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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 12, 2010, 06.48 PMby courtingladyluck

    HI Suribabe – worth considering, I’d love to get involved in that.

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      May 13, 2010, 05.44 PMby suribabe

      But you are in London and I’m in Manchester,
      How will that work? :o(

      By the way, I like your blog.. Try Asian areas their fabrics are a lot cheaper and the quality is good too. I’ve now discovered websites selling lovely designer fabrics..

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    May 12, 2010, 05.37 PMby suribabe

    Fab that the patterns are now available, but I do think its expensive,, My sister in NL has taken a subscription for me as I cant find the magazine in The UK.. The magazine is not that expensive. I agree with Carotte Sauvage..The magazine would sell so well here..

    Maybe we should a Burda Sewing club in the UK? :o)

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      May 12, 2010, 07.19 PMby carottesauvage

      Hey Suribabe! you got me thinking there. How about Burdastyle-club Uk leaders take little commission from selling themselves the latest Burda Magazine since it is nearly impossible to find it from UK mainstream retail, applying to the selling practice the ‘Tupperware effect’… hummmmmmmmmm :)

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      May 13, 2010, 05.46 PMby suribabe

      Yeah.. but you live in London thou.. I’m in Manchester. How I would love to sew all day long :o) Organise sewing events, craft markets, put projects on, give sewing lessons.. I could go on and on..

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    May 12, 2010, 02.23 PMby carottesauvage

    Another point, Burda magazine is well distributed in continental Europe. In every newsagents, stationery, at least in France, Holland, Germany or Belgium you can find it easilly. Why is it still so poorly distributed in the UK? It is great to have patterns from the magazine’s back catalogue (the much loved ‘Paris Chic’ featured on BurdaMagazine August 2009 will surely be hit on the site) Can’t understand why Burda media do not take this matter more seriously, the magazine would sell like hot cakes over here.

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    May 12, 2010, 01.55 PMby suzetewilliams

    Yay, at long last!

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    May 12, 2010, 01.17 PMby carottesauvage

    Great news! It surely heralds a new era but is it the ultimate blow to your autonomy? What will be Burdastyle New York’s creative imput in the future except managing the website (Monday project, blogs, members creations, featured members, How tos discussion etc…)? Will you go on produce your own patterns (‘new and inspiring projects’ is a bit vague in my own opinion, doesn’t necessarely imply pattern production but could well mean continous re-styling/re-fashioning etc…) or will they all be produced in Munich? I was just wondering because I am curious.

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      May 14, 2010, 02.44 PMby burdastyle

      That’s a really good point and we are trying our hardest to keep creating new patterns and projects (in our NYC office) to share with you each week. BurdaStyle is still new and is still in it’s developing years, it will take trials and errors to regain some sort of autonomy and we are trying our hardest to help BurdaStyle take flight, so offering our sister companie’s patterns will help us towards achieving that.

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    May 12, 2010, 10.57 AMby amibambini


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    May 12, 2010, 10.49 AMby isobelm

    That’s Great!

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    May 12, 2010, 10.25 AMby queenvanilla

    I don’t think I will be buying the patterns here. They are a bit expensive, and I got a subscription last christmas. On one hand, I think it’s really weird that they’re here (their pictures fill out a lot of space), on the other I think it’s a great opportunity to link your own projects to these patterns. It’s a great feature this site has that I really miss on their website. Just spare my the assymetrical shoulder :P

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    May 12, 2010, 09.11 AMby nessys

    This is wonderful! Thanks so much BurdaStyle. I have never seen the Burda Mags (I think it would take time, effort and big $$$ to locate it here in South Australia) so this opens up a whole new world of patterns for me.

    I do get what threadsquare is saying re the “hidden costs” of downloadable patterns – but I have found downloading them here in BurdaStyle is like heaven on a stick compared to trying to download and print the ones that sewingpatterns.com offer – I don’t like to swear but their whole system REALLY gives me the PIP!!! (I have chosen NOT to swear – but oh, how hard it is). Their whole system wants me want to go and . . .well, lets not get into that right now, but for me to download their patterns it is actually less $$ and mental stress to go buy the jolly original.

    Now who is raving . . . !!!! Time for a small glass of brandy and a lie down now. . . !!!

    Thanks again BurdaStyle for your easy to use system of downloadable patterns. xxxxxx

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    May 12, 2010, 04.27 AMby possiblymaybeviolentlyhappy

    It has been puzzling me as to why this hasn’t always happened! No longer will I have to pay ridiculous eBay prices tracking down back issues! THRILLED! If your taking requests …. Burda Style 08/2009-Parisian Chic (that loevely fril front blouse) Burda World of Fashion 06/2009 – Subdues shades and Urban Affairs Burda World of Fashion 05/2009 – Plus Fashion

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    May 12, 2010, 03.15 AMby sewgurlwmu

    I’m SOOOO excited!!!!! Thank you so very much! :)

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    May 12, 2010, 03.11 AMby littlecottondresses

    Finally! A little expensive though… It doesn’t matter much to me because I subscribe to the mag (for now, at least), but it’s nice to share Burda mag patterns to all BurdaStylers.

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    May 12, 2010, 01.22 AMby threadsquare

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      May 13, 2010, 12.23 PMby suzetewilliams

      I wholeheartedly agree with you. Whilst I am happy that the patterns are here for people who can’t easily get the magazine, I do agree that when you consider all the costs you have to incur after you’ve bought the pattern here, it is most certainly not cheap. I prefer to get the magazine and trace the pattern.

      I’m not a rant (grumpy old 40 years old woman – lol) either, just stating facts.

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      May 18, 2010, 04.38 AMby mlssfshn


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      Feb 12, 2011, 03.11 AMby melissaormonde

      I agree! The seam allowance thing is especially annoying! Why on earth didn’t they just include it when they created the pattern?

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    May 12, 2010, 12.10 AMby imogens

    Wow! This is bloody awesome, especially for those of us in places where it’s hard to get the magazine. No more e-baying for me!

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    May 11, 2010, 11.58 PMby erikthered

    love the added patterns, thanks! I would also really like to see versions of these patterns, I mean photos, even a photo of the original piece would be inspiring, the technical drawings are most often not terribly inspiring, is that on the cards? thanks!

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      May 12, 2010, 12.11 AMby imogens

      FYI, you can see photos of all the patterns on the burda style magazine website – just go to the archives and click through. :)

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    May 11, 2010, 10.27 PMby eschlosser

    Yea! This is awesome! Thanks!

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    May 11, 2010, 09.55 PMby Dani Restercher

    Will burda perchance be putting up the older back issue patterns? For example maybe the men’s trench coat from 03/2009? Just as an example? :P I’ve been so keen to make it for my boyfriend it’s a shame it’s unnaccessible I would love to buy it off this site! Other back issued ones too I think it’d be a good idea.

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      May 14, 2010, 02.36 PMby burdastyle

      For the time being we are uploading patterns from January 2010 – Current issues. That’s a good idea though and we’ll look into it!

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    May 11, 2010, 09.48 PMby Brumby Ramsay

    This is very cool, I was most excited when I logged in yesterday and saw them all uploading! Hopefully older editions will be added over time too?

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    May 11, 2010, 09.21 PMby sarsaparilla

    This is great! I haven’t been able to find the magazine anywhere, so I’m pretty excited bout this :)

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    May 11, 2010, 08.33 PMby nenasew

    This is great news. I have a subscription to the magazine and will probably continue it though.

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    May 11, 2010, 08.09 PMby seemane

    Cool! May I make a suggestion please? Maybe update the website to make it easier to filter-out & only view patterns from the magazine.

    Picture below of a mock-up of what I mean :)BurdaStyle.com - Filtering out patterns from only the MAGAZINE please

    Best wishes, Seemane

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      May 11, 2010, 09.19 PMby alden

      on its way!

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      May 14, 2010, 02.35 PMby burdastyle

      For the time being you can just click on My Studio from burda style magazine’s profile.

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    May 11, 2010, 07.35 PMby simpleseams

    Whoopee!! This is such wonderful news!! I hope you’ll consider patterns from earlier years —2009, 2008. Thanks!!

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    May 11, 2010, 07.35 PMby simpleseams

    Whoopee!! This is such wonderful news!! I hope you’ll consider patterns from earlier years —2009, 2008. Thanks!!

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    May 11, 2010, 06.35 PMby just-fee

    Yay finaly!!! Hope your going to post previous issues too…like 9/2009…mine got destroyed by water!!!

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    May 11, 2010, 06.33 PMby sunnyb64

    I actually do have a current BurdaStyle mag subscription— it’ll be nice to be able to link in those patterns that I make! (I did recently finish a skirt from the Feb issue, so I’ll have to check and see if it’s on here!)

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      May 12, 2010, 05.52 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      Ohh me too, great thinking with the linking!

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    May 11, 2010, 05.17 PMby squirrellypoo

    This is great news, especially in a few months’ time when the older issues are nowhere to be found but people start making lovely clothing from them!

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    May 11, 2010, 02.15 PMby littleweasel

    Nice! This should streamline my pattern-hunting process a bit :)

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