquered the world with her magazines. If you understand German, you can bid online via eBay here. The auction runs from Nov 1st till Nov 9th, 2007.

The making of Shari-part 2

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The plan for my Shari dress this past week was to sew in the invisible zipper, the sleeves and adjust the hem to the correct length over my bump. I hunted high and low for an invisible zipper foot in my local fabric haunts but couldn’t find one anywhere, luckily my friend Justine came to the rescue and loaned me hers. This was the first time I have ever inserted an invisible zipper and although I think I did an ok job I could probably do with practicing a little especially when it comes to lining up piping and seams.

I found that once I had the zipper in and tried on the dress I had a gaping problem at the back above the waist. I’m not sure how to fix the problem, I’m thinking that my bum has grown along with my belly and this may be the cause of it, the dress is tighter around that area which in turn is making the waist bunch up. Would widening the back skirt piece like I did the front have worked? Do you have any suggestions for fixing the problem? Kallers seemed to have a similar problem with her dress and tightened it up by adding last elastic to the back. How did this work for you Kallers? The sleeves were very straightforward to sew in and took no time at all. I still haven’t managed to sew the hem though, I did think about asking my husband to help out but thought better of that idea, the hem would turn out wonkier than it already is! I’m going to get my friend to help me out but I want to wait until I’ve fixed the gaping problem at the back first just in case it makes a difference to the hemline.

I’ve decided not to line this dress, with the hot weather fast approaching here in Australia I think less layers would be best. I will however finish the inside of the dress properly by tacking down the zipper, piping and any seams that need it. I love a good night of hand stitching on the sofa! So, this dress is going to be another week in the making, please leave a comment with any suggestions you may have for fixing the gaping at the back.

My next project in line is to be the new Liz blouse uploaded to the site yesterday. To alter this blouse to fit me I’m thinking of adding inverted pleats in between the front pieces and lengthening quite a lot at the front. I’ll draw a few sketches for next week to make it a little clearer. Again, any suggestions for alterations are welcome.

Remember, only one week left for the Shari sewalong. Please upload a photograph of your dress to the creations section or on your homepage and let us know what you thought about sewing this dress. Did you make any alterations? What fabric did you use? Did you encounter any problems? What would you do different of you decided to make another? I have opened a new thread in the forums for suggestions for the next sewalong. If you want to take part please leave a comment with your suggestion by the weekend and I will announce a decision based on the most popular vote in my blog post next week.

SHEER MADNESS

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This was a season of curious looks. From Marc Jacobs’ “too small” shoes and front-loaded heels, through the unraveled goth on Olivier Theyskens’ Nina Ricci runway, to Chanel’s stars ‘n’ stripes-denim collection, designers were testing out a broad array of (sometimes questionable) ideas for next Spring. In that context, the prevalence of sheer materials hardly merits a raised eyebrow. But then again, sheers were one of only a few big trends this season, and of those, easily the strangest. The very prevalence of see-through silks and chiffons demands its close inspection.

So: What’s up with sheers? The first inklings of the trend came along early in New York, as stylists again and again deployed much-reviled sheer black hosiery. Transparency’s first standout moment happened at Marc, where his deshabille theme, referenced in haphazard pajama dressing and visible bra straps, made its biggest statement with all but invisible dresses revealing the lingerie beneath. (Needless to say, the lingerie itself was key to the look.) Prada augmented the trend in Milan, echoing Marc’s boudoir looks, while adding some Orientalist flair; the item from the show sure to gain the most traction come press time was Miuccia’s see-through pajama pant, worn below tunic-style tops and mini-dresses. But sheers received their most directional outing at Raf Simons’ show for Jil Sander, where models were all but cocooned in multi-color wisps of fabric. Numerous shows in Paris served to confirm the trend.

This critic, for one, is a bit stymied. Were designers sick of the last few seasons’ ping pong match between loose volume and ultra-tight, body-conscious dressing, and seeking out a third way? Or was this merely some typical fashion reactionism, responding to an exceptionally dark, finished and heavy Fall/Winter season by showing styles weightless and a little off? There seems to be more to this trend than that, something sticky and strange and fetishistic relating to the always-complex relationship between carnality and virginity, sex and romance, nudity and dress. The designers are playing a game, and I can’t put my finger on the rules yet, but I suspect that the prevalence of sheers is a rallying cry around a new perversion.

More to the point – as they say in retail – does this trend have legs? Will women be swathing themselves, Simons-style, in ribbons of gossamer chiffon? Will they dare to go bare, with only some fine-spun, naked silk between the elements and their midriffs? Or (this seems most likely) will we be seeing a major uptick in sales of sheer black pantyhose? Comments welcome…

The making of Shari-part 1

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Thanks for all your comments on last weeks blog post. In the end I decided to go with the paisley fabric most of you chose and instead of the blue fabric for the piping I used brown like Kirsten suggested. I’m glad I did because I think it works much better than the blue would have.

I made a few alterations to the pattern before getting started. Since my bump starts under my bust there was no need for a yoke, instead I added the yoke pattern pieces to the skirt pieces. I then split the front skirt piece in half lengthways and extended the pieces outwards to give more room for my bump (see step 2 in my how-to for details). I also needed to lengthen the hem at the front of the dress to allow for my bump lifting it. Rather than altering the pattern I decided to leave the front fabric pieces long so I can adjust them once the dress is done and I can try it on.

I’ve really enjoyed sewing this dress and feel like I my sewing mojo has finally returned. So far I have put the dress together up to (but not including) the zipper. This is the first time I have sewn piping and I must say I’m pretty darn proud of my first attempt. It was much easier than I expected it to be due to the fact that I had Benedikta’s tutorial to show me how to make the piping and this tutorial showing me how to sew it in.

I’d say that this dress is pretty easy to make, just as long as you take your time and pin each piece precisely. This week I’ll be inserting my first ever invisible zipper but first I need to purchase the zipper and an invisible zipper foot for my machine unless I can find a way to sew it in without one?! Then it’s just a matter of inserting the sleeves, adding the lining (does it need it?) and hemming at the correct length. I’m looking forward to finishing it and being able to wear it, I’m running out of clothes that fit very fast!

There are a few finished pairs of Janina pants uploaded in the creations. I’m particularly impressed with WenStuPen’s, as far as I can tell the only alteration she made was to not add the back. She mentions that if she were to make them again she’d try the shorter version, go down a size and add the pockets. I was also impressed with Lucelu’s ability to match up the pattern of the fabric, something I often forget to do. She made a few alterations such as shortening the length, decreasing the seam allowance at the upper thighs where they meet at the crotch, decreasing the seam allowance at the waist, increased the seam allowance (graded) at center back and the center back waistband so it wouldn’t gap.

I didn’t manage to get around to making these for the sew-along but I do plan to make some, maybe adding a stretch knit band at the waistline.

We have two more weeks for the current sew-along, Shari. So, if you want to join in there’s still time.

SORRY FOR THE SPAM

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Hi Everybody,

We are SO SO SORRY! You might have received email notifications that informed you that you received a comment on your creation, which, when you clicked on the link turned out to be SPAM! That said you might have gotten also a message to your BurdaStyle account. We have been fighting the spam and hopefully will end the battle next week, including the Spam underneath your creations!! WE ARE SO EMBARASSED and horribly sorry. Please bare with us.

Good news is, once this is fixed there won’t be any spam anymore EVER , and you will finally receive a notification whenever somebody leaves a real comment underneath your wonderful creation!

In shock,
Your BurdaStyle Team

Collar ID

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Collars are an integral part of fashion. Peter pan collars- collars that lie flat against the garment- and stand up collars- like mandarin collars- are always coming in and out of style, and can drastically change the look of a blouse or jacket. Even tailored-wear has to keep up with trends in lapel size and collar stand height. A bigger lapel can make a classic-fit jacket immediately trendy. Adding a shawl, or roll collar, to a blouse or jacket quickly softens the silhouette and accentuates the feminine neckline and collarbone.

Trick or Treat on BurdaStyle

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Post your costumes and get a treat!

The upcoming months hold the first major holidays BurdaStyle gets to celebrate with you, and we are so excited. We’ve got lots of great patterns for you to make magnificent gifts for your friends and family. We will also post more patterns for the perfect Holiday outfits, in addition to the Shari and Cate dresses. So not only are you giving the best handmade gifts, but you will also be the best dressed- whether you are cooking or simply eating the big dinners!

To start the Holiday season off, we are going to get all dressed up for Halloween! Our friends and neighbors, Etsy and MAKE: Magazine, are having a big crafty Halloween party and we are hoping to make some extraordinary costumes! And we want you to as well! Trick or Treat at BurdaStyle.com by posting your Halloween costumes as creations under the costumes category and we will send our favorite 10 costumes some spooky (and probably sewing-related) treats!

Dogs Can Look Even Better

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The BurdaStyle team says congratulations to their friends in Germany who launched today Hallo Hund, a fun and informative community all about dogs. As a gift for the launch (we know how stressful that is!) we prepared an awesome dog vest How To, elegantly worn by Daisy. So, dress your dog in style!

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