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Black and white have forever been a chic color combination, and no matter the season or current trend, black and white clothing, whether worn together or alone, make for timeless classics. Worn together there is a play on masculine/feminine, sometimes bold and edgy and sometimes romantic yet structured. Check out these 10 new patterns and exciting ways to wear black and white together…

According to whowhatwear it’s said that no issue is ever black and white, but when it comes to one of the season’s can’t-miss trends, we must humbly reply: au contraire.

The whowhatwear celeb looks in the collage above pull together black + white in an effective way. Check out the patterns below to build your own classic wardrobe:

Wrap blouse with ruffled collar: Wrap yourself up in elegance and chicness in a billowy ruffled blouse. This top dresses up jeans and makes for a great office-to-dinner staple.

Dress with galloon lace: Galloon lace is often used in undergarments and bridal gowns. It’s soft and supple and can be used effectively as a trim, such as used in the dress above. This pattern would also translate well if you cut the entire dress pattern out of white lace, and lined it in a black lining. Pretty…

White gabardine bells and a simple black blouse: A timeless pairing, white wide leg trousers and a simple black button down blouse are as classic as one can get. Both patterns stand well on their own, but make for the perfect go-to outfit for an interview, a date, the office or dinner.

Dress with pin tucks & Peter Pan Collar: A Peter Pan collar and long billowy sleeves make this sweet dress a hit. The front pleats add an interesting detail as well. Cutting the dress from an opaque fabric and the sleeves from a sheer fabric would enhance the elegant side of this pattern.

Blouse with Peter Pan collar and pleats: This blouse is one of the most versatile patterns in this bunch. If you don’t want to use chiffon (which is so tricky to sew with) try it in a sheer cotton voile for the same effect. Making the collar in contrasting black makes it look more vintage.

Black dress with lace inset: If you have anything formal coming up, this may be what you are wearing. Take a cue from Valentino and try this hot little number in a stretch wool— it’s sure to turn heads.

Chiffon blouse with jabot and knee-length A-line skirt: Another timeless combination, this alluring blouse paired with a more simple skirt make for a great daily uniform. The blouse would also be fun in a printed silk or cotton lawn if sewing the chiffon seems daunting. For the skirt, you can simplify it by removing the pockets.

Dress with Peter Pan collar: My personal favorite of the bunch this pattern has serious potential— you can go basic and do it in black with a white collar, you can do the inverse color scheme a la Chanel, or you can experiment with prints, tweeds, wools, whatever catches your eye. The shape is a timeless classic.


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    Oct 14, 2011, 01.30 AMby mandyjanewhite

    Hate Peter Pan collars! They are too prim and old fashioned and look terrible on full bust. Love the wrap ruffle blouse and the white pants though. These would work well in Australia (next Winter!).

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    Oct 12, 2011, 11.51 PMby nouvellegamine

    i loved this issue! i had just brought home a biography of chanel when this issue came in the mail :D i love peter pan collars. i look terrible in black so i will probably make the dress with pin tucks in some lovely fall shade like wine or forest green.

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    Oct 12, 2011, 04.33 PMby jenss-1

    I was rather disappointed with this issue. With a few exceptions, peter pan collars tend to look dowdy on most people over about 16 years old. They–and also the ruffle blouses–are not so good on curvaceous or generous figures either. Not much for me here, though the Galloon lace may be a nice technique.

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    Oct 12, 2011, 03.27 PMby rhubarbcrumble

    I always wanted to look like Wednesday from the Adams Family…

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    Oct 12, 2011, 11.41 AMby AshleighElizabeth

    I love every one of these patterns! Classy and wearable for so many occasions. Can’t wait to get sewing!

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    Oct 12, 2011, 09.06 AMby bacilalucia

    how much cost a meter of cashmir fabric for a coat and where I can find it?

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    Oct 12, 2011, 08.11 AMby hcb024

    These are great! I especially love the pin-tucked dress with the Peter Pan collar. It’s a definite improvement from the last few months.

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    Oct 12, 2011, 07.39 AMby so-sew-me

    i made the blouse with peter pan collar and pleats in forrest green satin (opaque side up), and it’s great! next up is the fitted dress (still considering the colour combo). i’m a beginner at sewing and had absolutely no problems making it. make it, people!

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    Oct 12, 2011, 05.22 AMby emmakt

    I haven’t been buying the magazine for months as the clothes have felt to similar. This range is so awesome! I NEED a copy! Please continue to make cute dresses and cute tops! xx

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    Oct 12, 2011, 05.10 AMby Tarawera99

    I am missing something here? Most of these clothes are hideous apart from the fitted dress.

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      Oct 12, 2011, 12.17 PMby Timea Schmidt

      Wow, I feel the same way! My grandma used to wear dresses like these. Not terribly bad patterns but the outcome somehow very old fashioned and kind of librarian looking.

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      Oct 12, 2011, 06.16 PMby SewReel

      I agree with you Tarawera. The fashion pictures looked nice, but when made up in the pattern, looked boring and old-fashioned. The black dress with beaded peter pan collar and chiffon sleeves wasn’t bad, but then made up in all GREY! Oohhhh…not good!

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    Oct 12, 2011, 02.36 AMby purplegoat

    Handsdown the best set of patterns from BurdayStyle EVER! I seriously want to make a couple of each of these patterns. The pleated dress and peter pan collar blouse very cute, and the ruffle blouse is also georgous. Will be downloading a few of these for sure.

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    Oct 12, 2011, 01.41 AMby proegge

    I agree with the first two posters – these are the best set of patterns I have seen from Burda in a long time, and they are absolute classics! I could see every one of them fitting easily into my wardrobe. But my fave is the white with black lace dress – I may make it in black with white or red lace – I love it! Thanks, Burda!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 10.10 PMby stitchybritt

    Well done Burdastyle, these are absolute classics!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 07.41 PMby sweescent

    This is the best set of patterns I’ve seen from burda; these are really lovely. I can work with these.

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    Oct 11, 2011, 05.53 PMby baka-pepica

    wow everyting is so cute! i want make all! but time, where to find time? :(

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      Oct 12, 2011, 11.54 PMby nouvellegamine

      i have so little time for anything, let alone sewing. but these are so cute i’m going to have to pull some late nights!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 02.15 PMby agirlnamedflo

    I want those white pants! They may be my next project:)

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    Oct 11, 2011, 10.05 AMby ichigogirl

    The front pleat dress is very pretty!

    And black and white is classy. I also really, really like black + dark brown, black + midnight blue and black + dark grey. Mmm…. autumn!

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      Oct 12, 2011, 11.54 PMby nouvellegamine

      i was thinking the same thing color wise :)

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    Oct 11, 2011, 09.31 AMby fashionfreek

    I like the black dress whth the lace. I am a black/white fan.

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    Oct 11, 2011, 08.28 AMby hdk100

    It’s been a few months now that the magazine was not really worth buying. I kept on getting them anyway, because I’m an addict. But NOW it’s finally full of great patterns and beautiful stuff, great ideas! Thank you!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 04.39 AMby freakusbzzz

    I bought some gorgeous fabric yesterday and was going t make a top almost the same as the ruffle wrap blouse.

    I have it already cut out!

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      Oct 12, 2011, 11.35 AMby maribug

      can’t wait to see it when you’re done!!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 04.02 AMby piecesofanarnia

    I would like to know EXACTLY where to get the pattern of galloon lace trim? When searching online I can only find the one-sided trim??? is this correct?

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      Oct 11, 2011, 02.45 PMby alisondahl

      Hi there. The dress above was made in Germany by burda style magazine. We don’t know exactly where they purchased the galloon lace for that particular dress, but it appears to us that the black lace applied to their dress is made up of cut-outs from a larger piece of lace, like they cut around the edges of the flower-shaped areas to create an abstract form.
      Galloon lace normally comes with a scalloped edge on both sides of the trim, but if you can only find 1-sided trim, you could also cut into the the trim to make more rounded and floral shaped edges, like the dress above. I will let you know if I find a match. Good luck!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 09.57 PMby nani

    I’m so happy! I just got the magazine this afternoon…love the dresses!

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    Oct 10, 2011, 09.51 PMby fifilina

    love the peter pan collars!! especially in contrasting black and white

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