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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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    Sep 24, 2013, 02.46 PMby saravasti

    OMG they listened, they actually listened XD I love all the patterns and I love the model. yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay <333. designs that flatter the curvier us

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    Sep 20, 2013, 02.25 PMby MojoHollz

    These patterns are absolutely gorgeous! My favorite kind of pattern, sexy and elegant but with out cleavage hanging out or skirts barely long enough to cover some one’s butt. This is the kind of sexy that lets you inner sexy shine through and not a fabricated boob/butt/legs/tighter than tight sexy. Very well done Burda!

    On that note, what happened to your plus sized models? You had some gorgeous ladies modeling the plus sized patterns for you. These models are beautiful and talented but do not appear to be plus sized.

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    Sep 20, 2013, 04.47 AMby Ezzles

    FINALLY, Burda, some plus-size patterns that are actually attractive and flattering!

    Next can you work on getting a model who actually IS plus-sized? She is gorgeous and looks lovely in these outfits, but she is NOT plus-sized.

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      Sep 20, 2013, 12.52 PMby Chiomzie Chifrost

      my thoughts exactly

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      Sep 23, 2013, 11.13 PMby Ashlea Nichol Rogers

      Yeah, she’s slimmer than I and I’ve never been able to shop in a “plus-sized” store. I wear a US10.

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      Sep 24, 2013, 03.51 PMby chaosvoider

      She’s definitely slimmer than I around the waist and up. I too, wear a US10. She’s more curvy than plus sized.

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    Sep 19, 2013, 08.09 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    Wow guys,. AGAIN? You haven’t even responded to the last one that everyone threw their arms up about! I am so very disappointed :( I am so close to just deleting my account and removing all my tutorials and projects.

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    Sep 19, 2013, 03.28 PMby JemmaLola

    I agree that the collection and model are beautiful. However, the model’s body reminds me of my own. I size 6/8 top and a size 12 bottom, which does not make me representative of a plus size. Finally, could Burda make some ALL size patterns.

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    Sep 19, 2013, 03.10 PMby hanolalaith

    Best plus-sized collection yet! I can’t wait to make EVERY PIECE!!!

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    Sep 19, 2013, 02.23 PMby ladyweez

    This collection is beautiful & sexy. Happy to see Plus size patterns that aren’t frumpy & box shaped. I am definitely downloading the belted black dress. I don’t see the big deal with the size of the models. The model is gorgeous. How many Misses size women in the world actually look like the models that are featured in those patterns?

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    Sep 19, 2013, 11.51 AMby Jacqueline Kellly

    Burda, that model is stunning! What lovely hips! But that’s it. She has curves and nice hips. Her arms, legs, torax… everything is too far away from plus size. That means: I have no freaking idea how these will look on an ACTUAL plus size girl. I’m bummed! =/

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    Sep 19, 2013, 10.24 AMby Mette My

    Dear burda. I love you deeply, but you must reconsider the use of the word ‘plus sized’, if this is what you define as that. How about curvy? The fashion industry tends to use the term ‘plus’ about healthy looking curvy women, and unfortunately make some women that are plus sized confused about their body. It would be amazing if burda went into the evergoing discussion of how fashion represent the female body. That said, very figure flattering patterns. But I promised myself to finish all my projects before starting a new one.

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    Sep 19, 2013, 08.14 AMby HanneF

    I would so much like to se the designs on a plus model. Else it make no sense…..

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    Sep 19, 2013, 03.45 AMby Melody Laitinen

    I like the designs but, really, that woman is merely curvy not plus size! Not even close! I would have liked to have seen the designs on a different, more relevant, model.

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    Sep 19, 2013, 03.34 AMby purplegoat

    The model looks lovely, and there are some nice pieces here but not one thing I would make for myself – just not my style at all. Its surprising because I can usually find at least one item I really want to make!

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    Sep 19, 2013, 02.08 AMby cupandpenny

    These are gorgeous!

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    Sep 19, 2013, 12.56 AMby CosmicCaro

    I love this collection! I am more of a size 42 needing a FBA, so I might try it anyway…

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      Sep 26, 2013, 09.09 AMby textilet

      Sorry to appear a bit dim- what does FBA stand for?

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    Sep 19, 2013, 12.22 AMby Couture Academic

    Ah, I remember this collection and it’s truly one of my favourite stories of all time. A real classic beauty.

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    Sep 19, 2013, 12.16 AMby clough

    Well done Burda on a step in the right direction. This is a much improved offering that is sexy and curvy. I am looking forward to seeing a more voluptuous model next time, so that I can see how the patterns would look on someone larger. When this happens, I will buy the patterns.

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    Sep 19, 2013, 12.01 AMby cascadia

    I like several of these pieces. I love anything with soft gathers, pleats, etc. I like the bow blouse, but wish it had the option for longer sleeves. I hate showing off my flabby arms, so I’d probably lengthen the sleeves and make them gathered just above the elbow or something. Maybe even long-sleeved. Same with the cap-sleeved dress. Too fitted for me, but I think with a little research, I could probably make the skirt part gathered. I have a weird shape – very hourglass, but my weight is all in my high hip, so there is a huge difference between my waist and my high hip. It’s like I’m carrying a spare tire around the middle with a tiny waist. It would be a great shape if I were thinner, but… that ain’t gonna happen anytime soon!

    Anyway, more like this, please. More feminine, flouncy patterns with gathers and ruffles and stuff!

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    Sep 18, 2013, 11.18 PMby Ariana Bauer

    I agree, the collection is nice for plus size and sexy, except that wrap peplum thing, yuck. This model is very pear shaped, so she mug skim plus size on the bottom, but she is a complicated fit because her top is small comparatively speaking. The clothes are very flattering because for her pear shape, though, with a lot of emphasis on the waist and upper body detailing to draw attention upwards while not hiding the bottom figure. I think every woman can look good in a well fitted pencil skirt and it is such a classic sexy piece, nice to see it here.

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    Sep 18, 2013, 08.01 PMby talldrinkofwater

    finally a plus-size collection that is figure flattering and sexy. All are solid designs!

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    Sep 18, 2013, 06.10 PMby tika1210

    This doesn’t look like a plus size model but the designs are much better than last set offered for plus size. That is with the exception of the removable peplum which makes this girl look larger than she is and she isn’t that big. Sometimes there is something about the overall proportion of these patterns which is a little off. That being said there are a number of patterns here which would be a pretty addition to the wardrobe.

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      Sep 24, 2013, 06.49 PMby soulsurfersteph

      Yes, I am pear-shaped with very wide hips and I’m surprised they put that peplum on her. Rule #1 for pear-shaped women: Do NOT wear clothes that accentuate the widest part of the hip!

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    Sep 18, 2013, 03.59 PMby Mrs. Brunner

    I love the collection but I don’t see how the model could be a plus size. If she is, what would you call the rest of us? I also would love to see more diverse models on Burda site.

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      Sep 18, 2013, 06.47 PMby dmetri

      I wholeheartedly agree. Unless this woman is 7 feet tall, I don’t see how she can be a size 44. She looks my size or smaller, and while I’m a 40 by Burda size charts, I usually make a size 36.

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      Sep 24, 2013, 06.52 PMby soulsurfersteph

      She’s not really plus-size but on the border, like I am. I’m almost 5’8" with 42 inch hips but smaller up top. So I could wear a Burda size 44 on the bottom but a “regular” size up top.

      Which brings up another point: Some of us have to mix and match sizes due to being pear-shaped, and being on the border of regular/plus makes that challenging.

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    Sep 18, 2013, 03.38 PMby Andrea Mullin

    For some reason, I think of Sophia Loren when I see these shots. The model’s proportions are far too petite and waif-like to mirror Sophia’s legendary figure, but the photography has a distinct feel that makes me think of Italy. Simple everyday life…nice. The clothes themselves are decent. Sometimes, it’s who has it on that makes the outfit. Think of Sophia in these clothes and they will start to look much better…LOL

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    Sep 18, 2013, 03.32 PMby superpiglet

    I love the belted dress.. super gorgeous

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