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Warm sand, blue water, and sexy designs in island patterns. This collection is full of breezy poolside cover ups, plus dresses and tops you can wear far away from the beach. These designs are from the May 2011 issue of Burda Style magazine. All instructions for previously published patterns have been updated.


Beach goddess style at its most glamorous. This Maxi Caftan Dress is cut from a single layer of sheer chiffon for a sexy beach cover up. The plunging neckline and trumpet sleeves have serious drama.


A Ruched Jersey Tank highlights your bust with twisted straps, ruching, and empire seamlines. Great for those sticky summer nights!


A Tunic Top with slits at the hip looks good over leggings and summer shorts. Cap sleeves and pleats at the neckline make this simple satin top feminine for your next beach side brunch.


Flaunt your beach body in this figure hugging Long Sleeved Body Con Dress. A panel of ruching down the center adds even more interest, and it’s finished with a modern squared off neckline. A perfect sexy date look.


A straight cut Blouson Dress makes the most of large scale summer prints like florals and tie dyes. This tee dress gets extra interest at the back with a low V neckline and tie. An effortless dress to toss on after a day at the beach.


This skater style Dress with A Line Skirt flatters your waist and legs, perfect for petite figures! The boatneck and seamlines look sophisticated in an abstract print. Get even more leg lengthening with a strappy sandal.


The cut of this Tunic Blouse with Bat Sleeves has lots of style, with swinging raglan sleeves, a colorful neckline. Go exotic with a colorful print for summer.


Get a two tone peekaboo effect with this Low Cut Dress with Bandeau Top. A plunging V neckline gets a little coverage from a contrast bandeau. With the pockets and optional coverage, it’s perfect for the beach! Make one to match your bikini.


Flaunt that summer tan in this skimpy little Jersey Body Con Dress. Ruched jersey hugs every curve, and the plunging neckline highlights your bust. Pair it with strappy sandals and turquoise jewelry.

Whether you’re at the beach or just enjoying some margaritas at your favorite restaurant, these designs greet the summer in style. Bring on the prints!

Happy sewing!


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    May 14, 2014, 08.04 PMby Nikki Hozack

    Hmmm – fun collection in terms of colors (though also an older collection that has been shown before), but what the heck is going on with the jersey body-con dress and rushed top bust line – would you really want a seam going through the middle your bust instead of over or under it? So unflattering – it looks like the dress is too small.

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      May 20, 2014, 11.54 PMby debrav

      I agree Nikki – not a good look. A length adjustment would be needed

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    May 14, 2014, 01.45 AMby photondancer

    Love the sleeves on the caftan and tunic!

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    May 13, 2014, 08.42 PMby cchristie

    I think my favourite aspect of this range is that is called ‘emerald isle’. Oh that we could dress like this in Ireland! Roll on the sunshine. Great patterns.

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    May 11, 2014, 07.38 AMby Kocotte

    I really love those beautiful models, some of them are on my to-do list since a long time and particularly the Long Sleeved Body Con Dress. Jersey is my favorite fabric to sew

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    May 9, 2014, 02.21 AMby sewing fanatic

    this range is definitely gorge, the fabric patterns are amazing

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    May 9, 2014, 12.47 AMby purplegoat

    The a-line dress – is pretty cute, not mad keen on any of the others. but wow that fabric is amazing.

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    May 9, 2014, 12.35 AMby purplefan

    Yes, the fabrics definitely makes this clothing collection pop visually. I like Mandie’s remark about just having the clothing to wear around! That’s we want to do, wear BurdaStyle clothing for our lives.

    The photo pages that I kept from the magazine do not identify the fabric sources in the credits by the patterns. I had recycled most of the magazine and only kept information for one or two of the styles.

    Will say that I have not seen any fabrics similar to these ones in Hamilton, ON area stores since the issue came out in 2011. Even the digital prints on offer are mostly dark and uninspired and few in number.

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      May 9, 2014, 03.49 AMby Regan Mackenzie

      Have you tried emmaonesock in US. She sells all of fabrics and more, top quality and cheaper than retail. Also ‘gorgeousfabrics’

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      May 12, 2014, 08.14 PMby nouvellegamine

      for the last few years a lot of the fabric in the Burda magazine pictorials id from https://www.alfatex.de/modestoffe/burda-style/.
      Unfortunately this collection is from 2011, so they’re most likely sold out. But sometimes when each new issue comes out I go through the alfatex website, find the fabris used and make additional notes on fabric type and content. Sometimes the magazine will say one type of fabric, but on the fabric site you’ll find out it’s X% cotton and X% linen, just as an example. I don’t think alfatex ships to the US, but the info may help finding fabric with a similar drape to what you’re seeing in the pictures :)

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      May 12, 2014, 08.19 PMby nouvellegamine

      plus spoonflower allows you to make your own fabric, including jersey, although it’s a little pricey.

      And Britex, located in SF has some amazing fabric, although again, it’s usually pretty pricey.

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    May 8, 2014, 04.33 PMby Laschmale

    I love them. I’ll make a couple of the tops and maybe the caftan. I need to find the right fabric.

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    May 8, 2014, 03.03 PMby lsaspacey

    Wow, these are amazing! Too bad I don’t have an upcoming tropical vacation in order to wear these around, though that caftan is tempting. Where did you get those fabrics? They are AMAZING!!!

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      May 8, 2014, 09.06 PMby MandieW

      Right! I feel like I should make it just to swan around my apartment…

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    May 8, 2014, 02.38 PMby Lulu Araujo

    not sure I would wear any of these to be honest.

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    May 8, 2014, 02.38 PMby Lulu Araujo

    not sure I would wear any of these to be honest.

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    May 8, 2014, 02.03 PMby Regan Mackenzie

    Beautiful fabrics in this range. Amazing what a bit of imagination does to a pattern, the fabrics make them bounce.

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      May 9, 2014, 01.02 AMby purplefan

      Definitely agree with you!

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