Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!


We can’t believe this year has flown by so quickly and that it’s almost time for our favorite holiday, Halloween! We’ve already started breaking out our favorite fabrics and wackiest embellishments in anticipation and now we’re giving you the chance to do the same with the BERNINA 2011 Halloween Costume Competition.

The bar has been set high by last year’s winner gonewandering and her awesome Jaws creation, and this year we’re looking forward to loads more jaw-dropping and hair-raising ideas from our fantastically creative community. Have a costume idea that you’ve always wanted to try but never had the chance? Here’s your opportunity to pull out all the stops and take home a sweet cash prize or brand new 3 Series machine from our friends at BERNINA!

How to Enter:

Transform yourself (or your kids, husband, wife, dog, etc.) with the most impressive Halloween costume that has ever appeared on BurdaStyle.

Upload your project(s) with the words “BERNINA Halloween 2011” included in the title by October 23rd at midnight (EST). Only projects with the full phrase included will be considered for this competition!


Voting will be open from October 25th until midnight EST on Sunday, October 30th. Vote for your favorites via a Gallery slideshow. All eligible entries will be featured in the slideshow!

3 Huge Prizes:

First place winner will be chosen by the BurdaStyle community, via the voting slide show, and will score a $1,000(USD) cash prize.

Second place will also be chosen by the BurdaStyle community and will win a $300(USD) cash prize.

One lucky winner will be chosen as a sponsor favorite by BERNINA to take home their own BERNINA 350 PE Sewing Machine. Sponsor favorite will be chosen from the 50 finalists in the voting slideshow.

This competition is open to all BurdaStyle members, no matter where you sew!

BurdaStyle is such a vibrant, diverse and fun community of creative people – we can hardly wait to see what you guys come up with! Remember, the last day to post your projects is October 23rd, so start brainstorming, experimenting and sewing now!

Click here for official rules and happy sewing!


  • Missing

    Oct 26, 2011, 09.30 PMby malimro


    I just went through all 264 entries and mine is not there. I sent my entry in by deadline…late Sunday evening around 9. Could you please post my design?? Thank you so much. http://www.burdastyle.com/profiles/malimro/my_studio

  • Missing

    Oct 26, 2011, 02.58 PMby destriedee

    I have e-mailed you guys a few times, for some reason my project never got added to the slideshow :( I followed all of the rules and the deadline. Here is my link http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/bernina-halloween-2011-princess-and-the-frog. Please add me! Thank you :)


  • Missing

    Oct 25, 2011, 11.07 PMby salliebones

    I uploaded my costume on the 23rd around 9:30 EST. Why does it say that it was added yesterday (the 24th)? Also, it is not in the slideshow…why?

  • Missing

    Oct 24, 2011, 10.59 PMby interregnum

    So I uploaded my costume yesterday around 11:30pm EST… but it’s showing up on the site as being posted today and is not included in the slideshow. What gives?

    1 Reply
    • David_headshot_large

      Oct 25, 2011, 02.59 PMby mynameisdavid


      I apologize for that oversight. Your project has been added to the slideshow. Please see it here.



  • Me1_large

    Oct 23, 2011, 11.54 PMby fashionfreek

    I have uploaded mine too.:-). All the best to those who entered.:-)

  • 02_large

    Oct 23, 2011, 03.43 AMby snowkat514

    I just uploaded my entry…so excited & goodluck to everyone!!!

  • Blur_large

    Oct 21, 2011, 03.35 PMby dmajen

    I saved my entry by clicking save before publishing and now it has disappeared. It is nowhere on my page??? Where can I retrieve my saved project?

  • Missing

    Oct 20, 2011, 04.28 PMby Joseph Gersch Jr.

    Where do we upload our pics

    1 Reply
    • Profile_large

      Oct 21, 2011, 01.20 PMby rachelnyc

      Upload your project to your studio, see the FAQ directions here

  • 100_1622_large

    Oct 16, 2011, 05.47 AMby vinessa

    So does voting for the costumes start on October 23rd? And are we able to see all the other entries?

    1 Reply
    • Profile_large

      Oct 21, 2011, 01.22 PMby rachelnyc

      Voting will be open from October 25th until midnight EST on Sunday, October 30th. All the entries will be in an album in our Gallery section.

  • Tree_large

    Oct 15, 2011, 12.33 AMby SATTELBERG


    1 Reply
    • Profile_large

      Oct 21, 2011, 01.21 PMby rachelnyc

      Voting will be open from October 25th until midnight EST on Sunday, October 30th.

  • Dsc_0057_large

    Oct 14, 2011, 07.16 PMby Juliette Lanvers

    I just entered mine today. Is there a place on the site where we can see all the entries and check if ours is in? j

    1 Reply
    • Profile_large

      Oct 21, 2011, 01.23 PMby rachelnyc

      The voting slideshow will debut on October 25th. If you included “BERNINA Halloween 2011” in the project title, your project will be included! :)

  • 985f0154fdefdf284531d76b36fbffee7a42548e_large

    Oct 10, 2011, 01.28 PMby katexxxxxx

    In the UK and Europe it is very unusual for adults to make costumes for Halloween. People just don’t usually dress up for this, it’s a kind of non-event here…

    Can we have a more Euro-based competition for this side of the pond at some point? And I’m sure there are similar issues for those in the southern hemisphere, India, Japan, and most of Asia north of the Himalayas!

    2 Replies
    • Profile_large

      Oct 11, 2011, 10.51 PMby rachelnyc

      Hi katexxxxxx,

      Thanks for the feedback. We’re always looking for more contest and competition ideas, I’d love to hear what would inspire you for a contest!

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

    • Dscn5250_large

      Oct 19, 2011, 07.19 PMby mixtlii

      Unusual, but so much fun! You should try a halloween party, last year my parents dressed up as a tiger and a ladybug and they really did enjoy it!

  • Vintage_lady_resize_large

    Oct 9, 2011, 04.49 PMby vintagegal

    I’m just wondering….why does the competition close so early? I will definitely still be sewing right up until October 31st! So no entering the contest for me……..I have been enjoying looking at the fabulous pieces entered already, though. Lots of talent here at Burda online…….

    1 Reply
    • A800bb10d74bc9a529f1455298c465d785b31abf_large

      Oct 19, 2011, 07.12 PMby samanthaapril

      yes, I thought the same thing, about the closing date…

  • 180_large

    Oct 9, 2011, 12.47 PMby ancagrigorescu

    hello , i want ask if i can do only one entry or i can do 2 or 3 entries (different of course) ? for hallloween or carnival ? something from burdastyle or it is possible something else ? I cannot finish on my project , why ?

    1 Reply
    • Profile_large

      Oct 11, 2011, 10.47 PMby rachelnyc

      Hey ancagrigorescu,

      There is no limit to entries per person. No, you do not have to use a BurdaStyle pattern for your project. Go wild and have fun!

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

  • Dsc_0089a-sm_large

    Oct 9, 2011, 05.16 AMby smashu

    I entered too! I’ve been a lurker on here forever and I’ve never entered a contest for a costume I’ve made before! Excited :D

  • Me1_large

    Oct 7, 2011, 09.40 AMby fashionfreek

    I just dont know what to make. Shall I make something for myself or the children??

  • D40d7ac6b1661a2c4af19156346a8a5ad1d49788_large

    Oct 7, 2011, 03.21 AMby katesy

    i just entered, it is the first time I have uploaded anything here! I hope it works! I hope everybody likes it!

  • Avatar2_large

    Oct 6, 2011, 09.54 PMby alasse

    Would it be possible to enter with something I already made (and posted)? Like… only change its title? Or reupload it?

    1 Reply
    • Profile_large

      Oct 7, 2011, 03.35 PMby rachelnyc

      Hey alasse,

      This competition is intended to showcase hand made costumes for Halloween 2011. If your project was made for trick or treating this year, then it fits the bill.

      -Rachel @BurdaStyle

  • Feestje_eline_007_large

    Oct 6, 2011, 07.32 PMby lienepien

    Great! I already saw nice things people made! I have a great Idea to make but I don’t think I will manage before the 23th and never have Halloween parties. (Holland) But orininal I came up with my idea for Carnaval around februari so before it is Feb. I have plenty of time to make one.. I hope.. If I do I will post it.

    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post


  • Editors' Pick
  • Pattern Collections
  • BurdaStyle Academy
  • Burda Challenge
  • Backstage Report
  • Fashion & Trends
  • DIY to Try
  • Tips & Techniques
  • Member Highlights
  • Sewing Projects
  • Outta Town
  • Contests & Competitions
  • Archive
  • Guest Columns
  • Videos
  • Meg's Magazine Mash Up
  • As Seen In
  • Podcast
  • Holiday