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Rethink the skirt suit in this vintage inspired collection. Watercolor dresses, peplum sleeves, and sets that are feminine and flattering are beautiful on so many body types. These designs are from the February 2014 issue of Burda Style magazine.

Show off your shoulders and neck in a wide Boatneck Top. This structured top bares just enough skin for an alluring look. Pair it with the feminine and sophisticated Pleated A line Skirt with a cool inverted pleat and fitted hip yoke.

A round neckline, A line skirt, and flattering seamlines make the most versatile and ladylike spring Tea Dress. Make it in plaid for fall and a delicate floral for spring. This shape works with so many fabrics!

Striped fabric shows off the Skirt with Pockets’s cool lines. You can dress this piece down with a tee shirt, or make a spring party outfit with a retro cardigan, pastel pumps, and a jeweled belt. The high waisted look is always chic and put together.

This short and sweet Square Neck Top has a cool neckline and fluttery peplum sleeves. The mix of sculptural and feminine details pops in a fabric with some body.

Architectural lines and a graphic print make this long sleeved Peplum Top a showstopper. The peplum hem is subtle for flattering waist shaping.

Top off a feminine skirt or a pair of skinny jeans with a pretty Slim Ladies’ Jacket. Neat notched lapels and large front pockets give this piece classic style. Femme it up with a pastel Pencil Skirt with Zip Fly. Taking styling from denim minis makes this piece easy to wear as part of a skirt suit or on its own with a casual top.

Tops with serious volume like this Deep V Neck Top are all over the runways. Balance a deep V neckline with a roomy silhouette that has a high fashion look.

Make a stunning exit in this detailed Jackie Dress with a buttoned up back and V neckline. It’s a classic look for formal events or dressing up at work.

You’ll be a pleating master after making this beautifully detailed A Line Skirt. The pleated yoke hugs your hips, and large pleats flair out into an elegant A line shape. Wear it with a soft blouse and ladylike pumps.

Combine eras in this lovely Peplum Sleeve Dress with a square neckline, ruffled sleeves, and a flapper-esque hemline. It’s a sophisticated silhouette made for garden parties.

We love the Sweetly Charming collection for garden parties and afternoon dates. These are fun and feminine projects to work on while you wait for warmer weather. Style them up with a pastel handbag and vintage shoes!

Happy sewing!


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    Sep 13, 2015, 09.05 AMby RomRom

    One of my favourite collections!

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    Jul 3, 2014, 02.07 PMby ariation

    Is there a way to get all these patterns as a collection instead of buying them each individually?

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    May 15, 2014, 12.47 AMby Jessie Marie Grant

    That"s awesome. These are beautiful..

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    Feb 11, 2014, 05.31 PMby nouvellegamine

    love the Pleated A- Line Skirt, both versions! I love the Tea Dress too. I’m still trying to decide weather I like this full skirt more of the pencil skirt version of the Cargo Dress. The Peplum Top is lovely (and I LOVE the fabric). The Peplum Sleeved dress is very cute. i think it’d be great to wear in hot weather (in a different fabric).

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    Feb 11, 2014, 04.19 PMby sewblessed13

    Abeautiful young lady. The hair is a distraction. The garments are not clearly viewable. Would rather see the garment as the focal point annd not the model.

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    Feb 11, 2014, 03.45 PMby AlluringEmeraldJean

    I like the peplum sleeve dress, but as one sewist said before, I wouldn’t put the peplum on the sleeve. I actually think I’d put it on the skirt. I think it’s much cuter that way.

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    Feb 11, 2014, 09.45 AMby agathabryant

    Gorgeous patters… Big “Like”!

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    Feb 11, 2014, 07.22 AMby textilet

    I like some of these- I think partly because of fabric choice! However I wouldn’t put the flounce on my sleeves- not an area I want to draw attention to and I don’t think it is a particularly attractive style anyway. However, to me the drawing of the short top is way too short and boxy to relate to the cut all made up version. I think that looks as if it has been lengthened to fit. The drawing as it stands would surely result in a much shorter top! A bit misleading! Overall not a bad selection. I love the patterned jacket in blue- not sure that. I could carry it off though- my waist not that slim now! Also the made up Jackie dress appears to be more of a straighter skirt than the drawing suggests- it’s a modern look in the made up dress but looks old fashioned to me in the line drawing? Could you put details of chosen fabrics in as well?

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    Feb 11, 2014, 04.21 AMby purplefan

    The blog post mentions the patterns are in the Burda Style (international monthly, not the US quarterly) Feb 2014 issue.

    I like the pleated skirt the best; fabric choice shows off the styling!

    Not a fan of Jackie style sleeves-have seen them for three spring/summers in ready to wear jackets in the stores (nooooooooo!).

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    Feb 11, 2014, 04.13 AMby cupandpenny

    Gorgeous fabrics! I’d love to know where these materials came from.

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    Feb 11, 2014, 03.34 AMby Vivi Smith

    I ordered a subscription to the U.S. Burda magazine. I’ve received just one so far, it came around the holidays. When will the next one be coming out and will these patterns be in it? I’m loving every single one of them. It’s the best collection I’ve seen you publish in recent memory. Don’t get me wrong I love them all but usually decide on one or two I like and would maybe make. I love all of these and want every single one. Very inspired!

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    Feb 11, 2014, 12.03 AMby catherine angela acworth

    This is awsome, probably one of my favourites and I love the fabric choices!

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    Feb 10, 2014, 10.11 PMby Evelyn Hughes

    this collection is beyond amazing. love the boxy styles/sculptural shapes!

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    Feb 10, 2014, 07.58 PMby carolynsuzanne

    So lovely and wearable. Great collection.

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    Feb 10, 2014, 07.32 PMby Denise Wild

    GORGEOUS! These are so beautiful and feminine!

    (@mcclxix: Click the underlined link under each garment image. You’ll then be brought to that garment’s page, and you’ll find the pattern there!)

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    Feb 7, 2014, 05.34 PMby mcclxix

    Not seeing any patterns?

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      Feb 11, 2014, 12.08 AMby MandieW

      Sorry about that, we got a little excited about this collection and published the post too early. All links should work now!

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