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Attention plus size members! Burda style magazine would like your opinions and feedback on plus size patterns. Take this opportunity to request a pattern design or share your thoughts on the recent patterns.

Do you find the plus size patterns available are lacking in some way or do you feel the same styles are repeating? Perhaps you are missing a certain type of garment or you would like to share your thoughts in general. We here at burdastyle.com have recognized a need for some attention to the plus size community and burda style magazine wants to listen to you! They would like your help in improving the plus size patterns in the magazine and thus also here on the site.

Are you a fan of more tight fitting garments and would like to see more of these kind of patterns?

Perhaps your heart skips for more loose fitting garments like these, or do you in fact think there has been too many of these styles?

Maybe there is a certain style you have seen on the site that you would like to see made in a plus size as well?

Let us know all your thoughts on the topic in the comments below. If there is a particular pattern on the site, plus size or not, that you love or one that you think is not so great, please share a link in the comment as well.

If you would like to give more extensive feedback, you can also choose to e-mail us at answers@burdastyle.com.

Burda style magazine wants all your valuable feedback!

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    May 25, 2013, 02.06 PMby SuperMaman

    I realize that this is not a new thread, but I am new here and I came here looking for plus-size patterns for both women and men. I agree with the many posts that many of the regular size patterns could be adapted to plus-size. Most of the plus-size offered are not very flattering for a conservative 5"0’ plus-size mature woman like me. I much prefer the 3/4 length sleeves for the summer as I do not like to show my arms and V necks are definitely a must as well as over-the-hip tops, and mid-calf skirts and dresses. Also, the same could be said for men patterns. We need more men patterns to begin with, and more big size as well.

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      May 25, 2013, 02.08 PMby SuperMaman

      I also think that the pictures should show both regular and plus-size models.

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    Aug 20, 2012, 02.01 PMby cathylsnyder

    I agree with most of the comments here especially the “sack” clothing. I hate that everyone tries to put larger size women in sacks. I have curves ans to put on an empire waist or a big pillowcase of a dress is so unflattering. I have to make adjustments to even the plus size patterns to make them work. Just looking at the two blue dresses above makes me cringe. I’ve been taking your “normal” size patterns and sizing them up.

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    Aug 15, 2012, 01.40 PMby altabarnard

    I love many of the sleeveless dresses and tops, but my upper arms are “mature” – soft and a bit lumpy – so I don’t wear clothes that show them. I would really like it if more sleeveless patterns had a sleeved variation, so that I can still make the nice top, but with a stylish sleeve. (I realize that many sleeveless styles only work without a sleeve, but there are many that will work with a sleeve). I also agree with most other posts – more semi-fitted styles; more v-neck styles; and real (not fashion industry standard) plus size models showing the garments, standing up to show the garments in their full glory.

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    Aug 8, 2012, 09.30 PMby Michele Craig

    I agree with the posts that say that most of us women over 40 who are “plus sized” want stylish work type clothes. I have finally begun drafting my own patterns and am only now seeing that the reason patterns began not to fit me is that I am a totally different size on top and on the bottom. One of the problem with commercial plus sized patterns is that they seem to be sized up from a small size. I agree that you should use a 12 for the standard and then size the pattern up from there. Also, I find it EXTREMELY helpful if the pattern description includes the finished garment measurements for bust, waist and hips (at the very least) and it would be great if you included finished length of sleeves.

    I would like to see more of the tailored jackets, blouses, and skirt patterns for plus sizes. I do not consider myself fat. I have a flat stomach and my waist goes way in, and yet, I cannot buy most of your patterns because my hips and bust are the same measurement — just going forward for the bust and sideways for the hips.

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    Aug 6, 2012, 12.21 PMby avjames

    I have purchased a few plus size patterns but I have to confess that I am a little slow to get around to making them up (I hoard patterns like crazy). I’ve been impressed with the Burda Style selection so far. Basically we just want fashionable clothes like everyone else. I have to say that I do prefer things to be a bit more conservative – I don’t like short skirts, I like blouses, tops and jackets that cover my hips rather than sit on the hip or the waist. I’m bottom heavy so I don’t like to emphasize my backside/hips, flared skirts work best for me and I don’t like round necklines as it emphasizes how short my neck is. To be honest I’m always happy if I find a pattern and I don’t have to add 3cms to each of the seams!

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    Aug 3, 2012, 08.55 PMby calafia110

    It seems like Burda makes the cutest patterns for the average body size, however, the plus size patterns take on the shape of potato sacks. I think there are a lot of women that are fine with patterns that do show off their body size. I tend to think the potato sack dresses make plus size women look larger too.

    Also, rather than making specific Plus size offerings, it would be nice to have the regular patterns available in plus sizes. There is enough of a stigma with being considered Plus size without having to provide a segregated/specialized clothes offering for them that really does not compare.

    As a seamstress, if given the available sizing options I think we can all make a particular pattern work! :)

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    Aug 1, 2012, 02.54 AMby onesky

    I would like to see a range of styles offered so that more women are given options. I am in favor of semi-fitted top styles. I am not a 20-something, so would like more conservative, classic styling available. I think Burda offered many great patterns for plus-size in the past and there’s virtually nothing I like now. Although I haven’t used one, I know that Burda pants patterns for plus size were highly regarded in the past. I highly agree with those who have requested that plus size models be used for plus size patterns – what’s the point, otherwise? I am not in favor of kimono sleeves, as they are not flattering to women who have large busts and upper arms. I think some curve definition is most appealing for public wear. For around the home, I just want comfort – I am fine with caftans and other loosely styled patterns. By the way, thanks for asking for input – very intelligent and appreciated action on your part.

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    Jul 28, 2012, 11.09 AMby Ruth Brown

    I love the plus size patterns. I just wish you’d show them on plus sized models.

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    Jul 25, 2012, 03.27 PMby By-S

    I think the Plus size patterns could use more fitted patterns, also more options. As in why not make every pattern petite and plus size? I know its probably a lot of work but i also think it would be worth it in the end.

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    Jul 23, 2012, 05.41 PMby thallingram

    Oh, to be all things to all people. I wish patterns were graded up from regular sizing. I have to blend pattern sizes as it in the Big 4. I am petite, 5’1, with a large bust and derriere and a waist that is 11 inches smaller than both. I would like petite plus sizes that aren’t sacks. If I don’t have waist definition, I look like i am wide as I am tall. My back measurement measures a 0, my waist a 12, my shoulders a 10 and the rest of me between a 14-16 depending on hip fit. I spend a lot of time fitting my clothes and end up with some wadders anyway. Help us out and grade up patterns. Everyone wants to look and feel good!

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    Jul 23, 2012, 10.17 AMby Jenny-NZ

    I would really like to see some sharply tailored jackets as clothes that resemble sacks just make me look bigger. There has been a jacket or two in the plus sizes lately that looked promising but they are simply too untailored/structured to produce a polished outcome suitable for a corporate office. To be honest for a number of years I have resorted to grading up the standard patterns to a plus size to get something that is more flattering. The standard sizes when graded are pretty consistent to the larger Vogue patterns (I end up doing exactly the same tweaks), but I have found that the plus patterns are a bit more hit & miss. Thank you for asking for feedback.

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    Jul 17, 2012, 01.57 AMby arisaid

    On bigger sizes I often find that the armhole gapes. Also most “bigger” ladies are not tall, so adjustments always have to be made with the length. Also we don’t like showing our arms so some sort of fitted comfortable sleeve is needed. Often we have a “tummy roll” and jersey type fabrics show this up.

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    Jul 16, 2012, 10.39 PMby purplefan

    I’d love BurdaStyle to reprint the Garden Party Dresses from its BurdaStylePlus issue Spring/Summer 2010 (back issue not available through Cdn. distributor as I asked this spring) especially this one, which is available for download on the German BurdaStyle but not on the US site. http://www.burdastyle.de/burda-style/plus/haute-couture-dress_pid_268_4347.html

    The pattern should have been listed in the blog’s best spring and summer dresses post too!

    As I sometimes sew for a senior Mom, the boule dress/skirts don’t appeal to her and her cleavage is not in form to take on the deep V or wide jewel necklines-she won’t consider styles above the knee though I can get her to just go below the knee despite her request for mid-calf lengths (a tripping prospect, from my viewpoint). I think she’d be more of a tailored/fitted pattern type and she wants feminine clothing with sleeves (so consider showing the cap/sleeveless version vs short sleeve or longer looks). I noticed Plus does evening/special occasion/wedding dresses very well.

    Last year, the Dolce Vita fitted dresses were quite flattering styles for the Burda Plus sewers comfortable with bust emphasis in their clothing. Love the use of colourful fabrics-use prints too and try to avoid using black fabrics for Plus clothing.

    I have a peeve in that some BurdaStyle mag photos in regular or Plus patterns have so much room shadow it is not possible to see the garment details or style clearly—then one relies on the technical drawings. Tell your photographers to leave the “gloom” out no matter if the setting is an opera hall or evening party-we want to see the clothes and on the model in movement.

    Thanks BurdaStyle for asking for member input. Seems we have style and size preferences…

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    Jul 16, 2012, 05.54 PMby nancykarpengmailcom

    Only in the fashion business, where normal is a size 2 are your models plus sized. You used to show plus fashions on plus size women, but lately they don’t even look like the average for American women which is a size 14.

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    Jul 16, 2012, 04.30 AMby rita61

    Please extend the range of sizes on all your patterns. And if possible, maybe starting at plus sizes, a C cup, rather than a B cup. Please watch the length of the sleeves; if a sleeve is the wrong length, it can make an already oversized upper arm look bigger! I don’t always like to keep a jacket on at work, and never wear a jacket at home. Thanks for giving us an opportunity to provide some suggestions. If you need models for plus size, let us know! http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/crossover-top-042012 http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/tie-waist-blouse-052012 http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/122011-v-neck-top http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/062011-three-quarter-sleeve-top-with-zipper http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/062011-three-quarter-sleeve-top-with-zipper http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/alexander-blouse http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/022012-high-waist-trousers http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/122011-wool-pants http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/092011-knickerbockers http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/082010-trousers-with-zippers http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/crossover-blazer-062012 http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/asymmetric-jacket-032012 http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/102010-karl-lagerfelds-jacket-pattern http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/082010-jacket-with-buttons http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/072010-leather-jacket http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/larissa http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/steffi http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/alberta-ferretti-dress-042012 http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/blouse-032012 http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/112011-bustier-cocktail-dress-with-sweetheart-neckline http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/092011-sleeveless-blouse

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    Jul 16, 2012, 04.22 AMby jen .ss1

    Would definitely like to see more fitted styles for plus sizes. I do think there has been some improvement in plus styles in the last year or so. For Burda sizing, I’m kind of in between. It’s either an FBA in the standard sizes, or start with the smallest plus size. For tops its often easier to start with the plus size.

    I would like to see a few patterns for real active/workout wear, i.e. stretch tops with pockets, shorts/tights. Maybe some lingerie too.

    One thing though, whether plus or not, the shoulders are huge. Is this just me? I’ve never had a problem like this with RTW in any size and I’m not petite.

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    Jul 13, 2012, 12.31 AMby missb52

    Enough with the gunny sacks! I work in a very conservative industry and need to wear softly tailored and fitted clothes. I would like to see higher necklines and more sleeve options. Spaghetti straps and tiny cap sleeves don’t flatter every one, plus some ladies don’t want to show their upper arms due to surgery or other reasons. Also, fewer empire/high waist dresses. Unless you have six-pack abs such clothing looks like maternity wear. I would love to see a side-princess-seam t-shirt/golf shirt, a wrap dress for wovens, and wardrobe/combination patterns suitable for a corporate environment that include a jacket, slacks, skirt, and top (ex Burda 7192 or 7576). Many times the pattern will be for a nice jacket/pants or skirt but no pattern for the shirt. I would even be willing to buy the shirt pattern separately, especially ones for a good basic tailored blouse with neckline and sleeve variations and a basic shell top for woven fabrics. Since I am short, I would also like to see more half size options. And it would be nice to have the pattern makers make up the different sizes and see how the design looks. Jalie Patterns does this, although you wouldn’t necessarily have to publish the final photos. However, an occasional feature showing real people wearing the designs would be nice. Maybe put out a call for reader photo submissions?? And seeing a “mature” model now and then would be appreciated, like they do in Ottobre magazine.

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    Jul 12, 2012, 07.13 PMby pendlestitches

    I agree with many of the previous posts that the plus sizes tend towards the same shapes repeated in different fabrics. And these shapes tend towards the simple and flowing. I would also say that there seems to me to be a bias towards shiny occasionwear and more formal office appropriate wear. What about us stay at home mums who need a stylish but more casual wardrobe. Personally, I’m not going to trot around the supermarket in a wiggle skirt and satin blouse and 4 inch heels! I appreciate it’s difficult to please everyone, but perhaps you could cut back on some of the craft items that seem so incongruous in a fashion magazine and use the space for more patterns.

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    Jul 12, 2012, 06.03 PMby prttynpnk

    Please, just grade everything to as many sizes as possible. I flip thru the magazine all giddy seeing all these great styles, then realize that maybe 4 are available in a 48. So I flip to the tiny plus size styles and it’s 5 pages of lolling medels in what looks like silky shapeless Golden Girls wear. I want the clothes in the rest of the magazine- I don’t need another tunic!!! I want a waist line in my pattern size.
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    Jul 12, 2012, 04.58 PMby birdmommy

    I’d love it if one or two of the ‘regular’ sized patterns in each issue were done in the full range of sizes. I understand that some garments have design details that are not easy to translate over a large range of sizes, but surely there are some pieces that could be adapted? I’ve lost count of the number of times I’ve fallen in love with a skirt or a pair of pants only to discover that it only goes to a 42 or 44. And I just don’t have the skills to grade up more than a size or so – especially for pants patterns. If overlapping pattern sizes aren’t possible, it would be nice to have the plus size and regular patterns in an issue of the magazine reflect the same sort of ‘theme’. It happens every now and then, but if was a regular thing, then maybe I could at least get some inspiration from the regular patterns and apply it to the plus size patterns, even if the garments themselves are different.

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    Jul 12, 2012, 08.37 AMby fuzzyg

    No doubt you’ll get many requests for more fitted styles, but I appreciate the looser new styles. To me Burda should be about current styles, not about harebrained ideas of what suits individuals. My main problem with Burda is that often a successful standard-size pattern is reissued as plus size a full year later. That kind of sours the whole concept of the magazine, so I end up grading the standard size myself instead. And plus-size magazines are now just re-issues of patterns that appeared in a trickle in the standard mag during the previous year, so they can be easily 2 years back in style, hardly useful. I understand you’re making good use of online feedback about what patterns users appreciate, but the cycle is way too long for plus sizes.

    I didn’t like the thing you had for a while of making every dart double in specifically plus-size patterns. That is good for very large sizes, yes, but, in real life and in Burda users both, the majority is just a bit larger than standard size and doesn’t require radically different styling. Personally, I’d like to see a whole lot less evening gowns and a whole lot more work-appropriate clothing.

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    Jul 12, 2012, 02.49 AMby nancykarpengmailcom

    You asked about what specific styles I’d like to see plus sized. Anyway, patterns I’d like to see larger and with bust darts added. http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/collared-blouse-072012 http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/asymmetric-jacket-032012 http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/092011-blouse-with-contrasting-neck-band http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/panel-dress-052012 with some bust shaping added. Coats and jackets that aren’t double breasted. Not a plus size friendly style.

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    Jul 12, 2012, 02.08 AMby nancykarpengmailcom

    There have been way too many over sized shapeless, or weirdly seamed garments for plus sizes lately. they are not flattering. I get the impression that it’s just easier for you to produce these shapeless garments than clothing that actually fits. I am a long time subscriber to Burda Style magazine and if I feel I want to sew it, it’s probably something you’ve done before. You produce either overly sexy dresses or sacks; there seems to be little middle ground. I’d like to see garments that fit and that have darts and princess seams, in other words garments that have more fitting seams. I would love to see a larger cup size as your base as well. I’ve been looking for a great coat pattern that is stylish, chic and isn’t a tent or bathrobe. Jackets that are nicely fitted with great details and more interesting than a blazer. How about a motorcycle jacket cut for a curvy woman? You also cut blouses way too long to be flattering to most of us. Your proportions are just off for a flattering look on larger sizes. Thanks for the opportunity to give my opinion.

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    Jul 11, 2012, 08.13 PMby dolphindancer30

    I agree with most other posters: Expand the size range for all the patterns-don’t just grade up, continue using the plus draft. I realize that is a lot of extra work for each issue, but it would make each pattern much easier to fit because you have all the sizes together. Fitted styles are much better for the un-skinny. V-necks are better for those with ample busts. Fitted sleeves are more flattering than dolman and raglan sleeves. Vertical style lines help us look taller and more slender. It would be nice if Burda could follow the Big 4 and offer A, B, C, & D cup sizes, but you’d have a unique niche in the market if you offered more cup sizes, like A through G.

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    Jul 11, 2012, 04.54 PMby ccassiom

    Greetings,

    I’m new here, but I’d love to see the following in plus:

    http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/52011-maxi-caftan-dress

    and

    http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/042011-button-down-dress-with-front-pockets

    How will we know if some of the plus versions of existing patterns have been created?

    Thanks.

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    Jul 11, 2012, 01.39 PMby aless

    OK..here’s my opinion re. Burda Plus-

    1) too many photos showing EXACTLY the same dress / top / ? but in different colours / fabrics. I rarely buy Burda Plus because there actually are few garments- just lots of variations on a style. (I have bought BWOF since the ’70s, and Burda paper patterns since they first were available)

    2) I DON’T have a large bust compared to my general shape. It IS large compared to ‘regular’ sized women, but MY bust shape is side to side, not out in front. I don’t think I’m a strange shape for a plus size, just different. I definitely cannot wear an armhole princess seam.

    3) throwing the proverbial cat…… how about having some models who are of ‘mature’ age? We STILL love to look sexy / elegant / sporty at different times. I am not ready to retreat to the porch swing (and probably never will be!).

    4) Thank you SO MUCH for asking for our opinions. It’s rare to be considered to have an opinion about fashion when we are plus sized AND maybe ‘vintage’.

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    Jul 11, 2012, 01.09 PMby ladidoh

    Another thanks for creating this post!

    I think I am like most sewers – I like to customise, adapt and modify patterns to my own tastes and what suits my body. My source of frustration as a plus size sewer is that often your sewing choices are limited by assumptions about what will be flattering to your body size and shape, but also what will produce a satisfactory sewing experience (no mean feat!). Volumniuous and flowing styles might be a breeze to sew but when they look unflattering on I also think it kind of defeats the purpose of the exercise and also assumes that the sewer is not up to the task of fitting the pattern to the person.

    Now whilst I understand it is a broad church that BurdaStyle preaches to, and that some of the styles on offer might really grab some, what I have often found works better for my figure and also my style, is a more tailored, structured and even form fitting look compared with most of the plus size patterns available.

    My other bug bear is the thought of grading. I love to sew but am loath to grade unless I have fallen head over heels in love with pattern and there has been no chance of it being made in plus sizes. Grading adds insult to the injury of paying, then printing, assembling and cutting patterns out to sew with and if I can avoid it I will! If the pattern comes in my size then I am more often than not happy enough to modify to suit from there.

    I would love to see http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/panel-dress-052012 upsized.

    I am obsessed with this dress, but it is also the perfect example of a style that can be flattering to many body sizes and shapes. More shift, princess line, fitted and even wiggle dresses for plus sizes would also be great, not to mention pleated and gathered skirts, and fitted blouses.

    Good luck BurdaStyle – I am excited to see what you will come up with next from this post.

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    Jul 11, 2012, 12.36 PMby oddduck

    I would like to see you take actual measurements from 1,000+ plus-sized women, and draft some patterns from that. Larger women tend to have a greater variety of shapes than thinner ones, but in general, larger armholes, larger busts, and more ability to adjust for a tummy would be a great start. Sometimes I have to buy the plus-size, sometimes not. It wouldn’t matter to me where you draw that line if you’d just extend all patterns’ size range a little higher.

    As for styles, I’d like to see more casual clothes too. I would look silly cleaning the house in a charmeuse dress.

    For the photography, I know that anyone over a US size 4 has to model plus-size clothes. This is a serious shortcoming on the part of the fashion industry. Overcome, BURDA. Show your clothes on a size 12-14 model alongside a size 26-28 model. This would give women a better idea of how the pattern would look on them. Maybe it will help the drafters realize as well what would and wouldn’t be flattering on your target market. Or you could just get rid of the label and extend all patterns into all size ranges, (with a range of model photos) and let women choose for themselves which patterns to buy ;)

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