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Drop waist dresses, cross over pants, and the perfect fall cardigan. The Southwest Story collection is ready for campfire nights. This collection is from the September 2014 issue of Burda Style magazine.


Mix styles in a Drop Waist Tunic Dress in a tribal print with a kicky pleated skirt. Hardware rivet bands provide unexpected contrast to the soft shape and boho patterned fabric.


Piece this Wrap Cardigan together with jersey, chunky knit, and boucle. You can customize it for more or less warmth with your fabric choice for a one of a kind cozy cardi. It’s finished with a big shawl collar and sash belt.


Contrasting side panels are an easy way to create the illusion of a slimmer figure in this Paneled Dress. Make this effect more fun with two different prints… light for the middle and darker for the sides. The neckline is embellished with safety pins.

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The Jersey Dolman Top is an easy make to wear everywhere. This dolman top has a round neckline and cuffed sleeves. It looks just as good with leggings as it does with detailed bottoms like the Crossover Pants.


Prairie dresses were so popular in the seventies. This straight cut Pleated Drop Waist Dress is a simplified version with a pleated skirt, 3/4 length sleeves, and a slit neckline with rivet trim.


The Top with Hip Tie makes a relaxed top sexy with lace panels at the neck and sleeves and a gathered waist. The hip tie is a flirty finish.


A godet and crepe de chine have beautiful movement in this quick to sew Skirt. The flared silhouette fits perfectly with slim tops. Tuck in a jersey tee and wear it with knee high boots.

A collection loosely inspired by the southwest has just enough flair from a few rivets, animal or southwest prints, and patchwork designs. Layer these pieces with boots, silver and turquoise jewelry, and a smoky eye look for laid back fall style.

Happy sewing!


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    Oct 16, 2014, 06.16 PMby SaucySewist

    Like a few of these items. Would buy the dolman top and cross over pant. Are these going to be in the upcoming Burdastyle magazines? I just sent in my subscription to both the plus size and regular magazines and don’t want to pay for the same patterns twice if they’re going to be in the magazines.

    This collection seems to have a piece or two to suit different types of bodies. It’s hard to get past some of the fabric choices of this collection, but they do let me see the seam and detail layouts easily.

    I like the dolman top and the side tie top, but would want to change the sleeves to be slim-fitting and without the sleeve band to reduce visual bulk, even if it meant inserting a zipper or buttons/loops in the wrist. The puffy sleeves don’t seem to go with the clean lines of the dolman shirt body and add unwanted bulk to an underarm style that already has visual bulk. These would look good done up in fine jersey too. I think these two would work for both apple shapes and someone with a defined waist of average to tall height.

    The skirt has nice lines and the floral insert, although I’d make it the same color as the sides since I’m only average height, lets you see the seam lines for assessing the pattern. It looks slimming, and I like how you paired a v-neck top to mirror the seam shape. It’s too bad the blanket behind the model is so dark because it disguises the slim silhouette of the outfit. This too would look nice in a wool blend jersey.

    Like the crossover pants too. I think they look elegant and suggest the look of a scarf tied at the waist. I think done up in a flowing fabric such as wool crepe or a rayon woven they’d give a lot of graceful movement when walking and hide tummy flaws. They’d look beautiful done up in an acrylic/wool or rayon blend jersey.

    The wrap cardigan is ok, but the collar points come too far down on the bust, giving a droopy bust look. If I were to make that, I’d cut the collar points to fall on the upper half of the bust to give a more uplifted look.

    Nice lines on the panel dress and the collar bands pointing upwards provide an unexpected look. Those and the vertical seam lines draw my eyes to the model’s face. A nice pattern for gals with a defined waist or to give the illusion of a defined waist if you didn’t have one. I like that the sleeves hit at the elbow, which is very slimming, but I would sew them a bit tighter to accentuate the space between arm and waist.

    The drop pleat dress in black looks ok, not something i could wear, but I can see it working on someone who is quite tall, with a short torso and long legs. It’s shorter cousin, the drop waist top, wouldn’t work on my body type at all, but I can see this working for a tall, apple shaped woman with slender legs. The pleats would give some movement, depending on what type of fabric you used and, along with the two horizontals, break up the silhouette, good for those who are very tall. I think the top would look good also on any shape or height as a blouson if you shortened the torso, removed the pleats, added a somewhat form-fitting 2 inch band at the bottom that hit the upper hip and made the sleeves 3/4 like the dress. I prefer the the 3/4 sleeve on the dress and the slight gathering that complements the slight gathering at the bust. The gathers work for this top.

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    Sep 16, 2014, 05.06 PMby cathylsnyder

    The paneled dress and skirt..maybe. The rest is horrid.

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    Sep 15, 2014, 09.31 PMby raeborough

    I’ve got to agree with most the posts here. Guess I’ll just keep sizing up Burda’s nicer looking regular sized patterns to my “big boned” bod.’

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    Sep 11, 2014, 12.43 AMby PinupGal

    WOW Just when I thought they couldn’t get any worse you rise to the occasion! These are horrendous to say the least! Its a sad sad attempt at trying to design for a woman with curves, your designers should be embarrassed with this collection and if I were you I would be removing it from the website as quickly as possibly and just pretend this never happened!

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    Sep 10, 2014, 03.30 AMby OneMercilessMing

    Burda editors, I suggest you read a book entitled The Women’s Dress for Success Book by John T. Molloy. It’s based on RESEARCH and is amended for each region of the USA’s individual needs.

    His clarion call to women’s fashion editors is simple: You are dressing women for the secretarial pool and the bedroom, NOT for promotability in the boardroom.

    No conservative corporate office or law firm would permit its executives, corporate counsel, or managers to wear such laughably clownish clothing.

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    Sep 10, 2014, 03.21 AMby Debra Johnson

    Are you serious??? No large woman in her right mind would wear “crossover pants”! It’s like they’re screaming “Hey look at the fat lady’s abdomen!” Pleated skirts? Not in this lifetime. And do you know why prairie dresses—we called them “granny gowns” then—haven’t been popular since the 70’s? It’s because they’re UGLY! They were ugly then and they’re ugly now. Get some real plus-size women on staff to give you a clue as to what we’d like to wear. Geez, why don’t you put us all in muumuus…

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    Sep 10, 2014, 02.08 AMby todddec

    PattyPrit, you nailed it. I used to do plus size fit testing for one of the largest sportswear companies in the world. And the pattern makers just did.not.get.it. One in particular was a ballerina, literally, and I could see the contempt in her eyes whenever I told her a plus-sized person would not wear her latest “creation” and what we really wanted was to see a cute outfit on a mannequin and then find it on the rack in our size. She designed everything in baby pink and blue—not even the colors pantone had recommended for the next season. What happened? The plus line didn’t last but a few years. But the idea of actually expanding the sizes offered on the inline women’s range was appalling to the team who had never had to buy plus-sized fashions in their lives.

    So needless to say, this collection is beyond frustrating. Thankfully after years of practice I can grade smaller patterns. I’ll skip these for something flattering.

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    Sep 10, 2014, 12.17 AMby yogamom

    The Paneled Dress – minus the safety pins (rolling eyes) – is really lovely. I would make and wear that (and I’m not plus-sized).

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    Sep 10, 2014, 12.08 AMby Ezzles

    Ugh, why do I even bother looking at your plus size collections? I know they’re just going to make me angry. Get it together. Burda. LISTEN to your customers.

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    Sep 9, 2014, 09.51 PMby Mammav

    Happy Sewing? Are you kidding me? I’m very disappointed in this collection – The skirt just screams look at my big belly – Guess I could turn it around and find some crazy bright fabric for the flounce and look like a peacock – Did you really try these on large and I mean large women? Someday the fashion world will realize, that even though Plus Size women are large we do have fashion sense and we know what looks good on us. If this is what we are going to be offered, then I’m thinking we should just go down to the grocery store, get an empty box, cut holes for the head and arms and then bedazzle it and we would be in style. We would be money and time ahead. Thank goodness this is not our only option for fashion.

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    Sep 9, 2014, 08.19 PMby PattyPrit

    Sigh! Plus sized women want to wear the exact same styles you create for skinny ones! How many times must your customers tell you that? Designers, who are all probable stick-thin seem to have a feeling of disgust should their designs to be worn by people they (the designers) consider offensive to look at. When those in the fashion design world are able to get over their prejudices, they will finally “allow” us to wear what skinny girls do – sexy, flattering, curve-hugging styles. We want the same sexy flowing dresses, tops and styles that you dress your skinny young things in. You’ve heard it before, but you still ignore us. The think of the designers seems to be “fat is ugly, so you only deserve to wear boxy stuff to hide it or to make it stand out even worse and announce to the world that since you are fat, you have no sense of style.”

    My mom has the same mind set. She wanted to make me a “winter poncho” by cutting a hole in a blanket and putting a belt around it. Uh, excuse me? I sweetly told her she should make it for herself instead. She was very taken aback, as I expected she would be, since she would not be caught dead wearing something like that. The mindset is that overweight women have no fashion sense and should announce it to the world by wearing bulky, hiding, unflatttering sacks is just so wrong. Are the pattern makers convinced that if they allowed plus women to wear the same styles as skinny ones that the skinny ones would not want to wear them? The other well-know pattern makers have some very flattering plus styles. These pants are the fugliest I have ever laid my eyes on, and no plus woman would look good in them. you add fabric in bulk where a plus woman wants to look sleekest.

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    Sep 9, 2014, 07.28 PMby hartja

    why not just make all patterns in all sizes and let plus size people decide what looks work for them. these are not flattering.

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    Sep 9, 2014, 03.48 PMby briefigs

    Once again, not a fan. Would never dress like this, let alone take the time to make any of the styles. I sew so I don’t have to wear clothes that are this frumpy & unnecessarily complicated.

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    Sep 9, 2014, 02.49 PMby sewingqueen-1

    Way too boxy for my curvy clients – I want to highlight their curves, not cover them up. Although some of the styles are cute, they would not be good for my larger ladies.

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    Sep 5, 2014, 02.47 PMby Aisha Saeed

    Lets face it, dressing a curvaceous lady isn’t that easy. The Screen Siren Collection was a definite win. This one, not at all. Find who did the SS Collection and bring them back.PLEASE

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    Sep 5, 2014, 05.52 AMby JKWN

    Gracious, pants that look a bit like a diaper. And some boxy styles. Please consider a focus group of curvy ladies of diverse shapes and heights. Trendy without being well fitted is not flattering.

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    Sep 5, 2014, 02.45 AMby Gina MacKay

    I agree that the panel dress is the best pattern here. The others look shapeless.

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    Sep 4, 2014, 09.45 PMby tika1210

    The paneled dress is the only one I really like in this collection. The other pieces are too boxy for my liking and in my view not very flattering.

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    Sep 4, 2014, 09.38 PMby kaitiek

    I am really curious to see how that pants pattern would turn out on a curvy lady. I don’t think it is paired well with the boxy top, that might go better with a skirt as a crop top set.

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