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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!


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    Oct 6, 2011, 07.02 PMby Melissa Muskopf

    i’m trying to be something that the costume is unavailable so i’m creating my own pattern. it has been patented before…(playboy bunny). would these things be acceptable? i also made a poison ivy costume last year…are those both admissable?

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    Oct 5, 2011, 03.12 AMby Annissë

    I just entered!

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    Oct 5, 2011, 01.32 AMby Emeraldstar

    sooooooooooooooooo doing this!!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 11.27 PMby jennidash

    chill….its just a bit of fun and its my first time entering anything like this. I am amazed by the entries and some have really inspired me ;)

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    Oct 4, 2011, 07.33 PMby margiwarg

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      Oct 5, 2011, 01.16 PMby rachelnyc

      Hey margiwarg,

      Like all member projects shared on BurdaStyle, costumes should be home made. Through the photos and description, we can usually tell if something fits the bill. Plus, the DIY projects always reign supreme – they are the most clever, best fitting, all around most original!

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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    Oct 4, 2011, 02.42 PMby mixtlii

    Just to make sure I understood well: we can make more than 1 entry?

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      Oct 5, 2011, 01.07 PMby rachelnyc

      Hey mixtlii,

      Yes, more than one entry is allowed. Good luck!

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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    Oct 4, 2011, 05.51 AMby kelseykay

    I love halloween!! I want to make a million costumes!! I finished drafting my dress yesterday and now my fabrics prepared to be CUT! =]

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    Oct 4, 2011, 05.04 AMby mixtlii

    Yeah!!! I’m so excited! I loved the “jaws” costume last year, now I must find something as awesome!!!

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    Oct 4, 2011, 04.50 AMby Andres Pinedo

    yall are going down just saying

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      Oct 4, 2011, 03.24 PMby cantare

      haha bring it! that’s all I gotta say ;)

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    Oct 4, 2011, 04.19 AMby madebymeg

    just ordered my fabric!

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    Oct 3, 2011, 10.39 PMby piecesofanarnia

    This will be so much fun! But where do I submit my entry exactly?

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      Oct 3, 2011, 11.32 PMby kelepso

      I need to determine what I wanna be for Halloween before I can even enter this contest.

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      Oct 4, 2011, 12.29 AMby piecesofanarnia

      IKR? That’s the hardest part :/

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      Oct 4, 2011, 02.04 PMby rachelnyc


      Submit your entry by uploading a project with “BERNINA Halloween 2011” included in the title.

      Good luck!

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    Oct 3, 2011, 10.35 PMby sewenggirl88

    I understand that it makes it easier to format if you guys narrow the entries down to 50 fifty before voting begins, but it doesn’t seem very nice or fair. If it’s a real contest, you should allow everyone’s entries to be voted on. Just because you didn’t think it was creative enough, doesn’t mean the whole community thinks the same thing. This really made me mad last year too, it makes it seem like the contests are rigged in a way.

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      Oct 4, 2011, 08.51 AMby ladykatza

      I agree with this. A lot. (much in the same way I’ve noticed you almost never see larger people in the ‘best of’ section anymore since they merged sites)

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      Oct 4, 2011, 02.36 PMby rachelnyc

      Hey molly molly,

      Thanks for your comment. We understand and we’d like to give this a try. You’ll notice a change above. :)

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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      Oct 6, 2011, 08.58 PMby ichigogirl

      Another great thing would be to change the voting-slide-show to also be possible to navigate through thumbnails. I can never be bothered to look through all 50 entries twice and actually vote for my favourites, I’m sure I’m not the only one.
      Also, it’s unfair to the last projects in the slide-show, since looking through all takes so long that I’m sure loads of people run out of time before the end.
      Tessuti has a good voting system for their competitions, check it out!

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