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Updated: June 9, 2011
Dear BurdaStylers,

Thank you all so much for your thoughtful, intelligent responses. BurdaStyle is home to not only the most talented sewers in the world, but also some of the brightest, most articulate community members on the world wide web. Our team has heard your input, and sincerely appreciate them. This has been a very meaningful learning experience for us.

The patterns featured were created out of a specific cultural focus, tailored to the audience of their designers. Nonetheless, we are a worldwide community, and absolutely understand that what was showcased may not suit all of the diverse styles found within our community.

We strive to promote a healthy perspective on fashion and image, one that celebrates the myriad expressions of beauty we see everyday. It was never our intention to offend anyone. The expression of who you are is what makes BurdaStyle such an inspiring platform.

In the future, we will work hard to showcase patterns that represent a wide range of tastes, and a pattern collection that flatters a spectrum of body types. We will also make diligent efforts to communicate any significant revisions we make to our editorial content.

The conversations that occur on BurdaStyle cover a range of subjects, and we can always count on our community to express themselves in a thoughtful way. These situations (as uncomfortable as they can be) are incredible resources for us to learn more about our community. The BurdaStyle team may be small, but we each give 110% when it comes to making BurdaStyle a better place.


These new patterns may just make up some of your favorite new wardrobe staples— and they are available in sizes 44-52! Read on and get the downloads and styling tips…

A-line Dress with Puff Sleeves: This sweet dress is stylish and chic, and it translates just as beautifully in a solid as it does in prints— go bold and loose in a silk print, or try a leopard print in cotton, or follow Chloe’s lead in black and white florals! (…above)

Kaftan with Skirt: A kaftan isn’t necessarily just meant for lounging around the pool but you can cut it from chiffon to wear over your swimsuit; or for more coverage, make it in an opaque print and you’ve got a summery dress; or try this pattern in a bright red that pops for a cocktail look!

Bubble Dress: Bubble can spell t-r-o-u-b-l-e for anyone of not done right— but there are some very classy ways to make this look work. Try a bright, solid color like orange to reveal the style lines of the pattern; or use jersey for a draped and fluid look; or make a cocktail dress with metallic or sequined fabric.

Shift Dress: A simple shift can be made a thousand ways. Try adding a waist to this pattern with a belt or by altering the pattern and cut it from a nice print; a bright red shift makes a great day-to-night look; adding sleeves can cover up the upper arms while creating an interesting effect.

Shirt Dress: Don’t be alarmed by the technical drawing, this pattern has 2 sleeve options. A simple navy linen has a nice drape and structured feel; a sheer, bold print makes this a great layering piece; and by using a striped fabric you have a more Mod look while lending the rectangular shape of the pattern more dimension.

Long Sleeved Dress: This long sleeved dress with pockets looks like a cocktail dress if cut in slinky black fabric; and makes for a fun day dress in a plaid; in a khaki silk, this dress has a safari feel.


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    Jan 3, 2012, 06.40 PMby eccentric57

    OMG! Why not just add a neon orange hump to the right shoulder of each outfit…then we can really stand out! Guys, I am 54 and sewing my clothing has been a reality for 20 years. I am a BIG WOMAN. My usual prefference is skirts, tanks and jean jackets because I work in an informal setting at this time. Still, I am really fussy about looking put together. Nothing looks worse than a messy fat woman…unless she wears one of these horrible creations. My suggestion is this; Why not have a contest for all your plus size sewers out here who would like to design an outfit and submit it to be voted on by the members? You could hand out a few sewing machines or something and then feature the winners? Maybe it would give us all an opportunity to put in our two cents worth-JMHodge

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    Jun 23, 2011, 08.27 PMby burda-user-39792

    I quite like the A-line dresses. Which pattern is the red v-neck dress shown above? Thanks

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    Jun 20, 2011, 11.46 PMby Patricia Rose

    Horizontal stripes, large checks, and cap sleeves. Are you serious? All wrong for plus sizes.

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    Jun 14, 2011, 02.22 PMby hotinbuffalo

    I must agree with most of the other posters. I first saw the article and thought yay! larger sized patterns!!! But when I saw them, ugg… really? And then not even on ‘plus’ or larger sized models? Come on! Take a cue from some retailers who gear their clothes for ‘plus’ sizes and put them on a larger woman.

    I know you can’t please everyone all the time, and that we all have different body types and shapes. So perhaps use some of your beautiful existing patterns and teach us how to do a full bust adjustment on it… or how to up size a waistline… or which silhouettes fit what body types best?

    It would be great to see something like ‘this pattern is in size this to this, but here’s how you can change it to suit bigger or smaller body types’.

    Everyone wants cute clothes which make us look good and feel good, and a lot of people (I for one), start to sew because they can’t find what they want on a rack in a store… so we come here to find diversity in patterns and ways to sew to accentuate the positives and diminish the negatives. Give us patterns which do that, and if they don’t then give us tools to accomplish this at home.

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      Jun 15, 2011, 02.50 PMby rachelnyc

      Hi hotinbuffalo,

      Thank you for your great suggestions, I’ve passed them along to our editorial team.

      -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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    Jun 8, 2011, 08.33 AMby ichigogirl

    Oh my gosh! Such a storm of protests! My first thought (I’m a minus-size, new word, yey) when I saw this article was that I’d love to make the first dress, it’s like the perfect summer dress and I think that it’d be very figure flattering on many different figures. Unfortunately, it doesn’t come in my size, and I’m too far away from this spectrum to be able to resize the pattern. The other patterns, well… the second and two last ones are alright. I often think that the plus size patterns in Burda magazine are among the nicest ones, I often want to make them myself until I realise they only come in plus sizes (of course some of them are hideous, but so are some of the smaller ones). But girls, it’s good that you voice your opinion, but I sense a lot of feeling sorry for oneself here (which is ok, of course, but not very helpful). To put things in perspective: I’ve noticed that looooooads of the members here at Burdastyle are tiny girls (like me). I’m sure many of them sew beacuse they – like you – struggle to find clothes that fit them. Guess why I learned how to sew: my size in clothing wasn’t available in most shops (only really expensive designer brands). Guess why I learned how to make my own patterns: my size is often not available in sewing patterns either, and even when it is the clothes turn out waaay too big. I got fed up with it all. Am I happy I learned how to sew and even happier I learned how to make my own patterns? Yes! It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done. Conclusion: you’re not alone in this, short skinny girls suffer from the same problems. And more importantly: release yourselves from the big pattern companies and learn how to make/change and adapt patterns to suit you. I think it will make you a load happier.

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      Jun 8, 2011, 12.13 PMby mojo elgin

      lol! I guess the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence… I just never imagined that smaller girls would have trouble finding nicely-fitting clothes, too.

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      Jun 8, 2011, 02.21 PMby ichigogirl

      m.j.elgin: hehe, it is, isn’t it! Greener. Sometimes a lot! And potato-sacks look really, really bad on most people (I tend to look horrible – or at least really dull – if I don’t use magic to produce me some curves! I.e: shapes!)
      Pattern making classes (such as “Make your own sloper”) are the BEST value for money, and fun. I recommend them with all my heart!

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      Jun 8, 2011, 03.12 PMby bhghatesyou

      i can only speak for myself. i do not feel sorry for myself. i just had an issus with making a seperate post for “plus size patterns” how many articles have we seen that say " skinny women patterns" i understand that no one has the same body and people will always have to alter patterns. my only question is why cant ALL patterns come in ALL sizes. why does the pattern maker decide what will look good on a certian body. if the patterns were made it would cover ALL women everywhere and we would be able to expirement and find out what works for us and what doesnt.

      that being said i never buy patterns and i make all my own clothes. but i will admit that trying new things with a pattern would make my life easier!

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      Jun 9, 2011, 07.23 AMby denise2003

      No- I don’t feel sorry for myself. And I am well aware that smaller women have trouble as well. My mother was a size 5 (that was when size 8 was the standard size for models and size 5 women shopped in the children’s section). What offended me was the insults— and there were plenty! While you can genuinely claim to be in the minority, most women are at or near the so-called “plus sizes.” We don’t deserve to be treated that way in any event.

      I have other fitting problems, and I am actively learning how to custom-fit clothes, but that is no reason to just allow people to insult and ridicule me. I don’t think you read this before the insults were taken out or you would be more understanding. How would you like seeing a bunch of bags and being told you aren’t worth the effort of a decent pattern and that you can never be acceptable or beautiful?

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      Jun 13, 2011, 10.06 AMby ichigogirl

      Denise2003, no, I did not read the original version and did not comment it nor the first comments that mentioned the now removed insults.
      Naturally no one should have to take insults, especially here. I’m glad they were promptly removed.
      I do disagree that most women are overweight though. That may be true in some countries, but although Burdastyle is based in the USA, this is a world wide community, and (fortunately, considering health issues) the situation is different in large parts of the world (the western world too, not just in developing countries). And Burdastyle Magazine, the producer of most of the patterns here, is based in Germany, where the situation is very different from in the USA regarding weight.
      I think that’s why most of them are made for average sizes (that may not be average but small sizes in the USA, from what I’ve heard).

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    Jun 8, 2011, 06.24 AMby GraceW

    All the comments are worth Burdastyle paying close attention to. As a consumer who wants value for money, you need to make it worth my while to order these patterns. Most, if not all, are rehashes of older styles. Do some research on plus-size retail sites and you’ll find some of the styles that many of the burdastyle followers want to sew. I began to sew again after a gap, so that I could create garments that I hope are stylish and individual. Let’s see style on stylie plus-size models!

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    Jun 7, 2011, 08.21 PMby olg

    Thanks for making an effort. Also I am a plus size and regret that Burda (Magazine) offers mostly old fashioned patterns. ‘Our’ Dutch pattern magazine ‘KNIP’ does a much better job, they get plus sized readers to show their pattern-results in mostly trendy and often flattering garments. Unfortunately they don’t have an English version, maybe you should try to connect with them: http://www.knipmode.nl and find a local Dutchie to translate the site if necessary. Good luck on the next plus size issue :)

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    Jun 7, 2011, 08.10 PMby alexus1325

    My mother is a large apple-shaped woman and she wouldn’t wear a single one of these, with a teeny tiny possible exception for the first dress if I made her a tank version. All the rest are sacks that would need to be belted, but there’s no sash or belt shown in the technical drawing.

    I never saw the insulting version, not having a computer for the last few days, but I’m pretty bummed out by the worse-than-usual example garments. You guys have the whole of the internet to glean, and could even use photos from Flickr so long as you cite and link. OR, heaven forbid, have samples made up for the shoot BEFORE announcing the patterns. I KNOW you guys have access to at least one gorgeous curvy girl because she was in a shoot a few months ago.

    Yeesh, something’s gone funky with the site management lately…

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    Jun 7, 2011, 07.38 PMby denise2003

    Warning! The wording has been changed on these! Go on up and read it for yourself. Believe me, people, yesterday this was the most insulting and offensive page I have ever seen on BurdaStyle! I’m sure we all appreciate you toning it down, but altering the language does not fix the problem. Be aware that the majority of women are at or near the so-called “plus size” category, and you really do need to start accommodating us.

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      Jun 7, 2011, 07.58 PMby varenoea

      Hm, yeah… it’s actually the first insulting article I’ve seen in this place. But to change the wording… just deleting it would have been the better solution.

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    Jun 7, 2011, 07.14 PMby Melody Maya Pollock

    I am only plus size due to am “ample” bust and I really don’t appreciate the lake of tailoring on these patters if I am perchance a pattern I don’t want to do “all” the tailoring myself

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    Jun 7, 2011, 06.47 PMby loulourosa

    The only pattern I like of these, is the “polodress”. But I have this pattern allready severall times. I’m sure the other patterns don’t look good on me. Most of the times I don’t like the Burda plus size patterns, they are old fashioned and boring. I wear a 46, and I have to upgrade most of the “normal” patterns so they would fit me. It would be great if Burda would make plus size patterns for modern women and not only for old ladies. I have the idea that a lot of patterns are the same over and over again, and not only the plus size patterns. And the models are certainly not a plus size, more a zero size,…

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    Jun 7, 2011, 06.33 PMby mojo elgin

    Maybe I’m just being stupid, but are those technical drawings supposed to represent the garment samples shown? Most of the garments seem to be sewn from completely different patterns. (or at least patterns altered so drastically as to be completely different…)

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      Jun 7, 2011, 07.13 PMby prettysweet

      I think the pictures that they show are supposed to be “inspiration” photos of similar looks you can achieve with their patterns.

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      Jun 8, 2011, 05.40 AMby Jane Smith

      I agree completely. It seems that they use designer photos and hunt for patterns that look like them.

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