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These plus size patterns are from the November 2013 issue of Burda Style magazine. They will get you from point A to point B looking fabulous and feeling comfortable. Sewn in stretch jerseys and fun prints, these designs are great for everyday.

A wide round neck and subtle dolman shape make an easy breezy Dress. Change up the loose silhouette with a wide waist-cinching belt and finish with high heeled boots.

An essential Wrap Dress is ready for drinks and dancing in a bold animal print. This magical pattern flatters your bust, fits a wide range of body types, and makes a great piece for date night or girls’ night out.

Cocoon coats are this season’s popular silhouette, and the simple cut looks so sophisticated in camel brushed wool. This style has a cute pointed collar and pockets.

This essential style Slim Stretch Pants will take you everywhere, and the stretch design is comfortable for long days of sight-seeing or shopping.

What’s better than a figure flattering sheath Animal Print Dress? The same timeless silhouette in animal print! Let your diva side out in this 3/4 sleeve dress with a split neckline.

Work your favorite animal print to give this essential Round Neck Top a little spice. A wide rounded neckline highlights your neck and decolletage without showing too much cleavage. This top has subtle dolman sleeves.

Slip this 3/4 Sleeve Dress on for a chic look that hugs your curves. The split neckline gives just a hint of cleavage gives just a hint of cleavage. This pattern is the perfect base for your own little black dress.

Happy Sewing!


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    Jan 27, 2014, 10.23 PMby SaucySewist

    Love the coat and the x dresses. If the dresses were shortened to tee-lenght, they’d also make beautiful bicycling tops with an invisible zipper in the front seam. Like the pants too, except i prefer a front zip.

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    Nov 28, 2013, 06.54 PMby princesslo

    Ha! Some people are never satisfied! Please keep it up Burda! I appreciate having patterns that suit my figure and I regularly find flattering plus-size options among your collections. Not every pattern is going to suit me and nor do I expect it to. We’re all different shapes! When I come across a pattern I don’t like I simply say that it’s not for me and carry on sewing what makes me happy. I also appreciate seeing the curvy models as I think they highlight the shape of the finished garment. I’ve already finished the Animal Print Dress and worn it to work where it received tons of compliments from both my straight-sized and plus-sized co-workers. I will be taking on the Wrap Dress next. THANK YOU for making a wrap dress with darts! I’ve been looking for a pattern like that for ages. Very well done.

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    Nov 26, 2013, 12.56 PMby Natalie Noor-de Kok

    Since my pregnancy I went from a “normal” size to a plus size. And I’m really happy Burdastyle is there to help me gain confidence again! What MaZeLiving commented is so true!!! We are all different and if you don’t like a pattern: so be it! There is always a pattern there that fits your body. I see so many possibilities looking at the patterns: Maybe a different colour, maybe a different sleeve, maybe a little tighter at the waist… The strong point of this is: You are the creator! Because of my pearshaped body I look terrible in a wrapdress, my hips then look like they are borrowed from an Elephant… So I won’t be making that one, but looking at the “sack” I’m thinking: Okay, with a belt, tights, nice boots and a scarf: this might work! So insted of arguing about a “plus size model” (which to me she is, I once was a size 4, then 12, now Hmmmmm…) or terrible sacks, try to see the possibilities!

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    Nov 25, 2013, 06.50 AMby tika1210

    I like the dress with the 3/4 sleeves and the Animal print because I think that the shape can be made to work for a range of figures same with the wrap around dress. As to the rest of the collection I cover my eyes because I really struggle to see who they would suit. I think the rule in plus size design is to have a little shape after all even women who are apple shaped benefit from fit at the bust line (above the tummy) and a good show of legs. To me it seems that clothing manufactures and pattern makers often make the mistake of going for sack shapes on the basis that it can be sold to any plus size women when the fact is it suits very few.

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    Nov 23, 2013, 08.37 AMby Veronica Slobodnik

    I’m intrigued by the “X” darts in the front and back of the 3/4 sleeve dresses. I’ve never seen this type of dart before. It seems that it might have a good slimming effect for “apple” shapes. I wish more views were available besides the front, a side view would be helpful.

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    Nov 21, 2013, 08.02 PMby MaZeLiving

    I think a lot of comments here are unfair. It is relatively easy to design for regular sizes. My US size 2 daughter looks good in everything with her 35-23.5-36 measurements and 5’7" height. Whether it is a sack or a leotard, she rocks it. I am in my early 40s and I look around at women my age and I see how we all have evolved into various shapes – pear, apple, triangle. If you are an apple shaped woman, a “sack” may actually be flattering while hiding the thicker upper body and perhaps showing off shapely legs. Or if you are heavy towards the bottom with an hourglass top – define waist and bust and drape around the lower hips. The point is that we are not all meant to be shaped the same, and neither are the patterns. There is no ONE solution for all our extras that we carry proudly but yet so differently. I love Burda, have loved it since I was my daughter’s age and size, and still love it now that I crossed over to plus sizes. Burda offers us choices every month. You don’t like this collection, choose a different one. You don’t like any patters from the collection but two – great. If those two work for you, this is your month, you are the lucky winner. Burda shows us how to use accessories in order to bring attention to our favorite features while maybe subtly hiding our imperfections. Patterns are not designed with one person in mind, so if you like the top and hate the bottom – use your imagination, improvise, combine. And since when a plus size woman means not beautiful? Why being called plus sized is an offense to the beautiful models? It doesn’t mean fat or obese, it simply means curvier. They are plus size because they have larger than B bust size and therefore patterns are drafted differently to accommodate for that.

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    Nov 21, 2013, 11.32 AMby Isabel Norwood

    I think it is mad that the beautiful woman in these pictures is seen as plus sized! I like both the wrap dress and animal print dress, and I think a lot of ‘regular’ sized women would like them too. Burda seems to offer shapeless sacks in ‘regular’ sizes quite frequently these days as well. If we wanted shapeless clothes surely we would just buy them on the high st?

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    Nov 21, 2013, 02.59 AMby cretheridge

    The wrap dress might work out but overall it’s another set of disappointingly shapeless sacks. I’m so sick of being sold a bag and being told it’s what I should wear as a plus size woman. I couldn’t agree more with the comments here and can’t believe Burdastyle is this far behind on what women want.

    I also agree with tothepointe I’d love to have the classic patterns adapted to plus sizes rather than see more trendy items.

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    Nov 21, 2013, 12.57 AMby tothepointe

    I don’t think it’s all that bad. Certainly better than what plus size retailers like Lane Bryant are offering and their are fairly on trend.

    I think really though what we plusers really want is for the other patterns to be offered in our size. Let us decide what is plus size suitable. For me its all of it.

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    Nov 21, 2013, 12.12 AMby Rity

    The wrap dress is my fav, and I like the animal print dress too it’s a good option to transform into a blouse.

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    Nov 20, 2013, 11.54 PMby Sam Brightwell

    Have to agree with jayney. What a disappointment. Back to trying to design my own.

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    Nov 20, 2013, 11.33 PMby kaitiek

    I am happy to see Burda has offered a few patterns, like the wrap dress, which actually define the waist rather than being a shapeless sack like so many others they have presented to us! This is an improvement on the last couple plus size editorials for sure.

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    Nov 20, 2013, 10.58 PMby jayney

    Another bunch of unflattering plus size pattern

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