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Many thanks for the spring flowers and fashions! Floral prints are sprouting up everywhere now – on dresses, shirts, and even accessories. Here is the new pattern collection from the May 2013 issue of burda style magazine that feature wonderful styles for your wardrobe. We love all the variety, check it out below!

This comfortable Jumpsuit is not intended for working in the garden, but simply for pleasure! It fits casually and is closed at the waist by a tie band.

Perfect for the garden party, but also for the office. A yoke at the waist, ending in a point at the bust, adds a classic touch to this sleeveless Dress. Two angled patch pockets on the front provide storage space for small change, keys, and business cards.

This flowery knee-length batiste Dress brings back memories of childhood days spent in your grandmother’s garden. Its figure-hugging bust section is embellished at the back with little buttons and lace, while on the skirt, stitched-on lace gives the impression of hemstitching.

This Long Shirt with low-cut armholes is a romantic eyecatcher for the beach, picnic, or garden party. An Underdress like this one is a must beneath the transparent chiffon.

Short and sweet is this loose fitting Short Jumpsuit. Here’s an airy alternative to a long jumpsuit, and when it gets particularly hot, the knee-length legs can be turned up to form shorts.

The highlight of this sexy Dress is its low-cut back. At the front it is rounded off in a boat neckline adorned with gemstones. The flounce sewn to the hem edge flows with each step like a sea of blossoms.

These loose Pants are comfy and easy to slip on when running out into the nice weather. They can be shaped at the waist by an encased tie band. These sewing instructions have step-by-step images and instructions, which make them easy to sew!

This slightly transparent, floral print Top just oozes summertime! It has airy details such as spacious armholes and a drawstring at the neckline.

If you like to show some skin, you’ll love this fitted Mini Dress. At the back it’s low-cut and gathered in the center. Lace blossoms are sewn-on with a few hand stitches that scatter all over the dress.

Happy Sewing!


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    May 8, 2013, 02.25 AMby lola1959

    Where have all the stylish plus size patterns gone. I really do not see any.come on burda you can do better..

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    May 8, 2013, 12.41 AMby corinneski

    Maybe Burda Style needs to do a poll of their members to find out what they want from this site. Increasingly, I’ve noticed people are expressing dissatisfaction with the patterns being offered. I agree with them. I’m not a spring chicken any longer and I’m not interested in clothes that are low cut with short hemlines but I do want stylish clothes with detail and structure.

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    May 8, 2013, 12.24 AMby lizziek

    Oh for the old days of Burda International and the input of Aenne Burda! Elisabeth Kirkpatrick

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      May 8, 2013, 12.31 AMby Couture Academic

      Double nod

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      May 8, 2013, 09.17 AMby nieke

      yes I have four old Burda Internationals all in German and the are just fantastic I still use them often even though they date back to 1986.

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      May 8, 2013, 04.07 PMby leictigerfan

      yes please

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    May 7, 2013, 11.16 PMby kekekris

    No me gustan los modelos de los últimos números de Burda. Modelos sin forma, simples, modelos que no valen la pena ni el esfuerzo ni el gasto de tiempo y materiales. Modelos parecidos se consiguen en varias tiendas a precios bajos. No me gusta la Burda actual.

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    May 7, 2013, 11.16 PMby arisaid

    Re the skinny young things – they can buy heaps of clothing that fit perfectly for not too much money. We sew because bought clothes do not fit us, we want something stylish and individual and hey we actually like to sew as a creative outlet. I like to spend my money on fabric that I like and that suits me with a pattern that is appropriate. We are getting less and less inovative patterns in Burda these days which is such a shame. We need to encourage those who can sew to continue to do so, not just cater for those starting out as this collection seems to be. There is nothing in this collection that I would even consider making except perhaps downsizing (a lot) for my 7 year old granddaughter and get her to help make the garment.

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    May 7, 2013, 11.08 PMby jeander

    It is a pretty simple collection. I agree that these appear to be recycled designs from the 80s. By not offering more detailed designs and some of each collection targeted to the size 14 and up, you are missing out on a large market, If I was 110 lbs. again, and a size 8, yes I would love the dresses, but I am not.

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    May 7, 2013, 11.05 PMby studiokonet

    I agree with the majority of the posts: BURDA has dumb-downed their designs and is losing my interest. What has happened? Has there been a change of management at BURDA that has caused this irrational shift to “sloppy?” PLEASE BURDA, return to your sophisticated, cutting edge style that we all so loved!

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    May 7, 2013, 11.01 PMby heatherngillis

    Nothing terribly original, but fun and comfy hot weather basics. NOW, most of these are things my plus sized self would wear. How about saving us less skinny ladies the work of grading the size up and publishing these in plus sizes, too. You have the grading software to do it with a few clicks, and people have been asking you over and over again!

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    May 7, 2013, 10.59 PMby faith

    Like others, I am growing disenchanted with Burda patterns that are cheap clothing patterns for fast & shapeless clothing without any style or grace. Not worth the fabric, time or effort to sew ugly clothing

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    May 7, 2013, 10.58 PMby anncb

    Does Burda realize that the world does consist of women who are over 25 and not stick figures? How about some patterns that would be interesting to the older woman for a change, come on Burda show you are capable of a pattern collection that does not consist of skinny models who look good in anything.

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    May 7, 2013, 10.36 PMby ell-in-or

    Those drawstring pants are comfy-looking, as is the low back dress (both versions) since a sheer would be pretty for the sleeves/flounce. Most of these are a rehash of very familiar garments though.

    I am currently reading Overdressed by Elizabeth Cline, and it seems like Burda has brought the “Something New Every Week” fast fashion mentality to the home sewing industry. I can buy really basic, baggy, boxy garments that don’t fit well for MUCH cheaper than I can ever sew them. I don’t sew to compete with Target. I sew because I want something that fits well, has unique detailing, and ISN’T super trendy. Why would I spend $$ and several hours of sewing time on something that I can get at Forever 21 in 5 minutes for $14.99?

    As a sewista, I am looking for projects that I will be able to wear for a long time (hey, I spent my TIME on it!!) and that have some special details that one doesn’t see on the RTW available at Target and Walmart.

    It looks like you’re focusing (exclusively) on the new sewist with not a lot of techniques yet, and that’s fine, we were all there once. But there isn’t anything for the rest of us. Perhaps in one of your next collections, you could try mixing it up a little? A few easy pieces, and at least ONE that has some actual details. Zips are not impossible herculean tasks. Neither are buttons. Unless you’ve got Anya from Project Runway designing for you. That would explain a LOT of what I’ve been seeing from Burda lately.

    I would prefer fewer pieces in the collection, or a collection put out less often, if it means that I would get more interesting garments to sew. Is there any potential for this?

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      May 7, 2013, 10.45 PMby citymove

      I think that is a really good recommendation. I am interested in garments that are unique to main stream. I wear pieces that have details that you just cannot find in mainstream fashion because I cannot afford high end fashion.

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      May 7, 2013, 11.17 PMby 30ecletic

      as someone who is relatively new to sewing, i completely agree! i want to see interesting, challenging patterns to aspire to!

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      May 8, 2013, 12.05 AMby nouvellegamine

      Well said. I LOVE Burda, but the collections have definitely been overwhelmingly basic lately :/

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      May 8, 2013, 12.30 AMby Couture Academic

      You’ve said what many of us are feeling very well. I’ve also read “Overdressed” and, yes, this does look like H&M for sewers! I’m VERY sad to say that I’m glad I’ve never subscribed to the mag and only download my patterns if I happened to like them. I think I’ll be on ebay looking for vintage issues…this really makes me sad because I love BurdaStyle

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      May 8, 2013, 08.55 AMby laniarock

      Agree completely with this and the other posts unfortunately. I no longer buy the magazines and just trace off any suitable patterns from the library issues of Burda.

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      May 10, 2013, 06.16 PMby lbg

      You have described perfectly how I have felt about the Burda patterns for a little while now. I used to subscribe to the magazine, but stopped about 2 years ago as I felt the styles offered were no longer for me (I am 36, have been sewing for 6 years and have quite “young” taste). I love this website though – I always find the member’s projects and creativity so inspiring!

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    May 7, 2013, 10.24 PMby ellesleeper

    Yeah I agree, I’m rather underwhelmed. I would love to see some more complicated structures please. I can buy all of these vanilla garments at H&M, if I’m going to put the time into sewing something, its got to be structurally interesting and engaging. Right now I look at your collection and think, ummm why bother buying that pattern when its simple enough to figure out myself? Sorry B, I really want to be excited by your stuff x

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      May 8, 2013, 03.29 PMby barkcloth

      well said

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    May 7, 2013, 03.12 PMby Gurda8

    Two of the summer dresses are cute….there are more misses then hits in this collection.

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    May 7, 2013, 11.05 AMby cottonrose

    The play suit is different although definitely not to my taste. ( I am WAY too old ) The green dress is lovely although I can’t imagine why I would want to wear a long sleeved dress and freeze my back off. I like the mini dress, pity we can’t see the lacey details though.

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    May 7, 2013, 09.27 AMby freakusbzzz

    I think Burdastyle magazine should hire some new designers. Every week I am constantly disappointed with the lack of effort gone into the designs. They are more like a 5 year old drawing pretty little designs for her barbie doll.

    It’s very rare that we see a pattern that isn’t just a basic rectangular structure. We need details andf structure please!!

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      May 7, 2013, 10.23 AMby Couture Academic

      I get a feeling they’ve changed their target market….

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      May 7, 2013, 08.34 PMby thecuriouskiwi

      Hear, hear!

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    May 7, 2013, 02.00 AMby purplegoat

    The pants and short playsuit are cute. All the others I feel like I’ve seen before, but a fun summery collection.

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