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This pattern collection is plus sized and pretty in pastel. These designs are from the new May 2013 issue of burda style magazine. Bring on the warm weather in these styles that are slightly fitted with maximum style. Check them all out!

This slightly flared double layered Skirt is made of taffeta. A wide jersey waistband keeps both layers of this fluttery skirt together. It looks super great with this figure-hugging stretch jersey Top with gatherings.

This lovely Tank in mint green is made from two layers. One layer of fine stretch jersey combined with an over layer of sheer fabric, and the sewn on bottom band give this tank a blouson style.

Hip-length Tunic with long kimono sleeves and narrow cuffs. The deep V-neckline and loose fit make this the perfect blouse for those lazy spring days.

Fifties-style Dress with bow and fitted bust darts. The V-neckline allows a detachable Peter Pan collar to be buttoned on.

This hooded Parka is made from coated fabric, so it is durable on those rainy spring days. It has an attached hood and drawstring that gives the parka shape. It looks great work with these slim fitting Trousers that are cut in a men’s style with side zipper and roll-up hem.

Happy Sewing!


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    Apr 24, 2013, 12.35 AMby nieke

    Sorry but I also agree with the first two ladies living in QLD Australia I collect Burda Spring and Summer mags only,and have been doing so since 1975.They are extensively used by the six women in my family from Mum to my niece. We are pretty much all 183 cm and over size 38 to 44 and I am also finding the regular size patterns are much better..I do alter them for our problem areas but in gereral they fit us all much better than the plus sizes.Luv the vintage the last one i drafted out was just a delight.

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    Apr 24, 2013, 12.29 AMby Christa Prentice

    I have to agree with many of the above comments- these pattern are essentially big bags styled differently. Why try to hide our bodies when we should CELEBRATE them? It’s a shame because this model is gorgeous and these outfits don’t highlight her awesome body at all. Tsk tsk. Please just offer all patterns in extended sizes and stop with these potato sacks.

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    Apr 24, 2013, 12.26 AMby handyc

    I know this selection is from burda magazine, and I’m not sure if feedback on this forum reaches the editors in Germany, but would someone please tell them that most plus size women want clothes to flatter their body shape, not just hide it. Every woman has her own “problem” issues—for some it may their waistline, for others it may be their arms. But we sew because we want to look good. We want to look modern, We want to look stylish. We don’t want to look boxy, and unfortunately, this collection just makes this beautiful model seem like a giant apple on a pair of toothpicks. If these pieces don’t look good on her, I sure as heck don’t imagine them looking good on me.

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      Apr 24, 2013, 01.00 AMby claudiaa

      Agreeed!!!! Well said!

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    Apr 24, 2013, 12.20 AMby prettyplease

    The link for the skirt does not work :(

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    Apr 22, 2013, 01.22 PMby karancsi

    I absolutely agree with shoesandbagsomy’s question: “how about Burda just offer the regular collection in larger sizes?” I am 178 cm tall and appr size 46-48, so regular sizes don’t fit (neither tall sizes). Clearly, Burda’s regular size patterns are usually much more flattering, than plus size patterns nowadays.

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    Apr 22, 2013, 12.36 PMby edine

    I just agree with “shoesandbagsomy” and I’m horrified the all the competencies and decades of knowledge that Burda holds and then You make this! It is not flattering for any size woman. Who are the designers of these, do they know anything about designing for plus size other than what you read in a book? Sorry for the sharp reply, but I’m just really disappointed.

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    Apr 22, 2013, 08.21 AMby shoesandbagsomy

    I just got back from the job interview from hell so I’m extra cranky BUT WHAT THE???? Where do I start.? Everyone of these pieces insults my curves. Ugly, unflattering, daggy, baggy – where do I begin. At least you actually used a plus size model this time. Here is and idea…. how about Burda just offer the regular collection in larger sizes? If I can grade the patterns, I’m sure Burda can, what with all their technology.

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      Apr 24, 2013, 01.03 AMby claudiaa

      Agreed! I am size 20 and I can look amazing in regular patterns adjusted to my size. The patterns above are made for 400 pounds plus women who have lost their body shape.

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      Apr 24, 2013, 01.41 AMby jaie

      I’ve said this for years, but when you have T&A, you’re not worthy of a Burdastyle pattern, you get to draft yourself. These outfits are insulting.

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      Apr 24, 2013, 03.41 PMby DonnaH21

      But have a look at the “regular” collection they put out today. It got as much panning as this collection! Lots of squares and bagginess over there. And most seem to think it a collection for tweens and first time sewists.

      So, FWIW – at least Burda’s consistent.

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    Apr 22, 2013, 06.29 AMby isisandra

    I actually like the hooded parka (and i would like to make it), the tank is something already have but its nothing special, but the taste level is there. I am not in love with the creamcicle colors this season because i think most are forgetting about the pop of bold color. mute on mute is drab. im not in love with the fabric choices but again i think its up to the designer to make it special. Also burda is a forum for other designer to upload designs and link to patterns .. sooo? where is the geometry hunnies? just like in a store, not every item is for everybody, i personally hate showing my arms so two of these items would not be on my top pick.

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    Apr 21, 2013, 09.19 PMby bubbieone

    HUH????? Missed the mark here!

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    Apr 20, 2013, 03.13 PMby thaack

    I’m disappointed with this collection. The clothes are very unflattering. Please remember that boxy clothes are the last thing that plus sized women want to see. Though many sexists can make adjustments to a pattern, why would they choose this pattern, when they can find one that already has flattering lines. I’m sorry Burda, but you missed the mark.

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    Apr 20, 2013, 05.59 AMby michelleborstel

    The collection just screams laziness on the part of the magazine- down to the holiday bag from Armani exchange the model is carrying, do we think made this was lying around someone’s office?

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    Apr 20, 2013, 02.22 AMby Couture Academic

    I’ve got to agree with everyone else that the execution of this collection is pretty unflattering. I get it that you can do whatever you want with a pattern (and that is the beauty of sewing after all!), however I also think that when you shoot a collection it becomes fashion. Good fashion flatters, fits and inspires. I can honestly say that this collection does none of that (except for the jersey top and skirt). No matter what the taste of the designer is, the pieces still need to fit and flatter and make you say, “Hey! That looks great on her! I could totally make it up to suit my style”. Seeing this collection doesn’t make me want to buy the patterns, and isn’t that the whole point?

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    Apr 20, 2013, 01.22 AMby Jessie-Roo

    I actually think the dress would be pretty cute if it was properly fitted, and shortened just a bit,.I would also add elbow length sleeves, but that’s just ’cause i like to keep part of my arm covered most of the time. As for the others, not really my thing. I think they could all be interesting is they were fitted just right and made up in nice fabrics. I dislike the styling much more than the actually patterns.

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    Apr 19, 2013, 08.43 PMby sewsweetviolets

    I would not wear nor recommended a single item from the collection. The style, cut fabric choice are all unflattering. I often do not want a garment with waist definition, more often I do, but none of these do anything for the model. I have no problem with bow dress, I love bows, I have a few design of my own with bows. If it had a more form fitting bust line then flared into an A-line it my work, but it is not well thought out or executed.

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    Apr 19, 2013, 07.44 PMby tika1210

    Oh dear the dress is pretty frumpy and I have to say I don’t know that there is much you could do to rescue it. I might be plus size but I am also a grown up. A wiggle dress (for a vintage touch) or something of that sort can look fabulous on a woman who has a real bust and bottom. I don’t think there is enough structure in this dress to make it work and the reality of it is that this design on the model makes her bigger at the narrowest place on her body (just under her bust). My aim is to look longer and leaner and the one good piece that will do that in this collection are the trousers.

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      Apr 22, 2013, 07.23 PMby tmcguire

      good point on the wiggle dress! A shapeless, sleeveless dress with a bow and peter pan collar above the bust does NOTHING to emphasize any good point of a plus size shape.

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    Apr 19, 2013, 05.27 PMby Sylvia Peak

    I don’t know a single plus size woman who would wear that dress with the bow. Just because you’re plus doesn’t mean you want to be frumpy! Come on Burda!

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    Apr 19, 2013, 03.25 PMby nouvellegamine

    hmmmm, that dress. Between Burda’s Vintage Sewing Book & Colette’s Laurel, I’ve said this summer is the summer for shifts. I actually think this is a cute pattern and a great pattern for plus sized women who don’t like waist definition. But the fabric choice is just really bad. So imagine just the collar (not the bow)- in a contrasting color from the dress- & it’s pretty cute. Or the bow (sans collar), again in a contrasting color- and again, it’s really cute. I think you could even do the collar & the bow as long as they’re different colors and the bow’s scaled down. Also, the length. I think above the knee or at knee would be much better. This pattern has seriously cute potential. It’s very mod and very Peggy or Megan in the office, or very Moonrise Kingdom.

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      Apr 19, 2013, 07.52 PMby heidilea

      That’s the great thing about patterns—you don’t have to make it exactly like the envelope says!

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      Apr 20, 2013, 02.34 AMby nouvellegamine

      @heidilea absolutely. I’m still pretty boggled at what and how the magazine chose to make this dress. I really like that it has back darts too.

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    Apr 19, 2013, 02.37 PMby nett1970

    Except for the double-layer skirt and the trousers these are horrible, shapeless, unflattering pieces. The trousers, though they are fairly cute, say they’re “cut in a man’s style”??? Are they kidding?!? How many men do you know who have a side zipper on their pants? What’s wrong with a fly front? You have to be a contortionist to get into side zip slacks.

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    Apr 19, 2013, 02.35 PMby alexandrav

    Points for using a genuinely plus-sized model, and for the gathered jersey top. However, the dress is in desperate need of a full bust adjustment and the yellow tunic is just tragic.

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    Apr 19, 2013, 11.57 AMby Ezzles

    I do like that skirt, but otherwise this is just more shapeless sacks for us fat girls. It would be nice to see some plus size clothes that are actually nicely fitted and not just big bags to cover ourselves up with.

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    Apr 19, 2013, 05.34 AMby avjames

    Not a bad collection, but not outstanding. And looking at the dress, I’m not sure I’ve worn a detachable collar since I last put on my school uniform!

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