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Talk about big city dressing! This new pattern collection from burda style magazine’s July 2013 is filled with sophisticated styles that you can wear on your next trip to the big city. Flowy pants, skirt and tanks are paired with structured jackets to make an interchangeable wardrobe. Check out all the chic designs! We love the bright prints paired with matching plain color hues.

This loose-fitting Dress has a unique wrap feature at the waist. The wide sleeves and silhouette allow the dress to be sewn in print fabrics beautifully. Just put on this dress and a pair of cute shoes, and you’ll be ready for anything the city throws your way!

This Tank is double-layered and has a flowing silhouette. This tank is perfect for summertime, and the twisted straps are a nice detail especially when you wear your hair up! We also love it worn with these little Shorts, what an awesome summer look. The shorts have little pleats and pockets as well.

This XL – Cardigan with patch pockets is made is a soft jersey so it will be sure to keep you a little warmer on those more breezy days.

These Baggy Pants come in tall sizes, or if you are just regular height throw on a pair of sky high heels to wear with them. They have simple style lines that really make it easy to pull of wearing them in a bright color or print. They are worn here with a pretty Cowl Tank that could also we worn out at night!

This biker style Box Jacket is just the right amount of edgy. It has flap pockets and silk piping that really pack a punch to the style. This jacket also makes a great layering piece for your outfits.

What a unique Blouse alternative! This one has a handercheif hemline and high collar with knotted bow. This blouse is avaliable in women’s tall sizes, along with these Pants in bright yellow, that really bring this outfit to the next level. Just be aware that people might call out “Taxi!” to you!

This Dress features XXL bellow pockets and color blocked leather pieces. You sure won’t find a dress like this in stores!

Here we have a lovely Tank made in washed silk. The tank is made from a double layer of fabric, so the straps can be twisted without see the wrong side. This Wrap Skirt pairs beautifully with the flowy tank. We love the printed skirt with a plain under layer. You know what they say…double the layer, double the fun!

Happy Sewing!


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    Feb 23, 2017, 12.23 PMby iamsweetviolet

    Likes: The cowl tank and the wrap skirt. I’m thinking both of these items could be tweeked to be reversible.

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    Mar 31, 2014, 05.29 AMby ginaminton

    I love the baggy pants and the Cowl top.

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    Jul 5, 2013, 09.40 AMby jadedseas

    I actually really like the skirt part of the pink bellow pocket dress… would be neat to see it as just a skirt with a simple top as I agree with the comment about the top half looking like a diner waitress uniform. The contrast of styles is too much. But as a skirt it would be neat.

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    Jul 4, 2013, 12.02 PMby Trudy McGrath

    Pleated shorts can be turned into something like this Balenciaga number: http://images.vogue.it/imgs/sfilate/pe-2012-collezioni/balenciaga/dettagli/HQ/00200h.jpg

    All you need is imagination and some skills..

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    Jul 4, 2013, 12.01 PMby Trudy McGrath

    Just for some inspiration of forthcoming collections:

    For oversized pockets see Alexander McQueen Resort 2014 http://carolinesmode.com/lookbook/art/275331/alexander_mcqueen_resort_ss14/?pic=11

    Or Roberto Cavalli for prints and structured garments:


    Knot Blouse seen in YSL’s or Ruffian’s 2014 collection

    Tall pants in Chanel, Box jacket like Phillip Lim…just to mention a few.

    I personally love the new patterns, love the styling and prints used.

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    Jul 4, 2013, 10.45 AMby Kasiorist

    this is one of the weakest burda magazine issue I’ve seen in years I’m glad to see at least some others burda stylers see something in these patterns

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    Jul 3, 2013, 08.05 PMby Trudy McGrath

    There is a lot of potential in all of these patterns, I’m quite disappointed in some of the comments. Lack of imagination is striking. Loving all the new patterns! especially the waitress/samurai one!

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    Jul 3, 2013, 07.57 PMby Daniel Parker

    On Point! Loving the styling.

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    Jul 3, 2013, 03.27 PMby sallyskipunderthebed

    Remember to consider fabric choices in weight, drape, color, movement of fabric on the body and if the garment style flatters your body type. I don’t particularly care for the camouflage fabric for the dress with a wrap, BUT, I could see a very sheer silk, double layer with two different colors which would make this a very sexy fashion forward summer dress.

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    Jul 3, 2013, 11.15 AMby slitherydee

    That pink dress looks like a 50s diner waitress had sex with suit of samurai armor and had an ugly baby. The shorts and cardigan are pretty cute, though.

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    Jul 3, 2013, 07.03 AMby annikins

    I am not loving any of this

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    Jul 3, 2013, 02.29 AMby Reslnt1

    love pretty much everything. I would just need to grade the waist in on the pink dress so that it is more fitted in that area.

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    Jul 3, 2013, 02.12 AMby citymove

    I think I will have to disagree with most posts. The pink dress is really different and you won’t find it in stores and that is what I really love about it. However, I am not a pink person and I think the contrasting band is too much in this case but I think this dress has so much potential. I sew not to have main stream clothing and this collection is the first I have seen in a while that is finally different than the main stream or what you could buy at HMV.

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    Jul 2, 2013, 05.15 PMby MegH

    The beauty of sewing for yourself is that you can make a variation of the patterns…for example omit those bellow pockets, it would then be a cute shirt dress!

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      Jul 2, 2013, 06.07 PMby tika1210

      Really is this role you now play on the blog to tell us how to be creative; is that what your here for? The reason ask is I don’t understand why anybody involved in design would produce that pink dress in the first place. The beauty of sewing for yourself is something very well known to me and i am sure to other women reading this blog.

      Thank you but the reason I raise the question is that you appear to be here in a capacity which is more than just a member of the the forum if I have read your profile correctly. If that makes me mean spirited because I asked this question in this forum then so be it. Sticks and stones.

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      Jul 2, 2013, 06.19 PMby MegH

      Hi tika1210, I’m sorry you took my comment the wrong way and wasn’t a direct response to your comment. I agree with the pockets being overwhelming on that dress, and I was just suggesting what I would do. I didn’t mean for it to come across as me telling the community how to be creative as I am commenting on this post as a community member myself.

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      Jul 2, 2013, 07.11 PMby loribee

      @MegH you were very patient in your polite response to the mean-spirited comment left by tika1210. Please continue to post creative suggestions, as that’s the whole point of a comments forum on a sewing website, and I appreciate your input.

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      Jul 3, 2013, 06.14 PMby christine

      “The beauty of sewing for yourself is that you can make a variation of the patterns…for example omit those bellow pockets, it would then be a cute shirt dress!”

      I agree 100%! The made-up clothes are just a suggestion, a springboard. Someone creative could really own this and any of these designs.

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    Jul 2, 2013, 03.34 PMby MandieW

    The tie neck blouse is SO pretty.

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    Jul 2, 2013, 03.18 PMby liszadarling

    Um…yeah, about that pink dress: “You sure won’t find a dress like this in stores!” Sorry, but that would be because it’s um,…too different.

    The rest of the collection is fabulous and can’t wait to experiment with them. Nice!

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    Jul 2, 2013, 01.50 PMby fadai

    The dress with bellow pockets would be MUCH more flattering if the “skirt” part went below the pockets. As it is now it looks like someone has cut off a big part. Looks weird…. As for the rest, the cowl tank is pretty.

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    Jul 2, 2013, 12.22 PMby Brenda Verastique

    This is nice collection. I can see myself making almost all of these pieces, with the exception of the dress with the xxl large bellow pockets.

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    Jul 2, 2013, 10.47 AMby hape2sew

    I really like the dress with the skirt wrap design, as well as the baggy pants and cowl tank!

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    Jul 2, 2013, 09.53 AMby myrnaclearance

    I like the tank pattern. It looks cool.

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    Jul 2, 2013, 09.18 AMby freakusbzzz

    Shorts are terrific. Pants pretty cool too.


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    Jul 2, 2013, 03.20 AMby purplegoat

    I do love the oversize cardigan, that will be on my list of things to make – wouldn’t make any of the other items though. The first dress reminds me of a camouflage nurse uniform :)

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    Jul 2, 2013, 01.09 AMby tika1210

    I like the blouse with the knotted bow a good deal but boy is the pink dress a hot mess. I think It is over designed and over thought unlike the other pieces featured here.

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    Jul 1, 2013, 11.55 PMby Haylee Atkinson

    I really love those shorts!

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