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These patterns are from the November 2013 issue of Burda Style magazine.

This super short Tunic Dress with braided embellishment has an adorable sixties look. This design is subtly sexy with black tights and pointy toe flats. Dress has three quarter sleeves and hidden pockets.

Go for a totally demure look in this long sleeved Maxi Dress. The lace yoke and sleeves are so pretty and show just a hint of skin, and cute bows at the back will make them love to watch you leave! This design would make a beautiful wedding dress in white.

A gorgeous party dress doesn’t have to bare a lot of skin. This elegant Dress has sheer sleeves and a fun embellishment at the hip so you’ll look perfectly elegant at your next event.

Command attention in this minimalist Dress with a wide V neckline.

A graphic print sets off the Ruched Shirt Dress. This casual style has a retro feel and lots of detail. Volume at the sleeves and gathers at the waist give you an interesting shape.

Celebrate your curves in this figure flattering Hourglass Dress. A V neck, fluttery hem, and paneled skirt hug your body and give you a gorgeous feminine silhouette.

A simple organdy Dress with banded cuffs and a high neckline gets a feminine touch from a large flower and leg bearing hemline. Wear this classy little number to a party and be the most sophisticated woman in the room.

It’s almost the holiday party season, and these patterns will carry you through cocktail parties and holiday dinners. With just a few lovely details, a classic shape gets a fresh new look. Practice a new updo, slip on a cocktail ring and chandelier earrings, and get ready to pass the champagne!

Happy sewing!


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    Jul 13, 2014, 11.58 PMby AndjelcicInRs

    This collection is beautiful!

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    Nov 6, 2013, 01.36 PMby kraney8

    I love this collection! I however have a hard time finding fabrics like the ones you use! Are you allowed to posted where the fabrics came from?

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    Nov 5, 2013, 08.32 PMby freakusbzzz

    love the wide v neck pattern, and the dress with all the pieces would be great for all my scraps.

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    Nov 5, 2013, 04.13 PMby rmunnnie

    The collection is really gorgeous. The hourglass dress does have a lot of pieces and the only benefit from having all of the pieces; if you were making a color blocked dress. Otherwise, too time consuming.

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    Nov 5, 2013, 03.56 AMby Cecilia de Gouveia

    I am struggling putting together the multiple printed patterns… can you buy the patterns on this website as an envelope pattern (ie tissue paper). Or can you guys develop these patterns to pdf version that can be printed in a copy shop? Please advice. .

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      Nov 6, 2013, 09.05 PMby PennyMac

      piecing the pattern together is easy once you have a system. I use a glue stick rather than tape, which sticks to my fingers and gets in a mess. Get all the sheets with the same number together (1a, 1b etc) and make sure they are all the same way up. Trim the left border off each. Glue the right border of each sheet and match up the trimmed side of the next sheet. Continue with each number set. You’ll now have several long strips. Tim off the top border of each, glue the untrimmed bottom borders and matching markings, stick the strips together. You may find some minor mismatches or wrinkles. I think the paper may stretch a bit, but it doesn’t seem to matter. I usually trace the pieces onto tissue and add allowances there. It all sounds a bit of a faff, but it’s pretty quick after the 1st couple of times!

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    Nov 5, 2013, 03.22 AMby ndimi

    This is a genuine question from a novice, not a criticism.

    I don’t understand the principle behind the Hourglass dress. What is the advantage of chopping the dress up into all those little pieces? I count 11 pieces for the back alone, instead of only two. While I can appreciate the style lines of the other dresses in this pretty collection, chopping a sheath dress into lots of pieces looks like just extra sewing (which, for a newbie, is terrifying! LOL).

    Thanks to whomever answers for my fashion lesson! :)

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      Nov 5, 2013, 01.36 PMby Meldbombs

      You are right that it seems superfluous. It is not functional so you can choose not to do it but it is designed that way because it makes for an interesting and unique aesthetic. If you think it doesn’t add anything to the look, feel free to do it as one piece.

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      Nov 5, 2013, 03.48 PMby nanseesew

      The fitting elements (darts, gathers, pleats etc) are incorporated into the shape of each piece. Notice the narrowing of the waist, expansion in the hip, if you tried to cut these out as one the dress will not fit.

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      Nov 5, 2013, 10.36 PMby ndimi

      It’s not that I don’t think it adds to the look, I just don’t understand how it adds to the look, if you see what I mean? That’s what I was asking. I think I’ll have to watch this pattern and see other options made up – in black it’s very hard to see how the details work out.

      Right, I see the darting for the bodice has moved into that middle line, but I can’t see the darting in the skirt pieces. I’m obvlously not experienced enough with pattern manipulation. :) Thanks for that tip.

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      Nov 6, 2013, 02.52 AMby margbel

      I could be wrong but I think the pattern is a basic ‘dartless’ block which has been sectioned up i.e, the shaping has already been factored in by closing traditional darts and balancing out the rest of the pattern. So by getting back to the basic block it may still work. Also have you considered making it in a double knit wool jersey rather than the recommended wool twill?

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      Nov 6, 2013, 05.15 AMby photondancer

      Some people like the look of seams. I’m annoyed that the photo is in shadow so you can’t see the effect of the seams properly. Making some of the horizontal seams into tucks could also work.

      Some people don’t like working with darts. The numerous panels allow one to get an exact fit without darts.

      Agree with other posters that this is likely to be more effective with color blocking and/or a knit fabric.

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    Nov 4, 2013, 11.05 PMby purplegoat

    I like the hourglass dress – although tracing and cutting out all those pieces looks like work!

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    Nov 4, 2013, 09.33 PMby calatrava92

    Great collection! I love that there are several examples that contour the body. I find also that they have interesting details great job!

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    Nov 4, 2013, 07.45 PMby alekat

    so nice! and in time for holiday sewing too – I am in love with that long sleeve maxi dress! the little pleat at the back! oh my. could you imagine it in mini length? A very nice collection here Burdastyle!

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    Nov 4, 2013, 06.42 PMby bmapso

    Love the organdy dress. It’s so simple but sophisticated!

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