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BurdaStyle is pleased to announce the introduction of burda style magazine patterns onto the site! Beginning today, we are presenting 51 hand picked patterns from the existing 2010 issues of burda style magazine. Each month hereafter, we will be showcasing more than 30 burda style magazine patterns specially chosen by our creative team expressly for you, our wonderful community! These fresh new patterns include plus-size options, children’s patterns and spot on trends.

This is an amazing opportunity to have both BurdaStyle patterns and burda style magazine patterns under one roof, we are excited to see your creations from both design houses.

While similar in .PDF format to BurdaStyle.com patterns, burda style magazine patterns do have key differences that you should be aware of:

- Seam allowance: burda style magazine patterns do not have seam allowance included. Such is the standard for all burda style magazine’s printed patterns. You must add seam allowance yourself.

- Copyright Laws: burda style magazine patterns are not under the same open source umbrella as we are, and therefore are somewhat restricted in use by the copyright laws maintained under burda style magazine.

- What does this mean? You are welcome to download burda style magazine’s patterns and sew from them, but you are not allowed to use the patterns for commercial production, sell the garments sewn from these patterns, or sell or give away the patterns.

- Pattern Pricing: Our friends from burdastyle magazine found it easier to have one standard price: $5.40

- What is the difference between BurdaStyle.com and burda style magazine? Both burda style magazine and BurdaStyle.com have the same parent company, Hubert Burda Media. However, each company has a separate staff and are run autonomously of one another. In 1949 Aenne Burda founded a fashion magazine printing and publishing company in her home town Offenburg, Germany. The first issue of Burda Moden magazine was published in 1950 and quickly became the the world’s largest magazine for sewing enthusiasts. My aim is to put together practical fashions at an affordable price that can be worn by the largest possible number of women. Aenne Burda.
BurdaStyle.com was created in 2007 by Nora Abousteit and Benedikta von Karaisl and is based in the USA focusing on a new target group.

- Will there still be a new BurdaStyle project each week? Yes! We will continue to produce new and inspiring projects created by our BurdaStyle designers and colleagues each week.

Check out the great projects and patterns now!


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    May 24, 2010, 06.00 AMby sokkenmonster

    I posted the following on the wall of burdastyle magazine, later realizing it would be more useful to post it here:

    How cool is it that you started uploading your patterns on this wonderful site! I really appreciate this, especially when you didn’t buy a copy and come to regret this later, it will be so practical.

    However, I think it’s kind of confusing and also strange that some patterns that are really variations on the same pattern are sold as two different patterns, especially since the price for the individual patterns is so high if you compare it to a whole issue of burdastyle magazine.

    The clearest example is the kids shoulder bag from the February 2010 issue. Since I have this particular issue of burdastyle magazine at home I know there are two slightly different versions of this bag. However, from the technical drawing one can hardly or not see that. I think this is confusing for people browsing through the pattern pages. I also think it is strange to make people pay two times this quite high price of over 5 dollars if they want to have both variations of skirt 103 of this same February issue.

    Wouldn’t it be an idea to cluster patterns who are really variations of one another? I feel that would be more fair to the people paying for them, and the pattern pages would be less crowded with all these similar patterns. -—————-

    I also agree with some other criticisms, for example that a coat is more worth to pay this much money on than a simple bag.

    I do not really know about the clearness of the instructions Duckiemonster talked about, but I use to buy the dutch copy of burdastyle magazine every once in a while and I always find the language used in the instructions (also in the advertisements for loose patterns that are in the magazine by the way) almost archaic, it seems that the translator has not spoken to dutch people (except maybe for people over 80?) in a very long while. There are not really any grammar or spelling mistakes in it, but the choice of words is not really my pick, so to say.

    I feel that in the translation process there is not enough attention for the importance of a translator that 1. speaks both languages on a regular basis and thus knows the ‘habits’ and 2. knows a bit about sewing. But well, not so much Burda Style can do about.

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      Jun 4, 2010, 08.43 AMby auntchelle

      These are direct patterns from the magazine. Many of the readers are also upset that, what were previously variations, are now individual pattern. We are now receiving less patterns per issue. This complaint is not unique to this sight.

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    May 23, 2010, 03.15 PMby ghainskom

    I find it annoying that these patterns are listed as Burdastyle patterns. It should now be made possible to sort patterns out as from “members”, “burdastyle” or “burdastyle magazine”.

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    May 21, 2010, 03.35 PMby duckiemonster

    Love the patterns (and have purchased two already), but there are a few issues here.

    The instructions are terrible. Throughout the range, I’ve found them to be at best confusing, at worst completely incomprehensible. I appreciate that there’s probably a language barrier at some point here, but even that could be overcome with a few simple illustrations. I’m a fairly seasoned sewer, and generally have an idea what’s going on, but I imagine for the complete beginner that this experience could be enough to put them off altogether.

    I agree with the earlier poster who said that for the $15 these patterns end up costing you when you factor in ink and paper, you’re getting a rough deal on most of the items from this website. The markings aren’t great, there are no ease measurements on the pattern, which is a pain in the bottom, and I somehow always forget to add on the seam allowance where it really matters. $5.40 a pattern isn’t horrendous, but I’d like a bit of quality for my money rather than just wiggly lines.

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    May 18, 2010, 08.37 AMby rowanna78

    I have to say, I love the new patterns, but the prices will probably not allow me to buy any. There are websites where you can buy patterns at this price, but they come with variations or several wardrobe pieces in each pattern. I do think these prices are prohibitive

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    May 18, 2010, 07.10 AMby bridlin

    really nice for all how can´t buy the magazine!!! But why put them in the project section? They would be better posted in the pattern section or?

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    May 17, 2010, 07.35 PMby kelepso

    We need more MEN’S patterns. Please!!!!

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    May 16, 2010, 05.37 PMby nehmah

    I’m so pleased to read the children, and plus sized folks will have a selection. Thanks for that. Any chance that men will also have some styles other than T-shirts? Let us remember Gedwoods, and cohorts! Cordially, Nehmah

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    May 15, 2010, 08.34 PMby janecharlotte

    It’s great to see the patterns up here. The magazine costs upwards of $15 here in New Zealand, pretty costly if you don’t end up making more than one piece per issue. But the bonus is that our local libraries carry copies of the magazine so each month I borrow a couple to look through and trace patterns off.

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    May 15, 2010, 08.00 AMby holasoylulu

    yesrdsay i must say i did not notece the price…i´ s a great idea being able to link the pattern to your proyect, but overhere the magazines cost EUR 3,90… And how many patterns come in a magazine?? Also, i´ve found that some dowloadable patterns´ instuctions are a bit vague (i´m a begginer) and having to print and resize the patterns is just too much work.. I think that charging EUR 2,50-4,00 is moe than enough, because it not the same to by a simple blouse, than a coat. Annother thing is that i need photos of the finished garments to decide, not only the black and white plain sketches. Any way, thanks to burdastyle!!

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    May 14, 2010, 11.58 AMby chanelleaj

    errr…am I the only one that feels this is a rip off. I buy the mags for £4.50 and get in access of 6 patterns to make and adapt, with tips and added extra’s. Burdastyle are offering the same pattern for approx £3.50 I can’t help but think that the pricing is way too much, I hope this is not an introduction to the fazing out of the mags as I’m a big fan!

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      May 18, 2010, 01.50 PMby wackyblonde

      I agree, the price is quite prohibitive. $5.40 for a T-shirt pattern, I think not.

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    May 14, 2010, 10.08 AMby louiseklaw

    Great idea! I get the magazine regularly because I live in France, but I tend to use only one or two patterns per issue… that makes a lot of magazines hanging around. The patterns are nice to use because they have the latest design features and cuts ( I don’t do too well at changing patterns).

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    May 14, 2010, 05.24 AMby holasoylulu

    yayay!! That´ s great news, i can´ t wait!!! Thanks burda!!!!

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    May 13, 2010, 03.21 PMby calendar

    I really am happy about this idea! I know this was on the German site, so im glad it is on this site too! To me, it is worth the price because it is not worth it for me to buy a magazine on Ebay just for 1 or 2 patterns i like. I’ve already downloaded one pattern! From the Feb issue, I only liked 1 pattern, so I’m happy to see it is on here and ill download it next! If possible, I hope Burdastyle.com will be taking requests for which patterns to post, bc there are definitely some from the back issues i wish i could make!

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    May 13, 2010, 01.22 PMby mirela

    It would be nice to also see subscriptions available through this site for anywhere in the world. A subscription would cost a lot less compared to buying single patterns. I would love to see patterns from Easy sewing and all the special editions magazines. I Love BurdaStyle!

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    May 13, 2010, 01.22 AMby buddingnaturalist

    @ NessyS- you can get them for $15 each at most Borders magazine sections as well as well stocked news-stands with proper magazine sections. There are also subscriptions available on all the major online aussie magazine subscription providers.

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    May 12, 2010, 11.37 PMby sophienissirios

    This is really great! I’m very happy. Compared to the price of the magazines the patterns are abit pricey but never the less I am still glad they are available on line :-)

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    May 12, 2010, 09.34 PMby reneebies

    helllllz yeah! love me some burdastyle.com

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    May 12, 2010, 06.49 PMby glamourie

    most w h smiths stock the magazine – but you have to be quick, they disappear really fast! its great to get access to these patterns, though i also think they are fairly pricey compared to the magazine cost. all i need now is for all the patterns on burdafashion.com to become avaliable to buy as downloads too!

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