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These fashions include subtle details that make them absolutely beloved for everyday and office wear alike from the 04/2018 issue of BurdaStyle magazine.

Click here to see every pattern from the April 2018 issue in our digital preview lookbook!


This version of the blouse is much closer in Japanese details to the kimono and is sewn with an abstract printed silk. The diagonal drape of the front panel seam gives it a relaxed touch, though the details keep a soft definition of the waistline.


Here is your answer to elegant layering. The front and back are both double layers that softly drape around the body. Bands along the neckline and the placket anchor the look in contrast.


The look gets relaxed with a striking printed stretch rib knit. The tying belt runs through the cut-on wide loops above the patch pockets.


Sleeves, bands and a wrap detail give this jacket the look of a traditional kimono. The chosen fabric transcends it into an absolutely modern wardrobe piece as the perfect choice to wear with cool leather trousers and high heels.


A pencil skirt with modern details. the bands set asymmetrical-ly in front aren’t only for a splash of colour in front, as they also shape the skirt with the freedom to move around without needing the walking slit in back. A wide hip yoke lets the skirt sit perfectly. Style tip: For a modest look, sew the bands in a similar satin shade. For a striking contrast, use a sequin fabric.


A tunic style jacket meshes with a utility style for a result that uses the best from both. Patch pockets and tabs at the sleeves get a softer touch with a bit of feminine trim – making the jacket one that is also a stylish choice for an evening out.


This top with the relaxed and flowing flounces at the sleeve has a sexy show of skin and is still incredibly elegant. Wide straps of petersham keep the top exactly where you want it.


An obi belt draws this feminine, shoulder-free dress, sewn with a flowing viscose, to the figure. This style is a true multi-tasker that looks great with metallic pumps for an evening dinner out in a fine restaurant like Banyan, in Munich, or just as well with a pair of great sandals for the office.

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    Apr 23, 2018, 01.28 AMby prettylissy

    This collection has such beautiful lines and contrast. I really like it. The top and dress with ribbon shoulders is a cool spin on the shoulder-hole style, and I would totally wear that.

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    Apr 19, 2018, 08.02 AMby sewdarnlong

    I love the banded blouse/jacket pattern and the layered blouse. But, WHO ON EARTH SEWED that first silk blouse, and WHO ON EARTH LET IT PASS INTO THE PHOTO SHOOT? I am quite disgusted at the poor quality of this garment. The front horizontal seam is obviously crooked, as is the lower band, the neck band is either stretched or warped, the sleeve has folds where there shouldn’t be and I don’t think anyone has pressed it at any stage of construction. I’m not a professional, but a home seamstress (yes I use that term and I can because I am female) who merely takes pride in the sewing that I do. My mum taught me to sew and to take care and pay attention to doing the job well. Burda you have some great patterns but sometimes (and not rarely unfortunately), the execution is abysmal. This isn’t the first time construction is not up to par. Please give us credit for wanting to create a good looking, well sewn garment and provide a standard to aspire to, not be embarrassed by.

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      Apr 22, 2018, 07.51 AMby barkcloth

      I completely agree with you. I was shocked by the look of the first silk blouse (which isn’t, btw, abstract printed, these forms are flowers, loud and clear). Luckily the second version of the kimonostyle blouse is a lot better.
      I love kimonostyle garments, as a white European. I even make dresses and blouses from kimonosilk I buy online in Japan. And that’s not inappropriate at all. It’s a tribute!

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    Apr 18, 2018, 08.44 PMby ArcticFox001

    Jenss-1: I am irritated because it is tiresome to constantly have oversensitive people jump to the alert at the smallest thing and make everyone else feel as though they are monsters and “culturally sensitive.” You are right that you are not the only person offended by this kind of thing, but I wonder how deeply offended you actually are, or how many people out there are deeply offended or hurt by such a fashion shoot or a pseudo-kimono pattern. As an anthropologist, also with both German and Asian (Chinese) family members, I am pretty well-aware of what you are talking about, but if you are offended by a fashion shoot with a kimono-like object, some orchids, and some lanterns is offensive or making Asians into “others,” I think that you need to think about whether it is because you have been conditioned to be offended by everything or whether you actually find it hurtful. There is so much actual racist stuff out there to be upset about. My question is: is this shoot really racist or is it just – at the very most – possibly mildly inappropriate? Would you be more or less offensive if it was an Asian model? Are you only offended because Burda Style is a German company? Does this mean that only Asian pattern companies are allowed to produce any styles that are vaguely Asian? Or if they do produce them, in what context is it okay to shoot them? Since you have German and Asian family members is it okay to use both types of imagery? What about my kids who look Caucasian but are part Asian – what types of imagery are they allowed to use? What if the designer for Burda Style was themselves Asian? Maybe you see what I’m getting at here.

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      Apr 22, 2018, 04.01 PMby jenss-1

      @ArticFox001, I hope I can answer your questions. First, I am located in the US (not sure if you are or not, so I want to clarify that my comments pertain to American issues, not International).
      “Exotic” has long been a pejorative term for Asian cultures and people of Asian descent. The word serves to separate people of Asian descent from those of European descent, i.e., from Caucasian Americans. The implication of the word is that Asians are not really American, not the same.

      “Exotic” is part of a persistent narrative in this country, the U.S. of America, that serves to exclude people of Asian heritage as non-American and to label them as an “other.” It is, indeed, a word that is used to perpetuate racist stereotypes and xenophobia. Particularly, “exotic” is used to belittle Asian women.


      THIS particular Burdastyle website is based in the US (at least it was based in NY a few years ago), and the editors should know better. The int’l English version of the magazine also used the word in the subtitle of the spread for these patterns.

      A little history…
      —In the United States, people of Japanese decent, including American citizens were imprisoned in concentration camps during WWII SOLELY because of their Japanese heritage.
      —The Chinese exclusion acts (since repealed).
      —In the U.S., and in California particularly, an American who married an Asian person was subject to revocation of citizenship (eventually repealed).
      There is a long history of racism against Asian people in the US.

      The open rejection of prejudice against people of Asian descent has been late coming, and perhaps that is the source of your irritation. A few more recent events, the Academy Award show last year portraying Asian children as accountants; the (media) bashing of Jeremy Lin; accounts of Asian actors being paid less than caucasians; news accounts of universities with policies designed to limit the enrollment of Asians.

      Fact is that prejudice against Asians has been tolerated in the US for a long time, and a lot of people just won’t take it any more. I am one of them. If I stay silent, then it implies assent. I am a big fan of Burdastyle, but there needs to be more oversight as to how they address the US market particularly.

      About your question about styles: Of course, there is no problem with the styes. There is no problem with making clothes out of traditional kimono fabrics (many styles actually reference a garment called a “yukata” BTW, not kimono and that misidentification is problematic). In my opinion, the garment industry should drop the word “kimono” unless they are making an actual kimono (a very expensive, handmade, multi-layer garment that must be worn in a particular way). It is also offensive to people of Korean decent, for example, to refer to a garment derived from a traditional hanbok as a kimono. It is not the same thing, and Asian cultures are not the same thing either.

      These kinds of “mistakes” (for lack of a better word) are a part of what perpetuates racist conduct, to put it bluntly. That does not mean that anyone who has ever referred to kimono sleeves is a racist, but it means that continuing the use of pejorative words like “exotic” suggests they are acceptable in common culture. The continued use of those words serves to marginalize people of Asian decent in the US. My opinion is that the garment and pattern industries should revisit the language they use, modernize it, and eliminate words that reference stereotypes and prejudice of any kind.

      Of course, I have no problem with Burda as a German company. Half of my ancestors were German after all, and I don’t believe the company has any bad intent — just bad marketing decisions.

      I sincerely hope that the editors will be more sensitive to the language so that all of their customers feel included and valued.

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      Apr 23, 2018, 11.57 PMby ArcticFox001

      Jenss-1: Did I miss the use of the term “exotic,” because I don’t see it anywhere here and infact they called this collection “Everyday Essentials.” They did, however, misuse represent the obi. Also, some of the typescript is from the German – sometimes the translations are bad and here I see, “…looks great with metallic pumps for an evening dinner out in a fine restaurant like Banyan, in Munich, or just as well with a pair of great sandals for the office.” Yup – probably not from the New York office.

      Incidentally, my husband is Chinese-American and grew up in Chinatown, New York. Aside from having lots of Asian-American family and friends, I also work in Asia and know quite alot about the history of European colonialism in China and US government policy in the US and Canada. I am well aware of how some of these issues persist into the present day. I also understand how experiencing prejudice can make a person sensitive to certain things – for instance I am extremely sensitive to classism and it can affect the way that I react to other people or situations. At the same time, I really think that in this particular instance you are probably overreacting.

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    Apr 18, 2018, 03.11 PMby Sususews

    I love this collection. All these lovely pieces look like they were inspired by some other recognized garments types: the skirt from the sarong, the jacket-safari, the wrap blouse from the kimono. These fashions are all stylized versions of something else. I think this is the first “whole” collection I will order.

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    Apr 17, 2018, 08.35 PMby jane-the-rip-stitcher

    I like the layered blouse….soft layers are very flattering

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    Apr 17, 2018, 05.37 PMby LEM624

    To ArcticFox001: Your evident hostility is not helping. Don’t some non-Bavarians resent it when lederhosen are used to represent “Germanness”? More importantly, you need to stop—immediately—you need to stop declaring who’s “normal” and who deserves to be offended and by what. I’m no ideal human being, but common sense has me questioning my tolerance every day of every week. It’s a place to start.

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    Apr 16, 2018, 10.28 PMby jenss-1

    I’m kind of disappointed that Burda has again ‘exoticized’ so-called Asian influenced fashion. The blouse is not like a kimono, which is a very specific, complex garment. Rather, it is like a wrap blouse that is apparently conceived as a Western idea of something Japanese. I really wish that Burdastyle editors were more sensitive to offensive stereotypes.

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      Apr 17, 2018, 01.10 PMby ArcticFox001

      Really? Give me a break. Your comment is completely ridiculous. It’s people like you that make normal people afraid to even talk to someone who isn’t white because they are afraid of offending them. Besides, kimonos are Japanese and many modern Japanese that I know have them as traditional garments for special occasions (just like Germans have lederhosen). Are you more offended that they liken (not call) a wrap shirt a kimono or that it doesn’t actually look much like a kimono (not that they are claiming it does). I am also not clear what right you even think that you have a right to be offended. I once made a comment about entire shoots romanticizing colonialism, but I fail to see how this is exoticizing (what actually is) Asian-influenced fashion. Even if it is, who cares?! Asian people exoticize and wear Western-influenced fashion. Do you even know anything about modern Asia or Asian people or are you just trying to defend a group that you (paternalistically) think are somehow marginalized? You realize that Japan and China are major world powers and not just economically, right?

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      Apr 18, 2018, 04.55 AMby jenss-1

      ArcticFox001 my friend, perhaps you have been confused by my icon. It is an image from a vintage sewing item. My family includes two different Asian cultures, so yes, I have a very personal reason to be offended. But, as an American, I am offended when any group of people is treated unfairly because of their race, religion, or national origin or ancestry.

      What is offensive here — and I am far from the only person offended by this — is the exoticization of Asians persons. There is a long history in Western culture of making Asians into an ‘otherness.’ Otherness means not the same and not equal. By the way, my family is German also. They have not been subjected to anything close, and so I take issue with that comparison.

      Finally ArcticFox001, I wonder why you are so upset that this is racially offensive to me. I am a long time fan of Burda, and I really hope the editors start to get the cross-culture distribution right. It has happened before, and I was very sorry to see it on this website again.

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