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Looking polished and professional doesn’t mean giving up pretty fabrics and fun details. You’ll find elegant dresses, an essential skirt, and more in this new collection from the December 2013 issue of Burda Style magazine.

Change up the shape of a crisp white Blouse for a new office look. This top is modern with a split round collar.

The Straight Skirt is a wardrobe essential. It’s the perfect basic piece to pair with all your tops and jackets, like the Tie Top. A subtle flared hem flatters your waist.

This lightweight Coat with Slash Pockets is the perfect shape for transitional weather. Small lapels and a sash have a casual look for that you can dress up in a heavy fabric.

Give the essential straight Skirt a whole new look in a bold geometric print. This fun skirt gives a much needed pop of color to your office separates.

A removable shawl collar makes this basic Top extra special. Wear it higher for the office, and pull it down over your shoulders for cocktail hour. This top looks lovely in a fun print.

A removable shawl collar gives drama to this little Dress. It’s like getting two looks in one! Raglan sleeves and an elastic waist have a laid back look and fit.

An eye-catching ripple gives you a long line and makes this long sleeved Sheath Dress a showstopper. Make it fabric with a little body to give the ripple embellishment some structure.

Bold colors and prints shine in these structured patterns. Try a new shape like the Ripple Dress to spice up long days at the office!

Happy sewing!


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    Aug 4, 2017, 12.43 PMby flowergirl22

    hiiiiiiii,, yes,, I know,, I think they need a new designer selection for a new season,,

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    Dec 3, 2013, 06.28 PMby akavundergurl

    This is a very cool, minimalist sophisticated collection. I am plus sized, and a bit of a post punk goddess and I could rock every one of these pieces. It’s a pattern, you refine it and size it to you. Isn’t that the whole point of sewing. I love the tie top as the blouse and jacket. Smart suiting and I really love the flounce front sheat dress. I would drop the neckline and make the rufle doublesided black and white. Also I agree the removal shawl for the raglan sleeve top is a great idea and opportunity to introduce pattern texture and personalize a super simple piece. If you need Burda to be your stylist move on, there are magazines upon magazines for that. Make it your own, we sew, isn’t that what we do, make the clothes our own? Not sure how any of these pieces other than the on trend oversized coat could be called a shapeless sack…. I love the collection in its entirety.

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      Aug 4, 2017, 12.33 PMby flowergirl22

      hi,, I just downloaded the whole set,, I am hoping to make the coat, the 2 dresses and the white blouse. have you made any of it ???

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    Dec 3, 2013, 01.51 PMby emmiesix

    I think these are reasonably nice, though I’m only barely kissing plus-sizes so probably won’t make any of them (easier for me to just let out the hips a little on the regular size stuff). I do think people are not understanding enough of the fact that it’s hard to make clothes that fit and flatter everyone. And we shouldn’t freak out if elastic shows up in one outfit. Personally, I have a dress just like that raglan-sleeved one which I got from Target and it has elastic at the waist. It’s really cute. People need to chill out.

    My one real complaint is that they need to make the clothes the right size for the model! She is swimming in that coat, which I think might be really cute in the right size. Either find a bigger model or make the smallest size. Jeez.

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      Dec 3, 2013, 06.51 PMby akavundergurl

      Thank you Emmiesix. The outrage is getting old around every new plus pattern set. Creativity is a sewists best friend. Style it your way, modify it however youwant. Great basic patterns to work with and build on can take you a long way. Elastic is awesome by the way. It works for me and my non waist quite well. We aren’t all the same, we are quite diverse in body shape and you sew, you can make the dress as tight as you want or the coat as tailored as you want. Use a different pattern. Find what you like more than you point out what you don’t like. And make something beautiful folks.

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    Nov 29, 2013, 12.11 AMby tika1210

    I might like some of these but I actually find it difficult to tell because I cannot see much of the detail. It is always hard to tell what an outfit looks like on a model when she is sitting down for example. I like the shape of the red dress and I like the red suit although I think the front of the jacket could be improved by having it button through the middle. I find shapes like this hard to wear because it almost looks doubled breasted and that doesn’t sit well on a sizeable bust that being said it would be an easy change to move it to the middle.

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      Nov 30, 2013, 05.15 AMby dcollins45

      Tika, if you click the link to the pattern page there’s usually a photo of the garment on a dress form. I almost always find this photo gives a better idea of the shape of the garment.

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      Aug 4, 2017, 12.35 PMby flowergirl22

      I do agree on the model sitting down,, so what I do , is make a mock model out of and old sheet, and see if it suits me the way its made here,, if not I change things to suit me..

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    Nov 28, 2013, 09.28 PMby caterpillarpeacock

    Oh hey! Another collection of elasticized sacks. Thanks BurdaStyle!

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      Nov 28, 2013, 11.04 PMby imogens

      Do you really think that’s a fair assessment? As far as I can see only one of the designs is elasticised, most are fairly fitted and some have interesting details.

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      Aug 4, 2017, 12.36 PMby flowergirl22

      wow,, that’s a bit harsh.. everyone has to find their body fit.. maybe you need a friend to help you out to measure.

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      Nov 6, 2017, 08.43 AMby Nefertiiri

      I feel frustrated by that at times too. But I see some nice styles in here. I find I prefer a “true” waist band at the front, so I would just gather the skirt and then attach to the waistband there. On the dress, It makes for an easier fit, but same thing — cut it at the waist and add a true waist band there instead of elastic. It ups the difficulty level of the pattern, but can be done.

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    Nov 28, 2013, 07.30 PMby princesslo

    Love the Tie Top! I’ll be making that for sure along with maybe the Raglan sleeve top. The sheath dress is an option for any special occasions that may come up. It would look great without the ruffle as well. Thanks for making patterns that flatter us hourglass plus-sizers Burda!

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    Nov 28, 2013, 07.21 PMby tothepointe

    Actually these are rather nice and that removal shawl collar top would make an excellent block to base other designs off of.

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    Nov 28, 2013, 07.20 PMby Michelle Rose

    This is my favorite Burda Plus collection in a while. I pretty much love all of these.

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      Aug 4, 2017, 12.37 PMby flowergirl22

      i love them to,, have you made any yet???

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    Nov 28, 2013, 05.26 PMby Courtney Ostaff

    Love these tops and jackets. Wish they came paired with maxi skirt, or wide legged pants.

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      Nov 28, 2013, 07.21 PMby tothepointe

      I think the pattern department is afraid of fat girl pants since it’s almost always the same 2 styles recycled over for the last 15 years

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