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Find your perfect little black dress in this classic collection. It’s urban style at its understated best. These patterns are from the July 2011 issue of Burda Style magazine. All instructions for previously published patterns have been updated.


No wardrobe is complete without the perfect Little Black Dress. Inserts on the sides, a V neck and back, and decorative stitching make cotton canvas more interesting.


A patterned Oversize Blouse fabric with some sheen makes an oversized top fit to wear with cigarette pants to the opera or out for drinks. This top gets extra interest from the asymmetrical neckline.


A tank silhouette with elasticated waist is a carefree take on the little black dress. A deep slit at the neckline can show a little or a lot of skin. Make it a day dress in a bright summer color.


Keep it casual in a Fitted Jersey Blazer. It’s tailored for work with a long line and deep lapels. A single button and jersey fabric are polished but laid back.


Sewing the Strapless Gathered Little Black Dress will be the easiest part of your next date night. It’s an easy project that fits a variety of figures with a forgiving gathered design.

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Hip pockets make this High Waist Secretary Skirt perfect for the workday. Instead of a V neck, try it with the Blouse with Front Slit. This cap sleeve blouse is made of crepe de chine and has a delicate slit at the front neckline.


Streamline your look with a Little Black Tunic. The pockets are hand sewn, and its generous length works well with leggings.


Another classic little black dress with a revealing square neckline. Make it office appropriate with the included shrug pattern, then lose the jacket for dinner and drinks after work!

A well fitted black dress can take you from job interview to date night to late night drinks. These pieces never go out of style and look chic year round. Find your perfect black pump and a metallic clutch for timeless style.

Happy sewing!


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    Jul 1, 2014, 06.54 PMby girlyb32

    Great dresses. Nice lines.

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    Jun 30, 2014, 05.30 PMby burdastyle

    Hi all, and thanks for bringing this to our attention. The title was chosen without thinking and we have changed it to be in better taste. We do apologize for offending and hope this title reflects the style of this collection a bit better. Happy sewing!

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      Jul 1, 2014, 12.52 AMby nouvellegamine

      The new title is much better. Great job guys :)

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      Jul 1, 2014, 11.24 PMby jenss-1

      Thank you!

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    Jun 30, 2014, 12.38 PMby Munimula

    The original title in the German Burda edition was (translated, of course): Black Beauty, Bussiness Fashion for Hot Days. Just trust the Germans, or are these styles not bussiness enough for Amerika?

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      Jun 30, 2014, 02.36 PMby jenss-1

      The jacket would be okay, of course. However, some office rules frown on sleeveless garments, so those would not be formal enough for some professions. I’m just surprised that no one apparently researched the new name that was chosen!

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    Jun 30, 2014, 12.02 AMby RomRom

    “Black is the new Black” or “Lady in Black” or “Black in the City” a number of these titles seem so much more fitting than a reference to a sad victim. Come on Burda, we expect better from you!

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      Jul 1, 2014, 12.54 AMby nouvellegamine

      I’m sorry, I had a Spinal Tap moment there, “It’s like, how much more black could this be? And the answer is none. None more black.” :D

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    Jun 29, 2014, 07.28 PMby Danielle MacIndoe

    Black Dahlia! Lol!

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    Jun 28, 2014, 05.14 PMby nouvellegamine

    So, this was such a great collection. I have the original magazine & it has so many options for great summer stuff. I really love the last dress with the little capelet. I even love the straight black tunic & slim pants combo. The top little black dress is gorgeous, even if I would have to convert it from petite to tall. And just the skirt portion as the secretary skirt, paired with the deep slashed top is lovely. I’d add a hook & eye to the neck though bc that’s a little too much peekaboo for me personally. Bending over to haul around a toddler with a deep neckline is a recipe for disaster ;D

    Also, normally I avoid all the social justice warrior stuff that spills onto the Burda site from time to time, but calling the collection Black Dahlia is kind of in poor taste. While I love the dark lushness associated with the idea of the words, “black dahlia” as in, what would a black dahlia flower look like? The truth is, the woman labelled “Black Dahlia” by the press was the victim of a grisly unsolved murder. It’s more than a little morbid for a sewing site. I expect that any comments will go ignored. This editorial team, unlike the past teams, simply ignores any community feedback. You seem to be disinterested in distinguishing between the trolls infesting this site & legitimate concerns.

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      Jun 29, 2014, 05.56 AMby jenss-1

      I agree. The horrible image of the black dahlia murder was the first thing that I thought of too. It was also yet another what-was-Burda-thinking kind of moment. Ignorance perhaps, but I don’t think fashion should glamorize violence against women in any way. They should have researched that title before using it.

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    Jun 28, 2014, 08.42 AMby Sofia2011

    Lovely collection too bad NONE are in plus size as all would work well. Vogue makes most of their patterns in multiple sizes with shown adjustments for petite or tall. Why can Burda not do the same???

    Black Dahlia is very well known, shame your editors are not knowledgable.

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    Jun 26, 2014, 11.17 PMby BMGM

    The title gave me pause. In Los Angeles, the press nicknamed a victim of a particularly gruesome murder “Black Dahlia”. Movies have been made about the incident, and many people don’t know that there is a real person and a horrific murder behind the name. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Dahlia

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      Jun 27, 2014, 05.13 AMby nouvellegamine

      it gave me pause too.

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      Jun 27, 2014, 09.40 AMby Inkstain1

      I think they should change the name to Urban Noir which I think was similar to the original name of this collection in the French edition. You wouldn’t name a collection ‘Rhode Island Rape" or Malibu Murder,’ would you Burda?

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    Jun 26, 2014, 10.45 PMby tika1210

    This is a lovel collection and I think most of the pieces would suit all body types.

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    Jun 26, 2014, 05.28 PMby Inkstain1

    I had great fun analyzing and comparing a couple of patterns before making this last sheath dress and blogging about the process in two posts here:


    and http://chanelno6.blogspot.ch/2012/12/last-days-of-2012.html

    I’m interesting in making it again because it’s incredibly economic about fabric. I moved the zip to the back for better fitting and lined the entire dress and I’ve rarely had such a good fit, thanks to the many seams.

    Happy Sewing, all!

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