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This enchanting collection from the February 2017 issue of BurdaStyle has us dreaming of traveling to far away lands and warmer temperatures.


Blazer = boring? Not when the look is as fantastic as this one! The hot pink colour isn’t the only reason you will draw attention – safari patch pockets and tying bands secured into the back panel seams also make it extremely stylish. A great modern alternative to the Saharan look that gives full coverage.


So sophisticated. The buttoning tabs at the waistline and on the sleeves draw in the unlined midi-length trench coat to lightly shape the figure and the narrow lapels add an elegant charm.


The uncomplicated cut of the dress and the grandiose flounce sleeves is a wonderful canvas for highlighting printed fabrics like this viscose twill. The pleat at the neckline draws in the extra width at the bodice.


The romantic flounces come from the back panel, over the shoulders and are then sewn into the side seams – shaping a look that is quite delicate. This tank top is featured with extra details in the sewing course on page 27 of this month’s sewing supplement.


This is a skirt that includes beautiful details. One of them is the extra large patch pockets that extend right over the waistband to form a belt loop. Pull a beautiful scarf through as an accent or make your own belt using extra fabric from the skirt.


If you still aren’t convinced to follow the culottes trend, this style could be the one that wins you over. The raised waist gives a visual stretch to the legs, and the luxurious linen and silk blend gives them just the right crispness so that every step is really quite stunning.


Lacing and a subtle patchwork optic make this shift dress with the casual seam pockets a must-have for spring.


So…you already have your vacation planned? Perfect! This super lightweight tunic dress with the gathered shoulders and waistline isn’t an eye-catcher only around home. It is also a highlight for beach walks. The clever shoulder seam can be adjusted in the “greek” tight gathering style or loosened a bit to drape over the upper arms.


Nothing to wear? This tunic sewn with the glittering floral fabric is sewn together in an evening! The gathering at the shoulders and waistline looks more complicated than it is…

Get all the patterns in this collection here in the discounted pattern bundle.


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    Jan 30, 2017, 03.33 AMby purplefan

    Really am enjoying the fabric prints used in this particular collection. I think the team working on the collection a few months ago had to be feeling the exuberant feeling while sewing the clothing.

    Regarding models of different heritage-though few of very obvious cultures, Burda magazines has shown some models with Latin/Mediterranean heritage (as they seem to look) for a Burda Plus dress collection and in some early 2000s issues. I could only spot two black models-one from a 2014 collection and the one shown in the Ute pattern.



    In the 2000s (2005 or 2006 or so?), there was a model who seemed to be of East Indian heritage featured in the Goa clothing collection. I also recall a safari themed collection-March or May 2008? where the model had olive skintones. She was modelling a stunning emerald green silk top with a flounce or ruffle across the upper part of the top.

    The German BurdaStyle site’s archive magazine links only go back to mid-2009 or else I’d link you to issues. It seems there has been a bit of change to their pattern pages as well so it’s harder to identify older patterns by pattern & issue number. I’ve looked at the US and Italian eBay sites but cannot locate the covers I recall (not to mention that some international issues used different models for their covers or collections as well from the English editions).

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      Feb 28, 2018, 03.54 PMby Pamela Flores

      Absolutely agree. It’s a bit boring, no?

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    Jan 27, 2017, 07.46 PMby calatrava92

    Beautiful collection . Now that I think about it there never are models other than white, just my two cents, I love Burda put yeah it’s time, don’t you think?

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      Feb 28, 2018, 03.54 PMby Pamela Flores

      Seriously agree! I’ve been going through my issues from the early 2000s to present and having the same thoughts. Sooo much white.

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    Jan 25, 2017, 08.38 PMby ponygirl360

    I am so confused as to what everyone is upset about? The fact that this is called a Bohemian collection?

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    Jan 24, 2017, 10.19 PMby heldbrendel

    Oh mein Gott, kommt mal auf euch klar. Es kommt bei den Bildern nicht darauf an eine Rassenüberlegenheit darzustellen. Es geht um die Kleidung und deren Schnittmuster. Fragt euch lieber mal, wer hier Rassist ist.

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    Jan 24, 2017, 09.02 PMby sixteenstitches

    Back to the sewing patterns this is a really lovely collection. I love the skirt and dress. Can’t wait to make them!

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    Jan 24, 2017, 06.46 PMby mccandlessquilts

    Seriously, I am so glad I missed out on the content prior to editing. I rarely read the “descriptions” as I am looking at the clothes. I am sizing them up to see if I think they would be age appropriate, I can’t believe I just said that. I am looking whether or not I like the drape, the fit, the pattern on fabric, would it fit my bustier chest, coverage, what fabric would I choose, could I make it into a two or three season garment, etc. Then there are the thoughts of fabric I recently saw that would be great on this or that piece. I also think about clothes I used to have that were similar and how much I liked/loved them, were they comfortable or not. If people are thinking political here so much that they are compelled to post, then perhaps they need to close their eyes, take a deep breath or three, then look at the clothes. There are other places to vent out these issues. Call a friend. We all need to vent sometime to someone, this is not the place. My life is full of turmoil and emotions, but I come here, I sew, craft, and crochet to keep my sanity and RELAX! Perhaps a step back first…………..

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      Dec 25, 2017, 03.17 AMby tupppi

      I really do so agree with mccandlessquilts, sixteenstitches, heldbrendel and ponygirl360. It’s nice to be inclusive when that is at issue, but it’s not the issue here. Does multiculturalism mean that we must include race-appropriate models in photo shoots? I think not. Anyway, the hot, hot-pink safari blazer is a western style, as are the cullottes, trench coat, skirt, flutter-sleved dress and top… in fact everything here is western in origin. Even the last two, the Grecian-style top and dress, are made up in Liberty-style prints. Bohemian, yes; African, Carribean, Indian, Australian Aboriginal… no. No black origins here that I can think of! And if there were, aren’t we allowed to express our own white culture from time to time?

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    Jan 24, 2017, 06.32 PMby loribee

    I’m really glad people commented on the misguided choice of language for this collection. I think it’s important to take a stand against racist language and exclusionary practices no matter where they are seen or heard. Burda US, please convey my dismay to your German parent company at the fact that not only did they think that a “colonial” travel collection was a good idea, but also that we NEVER, EVER see women of colour modelling Burda’s designs. It’s 2017, and Burda’s apparent “white only” policy is outrageous.

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    Jan 24, 2017, 05.40 PMby Laura Ford

    As an African-American, full -figured, professor of history at a prominent university if I didn’t have a problem with it (or the fact that most pattern companies cater to thin, white women) all I can say is those of you whiny, self-righteous, bored individuals who clearly have too much time on your hands need to get a life. “The language and problems of cultural appropriation apply to the fashion industry more than most”. No, actually it doesn’t. It’s just commercial fashion. “glamorizing colonialism is yucky in the same way that glamorizing slavery and plantation life in the SE United States or the excesses of upper class Nazi officials in wartime Germany is yucky” …Yucky? Really? You’d flunk my class. This is where you decide to take a stand against social injustice? Get off the internet and go do something real about issues you care about. It’s a sewing pattern company people. Tomorrow no one is going to care about your post. The company isn’t going to change what makes them money because two illiterate millennials posted. If you actually got out there and took action maybe something would change. This is nothing. Move on.

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      Jan 24, 2017, 05.53 PMby leelak

      Just because it doesn’t bug you, doesn’t mean I don’t have the right to be bothered

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      Jan 24, 2017, 05.54 PMby Cass von Braun

      Thank you! For the record, pretty sure these are trolls. Sad, really.

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      Jan 25, 2017, 10.12 AMby Ivanamania

      bravo, Laura!!! I agree with every word you’ve said, especially the last point

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      Jan 26, 2017, 01.50 AMby ines1

      With respect, Laura, those “whiny, self-righteous, bored millennials” ARE doing something about the issues that they believe in, by making the company aware that they consider some images or attitudes used in their adverting to be inappropriate.
      As a lecturer in history, you should be more aware than anyone of the insidious power of exposure to images and beliefs. There is no such thing as “just” fashion, “just” advertising, “just” a joke.
      I also agree with Leelak, that just because it doesn’t bother you doesn’t mean it is a non-issue or other people can’t have a problem with it.
      Additionally, contemptuous generalisations of those you disagree with is not exactly going to help your argument.

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      Jan 28, 2017, 08.37 PMby Mokara

      THANK YOU!

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      Dec 25, 2017, 03.21 AMby tupppi

      Well said, Laura. There are real issues, real inequalities out there, not to mention that the planet’s oceans are dying from neglect and abuse. There is much to do.

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    Jan 24, 2017, 05.25 PMby Lynette44

    Perhaps they could photoshop in some women of colour? But then again their photoshopping skills are pretty poor.

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      Jan 24, 2017, 05.56 PMby Cass von Braun

      Try to stay focussed. Insinuating politics in a home sewing forum is a little desperate. Sorry for your loss.

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    Jan 24, 2017, 04.23 PMby TyMarie

    On behalf of BurdaStyle US, we apologize for any offense caused by this collection and the description of it. We want it to be clear that we in the US have zero control over the selection of models and the theme of photo shoots for collections, that is done strictly in Germany. We’ve edited the description per your feedback, which we greatly appreciate.

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    Jan 24, 2017, 08.06 AMby red-lia

    Something is off with the sash on the hot pink blazer. It looks photoshopped into place

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      Jan 24, 2017, 05.11 PMby Jannah Browne

      It does! So does the earring on the hot pink top

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      Dec 25, 2017, 03.26 AMby tupppi

      You’re right. My guess is that they overdid the colour correction, which can produce strange results.

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    Jan 24, 2017, 02.02 AMby Emily Streetman

    Ditto what ArcticFox001 said. Can you frame this other ways than “remember those centuries when white people disenfranchised, enslaved, ethnically cleansed, and otherwise damaged the rest of the world? Travel back.” If you want to appeal to women of color, this is especially relevant, and I would re-emphasize ArcticFox001’s point – why not have WOC doing the modeling here? The language and problems of cultural appropriation apply to the fashion industry more than most. Please consider.

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    Jan 24, 2017, 01.28 AMby ArcticFox001

    Nice patterns, but am I the only one who cringes when the narrative of the fashion shoot is pointedly aimed at associating Northern European colonialism with modern day travel in foreign countries. There may be an element of truth in the comparison, but glamorizing colonialism is yucky in the same way that glamorizing slavery and plantation life in the SE United States or the excesses of upper class Nazi officials in wartime Germany is yucky. Why not have Indian, MIddle Eastern, or African models wearing these clothes (or at least a mix)? I don’t normally complain about political correctness issues, but this one is a common fashion industry trope that is so old fashioned and objectionable.

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      Jan 24, 2017, 05.15 AMby Kasiorist

      You’re not the only one..

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      Jan 24, 2017, 10.20 AMby barkcloth

      I don’t think I ever saw a dark(er) model in any of the Burdastyle magazines I have at home.

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