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Make yourself a polished professional wardrobe with these 9 new patterns from the August 2012 issue of Burda Style magazine. Sheath dresses with chiffon details, easygoing blazers, and wear-with-anything skinny slacks are staple pieces for any working woman. Just slip on some heels, and you’re ready to head to cocktail hour!

The Pintuck Dress is one part flapper girl, one part office chic, and a little Jackie O. This sweet sheath style is made in wool velour with a chiffon embellishment. Use a contrasting color on the front detail to highlight the different fabrics. A darker color is extra slimming! This is a versatile dress to go from work to cocktail parties.

The Banded Neck Blazer dresses up a simple hip length blazer with a sweet tie neck. This great layering piece has long sleeves, pockets, and a flattering hip length. Choose fabrics with swing and stretch for the best silhouette.

Bring a little ladylike glam to the office with the Scarf Blouse. An extra long sweeping tie decorates the neck of this pretty georgette top. Top has bust darts for a nice fit and a front godet for swingy movement. This blouse gives an ultra feminine look paired with leggings or wide leg pants.

These straight leg Pencil Slacks are a wardrobe staple. Wear them to the office paired with a flowy blouse or soft sweater. In stretch jersey, they’re also super comfy!

Toss the Long Blazer over your shoulders when the office gets chilly. This open jacket has simple lines that go with any outfit. Bust darts and an A-line silhouette are easy to wear, and stretch jersey is super comfy.

For a more structured piece, try the Layered Jacket. Pretty georgette peeks out from under wool crêpe in this buttoned up style that’s proper enough for the office, but still soft and cozy. This everyday style also has pockets.

These Straight Leg Slacks are a wardrobe staple. Wear them to work with a pretty sweater or blouse. Stretch gabardine looks polished, but is still comfortable to wear all day. These slim-lined pants look great with high heeled pumps, or take the hem up to your ankle and wear them with Audrey Hepburn style flats.

Protect your outfit from the elements with a crisp poplin jacket. The Knee Length Coat is just the thing to wear over fitted dresses and slacks to cover up without sacrificing a streamlined look. This style looks polished in crisp poplin with some stretch.

The Front Embellished Dress is a classic sheath dress embellished with ribbons at the front and hidden pockets. Wear this body-conscious style to the office or out to dinner. Use any dress fabrics for the body, stretch fabrics for the sleeves, and a pretty chiffon for the embellishments. This dress is classic and elegant, with a flirty touch from the chest embellishment and fluttery sheer layer at the bottom.

These 9 looks look polished at the office, but are still relaxed and easy to wear. The Pintuck Dress and Front Embellished Dress will become your new favorite outfits. These sophisticated, figure-conscious pieces make it easy to look pretty and professional, and look just as elegant and put together at a cocktail bar as they do at work.

Happy sewing!


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    Mar 25, 2014, 07.09 AMby ginaminton

    I soo loved the Pintuck dress, the Banded Neck Blazer and the Scarf blouse. Wow.

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    Aug 23, 2013, 12.13 PMby KIMAIS

    I agree with Frularsson – - they are soo sneaky in tricking us to think stuff is new, when it is just reprinted and not even recycled I am quiet unhappy about the path they are going and if they pull off some more of these – I am done completely! This Opinion of a very dissatisfied customer is shared with my Mom and aunt, who cancelled their subscription of the magazine because of this and the fact that they went backwards with the offered sizes.

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    Aug 21, 2013, 06.45 PMby frularsson

    New Collection? All of these patterns are among my old Burda magazines. I read a bit further in the text, duh, there it comes; “from the August 2012 issue of Burda Style magazine”. Why bother announce as “9 New Plus Size Patterns”?

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    Aug 21, 2013, 12.57 PMby medleyb

    Stretch pants?! Really?! If I wanted to wear stretch pants I could get those at Walmart. The top dress is great, but everything else is the same baggy “you must hide your fat and shame” styles offered by nearly every other RTW clothing manufacturer and pattern company. Why can’t you give curvy girls the same styles as the thinner or average girls?

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    Aug 21, 2013, 12.21 PMby lauraj-1

    Why design some fairly good pieces and then waste time and energy making ill fitting garments. And, did you use an iron? I would be embarassed to wear your sewing. Love the tie front blouse, it’s the one garment showcased beautifully. The rest could have been so much better and so much more inspiring if you chose beautiful fabrics, took the time to sew them correctly and make them fit to the model. Oh, a plus size model would be good too. How about one who wears a size 20? If this is what you think is good, maybe you need to update some staff and get some fresh viewpoints.

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    Aug 21, 2013, 01.06 AMby photondancer

    Would love to see some of these, especially the embellished dress, available in smaller sizes. I’d be nervous trying to adjust it down several sizes.

    Andrea, this is billed as an office collection. Not many women, plus size or no, want to wear tight figure-hugging clothes to the office. I like the red collection but most of it isn’t suitable for conservative workplaces.

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    Aug 20, 2013, 08.43 PMby pinkdaffodils

    Ugh! I was so excited to see there was a new collection of plus sized patterns but…..really? These are all completely shapeless! Curvy girls need something to show off our beautiful curves, not drown ourselves and make us look even larger! We need designs that flatter our curves to show off our assets, designs with a nipped in waist to enhance the hourglass, designs that enhance the bust, and even the hips and rear to better show off the proportions of hips to waist.I hate being so negative, but it is so frustrating to be teased by the prospect of a new plus size collection, only to find that I wouldn’t give these garments a second glance in a store, much less go through the time to lovingly create something beautiful myself, made just for me, by me. Isn’t the point of plus size lines to give flattering options to us curvy girls? I would have been much happier with the Seeing Red collection being reproduced in larger sizes, they are beautiful, with clean and flattering lines with gorgeous fabrics. I wish they had put even a fraction of that energy into the plus size collections. I hope the next collection better shows the designer’s love and knowledge of real women’s bodies.

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      Aug 21, 2013, 12.52 PMby medleyb

      I think you said it perfectly. The only piece I would like to make was the sheath dress at the top. It was a big tease to see there were new plus patterns and then find out they were no different than the baggy plus patterns offered by Simplicity or McCall.

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    Aug 20, 2013, 06.27 PMby vegan

    Thank you for the plus size patterns!

    But I have to agree with Andrea. It looks like they substituted a different model at the last minute. The knee length coat looks like it should either be made up in a heavier fabric with a lot more ease, or just call it a coatdress and put in a little more ease.

    The scarf blouse is gorgeous!

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    Aug 20, 2013, 04.26 PMby Andrea Mullin

    Why do you guys feature so much clothing that does not fit your plus-size models? Someone went through the trouble to sew these, so why not either A) find a model that actually wears the size that was sewn or B) sew it with a certain model’s measurements in mind and have her model it. It does the clothing no justice to be shown in an ill-fitting manner! This pretty woman looks like a bag lady in several shots.

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    Aug 17, 2013, 09.35 PMby ndimi

    That pintuck dress is fabulous!

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    Aug 15, 2013, 09.55 PMby avjames

    OMG thank you so much Burda! Decent plus size office gear is hard enough to find in stores (at least here in Australia). This collection is going on my project list!

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