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We’re taking inspiration from the city highways with yellow, grey, and curving lines. The Stop Traffic collection has some serious curves! These patterns are from the February 2012 issue of Burda Style magazine. All instructions to previously published patterns have been updated.

Stretch jersey in contrasting colors makes a striking, curve hugging Diagonal Lines Dress. This piece is sculptural and sexy with a short mandarin collar and a sexy exposed zipper up the back.

This dress is folded over like trenchcoat for a femme fatale effect. It’s complete with pockets and carefully placed pleats to show off your figure.

Square yoke panels give this relaxed top a cool shape. Pair it with skinny bottoms like a pencil skirt or slacks.

Up the sex appeal of a high waisted pencil skirt with a full length exposed zipper. It toughens up the silhouette so you can pair it with more casual tops and tees.

Linen makes a crisp blazer a little more relaxed. This design has cool dropped lapels for a different look.

Balance a voluminous top with skinny High Waisted Slacks. These have a slim high waist to flatter your figure. Tuck in your blouse or wear a crop top for that retro feel.

Kimono sleeves and overlapping fronts give this jacket a sculptural look. It looks clean and modern with pencil skirts and fitted dresses.

Squared off shoulder panels give this Tunic Dress crisp structure. Pair the loose shape with chunky sky high heels and a dramatic smoky eye to really get noticed.

Stop traffic in this curve hugging jersey skirt with a daring exposed zipper up the back. You’ll definitely get some attention in this hot little number.

This collection is all about shape and line. Exposed zips and slanting seams show off your sewing skills and look sharp on city streets.

Happy sewing!


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    Sep 27, 2014, 04.16 PMby SaucySewist

    Wow, the color block dress and skirt versions are hot. Also the kimono sleeve jacket. And the pants. Would make great motorcycle pant in leather with a few pleats at knee for movement. Wish they were all plus size. For the color block dress, I would just lengthen the sleeve to elbow length.

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    Mar 11, 2014, 04.33 PMby SKTRITA

    Maybe the 02/2012 in the pattern # indicates that it was originally published in a Feb 2012 issue of BurdaStyle. Now they’re offering just that one pattern as a stand-alone download, though it’s part of an (ongoing?) collection called “Stop Traffic”. Smart folks and chic styles!

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    Mar 5, 2014, 05.47 AMby mahlica

    Will any of these be avaliable in the magazine?

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    Mar 5, 2014, 03.05 AMby jix

    Love the collection! Question: I notice that many times the patterns are the same as other collections, and in this case the two pencil skirts are the same pattern? What’s the difference between the #121A and #121B? And the dress #117A and #117B? If there’s no difference why are they listed as two separate patterns?

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    Mar 4, 2014, 06.09 PMby kashmirk

    Wow, I’d love to make all of these! You know, if I ever get the magazine. It’s March, when is the February issue going to arrive?

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    Mar 4, 2014, 05.22 PMby Marge Hayes

    I’m on the west coast and just now got this email from Burda and yet I see comments from days ago (?). I’ve not received my spring issue yet either. In any case, both this collection and the Sicilian Morning collection are brilliant. And I would have no problem riding that bike in that skirt and those heels. ;) The collections are beautifully merchandised too. Well done, Burda!

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    Mar 3, 2014, 08.15 AMby RomRom

    I can work AND play in these!

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    Feb 28, 2014, 02.27 PMby Vivi Smith

    Another collection where I want to make them all! O.K. anyone get their copy of the American version of Burda yet? I have a subscription, hard copy. They have been advertising that it’s available in stores and online, but I still don’t have mine. Maybe I’m wrong about this but I think if you paid for a whole year in advance, vs buying month to month, that loyal customer should be a priority, guess I’m wrong about that. I’m going back to buying the international subscription. Pricey yes, but at least they send them to me in a timely fashion, yes pun intended.

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      Mar 2, 2014, 02.04 PMby Debbo

      I agree re: the frustration of purchasing a subscription, and then seeing it everywhere but in my mailbox!

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    Feb 27, 2014, 10.20 PMby sewsweetviolets

    Both the dress and the skirt have double ended zippers, so you can raise the back to have a higher spilt, as for the shoes, I guess you can try to ride a bike. :)

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    Feb 27, 2014, 08.57 PMby alaskapsych

    Again, how cute would they be graded up to Plus??

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    Feb 27, 2014, 07.20 PMby Judy Wierman

    How can I buy the pattern for the dress in the first photo?

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    Feb 27, 2014, 06.01 PMby tika1210

    Hahaha I like this collection too but the first photograph makes me really laugh. How is she riding that bike in those shoes?

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      Feb 27, 2014, 07.10 PMby ArcticFox001

      Yeah, let alone that dress. Not a bike-friendly skirt.

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    Feb 27, 2014, 04.59 PMby Cassandra Davidson

    These are gorgeous, and I love the colors!!!

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