Learn How SIMPLE
Digital Patterns Really Are!

Sign Up to Receive
The Ultimate Guide to Digital Sewing Patterns eBook + a FREE Skirt Pattern!


Hit the streets in effortless sheath dresses and fluttery dolman sleeves. These 8 patterns from the June 2012 issue of Burda Style magazine help you navigate the city in style.

Be comfy and stylish at the same time in a loose fitting Dolman Dress. The mini length shows off your legs, and looks even better with strappy sandals or pumps.

Simplify your separates with a boxy Square Neck Tank. The square neckline shows off your face and is great for pairing with a statement collar necklace. Wear it with jeans for a casual look, or tuck it into a skirt or trousers.

Show off your shape in the perfect Fitted Sheath Dress. You can build so many looks from this body-conscious style. Wear it alone for a summer party dress, or add black tights and platforms for winter.

Float through your day in this breezy Split Sleeve Dolman. This loose fitting style pairs well with skinny pants for a polished look or leggings on your day off. It looks modern in fabrics with a little body, like the crisp poplin shown here.

The relaxed Sleeveless Shift Dress is reminiscent of 1950s sac dresses. With a V neck and hidden pockets, this style makes a great weekend dress.

Make a flapper-inspired dress you can wear every day. The straight shape and pleated hem are a nod to the 20s, but the simple boatneck and knit fabric are modern enough to wear with flats during the week.

Use fabric with a little body to give this easy pattern some body. The Waistband Skirt is a comfy separate to pair with tee shirts or silky tanks.

Toughen up your mini skirt in this straight wrapawround style. Go for funky buttons to give the Fold-Over Skirt a nautical or tartan feel.

Go for a modern feminine look in this clean lined Back Vent Dress. The unique bustline and back vent are flattering without showing too much skin. This is a sophisticated dress for the opera or ballet, or just walking the city streets.

We love the clean, modern lines of these pieces. Body skimming styles are flattering for so many body times, and it’s always nice to have easygoing skirts and tanks in your wardrobe. Make them on trend for Fall 2013 is shades of blush pink, cobalt, and charcoal.

Happy sewing!


  • Photo_103_large

    Jan 9, 2015, 09.55 PMby RomRom

    Unusual collection but cool styling.

  • Holliebell_large

    Sep 12, 2013, 11.48 PMby freakusbzzz

    Gosh I love squares and rectangles.

  • Missing

    Sep 11, 2013, 09.32 AMby cejay

    I’m not keen on this collection at all. Unlikely to flatter anyone who is not tall and slender.

  • Missing

    Sep 11, 2013, 09.32 AMby cejay

    I’m not keen on this collection at all. Unlikely to flatter anyone who is not tall and slender.

  • Missing

    Sep 11, 2013, 02.08 AMby proegge

    LOVE the dolman dress and top. I could see even putting a band around the bottom of the top instead of just the tiny hem. I like the dress with the pleating around the bottom, but I might shorten the buttoned band and put it around the back of the waist instead of around my hips. (not tight, just a little waist-defining)

    And I get really tired of seeing nothing but negative comments every collection. Don’t you people have anything better to do than complain? If you can do better why are you here?

    2 Replies
    • Missing

      Sep 11, 2013, 10.45 PMby lag21479

      Yes, I have better things to do – like make clothes that look good on my curvy plus size! Unfortunately, few patterns are offered here that will do that. Our criticism is the only way to get burdastyle to pay attention to what many of its target audience is looking for. Surprisingly, many designers do not appear to understand that most women are not the size or shape of the models.

    • Image_large

      Sep 11, 2013, 11.48 PMby valentinau

      The reason we complain is so that they could hear us and change the styles they are offering. If we can’t use any patterns, we will stop subscribing. And they are in business of selling good designs, and hopefully their designers are capable of staying current and stylish.
      We don’t like to look frumpy and age ourselves.
      We hate to be so negative but they are giving us no choice. Sorry

  • Profile_pic_large

    Sep 6, 2013, 07.15 PMby MandieW

    I really want to make the Fitted Sheath in a Lily Pulitzer-style floral.

    2 Replies
    • 11258216_10206641305901111_7249394459930650298_n_large

      Sep 6, 2013, 09.03 PMby nouvellegamine

      I loved Lilly Pulitzer’s style.

    • Dscn7438_large

      Sep 10, 2013, 09.57 PMby sernasew

      Yeah – the cut is so lovely and simple, but the fabric they show here is a bit bland… floral would make it awesome.

  • Prosovphotos001-18_large

    Sep 6, 2013, 01.42 PMby mcclxix

    The last plus size collection got a lot of criticism for consisting of tents, and everybody accused the designers of trying to hid fat women in bags. At least this here collection shows that they’re actually trying to hide everybody in bags. It’s egalitarian! I like the back vent dress, but would not be able to wear it.

    6 Replies
    • Dsc00074_large

      Sep 6, 2013, 09.17 PMby Ezzles

      There needs to be a like button, becauses I want to like this! Shapeless sacks for all! :)

    • Nerida_img_1581_bw_large

      Sep 7, 2013, 11.28 AMby purplegoat

      Egalitarian! Ha ha!

    • Iphone_pics_aug_2010_075_large

      Sep 7, 2013, 11.57 AMby vanessajp

      couldn’t agree more!

    • Avatar_large

      Sep 9, 2013, 03.34 PMby tmcguire

      Thumbs up on this review!

    • Missing

      Sep 11, 2013, 07.02 AMby soulsurfersteph

      LOL I was thinking the same thing! The Town and Country spread is better. I’m just not liking these European 80s retro “dolman sleeve” designs.

    • Missing

      Sep 11, 2013, 10.41 PMby lag21479

      Like! (Your comment, not most of the designs here.)

  • Gres_headress_1957_large

    Sep 6, 2013, 12.58 AMby tasallison

    this collection needs more nice little sewing details, I can appreciate the pleats on the drop waist dress but the fabric looks way too stiff to make it flattering.

  • 11258216_10206641305901111_7249394459930650298_n_large

    Sep 6, 2013, 12.29 AMby nouvellegamine

    that little red “flapper dress” is so cute and 1960s fantastic.

  • Nerida_img_1581_bw_large

    Sep 5, 2013, 10.38 PMby purplegoat

    I do love those shoes in the miniskirt image – probably the only thing I’d wear in this collection…… Just all a bit saggy baggy for my liking.

  • Call_me__large

    Sep 5, 2013, 09.48 PMby GuidingDuck


    • This is a question
  1. Sign in to add a post


  • Editors' Pick
  • Pattern Collections
  • BurdaStyle Academy
  • Burda Challenge
  • Backstage Report
  • Fashion & Trends
  • DIY to Try
  • Tips & Techniques
  • Member Highlights
  • Sewing Projects
  • Outta Town
  • Contests & Competitions
  • Archive
  • Guest Columns
  • Videos
  • Meg's Magazine Mash Up
  • As Seen In
  • Podcast
  • Holiday