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We share with you these lovely new plus size patterns from burda style magazine. The sailor inspired pattern collection has a nod to the 50s and includes some great fitted dresses alongside knit tops and maxi skirts.

Make yourself a classic summer tunic and pair it with a long maxi style skirt or get a complete look by sewing one of these elegant dresses. These figure flattering designs will make you sew happy, with their elegance and wear-ability. Scroll down to see all the styles and get inspired by these great styles.

The Tunic Top is perfectly paneled and great for color blocking! It features a boat neckline, short sleeves, and loose fitting silhouette and it looks great paired with leggings or a skirt.

This classy Scoop Neck Dress has a banded scoop neckline and feminine silhouette. This dress has an interesting sleeve construction that gives the armholes a neat detail. You could wear this dress in the day with some cute sandals, or dress it up for a date night!

The Flounce Skirt is flowy and beautifully draped. It has a great gathered waist band and front flounce. It is paired with the “Long Sleeve Blouse”: – a classic button-up shirt with a modern twist. We love the saddle sleeves and the perfect collar for popping.

This is a flattering 1950s style Dart Dress . It features many exposed darts which add structure to the dress. You can omit the sleeves, or sew the dart on the inside for a different look. We love this form fitting dress and think it would look great sewn in a print or solid fabric.

Here is the V-neck top which has a plunging V neckline. The yoke and long attached bands that tie at the back are great! This top pairs perfectly with a nice pair of trousers or a sleek pencil skirt.

This collection features many figure flattering designs, from form fitting cocktail dresses to comfortable tops and skirts. We love the nautical feel of this collection and think that any of these pieces would work great in any wardrobe. If you want a quick and easy weekend project try making the V-neck top or the Flounce Skirt, it has step-by-step instructions on how to sew. Or if you feel like a challenge and want something elegant we suggest sewing the Scoop Neck Dress .

Happy Sewing!


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    Jun 5, 2013, 07.11 AMby simpleadditions

    Plus size? You’re joking. These are Misses size patterns. Come into the 21st century and get real. We need clothes too…..believe it or not, we don’t run around naked or in trash bags. Don’t call these patterns plus size. They aren’t. I wear a 24 and sometimes a 26. Why not make some patterns in those sizes?

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    Jun 5, 2013, 03.01 AMby asin4utoo

    I am a former plus size model 1979-1982. Back then when plus was just becoming available in the better department stores. I must give props to Women’s World stores. They used all size 20 models. The samples came in the prior season. If we could wear the sample size 20 we could model. I feel we have gone in the wrong direction in the print market. A size 20 wants to see her dress on her body type, not a size 10. If we were a size 10 we could shop anywhere. Advertisers need to go back to what worked. Now the avg women wears a size 12-14.

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      Jun 5, 2013, 07.15 AMby simpleadditions

      I asked the Lane Bryant people once why they put skinny girls in plus size clothes. They said that’s what the buyers want. I think they lied. I think they want to use the same clothes for smaller catalogs and plus size catalogs so they can save money. Give me a big woman in a big woman’s catalog so I can see the items with lumps, bumps and love handles. I don’t CARE how a size 8 or even a size 12 woman looks in a dress. I’m not a size 12. I’m a size 24. I want to see how a pudgy, or even fat, short lady would look in that dress. Get real, Burdastyle!!!

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    Jun 5, 2013, 12.59 AMby Ramona Kuhn

    Compared to what has been shown by Burda – I really think this is a big home run. I too am a plus size but trying to represent all different body sizes how realistic is that. Look at the designs being offered and then based on body type everyone make their own decisions – just like always.

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    Jun 5, 2013, 12.18 AMby arisaid

    This woman we would consider a ‘plus size’ if she was shorter! The average height of a woman is 5’4" and the model is way above that I would guess. Perhaps what we need are ‘plus petite’ sizing!

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    Oct 17, 2012, 10.17 AMby avjames

    I have almost finished the Paneled Tunic Top, I didn’t realise from the picture how long it is… …although I’m fairly short for a plus size.

    And for all those commenting on the model, just focus on the clothes, that’s what we’re here for!

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    Jul 12, 2012, 12.18 AMby mnr

    Thanks for at least throwing a thought in our direction. But this barely scrapes the spectrum of plus sized.

    She may be a plus sized model by definition of the industry, but she’s not plus sized in the REAL world, to be honest. I second (or 32nd) the idea that burda, you should use a variety of women who look average, petite, or ACTUAL plus.

    Because she’s about an 8/10, I don’t know how flattering this will look on a 20/22, or a 24. (BTW, size 22 and upwards isn’t represented. That’s kinda sad.)

    As for the clothes, they do look nice, and I would be interested in sewing them. But once again, the polka dotted dress doesn’t look the best on this model, so it could be a shapeless lump on someone large like me. You’re trying to sell a product to certain consumers, right Burdastyle? :/ So… whats up?

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      Jul 16, 2012, 01.53 PMby coco994

      I take a little issue with you. My daughter is an 8 and she is really tiny. This woman looks to me to be a 14, maybe a 12. In some of the pictures — especially the color block tunic — she looks heavier. I think the best way to see how a pattern will look on a heavier figure is to search through Flickr groups for each pattern. That way, you can see — the Colette pattern flickr group, for instance, has a great representation!

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    Jul 11, 2012, 03.02 AMby NavyRev

    I like that skirt that is paired with the v neck top. Does Burda offer that as a pattern?

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      Jul 19, 2016, 08.22 PMby Sarimekko

      Yes, it’s the same skirt as the polka dot dress but I don’t know if the dress is sold as the same pattern as the skirt, which typically have to be bought separately at Burda. I have made the skirt and it was quite easy, but I haven’t worn it as I made it out of season as a test.

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    Jul 10, 2012, 11.18 PMby Vanessa Leigh

    Yay! I am so excited to see some platterns that will flatter my size 22/24 curves. Great job!

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    Jul 10, 2012, 11.16 PMby Nikolene

    This country has a very “warped” sense of beauty…the focus on thin has become so exaggerated that our young women drink diet pepsi/coke for breakfast and call it a meal! Anywhere else in the world women of ALL sizes are considered beautiful. It is such a shame. My daughter and I are healthy and active and are big girls. I cringe at how difficult it is to find decent clothing. It shocks me to go through the patterns here at Burda Style and most of them are too small for me. I was excited to finally get an email that espoused “plus sizes” only to be disappointed by the patterns. I will go back to buying Hot Patterns which always carries larger sizes in ALL of their patterns and doesn’t discriminate. Sorry Burda.

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    Jul 10, 2012, 10.57 PMby Gisele Letourneau

    I agree that plus size women should be your models. We plus size women need real images in order to relate to your patterns. I wear 22W and on your patterns the woman must wear size 10-12; there is a great difference. But at leat your are thinking of us and hope that you can change your attitude toward us full size women.

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    Jul 10, 2012, 09.58 PMby josephina

    I am plus size (on the bottom half in particular), and a lot of these designs would work well for me, although they would need adjustment. I can never buy ‘plus’ size clothes in stores because they are usually too generous around the middle and upper half, and sometimes not big enough in the hips (pants don’t look good around your ankles!). Plus size women do come in all shapes, as someone else has already pointed out….. It’s hard to design something that will suit everyone.

    I agree that the model looks healthy, but it’s hard to figure out what size she is unless you know how tall she is. The term ‘plus’ size means something different to everyone.

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    Jul 10, 2012, 09.27 PMby Nonny101

    Burda what are you thinking? I came here looking for patterns for plus sizes and saw such thin models that it has put me off buying any of the patterns.

    Can you not see you are being offensive to the very people you are trying to sell to? You want us to buy things, but apparently thing us plus sized women are too ugly to put on your webpages. Fine, you have just lost another sale and gained an offended customer who will not be coming back. You still want our money though?

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    Jul 10, 2012, 08.40 PMby genteacher

    Thank you, thank you, thank you! As a plus-sized woman with a defined waist (11" less than both my bust and hips), I get VERY frustrated by the overabundance of boxy, drop-waisted and/or non-darted tops and dress. Although I would definitely need to make modifications to the sleeves to cover/accomodate my large upper arms , I am used to that (and have a few drafts that I regularly use). I am especially excited about the maxi flounce skirt! I can see myself pairing it with either a knit or woven top, and making more than one! Oo, and that scoop neck dress calls for a great statement necklace or neck scarf.

    I think that everyone needs to remember that, just like our more slender counterparts, plus-sized women come n a variety of silhouettes (pear, apple, triangle, diamond, hourglass, rectangle, etc.). Thank you for the variety!

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    Jul 10, 2012, 08.02 PMby cloff

    I am a plus size and when I got the newsletter, I eagerly turned to this page to see the plus size collection. Thanks to all the rest of you for your comments and perceptions…. I like the clothes, but I was thinking, no way is this really plus size. I’m glad so many of you agree — I’m not reallly “out-to-lunch” with my impressions. Some of them might look good on a true “zaftig” woman, as long as her proportions are “shapely”. But for some women who have no waist, etc., I can’t see them wearing these fashions.

    And I agree with those who have said they would prefer to see a real plus size model wearing the plus size patterns. It would give you a better idea of what they would look like on a real person.

    At least these patterns look better than the usual plus-size pattern offerings, which usually seem more suited to a tent-and-awning company… :(

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    Jul 10, 2012, 07.59 PMby magpie63

    Dear Burda, it’s been said before by other commenters, but PLEASE consider using actual “plus-sized” models in features like this. Seeing these garments made in a small size and modeled by a thin woman doesn’t do much to help me understand how they would look on me.

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    Jul 10, 2012, 02.11 PMby elfka

    I love the Dart Dress and the V-neck top with wraps – I’m thinking about modifying it to make a casual dress.

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    Jul 10, 2012, 01.38 PMby Melissa Paruzel

    I guess it depends on the users’ country of origin term of plus size. If I head to Japan, I would be under the Large group whereas if I head to USA, I would be under the Slim/Petite group.

    The dresses are gorgeous. The model looks healthy. Love everything except the tunic top. But then, I never really liked tunic tops.

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    Jul 10, 2012, 12.10 PMby HouseOf Pinheiro

    Size definitions will always be controversial. Im going to comment only on the designs in general. I loved the dart dress and the last scoop neck dress. both create illusion of hourglass shape. I would wear it.

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      Jul 10, 2012, 01.09 PMby heidilea

      Yes. Agreed. With both points.

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    Jul 10, 2012, 06.42 AMby hermelina

    It would be easier for the designers of ALL pattern companies if they could get real models. Almost always, the garments that are thought for plus people are the least suitable.

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    Jul 10, 2012, 05.18 AMby jenss-1

    I think Burda just needs to rename this line “Women’s sizes” or something like that for U.S. distribution. The Burda “plus” sizes start at about a U.S. RTW size 12. (Though of course, RTW sizing is not standard). These are German patterns and “plus” obviously doesn’t mean the same thing in Germany as it does here. The model looks accurate for the smaller end of the “plus” pattern sizing, about a 12.

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    Jul 10, 2012, 05.18 AMby jenss-1

    I think Burda just needs to rename this line “Women’s sizes” or something like that for U.S. distribution. The Burda “plus” sizes start at about a U.S. RTW size 12. (Though of course, RTW sizing is not standard). These are German patterns and “plus” obviously doesn’t mean the same thing in Germany as it does here. The model looks accurate for the smaller end of the “plus” pattern sizing, about a 12.

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    Jul 10, 2012, 03.45 AMby Stitcher75

    I agree, LaraGa. This model is beautiful and would be fantastic for the clothes meant for Misses. I’ve heard that there has been some discussion of calling American RTW size 6 (pattern size 12ish) a “plus size.” Let’s get real. People are aging and widening. We’d all like to reverse those trends, but the fountain of youth was a myth and better nutrition and healthcare, good as they are, make us bigger than our “roaring 20’s” counterparts.

    Burda, please use real-sized women for your models. If we can’t reverse the upward trend among real people, we can at least do something about drug use and eating disorders among our models. Be a trendsetter – curves are pretty and real women have them!

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