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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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    Jan 27, 2014, 11.51 PMby SaucySewist

    I LOVE this whole collection. So gorgeous it almost makes me wish I worked in an office. The fabric choices are lovely. I adore 1960s styling (James Bond era, not hippy). Being an hourglass curvy gal, all of these would work for me. I bought the side tie blouse but will be changing the sleeve to be set-in as drop shoulders don’t look good on me. The quilted coat and piped tunic are in my cart and will purchase the rest later as funds allow.

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    Nov 12, 2013, 04.59 PMby SaucySewist

    I love almost all of these early 1960s retro look patterns.

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    Jun 4, 2013, 08.43 PMby shelley Lewis

    hum, it is a tough crowd here but that’s the kind of honesty plus size women need when attempting to find patterns that will look decent on each of our different bodies. I’m so fed up with pattern companies, clothing companies (even ones that only do plus sizes) etc. using these pencil thin gorgeous ladies to try to make us think that we would look equally stunning in whatever they are selling. i’m plus size and i’m not saying that we are not gorgeous, i’m just saying that it’s really hard to get a feel for how a plus size “fluffy” as i like to consider myself will look in such fashions. i’m not an advanced seamstress so i tend to stick with pretty easy or mid range ease patterns for myself and i think we don’t need a lot of fru-fru to look good! one thought i was having when i was browsing through the current selection was that they reminded me of my mom’s dresses in the 60’s, the kind of Jackie Kennedy type little suits, jackets, etc. that they wore back then. The fabrics were equally a turn off! i did however like the side tie blouse. i’m between a plus size and a super plus size and while i am trying to release some of this weight and get to a more healthy size, i do have to have clothing to wear now and i don’t like wearing the same clothes over and over again each week! so i like to sew new things. i think i’m rambling here, please excuse me! i wish the American public and it’s fashion industry would get with it and maybe even hire some “true plus size women” to work at the helm of the companies, i believe that might give them an insiders point of view on what’s appealing to other plus size women and men in the way of fashion. unfortunately, discrimination still exists even in the fashion industry especially toward people who are not a size 8…(not there is anything wrong with a size 8 lady). i would love to work in such a field, unfortunately i have no formal training in that area, i just know what i and some other plus size ladies enjoy putting on our bodies. clothing and jewelry, hairstyles, shoes etc. are like “art for the body” and we all enjoy looking at good art. so why can’t the pattern companies come up with a few better examples for us to enjoy? i’m also hoping by visiting sites and forums like this that i can find a more accomplished seamstress or hobbyist to help me in creating a wardrobe that will work for me. i’m 55 years old and feeling like i need re-inventing and even though i can do some of the sewing, i am hoping to find someone who can work with me at sewing some basic and mid-range clothing that won’t cost me an arm and a leg and another leg to pay for. i would love to have a couture seamstress, but i can’t afford it. i’m hoping if somebody who enjoys sewing would like to help me out, i would be forever grateful and welcome the help and advice. i have an entire walk in closet full of fabrics to choose from. i would even be open to making some trades of fabric, patterns etc. for services in addition to pay. thanks for listening. i appreciate being able to speak up and take part in conversations such as this one. i wish you love and light for your path.

    p.s. sorry for the above entries that weren’t quite working for me! perhaps i need a computer geek in addition to some new clothing!

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    Nov 30, 2012, 09.37 AMby conejitoasesino

    I have to agree with the general consensus. While the clothes are not bad, they do have a cool mad men-ish vibe, they are not good. Maybe it’s the styling? A lot of the pieces don’t go very well together. There is a lot of bulky layering. And the clothes do not fit the mode correctly. She is too small for them. I know she is supposed to be plus size (which she doesn’t look it at all, she looks average but I guess average is plus nowadays) but she is swimming in those clothes. Poor show Burda. Chics want normal clothes available in large sizes. Not large clothes modeled on small women.

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    Nov 9, 2012, 08.58 PMby dgporter

    Ugh-ugh-ugly. No super-sized gal would allow herself to be seen in any of these. Get a clue!

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    Nov 2, 2012, 11.27 PMby Marusya Grace

    Do these patterns only come in plus sizes?

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    Nov 2, 2012, 08.34 PMby nazzy

    Hi could you do dress with lancer cut.A jacket round neck.I think in my opinion these designs are not appropriate for large sizes.Plain patterns and more fashionable.

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    Nov 2, 2012, 03.25 AMby auntchelle

    I don’t think there is anything terribly bad about these patterns. The fabric choices here aren’t exactly the best. The styling however, sheesh, someone needs to fired over this. Terrible. This will not encourage most people to look twice (or even properly the first time) at the pattern. This is supposed to be an After 5 collection. I think it does ok at that.

    For the past 2 years I don’t even bother looking at the photos – I go straight to the tech drawings. I actually think this is one of their better attempts in this period. I do, however, agree that I think the designer they are using doesn’t have the skills to design for people that don’t fit their smaller size range.

    Bring back the glory days from 2007-2010, when we got a great collection each (most) months and then we also got different patterns in the Burda Plus special. (Now it’s just an edited version from these issues.) Those 3 years had some of the best, original, well thought through designs for Plus women. Sure there were some misses but they were the exception not a rule. (Maybe get the current staff to sit down with those old magazines and do some research!) I’m still using those issues and can see me using those for quite some time yet.

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    Nov 2, 2012, 03.24 AMby petsabock

    These are so unflattering! Why does Burda design such things for larger people? Do you hate us? The next time I want to look like a tasteless,unstylish, older than my age woman I’ll make one of these in the horrendous fabrics chosen by you!

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    Nov 1, 2012, 03.35 PMby AJW5

    I am a plus-sized home sewer who has always favored the Burda line because it just fits me better. When I received the most recent issue of Burda Style at home and saw these clothes I was shocked at the frumpiness of the styles and the ill fit of the clothing. What is not obviously too big is clearly too small — note the stress lines in the upper arms of the blouses.

    Yuck. This most recent Burda Style, on top of the fall/winter Burda Plus — also full of some really uninspired designs — is causing me to turn to the other pattern companies to see what I can alter and use from their lines. SUCH a disappointment.

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    Nov 1, 2012, 08.36 AMby Ami Francesconi

    I am a plump 70 year old grandmother who has always had a good fashion sense. I have started sewing agin simply because I cannot find anything anywhere except frump, frump, frump. I love Burds, but you just gave us more frump. I will be dressing fashionably until the day I die, and I am counting on Burda to make that possible. We want to wear what everyone else is wearing. Can’t you draft the same styles in larger styles? I know you can, because I have done it. I want to buy the pattern from you, not redraft a pattern. Thank you. I know you listen, and I am expecting great things from you.

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    Nov 1, 2012, 04.35 AMby arisaid

    Yuck! These are just so awful I wouldn’t make any of them. Also apart from the model not being able to wear the clothes properly as they don’t fit, she is too tall! Most of us plus sized ladies are not 6 foot tall! In fact the average height of females here in Australia is 5’3’, which means we are petite height. PLEASE can you give us some stylish and modern patterns.

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    Oct 31, 2012, 07.45 PMby taxidancer

    this collection should be renamed 9 Ways to Look Frumpy!

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    Oct 31, 2012, 07.40 PMby AArrington

    Hello, all. Like many of you, I get BurdaStyle notifications via e-mail and I followed the link to the site because I thought the featured retro-styled retro-back jacket was pretty, as was the regularly-sized Designer Coat. I thought the Elegant Coat was lovely, and I liked most of the designs, but I agree that textiles are unremarkable and do not do the designs justice, resulting in looks that were mother-of-the-brideish. I actually thought the quilted coat was nice until so many attentive commenters correctly noted the poor fit – this outfit is, to my eye, at least one size too large for her. The clothes actually make her look bigger. I thought the section dress would be nice in a richly-coloured velvet, and perhaps a longer length.

    Comparing the last three issues of the newsletter with older editions, it is obvious that the artistic direction has changed with the plus-size shoots. BurdaStyle user Cloff favorited a number of older plus-sized patterns where the models are better styled, the clothes better fitted, and vibrant colours are used. I can see both viewpoints – the consumer who sees things that are marketed to them but are not as pretty as the standard products – and Burda trying to access a valuable market but selling something that has to be widely adjusted without major alteration problems. That being said, the harsh criticisms from the posters show that the standard has changed.

    I am used to pattern companies using size-8 models in plus sized products, but Burda did themselves a disservice when they used a model who was too small for the pattern’s sizing. If Burda didn’t want to alter the pattern to fit the smaller model, then they should have used a larger model. As a larger woman, I am honest enough to admit that larger plus-sized clothes, ready-to-wear and pattern-based, tend to be less complicated to accommodate different sizes and bulk, and therefore less fashion-forward, but Burda’s editors need to be equally honest and admit that the colour and fabric choices are not nearly as energetic as the ones they feature in the smaller-sized patterns, or in the ones featured by subscribers.

    Since this is a common theme with the plus-sized patterns, I went through my e-mail archives, looked at the featured plus-sized patterns, and found the ones that I thought were very nice. I am not including blouses and skirts because I consider those to be design staples. To those of you who have seen a standard-sized Burda item that would be well-suited to plus-sizing, please join in:

    “After Hours”, 11.2012: All, except for the quilted coat, which is not well-fitted. “Classically Cozy” newsletter 10.2012: Buttoned cape 10/2012 #140, Wrap coat #136, Flared trouser #139, Mermaid skirt #147 “Plus Size: New Patterns and Old Favorites” newsletter: Wrap Dress Plus Size 02/2011 #139, Jersey Dress Plus Size 01/2011 #133, Jacket With 3/4 Sleeves Plus Size 01/2011 #139, 10/2011 Plus size top with draped neckline #135 A Older plus-sized patterns (please note drastic differences in fit, colour, and textile): Sailors Neck Dress (plus-size) #136, 07/2011 Dress with Pin Tucks (plus-size) #138, V-Neck Dress (plus-size) #139, Velvet Jacket Plus Size #142, Velvet Jacket Plus Size #142

    Happy sewing, everyone!


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    Oct 31, 2012, 03.43 PMby canei

    I saw a few things that I liked. Some look boxy to me. Not too flattering for the fuller figure.

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    Oct 31, 2012, 02.39 PMby jw72085

    Wow, what a tough crowd! I actually like these patterns. No, not all of them, but quite a few. I do agree that some of us sew because we either do not like ready-made choices or we cannot find what we want in our size(s). However, when I look at patterns, any patterns, I tend to visualize myself in the piece of clothing featured. Taking into account my figure, its pluses and minuses, as well as fabric color and drape. Sure, some of these patterns are boxy, but visualizing, as I do, I can see these patterns on me in different color schemes and in various fabrics. There is no need to be so cruel when you have an actively creative mind.

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      Nov 2, 2012, 10.22 PMby nadewas

      Yeap! Visualizing. That’s the key. When I look at patterns I’ll always think how to work it and flatter it no matter how hopeless the pattern can be sometime. Cheers to a creative mind!

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    Oct 31, 2012, 11.09 AMby suz123

    I agree with so many of these posts – I’m on the edge of plus size myself, and Burda constantly disappoints me by stopping some of my favorite patterns at size 42. I’m like 44/46. Yes, it’s possible to grade a pattern yourself, but I’m a beginner. Plus sizes are not all the same – some are just larger sizes and don’t need a different style of clothing, just a pattern for the regular clothes sized up. Burda is losing sales by segregating their patterns this way. There are plenty of people on the lower end of plus size who would never buy these styles, but will go to other manufacturers for regular patterns that come in sizes 12-18.

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    Oct 31, 2012, 10.53 AMby mommyth

    Dumpy, frumpy and fugly.

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    Oct 31, 2012, 04.21 AMby wenoel

    I often see patterns that would easily flatter larger sizes but they do NOT come in larger sizes. What’s up with that? I also feel many patterns made especially for plus sizes are not the least bit flattering. Why is that? I think you need a board of plus size consultants to give input on this issue.

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    Oct 31, 2012, 04.19 AMby wenoel

    The fabric choices are truly unfortunate. Ugly, drab, washed out colors. Thick, hard to handle and unflattering hand. The styles are a bit sad and old looking. The only one I like I thought immediately what I would alter to make it better so – sorry but this one did not work for me at all.

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    Oct 31, 2012, 03.38 AMby arlenef

    I think you missed the mark this time. Different fabric choices might have helped, but the one thing that caught my attention almost imediately……they didn’t fit the model…..as pretty as she is.. there were bunches of extra fabric in most of the garments, yet there were two where the upper arm appeared to be too tight, It looks like this issue was just thrown together as if you didn’t care and with no thought to style. Even the background sets were less than stellar….

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