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This collection has all the drama of Italian cinema. Wear these form fitting dresses, pretty blouses, and a sexy lace skirt out on a date and let out your inner vixen. This collection is from the May 2012 issue of Burda Style magazine.

Want to feel like an Italian cinema bombshell? This gorgeous stretch lace Dress shows off your shape and gets an extra flirty touch from a removable peplum. Have fun accessorizing with statement earrings and sky high heels.

Get dolled up in this sweet blouse with a pretty bow collar. This charming top dresses up jeans and looks nice tucked into a pencil skirt. Rock a flirty updo to show off the neckline.

The Faux Wrap Dress has the flattering neckline of a wrap dress without fiddling with ties and sashes. Gathers at one side accentuate your bust. The knee length is super versatile, so you can wear this piece for any occasion. Try it in black stretch for a bombshell dress, or a lighter color for a casual weekend look.

The lightly gathered neckline and cap sleeves give the Cap Sleeve Dress a peasant look that’s totally feminine. This is a lovely date dress, perfect for meeting the parents or going out to lunch. The sweet design would look even girlier in a floral print or pin-up polka dots.

Flirt the night away in a sexy Straight Lace Skirt. This is a timeless silhouette you can wear on date night, to the theater, or just to the office with a blouse. This design is fitted with a classic walking slit at the back.

Wear this criss cross 3/4 Sleeve Light Jacket as a lightweight outer layer or a structured top. The deep V neckline shows plenty of cleavage on its own, and looks polished with a pretty top underneath. Versatile and chic!

This Short Sleeve Button-Up looks polished for work or going out. Just unbutton the neckline for a flirtier look to wear with a lace skirt. You could also pair the deep V neckline with a lace bandeau for a peekaboo effect.

Button up in this Belted Dress that fits like a sexy pencil-skirt-and-blouse combo. The optional belt highlights this design’s nipped in waist. Show off your curves in this fitted shape, and wear it with a vintage hairstyle for an adorable pin-up style.

Sew up any piece in this collection and pair it with stilettos and loosely curled hair for va-va-voom glam. Whether it’s an unbuttoned blouse or fitted dress, Sophia Loren would be proud of showing off your curves in these figure flattering pieces. Feeling foxy yet?

Happy sewing!


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    Jan 14, 2015, 07.29 PMby Chris McGinley

    Love these, I can dress up or done most of these pieces and they look oh so flattering.Yay!

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    Nov 7, 2013, 01.49 PMby emmiesix

    I LOVE this collection. It is unfortunate that ‘plus-size’ has become such a catch-all for ‘not-small’ sizes., though I understand completely that it’s a technical term for the fashion industry based on base patterns and how much you can grade the sizes. I’m actually very close in shape to this model, so I am definitely not complaining about seeing clothes on a tall normal-sized pear-shape body! Not at all! But it would be nice if the labels were more descriptive. I mean they could break things down into the two more common shapes that tend to get emphasized as you go up in size: apple and pear, for one thing.

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    Sep 28, 2013, 03.38 AMby Stitcher75

    I really like the criss cross 3/4 length jacket and the removable peplum dress is a great idea for getting multiple looks from the same pattern. I agree, though that it’s difficult to tell how they’ll look on me since I’m not shaped like your models. I’m not big, US size 12, but I’m bigger around and a whole lot shorter than your models…maybe you could provide some sketches of a variety of sizes and shapes.

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    Sep 26, 2013, 05.44 PMby calatrava92

    I love the se so much i have to ask. Can you make this collection in regular sizes im a 34 be content with 36. PLEEEEASE. I love the Sofia Loren look. !!!!

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    Sep 26, 2013, 05.41 PMby calatrava92

    GORGEOUS! Reminds me of the latest Dolce & Gabanna collection. Can’t say I agree with the complaints I love these. Being petite I can’t use this but I’ll try to use this as inspiration.

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    Sep 25, 2013, 02.25 PMby Petranilla London

    Back in the day when i bought your plus sized magazines i used to see SOME plus sized models. Where are the plus sized models with boobs, hips and tummies so i can see how the clothes will sit on me???

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    Sep 25, 2013, 01.59 PMby dayocouture

    Nice designs…Im afraid I would have to agree with others that its difficult to assess the fit on an actual plus size person. Apart from the pencil skirt, I dont believe any of the styles will flatter my plus sizs figure. I make my own clothes time allowing and would be posting pics of not-an-ideal-model-me wearing my makes over the next week. All the same, the styles are lovely for a non plus size pear shape.

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    Sep 25, 2013, 08.26 AMby pinkdaffodils

    Thank you thank you for giving us some beautiful figure flattering patterns!! Love it

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    Sep 25, 2013, 02.00 AMby sernasew

    Nice, classy designs, but gosh I hope we’re not expected to think that this model is by any standard “plus-sized.”

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    Sep 25, 2013, 01.15 AMby jellerose

    Yeah! Love! Beautiful!! I actually bought the 3/4 sleeve light jacket off the German burdastyle. I wish I’d waited & got it off you guys save having to translate. I think you’ve got the style right for us bigger girls here. Good stuff :)

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    Sep 24, 2013, 09.07 PMby cloff

    Nice clothes… too bad the model isn’t plus sized. So I’m not going to buy them. I don’t know how they would look on me. Naturally, if you are smaller and have a good figure, everything will look good – but that’s not why we’re sewing our own. At least the clothes don’t look like tents, except for the blouse and the peplum.

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      Oct 1, 2013, 05.07 PMby tribestrend

      I think the idea is that these forms and styles would suit plus sized bodies. At the end of the day it is a business and business must be attractive to everyone, not the plus sized alone. The clothes but in stores arent modelled on plus sized manniquins, are they?

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    Sep 24, 2013, 06.04 PMby Louiji

    If I can locate some decent fabric I’m making that belted dress. I love it.

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    Sep 24, 2013, 05.49 PMby periwinkle

    Let’s get rid of the term “plus-sized” Burda can start a trend! Love the patterns.

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    Sep 24, 2013, 05.47 PMby dianemuchow

    I have to agree with everyone here. I’m still staring at the patterns wondering how they’d really look on me. Would love to see a variety of different models used here so us short girls, tall, short-and long-waisted could imagine how we’d look.

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    Sep 24, 2013, 05.24 PMby MomWiz

    A great new beginning! I hope Burda designers will continue to incorporate current fashion and classics with nice detailing for the plus size market. Gotta have the peasant dress!

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    Sep 24, 2013, 04.35 PMby Sewandsewon

    Very nice Burda. Thank you for listening. I liked the “story” line in the pictures. I also liked the belted dress, the skirt and white blouse. When I’m done sewing for this new house I get to make for me. thank you.

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    Sep 24, 2013, 03.41 PMby angelajiniel

    I love the belted dress, but I have to wonder why the actual dress looks completely different from the pattern outline they show? Based on that outline, I would not buy the pattern, it does not appear to be the high-waisted pencil skirt dress that the model is wearing. I have to wonder if there was a LOT of tweaking to the original pattern to end up with that dress?

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    Sep 24, 2013, 03.20 PMby goldiiloxxx

    Love the belted button up dress. I actually think the model could be a plus size (in Burda’s tricky Euro-sizing) but since she is very tall it makes it seem like she is not. Granted she is on the lower end of “plus size”. Also she is a pear shape so maybe her bottom half is plus but her top half is not…? IDK Being a short pear person myself, sometimes my bottom half is like 3 sizes bigger than my top half. Either way it is nice to see some things that would look nice on us big booty girls with small boobs. ;)

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    Sep 24, 2013, 03.09 PMby textilet

    Does anybody like that peplum? Somehow it looks wrong – I think the proportions aren’t right – but being a bit “hippy” myself I would never wear it anyway. Big enough without drawing attention to it!!

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      Sep 24, 2013, 03.47 PMby chaosvoider

      It’s not a good example of a peplum, that’s for sure… Usually, peplum skirts are mini to almost midi and they’re a lot wavier around the waist area. From my observation, a peplum skirt also never falls below the knee. The dress here looks a lot better without it.

      On the upside, I really like the belted dress. It looks super flattering!

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      Sep 25, 2013, 01.20 AMby kanga ruby

      anyone except for the young and skinny should stay well away from peplums

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    Sep 24, 2013, 03.07 PMby textilet

    Also – if you are all like me – you have probably already got similar patterns in your store anyway! – I know I have – most of them from years ago!!

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    Sep 24, 2013, 03.04 PMby textilet

    Blimey – can’t stand that peplum!!! Although a nod in the right direction – model seems to have a bit of shape! However as lots of people above state – not exactly Plus size? Just when does the word Plus come into being? I measure 44inch hips – to me I am a bit overweight compared to what i was 10 years ago – but in UK I take a size 16 which is dictated as being the “average” size for women now – I suppose i should be grateful I’m classed as average!! I think the designs work well – but are simple in detail and apart from fabric choice still don’t appear to have that little “something” that used to make Burda patterns that bit different. I do wonder if they are being chosen by fashionistas who look at the overall fashion “look” and think “that’s what’s around now so must be good” but they lack the real feel for sewing and being creative that encourages people to be that bit more individual – which is what I always loved Burda for! However – not to be churlish – we can be creative ourselves with these basic styles I suppose – but I would so love the patterns to be that bit more individual!

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