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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!

BERNINA 3 Series and BurdaStyle cordially invite you to showcase your best work, by competing in our “Party Through The Decades” international design competition. We’re summoning you to create a party look inspired by your favorite era in fashion history. Which decade represents the epitome of style: Are you mad about the 50’s? Do you swoon over the roaring 20’s? Your party look can be a dramatic evening gown, a dress, or even a tuxedo! Inspiration could be found in a painting, an architectural monument, film or fashion— we just want to see your best skills put forward towards creating a dazzling party look!

To enter the competition you must submit the items listed below to: submissions[at]burdastyle[dot]com with “BERNINA Party Through the Decades” in the subject line. The deadline for submissions is November 23rd, at 11:59pm EST.

1. Inspiration image from your favorite era. Where did you find inspiration for your look? Your inspirational image can be a single image or multiple images depicted in a mood board or collage. You can combine two decades if you’re so inclined— just remember, we’ll be looking for innovation, technique and gaiety. Please double check that your inspiration image is at least 600 pixels wide.

2. Head to toe, front view photo of your party look. Please make sure your submission photo is high-resolution and at least 600 pixels wide.

3. Username, Project Name & Link to your project on BurdaStyle. Once you have sewn up your garment, upload it to BurdaStyle.com and put “BERNINA 3 Series” in the title. Simply copy and paste the url of your project into your email. Example: http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/black-ruffled-cape. Your project page is the perfect place to show off all other photos of your party look.

On November 29th, BurdaStyle will launch a slide show of the 50 finalists, where our community will have the chance to vote on their favorite party looks. Three lucky winners will be announced on December 14th via blog post and newsletter!!

1st Place- $300US cash prize
2nd Place- $100US cash prize
3rd Place- $50US cash prize

One lucky winner will be chosen as a sponsor favorite by BERNINA to take home their own BERNINA 3 Series sewing machine.

This competition is open to all BurdaStyle members, including international members! For official rules click here. There is no limit on submissions.

Step up to a machine that won’t hold you back: The BERNINA 3 Series. The affordable new line that combines superior performance, outstanding durability, and incredible Swiss engineering.


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    Dec 10, 2010, 06.47 PMby mlssfshn

    So, community voting is not the only factor in choosing a winner?

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    Nov 29, 2010, 07.27 PMby szab

    I updated the titIe: Bernina 3 series 80’s IittIe bIack dress. I hope it’s ok.

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    Nov 29, 2010, 05.17 PMby szab

    Hi I didn’t give the titIe BERNINA 3 Series to my dress what I have to do can I change it now?

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    Nov 26, 2010, 07.32 PMby girlofmanycolors

    Good luck competitors! There are some great entries!

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    Nov 26, 2010, 05.01 PMby mixtlii

    I was wondering, are the winners the ones that get the bigger number of votes, or is it the Burdastyle team that choose? (for cash prizes I mean, I understood for the sewing machine, the sponsor is choosing).

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    Nov 21, 2010, 03.35 PMby magdamagda

    this may be a silly question, but just to make sure I get it right, EST is GMT-5 as shown here http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/city.html?n=179 ? I’m a last minute person so any minute counts:D thanks!

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      Nov 22, 2010, 07.19 PMby rachelnyc

      Hi magdamagda,

      Yes, EST refers to current time in New York City, where the BurdaStyle office is located!

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    Nov 17, 2010, 05.17 PMby milkyway

    Is it against the rules to use a pattern from any pattern magazine? or should it be one made by ourselfs? if so then we have to take inspiration from a program, soap, or TV show, right?

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      Nov 22, 2010, 07.18 PMby rachelnyc

      Hi Milkyway,

      It is not against the rules to use an existing pattern. Find inspiration in your chosen time period, not limited to a TV show.

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    Nov 14, 2010, 07.57 PMby majobv

    I’ll try to participate!!!

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    Nov 14, 2010, 05.50 PMby casandraa

    yey! No age limit! it sounds good:D

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    Nov 13, 2010, 08.21 AMby tilshmil

    I found my answer! This will be fun. :0)

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    Nov 7, 2010, 08.06 PMby karenymd

    Just for clarification (or maybe my brain just isn’t working today!) does our project title need to be Bernina 3 series? Is that what the rules say? I can’t wait to start uploading pics! k

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      Nov 8, 2010, 03.35 PMby rachelnyc

      Yes, please put "BERNINA 3 Series” in the title of your project. Good luck!

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    Nov 6, 2010, 06.56 PMby pineappledinosaur

    just wondering if i can enter with my 2 friends or does the entry have to be solo?

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      Nov 8, 2010, 03.34 PMby rachelnyc

      Hey pineappleDinosaur,

      This competition isn’t meant for teams, but of course your friends can help you make your entry! If you win the competition, the prize will be sent to the holder of the email account used for submission.

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    Nov 6, 2010, 03.39 PMby pineappledinosaur

    soo exciting! can i enter this contest with my 2 friends who are also interested or only solo?

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    Nov 6, 2010, 12.24 AMby nishavinod2009

    yay! everyones included!! yipeee!!!!!

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    Nov 5, 2010, 03.15 PMby pineappledinosaur

    this sounds basically awesomeee!

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    Nov 5, 2010, 09.43 AMby natmarie

    This competition sounds so fun! And just in time for Christmas, too!

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    Nov 4, 2010, 05.43 PMby lnmrom

    Can you make a combination of two differents fashion eras or must it be from only one at a time?

    Ps. I am so entuastic about this competition :D

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      Nov 5, 2010, 03.03 PMby rachelnyc

      Hey Inmrom,

      Great idea! Yes, you’re inspiration can be from more than one era.

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    Nov 4, 2010, 12.23 PMby sgagliardi

    Do we just submit and upload a photo of our completed garment to our projects, or do we need to include the pattern that we used, be it either our own draftet pattern or a bought pattern?

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      Nov 4, 2010, 02.13 PMby rachelnyc

      The requirements are listed above, #1-3. There are no additional requirements. Have fun sewing!

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