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Every women needs some nice garments to wear after hours…and this new pattern collection from burda style magazine’s November issue is full of sultry designs. Shimmering fabrics and sophisticated cuts are seen in sixties-style coats and glamorous dresses.

This trumpet-sleeved Edged Dress has a slim line, thanks to its cleverly placed pleats. It has eye-catching edging on the pleat edges of shimmering sequin that makes the standing collar and trumpet sleeves stand out.

This pairing is a lovely version of a feminine suit. The Open Front Jacket features front bands and welt pockets for a classic look. We love it worn with this Tapered Skirt that has pressed pleats and section seams that make the wearer have magical curves.

Sweethearts don’t want to be apart for long. If you’re going straight from work to a date, this Piped Tunic is just the thing. You’re beautifully dressed up for going out, with satin piping in the waist seam and on the neck edge. A high hem slit and trumpet sleeves are elegant details.

Here is the lovely Quilted Coat. This combination of coat and quilted waist coat is a good companion for cold days. The two are brought together by the faux fur collar. The coat itself follows through on the layered look, with a horizontal pleat at hip level hinting at a jacket. Below this pleat, the coat is slightly flared to give you lots of room for walking fast in the cold!

This Side Tie Top gently swings in the breeze. It has casual dropped shoulders and sew on tie bands. When pulled through two buttonholes that gives a glamorous finish.

As sophisticated as you can get. This knee-length, slightly flared Elegant Coat features a magnificent buttoned in waistcoat, with front bands and Peter Pan collar of fake fur. The outer cotton coat has the same collar shape and is closed, edge to edge, with hook and eye fastenings – trés chic!

We love this Section Dress that is figure hugging in all the right places. It fits perfectly thanks to the neat set-in waistband and section seams.

This is the lovely Open Back Short Coat. The back fastening on this jacket is a single loop and button at the top, so that your dress underneath can show through.

Try making one or all of these sultry patterns to show your special someone.

Happy Sewing!


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    Oct 31, 2012, 01.50 AMby Smarti1957

    It is obvious by the comments that this collection missed the mark. People who aren’t the “norm” and can’t buy off the rack easily are usually the ones who like to sew for themselves so they can look their very best. They know what they should and shouldn’t wear. Believe me, the object of the game is for people to see our best assets, not to emphasize the worst ones. So why not let us choose what we want to wear and just make patterns to fit the common shapes that have been identified (pear, hourglass, etc…) in larger sizes. By segregating patterns by sizes, you are effectively telling plus sized people what they can and cannot wear. Personally, I find that offensive. The stores already do this so it’s very important that the sewing community doesn’t. And the choice of models doesn’t fool anyone at all now, does it?

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    Oct 30, 2012, 11.53 PMby audhead

    Where these Plus Size designs created by a non-plus size person? My pet peeve is fashions that don’t complement a plus size body but you find that the buyers/designers are a size 7 or smaller. I’ve always wanted to design flattering clothes for larger size people, even if it’s just to show that there are flattering clothes and you don’t have to wear what’s available in stores.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 11.48 PMby hennybenny

    Yikes. When your plus-sized clothes make a size 8 or 10 model look this fat and horrible, you know you’re doing something wrong. How that girl could manage a smile for the “quilted jacket” photo is beyond me.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 11.44 PMby kkiseskey

    Harsh crowd! I am not quite a plus size, though I am tall and have my own size/fit challenges. I thought many of these patterns were lovely—especially the Piped Tunic, Edged Dress and Open-Front Jacket. —They’re a welcome change from the ubiquitous wrap-front dress. Think about it, Ladies: The Piped Tunic and Edged Dress would look fantastic, even in the fabrics shown, reinterpreted as jackets with frog or edgy metallic closures, paired with cigarette pants and sleek heels or boots; and the Open-Front Jacket would be great with a full skirt in a flowy fabric and knee-high boots or palazzo pants.

    I think the one thing that Burda should capitalize on is the idea that plus-size women come in different SHAPES. It seems that most of the plus-sized patterns I have seen assume that a woman has a little extra padding evenly all over. —How about a pattern collection for women who carry their weight below the waist? Another for women who carry theirs in the middle? And a third for those who, like me, carry it all up top.

    Thanks for listening, Burda!

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    Oct 30, 2012, 11.08 PMby LindaNowakowski

    These are just totally horrible and was I glad to see that I wasn’t alone in thinking so.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 11.06 PMby missymac

    I totally agree with the above posts!! Very disappointed. Just because I am plus size does not mean I would like to dress like I am 90! The model in the pictures is not even plus size! Awful.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 10.53 PMby khrishna

    Dear Burda Team: Instead of incredibly boxy and universally unflattering just-for-plus-sizes patterns how about you extend the size ranges of your straight-size patterns to include plus-sizes, please? The plus-only patterns from Burda consistently miss the mark for me yet I’d love to be able to buy (and make) dozens and dozens of patterns from your regular collections – if only they were in plus-sizes. And please include up to Burda size 60 for plus-size offerings.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 10.32 PMby vesta44

    I agree with most of the comments already posted. Just because your model isn’t a size 0 or 2 doesn’t make her a plus-size, and those patterns remind me of what my mother made for herself when I was a child, and I’m 59! And those fabrics? Well, let’s just say I’d use them for curtains or upholstery before I’d ever consider using them for any item of clothing. Just because I’m fat doesn’t mean I want to look like my mother or grandmother, even if I am a mother/grandmother – I want clothing that’s comfortable, fashionable, colorful, and NOT frumpy. None of those patterns meet those criteria.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 09.13 PMby rosarini

    What a disaster ….the model isn’t a plus size,the choice of fabrics awful ,design shocking in all not up to Burda standard.I for one want plus sizes designs to enhance me not make me look like I shopped at a charity shop in the dark

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    Oct 30, 2012, 08.59 PMby reninja

    I am very disappointed in this collection. I am not plus sized but I often look at the plus sized patterns because they also are very pretty, but this time I was very unhappy with these designs. Hey look very frumpy and the fabric is very unflattering. Please do better. Plus sized woman love to look good too.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 08.56 PMby SewPassionista

    Oh I just had to comment. I’m not a plus size woman but I think these styles are ugly and unflattering.Surely more effort could be made to flatter our plus sizes sisters rather than to dress them in these boxy clothes. And those fabrics! Really?

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    Oct 30, 2012, 08.54 PMby SewPassionista

    Whoops! i! did that twice so I erased the second one.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 08.40 PMby heavenlygurl

    I got so excited when I saw “plus size”. But I have to agree with everyone… these are so bleh… boxy w/ drab colors and stiff fabrics?? Plus size women are beautiful curvaceous girls. we like our clothes to accent our womanliness… I did enjoy the cute male model tho.. lol.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 08.20 PMby Diana Brito

    Most of these are not very flattering. Perhaps your design team needs to see what some of the plus-designers are doing. And, then please use various sized plus-sized models. Check out – www.igigi.com Thank you for trying. We do appreciate it.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 07.52 PMby dbloomer

    I’m very disappointed in these outfits. I don’t think I would waste my time making any of these or “tweaking” them to make them better. The Section Dress highlights a feature I want to typically cover – - my upper arms! The Side Tie Top would make a decent sheath dress IF the shoulders were not dropped (i.e., fitted). The quilted coat is HIDEOUS! Your color and fabric type selections were OFF THE MARK! Yo

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    Oct 30, 2012, 06.47 PMby Gen Van-Catledge

    “After hours” clothes should make one feel sexy…or at least attractive! The “Edged Dress” would be fine – as a coat. The “Open Front Jacket” and “Tapered Skirt” would be fine – as office wear. The “Piped Tunic” would be fine as work-to-evening with a more seductive neckline (you can always add a scarf or camisole for modesty at work). The “Quilted Coat” is,..a disaster (I don’t know for whom that would be a flattering look). The “Side Tie Top” in the right fabric would be suitable for a more modest evening look – but an optional alternate neckline would be expected in a “standard” sized pattern. While I can appreciate the idea of a dual layered coat, combining a thick waistcoat with a “slightly flared” overcoat results in a complete loss of curves in the “Elegant Coat.” The “Section Dress” is a winner on many fronts: one can actually have a defined waist; multiple seams offer many easy ways of custom fitting different figure types including those who like a longer torso and/or empire waist option; the length of the skirt portion would also be easy to adjust; this type of neckline is easy to lower/raise as desired. Although rather plain in front, the “Open Back Short Coat” is very fitting with the current “Mad Men” inspired trend – yet it still doesn’t read as true “After Hours” wear for most women.

    That being said, does your editorial and designing staff actually read these posts and take them into consideration when designing the next release of “plus sized” patterns? I feel as though many (if not all) of the critical opinions expressed in the previous comments have been posted on many of your earlier “plus size” collection postings.

    Also, I am sad to note that the upper end of your plus size range consistently ends at a Euro size 52. I am saddened to see that you seem to be falling into step with the BMV decision to eliminate a portion of your potential consumers. While grading a pattern up one or two sizes is within the ability of many experienced sewers, we all know that distortions can occur the further one grades. More importantly, no one wants to have to consistently “recreate” ever pattern that is purchased to such a great extent. It is not unreasonable to expect your computerized pattern system to go up to a size 56. No one likes to get excited about a potential pattern only to discover that it is not available in one’s size. Perhaps you should consider having the size numbers supper-imposed on the fashion photo so potential consumers don’t waste their time getting their hopes up only to click on the link and be, once again, disappointed.

    Thank you for taking these opinions under consideration.

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      Oct 30, 2012, 06.56 PMby cloff

      Couldn’t agree more! This collection is a dead loss.

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      Oct 30, 2012, 07.40 PMby mrcvt

      Here, here! Just because a woman is plus-sized, doesn’t mean styles have to be frumpy. While using a lighter weight fabric might mitigate some issues, it doesn’t take away from the fact that in general, plus sized patterns tend to be frumpy and often lacking in structure and shape. We buy clothes, we sew clothes, we are beautiful and we are consumers. We deserve to be heard!
      Thanks so much.

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      Oct 30, 2012, 09.31 PMby mnr

      Thank you so much for posting this. I agree so much.

      I’m thinking that they don’t read these, or else they would have mentioned it or CHANGED something.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 06.35 PMby textilet

    Phew – what an awful collection- horrible shiny fabric too- guaranteed to make u look bigger! I do quite like the side fastening top but only in a fabric that is much more forgiving and attractive than the one used here Just one comment Beige!!!! Yuck!

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    Oct 30, 2012, 06.33 PMby handyc

    The Section Dress is lovely and flattering—qualities that most of the other patterns are just not. Dropped shoulders are not flattering to anyone, much less larger women. And it doesn’t help that your model—a very nice looking girl—looks like she’s swimming in these clothes. The stiff and bulky fabrics (with the exception of the Side Tie Top) are not helping to sell these designs. Check out HotPatterns.com to see designs that are current and fashionable for small, medium and large women.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 06.24 PMby Donna Sapienza

    We left many of these boxy styles back in the 1950s. The boxy look cannot be carried well unles you are very thin.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 06.14 PMby SUZAG

    I was excited when I saw plus size but that ended quickly when I clicked on the link…UGLY! ICK! I wouldn’t be caught dead in these styles!

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    Oct 30, 2012, 05.45 PMby badbirdydesign

    These are really… not something I would ever make or wear. With the exception of the section dress every piece is really not remotely after hours and ugh – what awful shapes. I frankly can’t see these on anyone who isn’t slender enough to just wear everything.

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    Oct 30, 2012, 03.20 AMby emmyport

    Wow, what an incredibly ugly collection of ill-fitting clothes. I was really excited in reading the headline and incredibly disappointed by the story. Is it possible that there are no plus-size women working anywhere at Burda and y’all just have no idea what looks good on us?!?

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    Oct 29, 2012, 09.05 PMby Siisii

    Ditto & high 5 to all the posts complaining about the fact that these designs are disastrous! What is the problem here? Burda you are in the business of fashion and supplying patterns for ALL your customers, why is it so difficult to dress those of us who are over a size 10?

    As for that perhaps it might be helpful if we were to stop throwing all women into two categories. We are not just skinny and plus (ahem!). Firstly we are short, average & tall and then we are slight, curvey, boxy, hour-glass, big busted small busted etc etc. In fact there has been some really great work done by UK’s Tinny & who have identified 12 basic body shapes check out the link herehttp://www.lifestyle.com.au/style/trinny-and-susannahs-12-body-shapes.aspx Click here to take a quize and identify YOUR SHAPE & get great tips on how to dress it http://www.trinnyandsusannah.co.uk/take-the-body-shape-quiz

    Dear Burda, the information is out there and I would think it should be your best business goal to supply us with patterns to fit ALL of us and I’m sure if you don’t listen someone else will. As a designer myself (not fashion) I wouldn’t stay in business long if I could only offer my service in two styles and if ignored the basic needs of all my clients.

    Please start by letting us all know that our comments have been heard and that you will be more than happy to respond with great fashion for us all.

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    Oct 28, 2012, 08.34 PMby chiqqiflores

    I think all the clothes just look too big on the model. I think it’s because the model is not a plus size or is certainly not the size of the clothes and it didn’t work. Put a real sized model in the clothes to fit – they wouldn’t look so badly fit on her. Otherwise, the clothes themselves are nice.

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      Oct 31, 2012, 07.20 PMby AArrington

      You are 100% right. I didn’t have a problem with the clothes, but when I started reading the (accurate) criticisms of the fit, I looked back and saw that they made a size 6/8 look much larger than that.

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