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This collection is inspired by Japanese architecture. Look for interesting jackets, sleek skirts, and paneled dresses. These patterns are from the September 2013 issue of Burda Style magazine.

Show a little leg in this sexy Red Skirt with a thigh high slit. This simple piece pairs beautifully with a statement jacket or boldly patterned top.

Use this funky design to show off boldly patterned satins. The Robe Jacket looks beautiful in Asian-inspired florals or gem tone solids. Change up the loose silhouette with a wide belt.

The lightweight Straight Coat is a modern, stripped down version of the classic trenchcoat. It looks chic with straight leg pants and heels, keeping your look slim and refined.

Shirt dresses can be cute and tomboyish, but this Shirt Dress is totally sophisticated in twill or silk satin. Add a little embroidery and a wide belt for Asian-inspired flair. This piece looks sophisticated with a strappy sandal for a fancy dinner.

Contrasting side panels and a ruched front make this dress super flattering to your figure. Make the sides darker for a slimming effect. This sleek design is glamorous with a sleek updo and fun to wear out on the town.

Quilted edgings give this open jacket some structure. Slip it over a slim dress or skirt for a totally different outer layer that’s soft, but still modern. Use a contrast color for the quilted belt and edging for a funkier look.

This avant garde Flat Jacket is fun to make. Add DIY embroidery to duchesse satin for a piece that’s totally unique, and will turn your jeans and tee combo into a statement making outfit.

Make a statement with boldly patterned sleeves in the Contrast Tunic Dress. The large sleeves show off a bright print well. This is a sophisticated style for going out for sushi or cocktails.

Look modern and elegant in a long line dress with scooped sleeves and a wide boat neckline. The Overlay Dress is slim and sophisticated, and looks great with boots for a casual dinner.

These pieces have such a modern feel, and would look stunning in abstract florals. Dress up your city or evening wardrobe with an architectural jacket or interesting dress. Be daring and have fun with these sophisticated designs!

Happy sewing!


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    Sep 19, 2013, 11.25 PMby jde

    If i would have the time, im gonna make all of these lovely pattern.

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    Sep 19, 2013, 06.04 PMby đelila đokić

    this black jacket is very nice, love it..

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    Sep 19, 2013, 02.35 AMby freakusbzzz

    I love the rouched dress with the diagonal neck line. I’m a fan of larger sleeves cause I have muscly arms and most patterns are too tight.

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      Sep 19, 2013, 03.00 AMby nouvellegamine

      I would love to see your take on this pattern. Part of me feels maybe it’s the material they used as well.

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    Sep 18, 2013, 09.43 PMby lindalea0192

    Stunning patterns…….especially the sleek lines of the coats and jackets……KUDOS to the design team! The presentation of the designs are so delightful who cares about the model’s hair? Her face is so perfect she could be bald….the focus are the new patterns! Why do most of these posts seem so negative? Do generally nasty comments equate one with sophistication, knowledge, a comment everyone is dying to read? This is the last time I will get into reading the posts…..my life is fun … sour posts are toxic………!

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      Sep 19, 2013, 01.13 AMby nouvellegamine

      people love complaining on this site. I miss people talking about how they would use the patterns :/

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    Sep 18, 2013, 09.14 AMby 10michele62

    I’m trying to see the clothes but I can’t seem to get past the hideous way her hair is “styled”. Seems someone on the photo shoot got really lazy or the hairdresser didn’t bother to show up. Either way, totally distracting to me. Shallow and superficial, I know.

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      Sep 18, 2013, 06.40 PMby dmetri

      I totally agree. It is superficial, but a pretty model is supposed to make us want clothes to be as pretty as her. But with the gelled back hair, lack of eyebrows, and ridiculous clothes, I can easily skip this collection.

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    Sep 18, 2013, 02.26 AMby juneycompson

    As mentioned before, these are Japanese-cliche fashions. Toyko-Mamasan style. Big disappointment.

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    Sep 17, 2013, 10.31 PMby Cmjsew

    Has anyone noticed that the model is wearing the contrast tunic dress backwards? The center back seam and darts are in front!

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    Sep 16, 2013, 11.22 PMby nouvellegamine

    One of the reasons I bought this issue was for the Robe Jacket. I love the sleeves! However, I’d make it as a dress and add some french darts to the front and waist darts to the back. The ruched front dress is great too, except for the sleeves. I can’t help but feel it’d look better sleeveless. I love the wrapped effect of many of these patterns. Very pretty.

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      Sep 17, 2013, 04.10 AMby tika1210

      I agree about the ruched front dress because somehow the volume of the sleeve is wrong for the dress. I think it would better with a close fitting sleeve but I suspect in this instance that the sleeve shape is part of what makes it ‘Japanese’

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      Sep 17, 2013, 02.24 PMby nouvellegamine

      @tika1210 yeah, I keep thinking that a kimono-esque sleeve should work, but I think sleeves like that need a fabric with less drape and more body. But still, the lines of the dress are pretty enough without sleeves :)

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    Sep 16, 2013, 09.13 PMby sewster55

    I felt the same way as the other review. When I saw the headline ‘Passport to Japan’ I was really excited because I love contemporary Japanese fashion and the amazing Japanese sewing books. Here is a cliche idea of Japanese fashion … pretty lame…

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    Sep 16, 2013, 06.24 PMby tika1210

    I like the way some of these patterns are styled especially the shirt dress but apart from some references to traditional Japanese shapes and fabric use I am not sure about the theme ‘Passport to Japan’. The Japanese have some very cutting edge fashion and this feels very much like what we would have called Japanese before the 1980’s designers. The one piece that appears to reference that movement, the Flat Jacket isn’t very flattering in my view and I am not sure what about it makes it avant garde.

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