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Check out this new pattern collection we are sharing with you. Modern Enchantment is a collection that blends romantic styling with stylized lines and luxurious fabrics. These styles are comfortably elegant and take on bold colors and opulent prints beautifully.

These enchanting patterns will add great color and detail to your wardrobe. From structured jackets and dresses to flowy tops and pants made in silk, this collection provides a variety of garments that you can make at home. Any of these styles will make you look and feel like a world traveler, take a look at all the patterns below…


We love this form-fitting Seamed Dress and think it has great style lines. This is an elegant dress that can be worn to a number of special occasions. You can sew it in a nice metallic like this one for an evening dress, or opt for a printed silk or cotton for a dress perfect for daytime.


Here is a lovely outfit consisting of the Shawl Collar Vest and a great pair of Wide Leg Trousers. The Shawl Collar Vest has princess seaming and a long attached scarf. Wear this vest over virtually any outfit for a pop of color. We love these easy fit Wide Leg Trousers that you can sew with or without a cuff. Cuffed or not, these comfortable pajama style trousers have nice wide legs and front pleats. You can make it in a classic solid fabric, or get wild by cutting them in a print.


We adore this Embellished Jacket and think it is a true piece of art. It has limited style lines and a lot of structure. This jacket features beautifully embellished sleeves and a clean center front opening. This jacket is sure to jazz up any outfit.


This is a simply elegant Scarf Top . This top is beautifully cut and we love the pretty attached scarf that ties in the back. This stunning top has a loose fit and side slits. Wear this top with all your favorite bottoms, like a nice pencil skirt or even a pair of jeans.


We love this classic 3/4 Sleeve Dress with shaped front and back darts. This dress has 3/4 length sleeves and a moderate hemline. Sewn in a sequin fabric makes this dress a great evening style, but try cutting it in a fun printed cotton for a daytime look!


Here we have a stunning Jacquard Jacket that has a lovely embellished round neckline and sleeve hems. It has a clean cut center front with no closers, and simple style lines. This jacket has just the right balance of style and sophistication and looks great worn over your little black dress.


This Two-piece Dress has the look of a top with an attached skirt. We love how this dress has a loose fitting silhouette and think it’s great for both day and night. You can choose to cut each piece in contrasting fabrics, or for a unified look sew in the same fabric.


For a fun addition to these great styles, try making this Crocheted Necklace that has an easy to follow tutorial.

These styles have a flair that will sure spice up your closet! Sew one or all of these patterns and utilize all your favorite bold fabrics. For an easy sewing project try making the Scarf Top which includes extra detailed sewing instructions, or you could sew up the Embellished Jacket if your feeling crafty.

Happy Sewing!

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    Jul 25, 2012, 12.14 PMby omgdora

    I wish people would remember that just because THEY aren’t offended by something, doesn’t make everyone who IS offended crazy or hypersensitive. You don’t mind the word! Good for you! But “oriental” is still a loaded word, historically used by Westerners who stereotyped and dissected Asian cultures from a racist point of view. Using it today carelessly to mean Asian or East Asian sounds incredibly clueless and outdated at best.

    I realize the patterns & descriptions come from BurdaStyle Magazine, which is not the most culturally sensitive publication. I often raise an eyebrow at how every non-European cultural inspiration is labelled “ethnic” and “exotic,” or at the narrow-minded choice of models (even in the children’s section: clean, elegant clothes = “angelic” blond blue-eyed kids, always).

    But the BurdaStyle.com people should realize that not everything a German publication can pull off will pass on a US-based social website with a multinational readership.

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      Jul 25, 2012, 12.21 PMby omgdora

      Also, apart from the metallic dress, the patterns are very simple and shapeless, plus they are very similar to offerings in previous issues. I had hoped the fall issues would be more interesting than the spring/summer ones :-\

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      Jul 25, 2012, 07.09 PMby missvalentine0601

      Thank you, my thoughts exactly.
      I myself being “Asian”, though not offended, (seeing as it’s probably a poor translation, as you say), I was surprised to see the word used at all, given the iffy historical baggage attached and the large US following on this site.
      While I think it was just a cultural misunderstanding on Burda Style’s part, some of the vitriol below surprised me and affirmed for me the need for these types of conversations in a constructive manner.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 11.18 AMby textilet

    Also I agree that although the fabrics are attractive- the styles are not necessarily new. Personally I like the blouse- but only because yesterday I was listening to a talk about Kimono- the idea of subtly showing a bit of neck appeals to me and the tie accentuates it! I have to say I think the brown jacket looks awful- perhaps ok if ur stick thin- which I’m not!

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    Jul 25, 2012, 11.12 AMby textilet

    I cannot believe it? Why do people get so uptight about something that seems trivial to me? It’s supposed to be about the patterns isn’t it? I don’t care if they are labelled modern oriental- its what they are! If you ever get to do something inspired by Wales- feel free to label them Welsh, Celtic, modern Welsh or whatever!

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      Jul 25, 2012, 01.23 PMby limer

      I think you are misunderstanding this issue. Is saying something is “modern Celtic” racist? No.
      Is using the term “Orient” racist? Depending on the context, yes.
      This is not PC gone amok.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 08.40 AMby heathertweed

    “The world ‘Oriental’ is not inherently negative,” said Frank H. Wu, a law professor at Howard University and the author of “Yellow: Race in America Beyond Black and White” (Basic Books, 2001). While the term oriental has a geographical meaning — eastern — words, especially in a racialized context, carry connotations beyond their literal definitions.

    “It’s associated with a time period when Asians had a subordinate status,” Professor Wu said. He said that the term was associated with exoticism and with old stereotypes of geisha girls and emasculated men. “‘Oriental’ is like the word ‘negro.’ It conjures up an era.”

    Only in 1952 did the federal government abolish the Asian exclusion acts, dating to the 1880s, that had prohibited many Asian immigrants, even those who immigrated legally, from full citizenship.

    “For many Asian Americans, it’s not just this term: It’s about much more,” Professor Wu said. “It’s about your legitimacy to be here.”

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    Jul 25, 2012, 08.37 AMby heathertweed

    It IS important that these things are discussed at all levels of Society and in different forums. Equality, freedom and whether bullying or oppressing is allowed to happen starts with communities and individuals,then these things work into bigger society. (That goes for forums, racism, wars etc and it can also work downwards, that’s dictatorship.). There will always be some people from any grouping who say certain things are ok but that doesn’t stop others from wanting to change things.Tall Poppy syndrome and ’I’m Alright Jack’ will always be issues that can’t be allowed to inhibit others ambitions in many contexts. Language is only part of communication; intent, body language, cultural and societal histories and individual personalities all play a part in how we receive and perceive what is said. I’m sure a couple of comments here are said with a wry smile or a nodded wink. I’m sure Burdastyle were not deliberately intending to use culturally unacceptable words and I think this debate will encourage the Team to look into these issues on an editorial level. In 2009 New York state banned the word ‘Oriental’ in official documents, for the previous 30 years the term ‘Asian American’ had been used in most cases but the few remaining cases had to be addressed.In the next post I’ll copy what Frank H. Wu, Harvard professor and Author had to say on the matter….. Loving some of those designs by the way: )

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      Jul 25, 2012, 03.35 PMby tinapickles

      This. Very much this.

      Words have power—ignoring the power of and implication of words does not make the larger problems of culture insensitivity and racism disappear. Thank you for such an eloquent and well thought out response!

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    Jul 25, 2012, 06.14 AMby cygnet2

    Oh for gosh sakes! Get over yourselves! I have a lot of “Asian” friends who do not object to the term “Oriental”. Nor, as a Westerner, do I object to the term “Occidental”. Burda didn’t go with the words “Asian inspired” or “Eastern”, because the designs are ORIENTAL. Geesh!

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      Jul 25, 2012, 01.26 PMby limer

      Just because you have Asian friends who don’t mind being called “Oriental,” that doesn’t mean it is okay to use this term with everyone who is Asian.

      This is a racist term. This is not about being PC.

      I’m assuming this was a mistranslation. In North America, this term is racist.

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      Jul 25, 2012, 07.54 PMby misscrayolacreepy

      I’m asian and I object to the term. Just because your friends don’t object to it doesn’t mean that it is ok.

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      Jul 26, 2012, 01.57 AMby n45

      Limer thank you! This whole “my friends don’t mind…” is one of the lamest, most feeble excuses people use.
      I don’t care how many of your friends acquiesce to racist language. People toss around the “n-word” frequently in my community, but that doesn’t make it any less racist and if you call me the “n-word” that’s a REAL problem for me. I could give a crap that your friends feel obliged to embrace terms historically designated to call them out as substandard humans.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 05.58 AMby tika1210

    Honestly some of the patterns are OK some are not and mostly they rely on the fabric being used to get them through. That’s OK I won’t buy the ones I don’t like but here is what really troubles me in this thread and it is that some people are expressing how they feel about the term ‘oriental’ and others are using the opportunity to tell them to shut up either by calling what they have to say PC or using their relationships or their cultural identity to some how position themselves as an expert on the subject. Come on we don’t have to agree but it does not need to turn into a slanging match when we do not. I am appalled that in 2012 such uninformed slanging matches go on in forums like this. You don’t have to agree with each other but a little grown up respect would go along way.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 04.53 AMby Ami Francesconi

    I am so tired of all of this phoney, baloney issue over words. If you are offended- get over yourselves and focus on the important issues of life. Do I have a right to spout off this way—Yes I do— I am American Indian, Choctaw to be exact, and Italian, plus God only knows what else. People have tried to offend me in many ways, but to no avail. We live in a global world. We need to get along. I have no problem with what Burda named its line. I often search for fabrics using the word “oriental”, and get a broader selection of fabrics. You know a certain part of the world was referred to as the Orient. Remember your history. Angelin

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    Jul 25, 2012, 04.40 AMby aura-y

    I have been married to one of the most beautiful oriental man (Thai) for more than 30 years, none of us consider the word Oriental racist, both of my children are “exotically oriental” looking, as the word , they are absolutely beautiful in and out. Words are not racist, some people may try to make it … , live in peace fellow humans, the Oriental Collection is BEAUTIFUL, thanks Burda. This site should just be for our enjoyment, to share the beauty, don’t make it any different.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 04.38 AMby skabones

    Time spent sewing/crafting cool things > time spent bellyaching about the name of such things. Just a note from a young woman of Asian descent.

    I do agree with the relevant comments; simple designs and the importance of fabric choice. The patterns embolden my novice sewing mind, but the types of fabrics I’ve never sewn with intimidates that same mind.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 04.23 AMby thelaw

    This PC nonsense should stop! The fabric looks like what I saw in the Orient which refers to the eastern part of the world. My niece’s in-laws refer to themselves as Oriental and to us as Caucasian. Why can’t you just look at the patterns and fabrics and enjoy them. Just because other people may have used it as a racist term doesn’t make it so. It is a great collection!

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      Jul 25, 2012, 01.48 PMby limer

      So, you’re using a personal example to generalize with the wider population?

      Also, you’re blaming people who see a term that is racist/bigoted, and more upset with them recognizing it, than the fact it was used in the first place?

      What term for “Caucasian” people that you find to be racist/bigoted? Would you like to see that as a description for patterns? The fact that you can’t find very many racist terms for “white people” should tell you something, btw.

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      Jul 26, 2012, 02.05 AMby n45

      Lol Tinapickles! You struck a nerve . When the shoe is on the other foot suddenly it’s ok to be “sensitive” and pc about racism. Okey dokey. It’s only nonsense because nobody ever likes to be called out on their bulls***. Getting along is not about forgetting, sweeping things under the rug, and singing happy songs and taking offenses on the chin with a smile and closed lips. Honesty begets progress, not these knee jerk “get over it” responses. Obviously, people are not over “it”- the offenders or the offended. An offense is an opportunity to educate. The just get over mentality closes the door. It’s the equivalent of an eye roll and hands over the ears in an effort NOT to hear others out and maybe learn something.

      As for the patterns, I’m pretty excited that these aren’t all box shapes with ties. I like the embellished jacket.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 03.43 AMby jostewart60

    Personally I think the whole ‘PC’ thing is stupid. There must be a lot of people out there with a ‘chip on their shoulder’. I must agree with drsallyomalley and say ‘get a life’, it is the patterns you should be looking at not what they are called. Come on people there are MUCH more important things going on in the world than what Burda call a pattern collection! I am not keen on any of this collection but perhaps I have a negative reaction to the word Oriental?

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      Jul 25, 2012, 04.08 AMby jen .ss1

      It is used as a racist word. Period.

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      Jul 25, 2012, 04.25 AMby quioui

      I think the ‘chip on our shoulder’ is centuries of colonialism, exploitation, cultural appropriation and oppression that has been done to people of color and using a word that has connotations to this doesn’t sit well with those of us who have had to be exoticised our entire lives. Maybe you don’t have that problem, but we do.

      Ask most Asian people, and they’d probably be offended with how Burda chose to label these patterns.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 03.25 AMby quioui

    I also feel uncomfortable with the use of the word ‘oriental’ for this post since the word often has negative connotations. Camelia-crinoline summed up my thoughts exactly. Please reconsider how you use ‘ethnic’, ‘oriental’ and the like in future posts.

    I’m not even sure I’m on board with the use of the words ‘east’ and ‘west’, those are iffy as well- Asia is only considered the ‘east’ because it’s east in relation to us, those in the minority-world countries (US, Europe).

    A lot of the styles and silhouettes don’t appear very Asian-inspired to me, but they are nice styles.

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      Jul 25, 2012, 04.08 AMby nouvellegamine

      “east” is just east bc it’s the direction the sun rises from. Japan self identifies as “eastern” in the sense that they considered themselves the easternmost landmass and the land the sun originates from. which is a very lovely image.

      i agree that the use of “ethnic” is inappropriate & misplaced in this post, especially bc they’re not inspired by a particular people, unlike say, an ethnic german inspired collection or an ethnic indian inspired collection {both of which they have had in past issues of Burda}.

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      Jul 27, 2012, 07.47 AMby tabs87

      I agree with you on the east and west idea. Australia is in the “East” although we are considered a “Western” society. We don’t know the exact point sunlight first fell on Earth to determine the very first sunrise.

      I had no idea that the use of the word ‘oriental’ was offensive to people, I don’t think our use of the word had any (or at least much, as I wasn’t alive to verify at the time everyone is referring to) derogatory meaning, (Australians were a more creative with their racial slander back in the day). But this is something to take in and really consider as I have many friends from many different Asian countries.

      Also, the patterns don’t appear specific to the one region this word inspires.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 03.23 AMby drsallyomalley

    Really? Don’t we have more serious issues to concern ourselves with than all of the PC comments? Why not look at the clothes and comment on the lines of the garments or the choice of fabrics? Get a life.

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      Jul 25, 2012, 03.29 AMby quioui

      It’s not just about the choice of words that was used here. Minimizing how we feel about this or telling us how we should react is simply insensitive- I’m not sure what your background is, but some of us have been negatively affected by stereotypes of being the ‘other’, the ‘exotic’, etc.

      Having words like this ‘oriental’ are still used so nonchalantly on such a public platform only feeds the ignorance.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 03.09 AMby Welanie

    I see there is an issue down here. Oriental does not meen Asian. The direct translation in french for Middle East is Moyen Orient…Orient / Oriental. Not a bad word in my opinion, it’s the adjective of an geographical location undefined by boarders but by culture. Enjoy your new patterns!

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      Jul 25, 2012, 04.10 AMby jen .ss1

      This is true, but in the U.S. it has a racist meaning. I’ve heard it used against people, and I’m uncomfortable seeing it used on the Burda website.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 02.32 AMby tinapickles

    “Oriental” is not a very PC word these days as it is directly linked to not only colonialism, but to antiquated modes of thinking about the “other” and specifically the Asian other (academic Edward Said’s 1979 work Orientalism, in fact, uses the word to show how Western cultures had split the world into East—Asian—vs. West based on notions of colonial based racism and as such, was using these principles of “orientalism” to keep Asian peoples and cultures subservient to Western culture/peoples) . It is a word that in the past has been used in negative and derogatory ways. Simply put: it is not a positive word and lacks in positive connotations. Please change it to Asian.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 02.28 AMby liaifen

    So everything non-Western = “ethnic” and “exotic”. I’m so tired of this. I’ve gotten used to expecting all the “Oriental” collections to look like costumes, and that’s sad. Please visit Asia and see what modern women are wearing. I do love BurdaStyle and the BurdaStyle community, so I add this comment hoping that editorial will be more mindful in their choice of words. Describing people as “Orientals” is offensive. Rugs and antiques, are okay. But when you conflate Oriental, ethnic, and exotic, it’s problematic.

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      Jul 25, 2012, 02.35 AMby tinapickles

      I wish there were a like button for this—brocade does not equal “Oriental”… nor do PJ pants.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 02.01 AMby elenay

    I think the word “Asian” is the correct word to use – rather than “Oriental.”

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    Jul 25, 2012, 01.44 AMby cathiemaud

    Well there are worse words in my opinion, —‘chink’ for example. Of course, ‘Orienta(al)’ is a Eurocentric word in origin, but now I think the word has taken on a more romantic meaning. Still, I agree that if Burda is going to use the word ‘ethnic’, it had better not be restricted only to non-Caucasian cultures.

    Update: I don’t mean to start an argument (I’m sure no one else does, either!) Personally, being of Asian descent, I’m not offended. I think the term ‘oriental’ is romantic. Would my forefathers feel the same way? Probably not, but the world has progressed —let’s move on! Good can come out of bad, and this includes words as well.

    I’m definitely going to try out the Seamed Dress and the Scarf Blouse! ♥

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      Jul 25, 2012, 02.07 AMby camelia-crinoline

      There are probably worse words but “oriental” has some pretty negative connotations for a lot of people. I’m pretty sure that Burda didn’t use the term “ethnic” to describe the French style feature they did ages ago, so it seems like they apply it exclusively to non-caucasian cultures which is a problem.

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