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BurdaStyle is open for your design submissions!

You are the talent and we want to give you even more room to show it.

Starting immediately we will at all times accept design submissions. Any time you have a fabulous idea for a new piece, send in a sketch of the piece from the front and back as well as a technical drawing. Think about why that piece is not only a perfect design for you, but for all other members on BurdaStyle and write it up in a short essay. Make sure to mention what category you are designing for (men, women’s, women’s plus, children, accessories) and what fabrics you had in mind.

Your design will be produced into a real Burda pattern, famous for its fit! Please keep in mind, producing one pattern for our site is extremely cost and labor intensive. Each pattern will first be drafted in our studio, sewn up, optimized and redrafted until it reaches perfection, this process takes several months.

Afterward, we take it to Germany where it takes another couple of months to be made into a CAD pattern, graded, trued and set into a pattern pdf. While grading it the studio in Germany sews it up several times to make sure it works in all sizes. For each pattern, the German Team will create instructions and technical drawings.

Therefore, we have to choose carefully and select only the best and most versatile designs from your pool.

Submitting a design does not mean it will automatically be produced, we also don’t guarantee to choose any design. Drawing on our experience, we will choose only designs that are valuable for the community and catalog. No style that could be created by altering an existing pattern will be produced. We will choose designs that are unique, stylish and of interest for our members.

If BurdaStyle chooses to produce the pattern, you will get a grant of $160 dollars. A sample of your design will be made up and shot in a professional photo shoot. You will receive pictures in high resolution that you can use to for your portfolio. You will also be proudly presented as the Designer of the pattern and eternal gratitude of the community is yours.

We are looking forward to many submissions in all categories.

Email the following to submissions(at)BurdaStyle(dot)com:

  • Sketch from the front and back

  • -Technical drawing

  • -Short explanation of design’s value to the community

  • Category and recommended fabrics


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    Aug 1, 2013, 02.18 AMby Renata Tayler

    Where do we find out how to modify patterns to fit? I never fit the dimensions of the pattern sizes, too large waist, too small bust.

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    Aug 1, 2013, 01.33 AMby Renata Tayler

    What if we can’t draw? Could we submit a photo or worded description and get one of your team to do a sketch for us?

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    Dec 22, 2011, 08.51 AMby JacobRobinson

    I am really impressed with this blog. It is easy to see that you are impassioned about your writing. I wish I had got your ability to write. I look forward to more updates and will be returning.

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    Jan 28, 2011, 07.37 AMby whatimake

    This is a question about whether BurdaStyle is still open for design submissions. I ask this because I have a pattern design that I want to see Burda offer—that for an Inverness cape/cloak. Most closely associated with Sherlock Holmes in the United States, of which I am a citizen and in which I am a resident, the Inverness cape/cloak is an article of Scottish highland clothing that men and/or women may wear, and it is also often used in place of a conventional raincoat.

    Any feedback on the subject will be greatly welcomed.

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    Mar 10, 2010, 04.13 PMby stellag

    Is this Blog/idea still alive? Did any of the designs get posted/created? I was more hoping that posting/sending in an illustration with details would be then translated into real prototype (may not have the skills now to do it myself…but i am learning)

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    Nov 21, 2009, 11.48 AMby zickzack

    I guess now it would be time to send in suggestions for winter designs? And I am also interested in Lala86’s question, or rather the answer ; )

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    Oct 8, 2009, 11.57 AMby niqaivah

    absolutely amazing! i can’t wait to submit a design! this is a wonderful opportunity. thank you Burda!

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    Aug 10, 2009, 08.20 PMby lala86

    have you guys picked anyone yet???

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    Jul 30, 2009, 07.58 AMby pinkpurple84

    how do we know if our design is picked?

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    Jul 17, 2009, 05.09 AMby suribabe

    Fantasic idea.. I’ll sent some designs in. I use to have a Burda membership when I lived in The Netherlands. I now live in the Uk and would like to have the membership again. Unfortunately, the magazines arent available in bookstores or supermarkets either. I always have to get loose patterns (too expensive).

    Do you think Burda will introduce the magazine in the UK?

    The magazine is fab and always have great ideas in there.

    I also have another question. How do I print the free patterns out?



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    Jun 15, 2009, 10.58 AMby alden

    Send in as many designs as you like! This is open to everywhere, so send em in

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      Jan 16, 2010, 08.02 AMby mlssfshn

      Are you still perusing this?

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    Jun 10, 2009, 02.44 AMby phunk2

    Awesome! Can we send more than one design? Thank You.

    Ummm… one more thing, is this open just for specific region? Or country?

    Thanks before.

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    May 30, 2009, 12.37 PMby pinkpurple84

    to learn how to make a technical drawing, go to www.burdastyle.com/howtos/show/630

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    May 26, 2009, 02.31 PMby fatbaby

    What is considered a “technical drawing?”

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    May 25, 2009, 10.26 AMby lala86

    can we send our submissions in a pdf format? or which format shall we use? thanks.

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    May 25, 2009, 05.27 AMby pinkpurple84

    oh i c i c. thanks!!! my computer was being retarded and it showed up like this submissions(at)burdastyle(dot)com.

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    May 25, 2009, 04.05 AMby sunflowerinski

    Just reread the blog entry, I’m sure you’ll figure it out for yourself!

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    May 24, 2009, 08.13 PMby pinkpurple84

    does anyone know??? i hope im not too late

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    May 24, 2009, 06.39 PMby pinkpurple84

    to what email address do we send our submissions to???

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    May 22, 2009, 07.47 AMby janetbernasconi

    What a fabulous chance! I love to design and have a creation in mind. I look forward to submitting.

    Have a wonderful day to all, Janet Bernasconi Janet’s Creative Pillows

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    May 21, 2009, 06.26 AMby janel5

    Thank you xEuphoria! I found it!

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    May 20, 2009, 02.13 PMby xeuphoria

    A technical drawing is the design with all it’s details on it, the proportions are right, and it shows the the garment will lie on the body just search technical drawing in the search bar and look in the patterns section, then print out the one that says technical drawing. When drawing your design you should be tracing the main body structure from the printed croqui.

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    May 19, 2009, 05.20 PMby weesa

    is this contest open to canadian residents as well?

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    May 19, 2009, 04.26 PMby janel5

    (I thought I posted before, but I don’t see my comment…)

    I have this great idea for a dress. It’s been on my mind for years. I mainly want to make one, but don’t have the skill to make it myself. I sent it to the big pattern companies, of course they didn’t want ME! They want real designers! So I’d be tickled pink to be able to send it to you guys.

    But now for the confession of ignorance, what’s a technical drawing? I have a drawing of course but what makes it technical? Do I have to notate something on it? Or is it a special format? Where can I find a sample of what it’s supposed to be like when I’m finished?

    If I could find that out, I could submit it…

    Thanks :-)

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      Oct 1, 2009, 07.38 PMby amira omran

      me too , i ask about what is the technical drawing?
      im a beginner in design

      thx alot
      amira omran

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    May 15, 2009, 02.20 PMby xeuphoria

    We can enter more than one design right? :)

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    May 15, 2009, 09.30 AMby marmota-b

    Very exciting indeed!In fact, TOO exciting; now I’m designing instead of studying… :D

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    May 13, 2009, 10.24 PMby cam557

    This is really exciting! Thanks Burdastyle!

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    May 13, 2009, 08.31 AMby benedikta

    Hey Tangerine-Dreams, This is the moment to get excited: Everyone is free to enter this contest :) Looking forward to your submission! Benedikta

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