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Military details like cargo pockets and epaulettes are classics for fall. This collection features military-inspired outerwear and separates, plus a comfy cardigan and girlier pieces. Mix and match your favorites for a polished cold weather look. Patterns are from the August 2011 issue of Burda Style magazine.

Command attention in this snappy Military Coat. This coat is highly detailed, with epaulettes and breast pockets. This stylish layer adds polish and attitude to jeans and a sweater.

This versatile Pleated Midi Skirt has a subtle tulip shape that’s simply elegant. Pair it with ladylike pumps and a soft sweater, or wear the mini length with loafers or boots.

Add a softer layer with the Wrap Cardigan. These wrap sweaters are such a popular trend, and it’s easy to see why. The fluttery shape looks good with almost anything, from jeans and a tee shirt to dresses.

Mix the Cargo Skirt with a softer top and loose hair. This utilitarian style looks cute paired with knee or thigh-high socks and booties. Make it in green or khaki for the full military effect!

Looking for something sweet to pair with your military pieces? The short sleeved Ruffled Blouse has lots of ruffles and puffed sleeves for a super feminine look. Give a preppy, girlie look to any outfit!

Get a little flamenco flair in these funky Flared Pants. The ruffle at the bottom is a fun twist on bootcut or flared trousers, and is great for wearing with pointy-toe pumps or booties.

Flirty ruffles float across the body and sleeves of this little Traveling Ruffle Dress. Wear it out dancing to really show off the movement, or just liven up a cocktail party in this sweet piece.

This buttoned up Cape with Pockets is such a fun and stylish alternative to a regular coat. You’ll keep extra warm in this roomy shape with big pockets. This design looks cute with knee high boots!

This simple button up Utility Shirt is the perfect thing to throw over leggings or jeans for a relaxed weekend. The breast pockets have masculine charm, but darts make the fit more flattering.

Anchors away! You could hop on a sailing boat or command the troops in this military style Cargo Coat. Cargo pockets and a generous hip length make this coat as functional as it is cute. Looks adorable with a fishmerman beanie.

The stronger military pieces in this collection would be fun to pair with the more feminine, simple pieces like the Utility Shirt or Pleated Midi Skirt. Find your favorite pair of knee high boots, and make a cute fall outfit!

Happy sewing!


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    Dec 6, 2013, 03.43 PMby Kato10

    Like the tulip skirt, but is this a wrap around? Kinda looks like it. Without the wrap will make a great 20s style look.

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    Sep 18, 2013, 07.25 PMby kerstindaly

    The pants will make a great ABBA Halloween costime!

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      Oct 18, 2013, 06.38 PMby Wendy Bond

      I found this to be hilarious and true. :)

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    Sep 17, 2013, 05.53 PMby chaosvoider

    I’m really loving the cargo skirt and I happen to have the right fabric for them!! I also love, love, LOVE the military jacket! It looks a lot like my Class A’s, but with the addition of the red piping! I think a belt would make the ruffle dress super cute! Way to bring out more of the fall trends Burda!! :)

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    Sep 17, 2013, 05.37 PMby soulsurfersteph

    The jackets are great – echo the request for more plus-sizing – I’m right on the edge at a Burda size 44 and I’m not even a big gal (just a tall, hippy gal). I realize we Americans tend to be bigger than Europeans but is it that hard to up-size?

    Also, please tell your photographers and graphics people to do a better job actually showing the CLOTHES. Half these pictures have the featured clothing item covered up by other people’s bodies or the pattern image overlay. I can barely see what the ruffled blouse looks like because she’s sitting in a corner and we are viewing her from the side.

    Thank you!

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    Sep 17, 2013, 04.35 PMby jeander

    Love, love the military jacket. The ruffled pants should have stayed in the 70’s closet. Please make more of these patterns in plus sizes. Big beautiful women of ALL ages deserve to wear beautiful clothes.

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    Sep 15, 2013, 09.11 PMby freakusbzzz

    Great collection BS – fantastic details. (no excuse for those ridicuous ruffle pants though!!)

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    Sep 15, 2013, 07.39 AMby cascadia

    Once again, no plus sizes… Especially for the ruffled blouse, which is so cute, and the military jacket. C’mon Burda, you have a huge plus-size community here.

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    Sep 13, 2013, 09.41 PMby noo222

    The pants remind me of something out of Absolutely Fabulous! I can totally see Eddie in them sweetie!

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      Sep 14, 2013, 03.40 PMby nouvellegamine

      … you’re right. Now I irrationally love them.

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    Sep 13, 2013, 01.20 PMby Deanna31

    Yessss! Finally I’ve found the perfect skirt for that red fabric I bought ages ago. The pleated midi skirt is perfect for it – just needs a little tweaking. I think I’ll remove the split and add 2 back pleats and taper the sides toward the hem a little.

    Thank you Burda :D

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    Sep 13, 2013, 02.36 AMby nouvellegamine

    I love the blue military coat with red piping. So cute! And I love the ruffled blouse and traveling ruffle dress. The utility shirt has lovely cuffs. And the shorter version of the cape is one of my favorite patterns. This was such a great issue. I loved almost every piece in it. As for the pants, I hate them, but I have a bunch of friends who love and wear that style, so there’s something for all tastes ;D

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    Sep 12, 2013, 10.12 PMby purplegoat

    Love, love, love the military jacket, cape, cargo coat, shirt and waterfall cardigan. All funky sophisticated pieces that look timeless.

    However, adding bulk to areas through a ruffle or pocket doesn’t disguise said area. I’m looking at the bad placement of pockets on the skirt (big thighs anyone), and the travelling ruffle dress makes that model look big all over. And those flared pants? Seriously? Weird.

    But that’s what I love about Burda – I don’t expect to love all the patterns in a story… as long as there are a couple of items I absolutely love I’m happy! :)

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    Sep 12, 2013, 09.50 PMby alekat

    I kinda like the pants – though i might adjust the pattern slightly if i ever made them. The military coat is my fave though!

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    Sep 12, 2013, 06.21 PMby tika1210

    Some parts of this collection are nice and I get the point of the ruffled blouse which I like. I also like the sort of tulip shaped skirt. The ruffles trousers and the Traveling Ruffle Dress I don’t get at all and they sit oddly in this collection. Neither of them are things that I as an adult woman would want to wear.

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    Sep 12, 2013, 04.59 PMby sewsweetviolets

    Like them all, except the pants with the ruffle on the hem, but that is because I have seen that detail too many times for little girls cloths. Cute on a little girl, but does not translate for me on an adult woman.

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      Sep 13, 2013, 05.43 AMby marrrija

      Same here.
      Ruffles on pants remind me of five year old girls; and I can’t wrap my mind around the possibility that it might be worn by an adult. :)

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