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Volunteers needed for Renegade Craft Fair Brooklyn - This Weekend!

Hey All,
We are looking for local BurdaStylers to help out at our booth this weekend. Volunteers would be in half day shifts at our sweet booth in McCarren park, helping people create easy Make + Takes and spreading the word of BurdaStyle.
Sign up for either Saturday, Sunday or both!
If you are interested, please email answers[at]burdastyle[dot]com ASAP! Spots will fill up quickly!

Bob Martin on: A new way of life!


Researching for your design project may be a confusing and difficult task for a lot of people. Often times we make it harder than what it is. When researching here is a few tips that I like to do.

• No mistakes- There is no right or wrong research. I repeat “no right or wrong” as in you can’t make a mistake. When you are this early in your research stage, it is impossible really to gather the “wrong” research. The Editing process and deciding what to keep and disregard will happen later so soak it all in and don’t be afraid to explore!

BurdaFashion.com is redirecting to BurdaStyle.com


[UPDATE: 04/17/2013] – In June 2010 the former Burda website in English, BurdaFashion.com was redirected to BurdaStyle.com.

We regret to report that the merger between BurdaStyle and Burda Fashion did not take place and BurdaStyle is unable to offer the same content as the former site. Please find the appropriate contacts below regarding information once available.

Burda envelope pattern customer support and sales:

- Germany: www.burdastyle.de
- France: http://www.burdafashion.com/fr/index.html
- Italy: http://www.burdafashion.com/it/index.html
- Russia: http://www.burdafashion.com/ru/index.html
- United States: http://www.simplicity.com

If you purchased a Burda envelope pattern in the United States and need support regarding your purchase, please contact Simplicity Patterns directly.

Simplicity Patterns customer support: Sharon Dorris, SDorris@simplicity.com
Simplicity Patterns Co., Inc., 6050 Dana Way, Antioch, TN 37013

If you purchased your envelope pattern outside of the United States and/or need support for an issue beyond the purchase (including English instructions), please contact the Burda Fashion Factory for assistance.

Burda Fashion Factory customer support: Liliane Tricard, liliane.tricard@burda.com

BurdaStyle.com sells downloadable PDF sewing patterns only. Between 2007-2010 BurdaStyle.com created a collection of exclusive PDF patterns from their NY office and in 2010 the team ceased pattern production and began selling PDF patterns by burda style magazine, which are under separate copyright laws. BurdaStyle.com does not offer customer support for patterns not available on the site.

If you have any feedback related to burda style magazine’s editorial content and/or pattern collection design please contact the magazine directly.

burda style magazine customer support: burdastyle@burda.com.

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BurdaStyle at Maker Faire


This past weekend BurdaStyle (along with 96,000 others) were at Maker Faire in San Mateo, California.
If you guys are not familiar with Maker Faire, it is the country’s best science fair created by Make Magazine to “celebrate arts, crafts, engineering, science projects and the DIY mindset.”
While there we taught hundreds of people how to sew using our quick-and-easy free make + takes with Singer sewing machines and Britex fabric. Check out our slide show from the event.

To all those interested in joining BurdaStyle, click here.

We wanted to give a huge shout out to those who made this event possible.

Movie Premiere Dress


My friend Elyse went to the Sex and The City 2 movie premiere this Monday in a dress I created for her with BurdaStyle and WOW she looked hot!

Featured Member: Rifka


1. Where are you from and/or where do you live?
I was born in Israel, but left very young to spend my school years in the suburbs just east of San Francisco. I moved to Seattle 15 years ago and currently live there with my husband and two sons.

2. What was the 1st thing you made? How did you start sewing?
My first sewing venture was a western shirt for my youngest. It was sewn from a vintage pattern (Simplicity 7685), which is still one of my favorites. I think I must have made six versions of this shirt before trying anything else those first few months. I’ve been sewing for about two years now, but have been in the mist of some creative endeavor for as long as I can remember.

Bob Martin on: Finding your Inspiration

Where do I look for fashion design research?

Flower Power


Floral prints dominated the 2010 Spring Runways and have been seeping into all areas of fashion.

Julia Sews

If you happen to be near a television set, be sure to catch today’s episode of Oprah. Her guest for this episode is actress, Julia Roberts. Even though Julia’s primary reason for appearing is to promote her latest new movie, viewers will discover her latest hobby….. sewing. Julia admits, “This is my new skill to keep my brain firm. I made some big pillows for the kids and some really simple pants for Danny.”

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Connect with BurdaStyle on Facebook and Twitter for your chance to win a 50-Spool Assortment from Coats!

Bob Martin on: Allowing your inspiration to lead you to Discovery!

What do I need to find and collect to establish a design process? What should it contain?

Bob Martin on: The Brief is your Friend


If you attend a design university, enter a competition, or are working on a project for a certain client or company, you are often given a “brief” to follow. The brief is designed to inspire you and outline the objectives and aims of the project. In a brief you may find the following parameters, constraints and conditions.

Make + Takes from Maker Faire


If you are in the Bay Area this weekend (May 22&23) you should come by Maker Faire and join us for a Make + Take! We will be having two, quick and easy projects to create. You can sign up for either the Easy Drawstring Bag or Roll-Up Organizer.

We will have awesome fabric provided by Britex, the four story, amazingly inspirational landmark fabric store in San Fransisco and sewing machines and a brand new line of irons provided by SINGER (who are also a part of the Swap-O-Rama-Rama tent.) Once your project is created, you’ll also be able to iron on some cool graphics!

It’s going to be a lot of fun! So, stop by booth 218 in the expo hall, pick up great goodies and create something!

See you all this weekend!

And the Winners of the Sitches & Craft Runway Competition are....


Those who attended the Stitches & Craft Show in Melbourne had the opportunity to vote for their favorites in the Stitches & Craft Show Runway Competition Brought to you by BurdaStyle and Tessuti. They voted and the lucky winners are….

Bob Martin on: Starting from the Beginning and not the End


Last time I posted, I talked about how as designers we sometimes start creating or designing way too early. Don’t get me wrong … I am all for getting a pattern or downloading one from my free patterns page, or one here on BurdaStyle, buying some fabric you love, and just sewing it together. I also encourage projects like randomly taking some embellishments, and or thread, and stitching them on your old Converse Chuck Taylors to give them some “pizzazz “. There is something relaxing and worry free about jumping right into a creative project like these without any preconceived ideas, or expectations…what can result is something amazing or something that is absolutely horrid… one or the other it almost always looks spontaneous and you almost always walk away having learned something new.


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