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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 27, 2012, 10.12 PMby smartalex999

    As a plus size young woman, I am surprised the outfits shown here are so boxy and bulky- that’s the last thing we plus size women need!!! A wool coat over a faux fur coat? Do you want use to look like whales? Ugh this is so wrong- and next time you say plus size patterns, show a real plus size woman- not the barely-qualified-as-being-plus-sized model shown here.

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    Oct 27, 2012, 07.00 PMby tothepointe

    I would also like to point out considering that these designs are probably created using CAD and distributed in a download format grading them up to include a larger size would not be too difficult. It’s not like there is a size consideration on fitting them onto a magazine sheet.

    Burda. You are in the business of selling things please give us something to buy.

    Actually I like some of these designs. What I don’t like is being offered only these designs

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    Oct 27, 2012, 02.28 PMby shoesandbagsomy

    Firstly – how is this model plus size????

    Secondly – these patterns are mega UGLY and I wouldn’t be caught dead in any one of them. Thank gooddness for the miracle that is the web. There are so many tutes on how to grade patterns that I can actually make the good stuff. Yes it’s time consuming but so worth it. Grading was easy to learn. I too am on the smaller end of plus size and am very much insulted that Burdastyle thinks that it is appropriate that a plus size girl should be wearing potatoe sacks. It actually reminds me of an episode of Mary Queen of Shops where a skinny woman was running a plus size shop and had no idea what so called plus size wome wanted.

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      Oct 29, 2012, 04.12 PMby daisymomo

      Loved and agreed your comment xxx

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    Oct 27, 2012, 01.30 PMby Ayse Deveci-Kucukali

    i wish i could alter patterns i dont know how to.. but i would never want to be seen in any one of these. Ugly

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      Oct 31, 2012, 07.25 PMby AArrington

      If you really are interested, then there are pattern-grading tutorials on YouTube.

      Happy sewing!

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    Oct 27, 2012, 01.29 PMby Ayse Deveci-Kucukali

    i wish i could alter patterns i dont know how to.. but i would never want to be seen in any one of these. Ugly

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    Oct 27, 2012, 05.25 AMby miasu

    What the hell is going on with that quilted coat? Everything about it is so…wrong. The shoulders don’t fit at all, and neither does the rest of the thing. Layered? Why would I want a jacket to look like it’s layered? Aren’t jackets supposed to be a layer in itself? The elegant coat is pretty bad too. And I can’t tell. Is that model Burda’s response to the pleas of using plus-size models for plus-size patterns? She’s very pretty, but I’m sure most people do not consider a size 6-8 as plus size, unlike the fashion world might. Also, none of the clothes fit her. Plus-size model does not mean finding a normal-sized girl and putting large clothes on her. The side-tie top (although clearly does not fit the model well…) and the section dress seem to be the only redeeming items on this list.

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    Oct 27, 2012, 03.05 AMby C Eliza Rivera-De Leon

    I am not a plus sz, and I love the collection. There is nothing wrong with this collection. The problem that I do see is that Burda is Using a Sz 8 model to fit a sz 14-plus sz. Be created use the idea and make it your own, select light weight fabrics.

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      Oct 31, 2012, 07.28 PMby AArrington

      I liked the clothes, but I agree that they were not well-fitted.

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    Oct 26, 2012, 10.33 PMby tothepointe

    While knowing how to grade is nice and I can do it I don’t always WANT to. Sometimes I want to be able to cut out a pattern and sew it up without too much thought. Sure no pattern is going to fit perfectly unadjusted but neither is RTW and I would like that option. Otherwise I might as well skip paying for patterns and just do the whole thing myself.

    I think these patterns would not be so bad in a different fabrication.

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      Oct 31, 2012, 07.32 PMby AArrington

      You have a point. I just finished altering a gown to fit my niece, and while that is somewhat different, grading and altering are time-consuming, and pointless when you have already paid for a pattern and essentially have to re-draft it. What tutorials did you use to learn grading?

      I liked the patterns, but the textile choices and fit less than ideal. As people in the fashion business, I’m just wondering what drove the stylist to use the colours, patterns, and prints that were used.

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    Oct 26, 2012, 06.13 PMby Vanessa Leigh

    I Love vintage and these definitely have a 60’s vibe. There is nothing wrong with items, perhaps poor choice of title fit and styling for the spread. It’s quite Mad Men. AS for what is wearable and transitional, Love the elegant coat sans collar. I’d wear the coat in a minimalist fashion. Looking forward to a Burda Plus spread that is modern/minimalist with some attention to detail! ;)

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      Oct 31, 2012, 07.34 PMby AArrington

      Vanessa, you are spot-on. I liked the designs, but the styling is what seems to have gone wrong.

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    Oct 26, 2012, 02.44 PMby Lee Westover

    ενδιαφερομαι να αγορασω μια κουκλα ραπτικης στο μεγεθος 42-44 ακομη και μεταχειρισμενη μπορειται να μου δωσετε καποια διευθυνση

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    Oct 26, 2012, 02.06 PMby Scary Merry

    Dear Burda and fashiony people in general- while yes, sometimes patterns intended for skinnier people do not translate well to us larger people, we are not entirely foreign creatures with frumpier tastes in clothing. Instead of making boring plus size collection like this, would it kill you to size up many of your other collections for plus size? It is incredibly painful to see gorgeous patterns that you know would flatter you but they aren’t in your size. Even more so when you’re on the smaller end of plus size like me and the available sizes stop JUST below yours.

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      Oct 26, 2012, 06.23 PMby Vanessa Leigh

      May I suggest checking out some tutorials on adjusting a pattern. IF you are only one size away it should not be too difficult. Being a size 22, I do it for several sizes quite often.

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    Oct 26, 2012, 01.51 PMby jennyrecorder

    If I was confined to Plus sizes I would be feeling very morose. The negative comments all find agreement here.

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      Oct 26, 2012, 02.02 PMby Scary Merry

      What really sucks is when you’re on the smaller end of plus size like me and you see all the pretty straight sized patterns that are just one freaking size or two smaller than you. It’s like, would it KILL them to make those patterns in just more size??? And it’s insulting because I’m not even fat! I can’t help it that I have big boobs and a big butt. Ugh.

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    Oct 26, 2012, 01.45 PMby katexxxxxx

    Nine shades of Frumo from here… Frumpy shapes, unflattering boxy jackets and faux fur that make one look HUGE, and frumpy fabrics in dull colours.

    Larger ladies need to skim gently past lumps and flatter the curves. The last thing you need is a big fat PLEAT emphasizing a larger stomach, boxy shapes making you look like you need American Footballer’s armour to keep your jacket on, and drop shoulders emphasizing width at bust level… And please! No bulky layers to make us look like a zeppelin in a duvet!

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      Oct 27, 2012, 10.14 PMby smartalex999

      couldn’t agree more!

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    Oct 26, 2012, 12.19 PMby sadienorway

    I’m not plus size, but I hate it how A) Plus size patterns always seem to be unflattering B) Burda try and make the model look bigger by giving her clothes that are… well, too big. This collection isn’t the worst example, but this is a definite pattern (pardon the pun) I’ve noticed in Burda’s plus size collections.

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    Oct 26, 2012, 09.26 AMby shilisha

    The plus size patterns are great!Feels elegant!Love the second one!

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    Oct 26, 2012, 08.57 AMby Les Bonnes Vivantes Paris

    I think the dress and the top are gorgeous, and I think most of them are figure-flattering. I would wear them.

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    Oct 26, 2012, 03.40 AMby sweetharte

    I love the open front jacket and the section dress, but I can’t see myself, on the verge of plus size, ever wearing anything else in this collection. I find them unflattering.

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    Oct 26, 2012, 03.25 AMby avjames

    I love the section dress, it looks amazing. And I have some blue and sliver lame material from the 60’s that I inherited from my great aunt so I think I have finaly found some patterns that will do my vintage stash justice!

    To be honest, I don’t agree with some of the other comments. The desinger has drawn inspiration from the 60’s and the styles are very much in that spirit. There’s a great selection of garments that are retro inspired, but not too much like a retro costume and have avoided things like the a-line shift dress that I usually associate with the 60’s but may not be that great on a larger figure!

    And as for the model, I can see what the garment should look like when I’m done, which is all I ask for in images for patterns, but she also looks lovely :)

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    Oct 26, 2012, 02.20 AMby reynok

    OMG, how is the model plus-sized?! But that is beside the point. I agree with others that these are unfortunate patterns that serve only to make women look frumpy. The Section Dress is the only nice-looking pattern of the bunch – though they could have better fit the dress to the model for the photos.

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    Oct 26, 2012, 01.51 AMby elizabarracuda

    I’m sorry to say I’m disappointed by these patterns, too. It would be great if the new Jewel Tone collection came in plus size! There are some fantastic pieces in there.

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    Oct 25, 2012, 11.29 PMby Timea Schmidt

    I’m not a plus size, but if I would be I would have a hard time choosing from these patterns. Every single one is terribly ill fitting and unflattering. I think Burda can do a lot better then this.

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    Oct 25, 2012, 10.38 PMby Couture Academic

    I just love the section dress – the lines are beautiful and flattering! Luckily I’m a 44, so I can make it!

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    Oct 25, 2012, 06.43 PMby briana197

    LOVE the design of the open front jacket!

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      Oct 31, 2012, 07.38 PMby AArrington

      I thought the same thing. I was wondering where such a beautiful faux fur could be found. I always see the cheaper faux furs that don’t justify a dry-cleaning bill.

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    Oct 25, 2012, 05.59 PMby sewsite

    I would like to make the side tie top but I don’t like the dropped shoulders. I also like the section dress and the open back coat. I like the fabric. I agree that the other patterns are boxy and don’t seem to fit properly. I love the shoes shown with the tapered skirt.

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    Oct 25, 2012, 05.05 PMby aacmama

    I agree with you completely, tracilyns! This collection is not flattering and makes the gorgeous shapely model look lost underneath too much fabric. Some of the pieces at least attempt to enlongate the body through the use of vertical style lines, such as those in the edged dress and section dress. Others miss the mark totally by creating horizontal width in all the wrong places (piped tunic and quilted coat as prime examples). Another way they miss the mark is to add extra fabric with blocky box pleats or ill-fitting drape. The one piece that could work is the sleeveless section dress, which could be flattering if 1) sized down to actually fit the model and 2) made from a softer fabric with some drape. Other plus-sized collections from Burdy have had some lovely flattering patterns but this set really missed the boat.

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    Oct 25, 2012, 04.38 PMby tracilyns

    I’m sorry, but the only one that is flattering is the sleeveless dress. The rest of them look like boxy sacks. Plus, they make your model look bigger than what she is. How about designing patterns that are fitted and show off a curvy woman’s curves instead of trying to hide them? The last few patterns I’ve seen from you guys have been complete misses for me.

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