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These little girls are adventurous and on the lookout! We are sharing this new children’s pattern collection from burda style magazine’s November issue. Casual cuts are seen in fabrics that play between the contrast of shiny and matte fabrics. Many cozy knit fabrics are used for those cooler days and we see lots movement in the designs for the little girls who want to play.

Batiste and sequins, just like what mom would wear! This T-shirt, with its wide neckline, hangs loosely and is trimmed in sparkling sequins. We love it paired with these comfy Sweatpants that are styled and made from sweatshirt material. The narrow hem bands are cut especially high to them a cool look and keep legs nicely warm.

This is the adorable Pleated Dress sewn from a matelassé. The dress has front pleats at the yoke, which give it lots of room for free movement. And the balloon style silhouette gives it a great look!

Stretch out your arms and let the wind catch you! Go for it with this hooded Poncho. The wide raglan sleeves allow totally free movement and four horn buttons hold the front firmly closed. It nicely contrasts with these Cuffed Shorts that have a fitted cut-on waist, with sewn-in pleats for comfort. They also include a tie belt for extra style!

Catching the light. Sequins are magically cheerful here in this lovely little Sequined Dress. They’re dazzling on this 3/4 length sleeve dress with snap fasteners on the left shoulder.

Relaxed and casual best describes this Knit Pullover. Embroidered epaulettes adorn the shoulders of this pullover, which is sewn from knit fabric. We love it worn with these little Leather Trousers that are so adorably chic! They are wide and sewn in a nice nappa leather, the cut-on waistband is very comfortable and the slanted hip-yoke pockets have plenty of room.

The weather won’t bother you in this Asymmetric Coat! This snuggly tweed coat doesn’t just have a trendy, asymmetrical button fastening, but it also has a wide standing collar lined inside with soft imitation fur.

Happy Sewing!

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    Nov 8, 2012, 06.41 PMby cequimby

    Shoot, I tried to respond to your post digitallux and I accidentally hit the innappropriate button instead. I’m sorry.

    I understand what you mean about borrowing from and referencing other cultures. I’m an Anthropology student, and one of the biggest things I’ve learned is that all cultures are continually changing and adapting to the world around them – they “borrow” from each other and they also change what they borrow into something new. I’m not against that. It would be a pretty boring world if we never drew inspiration from other people and other ways of doing things.

    There’s a fine line, though, between drawing inspiration and propagating stereotypes. And I think it’s worth speaking out about these things – otherwise how would we ever more forward? I was a TA for a course that (for one or two classes) talked about Native American stereotypes in movies. SOOO many of my students had very incorrect information about Native peoples or else no information at all. For example, some of them thought that Native Americans only lived out west in tipis. Some didn’t know there were Native Americans living in our state… INDIANA. I don’t expect everyone to be an expert on Native American culture and history, but I do wish that more people understood that there is more to it than feathers and people who are “one with nature.”

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      Nov 9, 2012, 03.58 PMby digitallux

      Aha! You hit upon the crux of it – being an informed participant of the world. I tend to assume that most folks continue to educate themselves long past their school days and the result of this is an evolved and compassionate view of their fellow man. Then I go to the local mall to people watch and realize that I am a bit too optimistic in my assumptions.

      We are all biased/racist/discriminatory in some way. It cannot be helped. Our challenge is to become aware of it and work to rise above it. Thus discussions like this are good. My concern is that some folks/groups (not talking about you!) take this to the extreme and turn every reference into some huge racially exploitive conspiracy. It’s not just here, it’s all over the internet. That is what gets me riled up – the lack of common sense about these kinds of issues. I have a bumper sticker that sums it up: “Be Gone Troll, You Have No Power Here”.

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    Nov 8, 2012, 05.51 PMby kristasews

    I’m a journalist, and I have reported on tribes for a decade, including their efforts to reclaim their heritage from people who use it in cliched and insensitive ways. I’ve also spent quite a bit of time in Germany, and I know that there is a fascination with “wild west” and Native American themes there. I was even once taken to a fake “wild west” town, complete with Germans who dressed as cowboys, and Germans who dressed as, in their word, “Indians.” And one of the top-selling cigarettes in Germany, “Mohawk,” is owned by members of U.S. and Canadian tribes. They’ve said it was an obvious business choice to export to and build a plant in Germany, given the German interest in tribes.

    This shoot is probably the result of a combination of the German fondness for this theme and the many miles separating the makers of this magazine from the real issues impacting tribes today. I wish it hadn’t happened, but I also doubt that BurdaStyle intended insult.

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      Nov 8, 2012, 06.17 PMby cequimby

      It’s interesting to hear this perspective. I don’t think BurdaStyle would intentionally post anything that they knew could be interpreted as racist. I guess I’m just surprised that this slipped through.

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    Nov 8, 2012, 03.05 AMby cequimby

    If you knew as soon as you saw the first photo that some people were going to “get their knickers in a twist”, then obviously you too recognized the racist connotations here. And instead of thickening our skin or trying not to read into things, I say that we absolutely SHOULD be a little more sensitive to the way our actions might hurt other people, even if they seem completely innocent. Racism and prejudice are woven into our everyday lives in a thousand tiny ways that we are all too eager to ignore or dismiss. These little things DO matter, and they are also indicative of larger problems. Today I attended a lecture by Walter Echo-Hawk, who is a very accomplished Native American lawyer and scholar. He made the same point that ascgabriela makes with the videos she linked: that African Americans in the United States have made great progress toward achieving equality with white Americans, but respect for Native Americans and their human rights are still lagging behind. You can see this in the smaller things – like Halloween costumes and “black face” versus “Indian face” – but you can also see it in very big things, like legislation that infringes on Native American religious rights and their sovereignty.

    So please don’t speak down to me, tell me to “chill out girl”, say that my “knickers are in a twist”, or try to convince me that my worries are unsubstantiated. They aren’t.

    What would be great, is instead of pretending like racism doesn’t exist… having a civil discussion about the ways it effects us and what we can do.

    And finally, being Native American or a “tree-hugger” is not a free pass to dismiss racism when it occurs. The thing about racism is that it doesn’t effect just you. It’s not about you at all, or your right to go through life without having your actions questioned.

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      Nov 8, 2012, 03.55 PMby digitallux

      I am not speaking down to you in any way shape or form. If you interpreted my post as such, then you misunderstood me.

      The reason I said I knew some folks would get their knickers in a knot was because I could tell that the images were ripe for misinterpretation, especially amoung those who take things personally – again, I am not addressing you directly. There are thousands, if not millions of folks on the internet who get riled up about things.

      I thought about this last night and wondered where the PC stops. Are we no longer ‘allowed’ to borrow and/or reference design ideas from native cultures around the world for fear of offending someone? What about music? Should musicians of European descent not be allowed to perform in an East Indian style? What about me? I am as ‘white bread’ as they come, to use a stereotype, should I stop being inspired by and borrowing from the various native cultures around the world in my clothing design? Am I offending both Africans and Japanese when I use kente cloth to make a kimono?

      I agree with you that racism is woven throughout our lives. Ranting about it on the internet changes nothing. I have chosen to live my life as ethically as possible and raise my child to be ‘color blind’ (as my parents used to say about the way they raised me). I also choose to be a realist when it comes to things like this and not read some dark discriminatory agenda into everything.

      When you fight against something you give it power. Gandhi said it perfectly: “If we could change ourselves, the tendencies in the world would also change. As a man changes his own nature, so does the attitude of the world change towards him. … We need not wait to see what others do.”

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    Nov 7, 2012, 07.49 PMby digitallux

    As soon as I saw the first photo I KNEW some folks were going to get their knickers in a knot. For the love of common sense, thicken thy skin. I say this as an ardent tree-hugging-anti-discrimation person. I really do not think this is expoiting or disrespecting Native American culture. It is a photo shoot of adorable young girls playing dress up with feathers. As for the first photo with the hand near her mouth – have any of you considered that you might be looking for innuendo where there is none (i.e. Why would Burda go out of their way to mock Native Americans … with a children’s photo shoot …)? Our attitudes often color our intrepretation of things.

    As for the patterns – LOVE them. Especially the Sequined Dress with 3/4 sleeves and the Asymmetric Coat. Good job Burda!

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    Nov 7, 2012, 05.11 PMby ascgabriela

    Two videos for those who still don’t get it:

    http://youtu.be/tc_UxduE5lE

    http://youtu.be/s5RvSVzC_W8

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    Nov 7, 2012, 05.06 PMby ascgabriela

    I just saw a poster that said, “Never confuse education with intelligence.” There are some posters here who obviously know better and rather than do the right thing, they go so far as to brazenly post their ignorance as their avatar.

    http://nativeappropriations.blogspot.com/

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    Nov 7, 2012, 12.21 PMby ichigogirl

    Oh, and the clohtes: really nice. I started to plan a new wardrobe for my nieces the moment I saw this article. up to date and well styled.

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      Nov 7, 2012, 04.06 PMby carottesauvage

      yea, re- the cool BS people
      by now they really have to stop trying in the styling exercise…….
      the brand has become global now…it requires more effort
      minimalism=consensus
      I would really love doing this pair of trousers, btw

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    Nov 7, 2012, 10.34 AMby suaza

    i love love love love the style, if i had kids i definitely will bye one of these styles for them

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    Nov 7, 2012, 06.10 AMby LLaya

    About the Patterns – ADORABLE! :o)

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    Nov 7, 2012, 06.08 AMby LLaya

    Reading some of the Posts :- DO you ALWAYS have to bring in Racialism to Everything??? I believe IF you Read the ‘Title’ of this set of clothing it is ‘NATURES CHILD’ – NOT Native Child! Natures Child usually denotes a time in the 60’s. HIPPIE!!! ..NOT Native of Any kind!!! So PLEASE – get a Grip – it is NOT always about You!

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    Nov 7, 2012, 01.21 AMby Celia Lima

    Lovely collection!

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    Nov 6, 2012, 10.03 PMby lynn parker

    Really Great cute patterns. Sure will sew some up for my grandaughter. Enough of the comments that do not have to do with the patterns

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    Nov 5, 2012, 11.15 PMby nouvellegamine

    I think the question is really, “Can people of predominantly european decent ever reference the cultures of non european people without it being exploitive?”

    I don’t know.

    But these are cute patterns.

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      Nov 8, 2012, 03.10 AMby cequimby

      I was debating with my husband the other day if a white person could dress as Pocahontas for Halloween and have it be respectful. I was arguing that maybe if you were aiming for a specific historical figure, and not a generic ethnic stereotype, that maybe it could be okay. He disagreed, on the grounds that the dominant culture DOES have to be more careful, because we (I’m white) do not experience the same kind of prejudice that minorities do (he’s half-Mexican). I’m still not sure where I fall on the costume debate, but I do see his point.

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      Nov 8, 2012, 04.28 AMby nouvellegamine

      @cequimby
      I have trouble because my family is racially & culturally diverse, so not a lot is outside of our sphere. However, I was Frida Kahlo one year for Halloween bc I love her with a hot burning love. But I’m not a latina. So I can understand if someone thinks that she’s strictly off limits, but I would still do it again. I feel that to exclude her because she’s latina & I’m not doesn’t feel right to me. And no, it wasn’t a “sexy Frida” costume:) It was pretty awesome.
      My family has ties to a couple Native American tribes. We’ve always spent November learning about different nations. This year it’ll be the Iroquois. A couple of years ago it was the Dakota Sioux, which accounts for my amazing paper war bonnet I wear in my picture. My little cousins & nieces and nephews were really into learning about it. It trips me out that they don’t really cover much information about Native Americans in school. (Some of them live on a reservation & know quite a bit about their own tribe.)
      As for being a historical or literary figure of another race, I feel that as long as it’s not in a derogatory way that it’s fine. Being inspired by someone like Pocahontas or Sacagawea is pretty cool ;)

      A few of my friends are very into “tribal belly dance” & wear clothing and jewelry of Middle eastern & Eastern Indian origin. I’ll be honest, it makes me uncomfortable sometimes. But they are SO into it & have been for years. One of them has even gone to India to study dance. So while a part of me feels like it’s kind of culture hijacking on their part, they’re very accepted by the international dance community. But I guess that’s where my line is. I might wear a pretty bracelet of another culture, but I’d never go out in public in full dress of another culture that I’m not a part of.
      (sorry this response is so long. But I felt your comment was very thoughtful.)

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      Nov 16, 2012, 04.23 PMby Justine of Sew Country Chick

      Well in response to this comment above I have to tell you whites are no longer the dominant culture in the US. For the first time white males are the minority in the house of representatives. My daughter goes to a school where there are about 30 white kids and 1500 Hispanic kids. I would hardly consider whites the dominant culture there.

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    Nov 5, 2012, 04.41 PMby carottesauvage

    Marked Jennifer Williams post “inappropriate” by mistake sorry Re the genocide.. Thanks for your history lesson Jennifer but I know that… As some members commented… this is child child pretending

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      Nov 7, 2012, 12.20 PMby ichigogirl

      And it’s an article form a magazine made by Germans. Who can not be expected to be as aware of american history and the view of feathers as an accessory as americans can.
      Germans are one of the coolest people in the world nowadays, btw.

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    Nov 5, 2012, 03.55 AMby cequimby

    It’s not really the feather that bothers me… Mostly it’s just the chanting thing. That silly hand-over-the-mouth chanting was invented by a dominant culture to poke fun at a minority culture… it’s a rude approximation of how another language sounds. It suggests Native languages are just babbling. It’s like faking a ridiculous Chinese accent… or any number of other accents. Yes, political correctness can get old, but it’s worth discussing where these stereotypes come from and why we might want to be careful.

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      Nov 5, 2012, 07.51 AMby jelena bjelivuk

      hand-over-the-mouth seems to me like she is going to send a kiss… why, oh why, some people always thinks that everything is provocation? think positive… life is better that way… :D

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      Nov 6, 2012, 09.21 PMby pauline

      I agree with Jelena – I would interpret the gesture as blowing a kiss if I thought about it, Actually until I read the comments I never even noticed the gesture or the accessories, i was simply looking at the design shapes and construction.

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      Nov 7, 2012, 12.09 PMby ichigogirl

      Hi! Interesting points.
      I’d like to tell you about my childhood (a little), to maybe give another perspective.
      When we played indians and cowboys, I always wanted to be an indian. I was fascinated by native americans (or “indianer” as we call them, people from India are “Indier”, so it’s not the same word here) and by our own native Sames. I think many children are. I wanted to BE one, rather than just a boring swede in a city (I loved nature, still do, and I liked their close relationship to the natural world). I’m actually named after a same girl, btw.
      So, my view of them is not the least condecsending, and I would read the references to “indianer” in the pictures as a tribute, not at all the way you do.
      Though I agree stereotypes can be a real problem. But even stereotypical portraits can be more of a tribute than an exploitation. It’s a delicate line to tread, though.

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