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Subtle prints and modern silhouettes shine in these modern patterns. Mix and match these separates for a new wave party look! These sharp designs are from the December 2013 issue of Burda Style magazine.

A new lapel treatment can totally change the look of a Blazer. This one has deep lapels finished “bord à bord”, or, edge to edge, and closed with hooks and eyes. Make it into a new wave outfit!

A silky print is the best fabric for Cowl Neck Dress. The front has a more modern look than a wrap dress, just the thing for a gallery opening or museum gala.

A jacquard print with some body livens up these classic Wide Leg Pants. Pleats and side seams on the front elongate the leg for a streamlined look.

A bold print takes this Trenchcoat from ordinary to eye-catching. This crisp jacket will brighten up a rainy day with its jaunty collar and pockets.

A simple, collarless blouse gets charming detail from patch pockets and a neat hidden closure. Wear this sweet style with a collar necklace, or throw it over a lightweight turtleneck for an elegant look.

This straight cut Box Jacket has an adorable ribbon edging that highlights the crew neck and patch pockets. This piece adds a little structure to your outfits, for everything from skinny jeans to soft sweaters.

Contrast grosgrain ribbon and a zipper freshen up this little Skirt. The quirky details are a fun way to show off your style and bring a new pop of color into your wardrobe.

This silky Ribbon Neck Blouse has an interesting cut and construction— side sleeves that open at a split neckline and close with a seam at the back yoke. The neckline ties up with a ribbon for a feminine finish.

These slim Peg Pants are fitted with a waistband, crisp pleats, and a classic welt pocket at the back. Trouser fabrics with in a bold print with a little shine are a fun choice for parties paired with kicky loafers and a structured top.

A hint of masculine style, a jacquard print, a silky pant— these are the details we love for fall! Mix and match them with chunky boots and glowy makeup for fall.

Happy sewing!


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    Jun 20, 2014, 01.47 AMby Rhondashome

    They’ve used fabric from the garments as the background…anyone notice this? Probably not the greatest idea in this case…nothing wrong with the pattern designs I guess, but none of the photo’s inspire me to run out and purchase in spite of the fact that the zipper detailed skirt is what drew me to look at the site…

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    Dec 1, 2013, 10.46 PMby Karen Johnson

    The rust colored blouse rocks. I love the fact that the yoke and sleeves are one. This would be very flattering on many body shapes.

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    Dec 1, 2013, 06.04 PMby emmforr

    Love this collection! Especially the trench and blazer!

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    Nov 30, 2013, 06.16 PMby nouvellegamine

    Ohhhh! The trench is adorable! Love the zipper skirt too!

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    Nov 30, 2013, 04.16 PMby DianasThreads

    I think I like some of the patterns, but I can’t really tell because the clothes don’t fit the model. Regardless of a model’s size, what really matters is how the clothes fit.

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    Nov 30, 2013, 09.00 AMby Okara42

    I have to say I’m disappointed. The backgrounds jangle against the clothing. Very jarring. And it is too bad the clothes have not been tailored to fit the model. There are very thin folks out there who would look good in these designs – unfortunately Burda does them a bit of disservice with the rushed and shoddy tailoring and photography. Not very flattering imho.

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    Nov 27, 2013, 04.00 PMby dolphindancer30

    The background gives me vertigo. Like the placket-front ‘collarless’ blouse—a timeless style that would be great in both solids, prints, and stripes.

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    Nov 27, 2013, 03.26 PMby mcclxix

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      Nov 27, 2013, 03.47 PMby freenifitsa

      Ok. What helps? I do not mean to criticise the model, but we are all aware of the bias in the media, and if I don’t comment I am tacitly agreeing with them. When I see a more balanced portrait of womenhood in the media then it will not be an issue with me whether she is larger or thinner. I worry that this model looks to me as if she has not been eating in order to get a job, and that can’t be right.

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    Nov 27, 2013, 01.30 PMby Deanna31

    I don’t think there’s anything wrong with the model. Her makeup has been designed to make her cheeks look hollow. (I too am very flat and have been very thin in the past even though I ate twice as much as my Dad) However there are suitable clothes for thin people that look attractive on them, and unfortunately this range is not one of them. It would definitely suit a larger frame.

    Ps wish I could get a better look at the blue skirt that doesn’t have a pattern

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    Nov 27, 2013, 10.42 AMby Trudy McGrath

    I love the garments, patterns and colors. The photographs however are very amateurish, it feels like it was rushed and it shows on the posture of the model. I absolutely love the masculine style but unfortunately I doesn’t work on me :S

    Ps.: there are so many patterns for “plus” size women on burda, I love almost all of them even though I’m a UK size 8. So, I don’t understand the complaints with regards of sizing when there’s a lot options to chose from. I too find the model here a bit thin but the creased garments strike me even more…sorry.

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    Nov 27, 2013, 01.03 AMby periwinkle

    The model is sad and isn’t at all representative of your readers. This is not what I expect from Burda. There are so many patterns that are flattering, but this isn’t flattering anything. What sort of image do think you are projecting? This is showing that women should be am emaciated…so sad!

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    Nov 26, 2013, 11.29 PMby freakusbzzz

    Can you imagine the uproar in a plus sized collection. if someone said " This model is too fat, I don’t like the outfits on her as she doesn’t flatter the clothes."

    I don’t see how it’s ok to critisize anyone cause of the way they look. Have a look in the mirror if you feel like being nasty.

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      Nov 27, 2013, 01.07 AMby looneysanja

      I completely understand your point of view. I had problem with being underweight (still have, but not as much as few months ago, yeey for me), and my family was commenting how bad I look… until I told them that it hurts to hear that the same way as it hurts when people keep telling you you’re fat… but… BUT! Burda had a choice! And they chose this unhealthy looking woman, sending the wrong picture of how woman should look… So I have to agree with most people around here: I am tired of this unrealistic image of how woman should look that is being sent for couple decades, and Burda should not support that!

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      Nov 29, 2013, 02.23 AMby nouvellegamine

      Well said :) the body shaming and concern trolling here drives me crazy.

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    Nov 26, 2013, 10.52 PMby Kate Finch

    Please, people, thin-shaming and fat-shaming are both unacceptable so stop with the “someone give her a sandwich comments”. She is how she is, and that is precisely none of your business.

    Now about the clothes:

    Some really interesting fabrics here. The patterns aren’t so much my style, BUT! I really don’t know what’s more disastrous: the backgrounds that make it virtually impossible to focus on the clothes, the fact that you’ve not bothered to tailor the clothes to the model, or that you’ve used a model that is so completely unrepresentative of your community.

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    Nov 26, 2013, 10.51 PMby tika1210

    Like many of the people who read this blog I noted the size of the model and really struggled with it as she does seem very thin. Now I am not a women to pass judegment on others in this regard having experienced plenty of judgement in regard to my own body. That being said while I really like some of these clothes I struggle to see myself in them. Also unless you are really thin and long I don’t think a roll neck jumper really works, Other than that I do like the skirt and mustard blouse shown here

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    Nov 26, 2013, 10.43 PMby cathtakespoland

    The clothes are lovely and the styling and photography is beautiful.. but..I can’t get past the look of this model. She may not be an unhealthy person, but the way she wears these clothes does nothing for her or the clothes. I know that these patterns are not in the “fuller figure” range, but surely with the resources of Burda, you can find a model less like a coat hanger?

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    Nov 26, 2013, 09.08 PMby mcclxix

    Great styling and love the androgynous look! Especially loving the blazer, coat, and skirt. One of the reasons I like Burda so much is because they show how relatively straightforward patterns can look like runway haute couture, it’s very encouraging.

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    Nov 26, 2013, 08.27 PMby Serra Zander

    I also agree with a lot of the posters here. Sewing your own clothes is all about getting the right fit. It wouldn’t kill Burda to use fleshier, curvier models. Maybe even some shorter ones? Fashion models are not what the average women even comes close to. I’m 5’ with padding. How hard would it be to use models who were size 12 and up? Then it would really show how versatile Burda pattens are.

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      Dec 31, 2014, 10.25 AMby pambox

      They have plus size patterns as well.

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    Nov 26, 2013, 08.21 PMby Serra Zander

    Wow that is hard to look at. I see the outfits for the background. Not the best shoot.

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    Nov 26, 2013, 07.37 PMby Myste77

    I agree with several other of my sewing colleagues. In the ribbon neck blouse picture, you can see her shoulder bone sticking out (actually I believe it is the top of her clavicle or shoulder blade). This is not a good way to “show off” or display your patterns. As someone who was approximately 5’7, 98 pounds and anorexic, this is not a healthy message to send to anyone. I believe “fashion” should “fit” everyone, regardless of body type. After all, this is the 21st century and hopefully we have evolved beyond the stereotypical starving model. Please show us that is true BURDA!

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    Nov 26, 2013, 05.39 PMby maxermoo

    I agree with many of you, and here’s the thing—most the patterns don’t come in sizes to even fit somebody that small. I’m skinny but I have breasts and hips and I’m not nearly that tall. I’m only 5’5" and I have a small frame (I’m a dancer), so I often have to alter the smallest pattern size available in any given style. Let’s get real, Burda! Real sizes and real bodies with busts please! And if you’re going to use emaciated, size negative-zero models with no curves, at least offer the patterns in those smaller sizes for younger pre-teen bodies and those of us who aren’t models but are small. This is not a runway show where your audience is full of walking clothes hangers. We are real sewists with real bodies—short, thin, athletic, curvy, voluptuous, average, trim, ample, round, tall, ALL sizes—and our friends are real sewists with real bodies. And please tell that woman to eat a sandwich. That’s just not healthy.

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      Dec 31, 2014, 10.29 AMby pambox

      Hi. I am the same size as that model – lack of boobs and all. Please realise that when you dismiss her body as not being a woman’s body you are dismissing the existence of women like me. Where you have to adjust patterns for more bust room, I have to do the opposite. There are now pattern companies I can’t buy from because they’ve stopped making genuinely small-sized clothes. Small sized women are just as ‘real’ as any other women, our bodies are just as real. Please stop with your body shaming.

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    Nov 26, 2013, 05.21 PMby Dianne Bernas

    Please stop using such emaciated models. Most women who sew their own clothes don’t have figures that even approach that level of thinness! I’m sure more women would be inspired to sew if they saw models more like themselves!

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    Nov 26, 2013, 05.00 PMby sewbrownjake

    This model is scary thin and the clothes don’t even fit-are you going for tailored or skinny bitch sloppy?

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    Nov 26, 2013, 04.42 PMby elise0113

    Love, love the zip skirt & tie neck blouse but can someone please, please give the poor model some food!!

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    Nov 26, 2013, 04.13 PMby sewsweetviolets

    I really like the sharp tailored look of most of these, I do feel some of them are not a perfect fit for the model though and makes them look a bit sloppy for the fabrics.

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    Nov 26, 2013, 04.12 PMby TerezaSews

    This model looks terrible. You can see that the fabric of the box jacket and the blazer is collapsing where her bust should be. They’re not even tailoring the samples properly for her Twiggy-esque build. Why Burda?

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