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Set sail in designs inspired by yacht clubs and classic naval style. Tunics, jersey dresses and tees, and detailed peacoats are fun to make and wear. These patterns are from the October 2014 issue of Burda Style magazine.


Short raglan sleeves shape an adorable Raglan Tunic Dress. It’s simple and chic with an exposed golden zipper at the back and an extra wide hem. Washed silk makes it elegant.

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Panels turn the classic striped boating shirt into something new. The Paneled Jersey Top updated take on the popular French classic. Wear it with the flared Cropped Stretch Pants and boat shoes for a casual and polished outfit.


A Metallic Leather Skirt is a great addition to the nautical look. Give your outfit a surprising edge with this voluminous pleated skirt.


Striped fabric accentuates the wrap silhouette in this dress. This casual dress is easy to fit and flatters most figures with a V neckline and tie at the hip. It’s comfortable and cute, just right for a day on the boat.


A crisp white Tie Neck Tunic with a flowing scarf at the neck has just the right contrast. It’s cut shorter in the front with a long waist panel to flatter taller figures.


The Belted Epaulette Jacket is inspired by naval uniforms and then cut to fit a woman’s body. The gold buttons and epaulettes contrast with gold boucle. A wide belt finishes the nautical look.


Steal a commanding officer’s style in the Navy Peacoat with oversized lapels. It’s finished with leather accents and gold buttons for military flair.


The Two Tone Shirt Dress only looks basic. Instead of a top and skirt, wear this two tone dress with a slitted skirt and a wrap effect neckline. It’s subtle in navy and black, or use contrasting colors and textures for a bolder look.


The classic nautical striped shirt is lengthened into a casual jersey tunic dress with contrast shoulder panels. The neckline is in between a boatneck and a turtleneck, perfect for those ocean breezes. Wear it with leggings or tights.


The Men’s Hooded Jacket is an advanced project with lots of fun details to sew that any man (or sporty woman!) will love. Jacket is fully lined with a drawstring waist, pockets, hood, and cord stoppers.

French navy classics are always in style with a pair of khakis or boyfriend jeans and your favorite worn in sneakers. Take in the ocean breeze in comfy jersey and nautical stripes.

Happy sewing!


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    Oct 8, 2014, 09.03 AMby sewing fanatic

    Like the styles, the retro dress looks are nice

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    Oct 7, 2014, 03.38 PMby Krit

    Wow! So pretty! I am, however, weary bout ordering patterns because I am an absolute beginner (haven’t made one thing yet) And I am not sure I have the skills needed to complete any of these projects. I am most interested in the two tone (f ,aux two piece) dress and the Ragland sleeve tunic dress. Love both styles and the patterns look the least intimidating to me… Does Anyone have any advice or ideas: regarding which patterns and projects are achievable for us “newbies”!

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      Oct 7, 2014, 04.05 PMby nouvellegamine

      Hi, what have you sewn so far? Have you made any clothes?

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      Oct 9, 2014, 02.16 PMby MaZeLiving

      If you haven’t sewn anything before, I would recommend to start with something simple like an A-line skirt and choose some cotton fabric to work with. That is if you want to dive into making garments right away, which can be confusing if you are not familiar with basic techniques. There are a lot of resources online that can be helpful, Burda does not provide very detailed instructions for beginners. I would search for tutorials and maybe get a couple of books that will get you started.

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      Oct 20, 2014, 12.43 PMby slitherydee

      I don’t think Burda is a good place for beginners in general. The instructions for Burda downloadable patterns are poorly translated and badly collated in my experience. From what I hear form others, too, this seems like the norm. BUT, don’t despair, since sewing has become popular again, there are plenty of simple/beginner patterns available online from various indie companies who go out of their way to write detailed instructions for their patterns. For popular patterns, many companies will do step-by-step sew-alongs on their blogs, or even tutorial videos. I recommend looking at Grainline or Megan Nielsen. Not all indie pattern companies are created equal, but many do cater to newbies. Once you get the basics down you can come back here and sew anything you like.

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    Oct 7, 2014, 09.26 AMby thegreenaardvark

    Wow, these styles are stunning! Can’t wait to try some out.

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    Oct 6, 2014, 11.35 PMby Michelle Snyman

    some really great styles Burda!

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