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Brazilian clothing – known for its attractive colors, grace, and sophistication – is something burda style magazine has taken inspiration from in creating the garments and patterns we share with you this week. Add some color and character to your summer wardrobe with these styles…

We are crazy about the Panel Dress with its yellow curved seam front panel.

The Summer Top comes with instructions for making two versions, one with a draped neckline and one with a front pleat. The Tiered Maxi Skirt to the left is a perfect project for summer, our instructions tell you how to draft and cut the pieces yourself.

Tie Waist Blouse and Flared Skirt

The One Shoulder Flounce Dress is easy to sew and a perfect beginners project.

This gorgeous Ruched Sheath Dress features ruched panels along the front and back.

Happy sewing!

- Emmy and Jamie


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    May 19, 2012, 01.32 PMby Linda74Sews

    The panel dress is a outstanding and and intriguing way to mix colors. I also like the summer top with the front pleat treatment. I am teaching a sewing class that is using that treatment on a simple sheath dress as a neckline variation.

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    May 5, 2012, 10.49 PMby elisana

    The Panel dress reminds me of the sidewalks in Copacabana Beach, in Rio- Brazil. Beautiful!

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    May 5, 2012, 08.07 PMby heavenlygurl

    where would you go to get the floral fabric? It has the perfect print ratio… awesome design.

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    May 4, 2012, 11.29 AMby Couture Academic

    Just a stunning collection. Won’t get the mag in Australia for a donkey’s age, but looking forward to when it does show up on the news stand! Will buy this one for sure. Well done :)

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    May 3, 2012, 02.22 PMby suzirobs

    I cant sew to save my life :( who will make me a Ruched Sheath Dress (I am willing to pay) PLEASE

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    May 3, 2012, 01.46 PMby jameba

    … and for plus sizes all in black. :( Why are the patterns from one issue to another repeating? Lots of patterns which are made in normal sizes for simple sewing colud be made for plus sizes too

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    May 3, 2012, 11.10 AMby bitter

    Actually, we’re like: colorful, happy, vibrant!

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    May 2, 2012, 06.11 PMby whiteelephant

    Where are all the printed fabrics from? They’re absolutely vibrant and beautiful, and exactly what I’ve been searching for lately.

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    May 2, 2012, 05.44 PMby assets

    I was so happy to buy my issue I love so many styles like the curvey panel dress and the ruched sheath dress. I made a sheath dress with a ruch at the front from I think May 2011 issue and it fit me so nice and I have a very curvy figure. I look forward to making this dress, I totally agree with Ndimi about the representations in the models you use.
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    May 2, 2012, 04.38 PMby JCM Collections

    The two dresses that atratcted me more are the pannel one and the Russhed one because they look so elegant and chic

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    May 2, 2012, 02.18 PMby samanthaapril

    These patterns are gorgeous, especially the ruched dress and the tiered skirt; the fabric really suits these styles. I think this model looks healthy and natural, but I do think that showing the clothing on a few different figure types would show how versatile the patterns can be. I think the ruched dress would look GREAT on a curvier type figure…Marilyn Monroe wore several form-fitting dresses in Some Like it Hot and she looked fabulous!

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    May 2, 2012, 04.32 AMby missmonica

    I agree with Ndimi! I REALLY want the Ruched Sheath Dress but I have no idea if it will even look good on me and I’m scared to try it out. I would definitely buy more patterns if there was more of a variety in your women models!

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    May 2, 2012, 12.22 AMby ndimi

    For the first time in ages, I was thrilled to open my Burda Style magazine and I read it like an erotic novel! Or perhaps more like a hungry dog watching a juicy bone? Either way, there was a lot of drool and want-want-want. I LOVE their return to color, innovation, and style. These patterns are to-die-for-doll gorgeous, and I think we’ll see a lot of new project submissions.

    My only gripe with the magazine is that the ladies listed under the “goddess” section seem to be far more natural than the Twiggy-esque waifs they have in the rest of the magazine. Maybe I’m naive, but wouldn’t a sewing/pattern magazine would fair better with more realistic photos? I would love to see a poll on Burda of all Burda Style readers with a “which figure type are you?” styled question. It would be interesting to see how many of the demographic of the magazine are so slim.

    I’m going to be standing by to watch the photos submitted against the styles I like, to see what they look like on figures like mine. ;-)

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      May 2, 2012, 07.41 PMby Jambalaya

      If I remember correctly, magazines rely on thin models (though they often go to extremes) because they feel the clothes “hang better” on the models and advertise them more nicely. I’m inclined to agree I’m a size 8 now (though I spent nearly my whole life as a 2 and then a 4).

      When the clothes are modeled on someone shorter or “chunkier”, they don’t necessarily entice the reader to act and “buy” because the reader doesn’t see the clothing as hanging as nicely – even if the reader is larger than the size of the model.

      The belief is that it doesn’t matter that the clothes won’t hang the same way on you as they do on the model….you’ll more likely act and buy because you like the way it looks on the model and (perhaps unrealistically) envision it hanging the same way on you.

      Even the models that they advertise as plus models are heavily retouched and not at all the size or dimensions shown in the final retouch of the image.

      The fact is, what you see in a magazine will pretty much never be “realistic”. If it were, believe me, you’d buy less of it. And magazines are here to sell.

      I’ve noticed that readers encourage magazines to post “realistic photos”. But when they do, though it provides an immediate satisfaction or some discourse from the readers, it doesn’t necessarily entice the readers to sell the products being advertised – be it clothes, makeup or otherwise. I honestly don’t think it’s worth it on the part of the magazines. They’re here to sell, and we don’t buy what they’re selling when we see the realistic.

      It’s the unreal “beauty” that sells product, in all honesty, though I think most of us would be loathe to admit it.

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      May 2, 2012, 10.52 PMby ndimi

      Thanks Jambalaya. I understand the marketing concept. I just wish they’d include perhaps one or two slightly curvier models. After all, they do duplicate the patterns several times in each issue, perhaps one of the duplications could be on a size 4 or 6 for a change? Just an idea.

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      May 3, 2012, 01.37 AMby nouvellegamine

      @ndimi “After all, they do duplicate the patterns several times in each issue, perhaps one of the duplications could be on a size 4 or 6 for a change?”

      i agree. i wrote a blog post suggesting that recently. i love Burda, but i’d also love seeing more diversity, and i don’t wear plus sizes.

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      May 3, 2012, 10.05 PMby ndimi


      Really? Perhaps add the link here, and we can all go there and add our support in your comments section. If enough people post, perhaps Burda will consider it?

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      May 4, 2012, 03.29 AMby nouvellegamine

      @ndimi It’s fashion’s circuitous logic. the clothes are small so the models are small, but the models are small bc the clothes are small.
      I suggested on another post here on Burdastyle that someone start a petition (maybe use change.org) & ask Burda to create a separate monthly plus magazine. It would be great if it had the same styles, but drafted for a plus figure, maybe even have petite plus patterns too. That would be very expensive & unlikely in a world economy that’s stagnant.
      However, they could provide a quarterly plus magazine with new patterns in each. Perhaps they could have a voting system where people voted on which standard patterns they wanted to see turned into plus sizes. (unfortunately, that would mean a wait for those patterns to be drafted into plus.)
      i’m a body positive person & like to see everyone celebrated while no one is denigrated.
      if you want to read my complaint about the model in the may issue of Burda (who is very lovely, but not really right for the job) here is the link:
      if you’re interested in my gripe about the lack of a plus editions of Burda, here is the link: http://www.nouvellegamine.com/2011/11/sartorial-inspiration-burdastyle.html

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    May 1, 2012, 09.55 PMby nouvellegamine

    this was one of the best issues of Burda Style i’ve ever seen. The retro 50s patterns were my favorites, but these were a close second. The panel dress is pure 5th season Mad Men. And the runched sheath dress is phenomenal, esp in that butterfly fabric!

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