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The 9 new patterns in this captivating collection take their cues from 1940s Hollywood. Pretty blouses with swooping ties or Peter Pan collars, fitted dresses, and menswear inspired coats fill the Timeless Romance collection. These new patterns are from the August 2013 issue of Burda Style magazine.

Make the Long Sleeve Blouse with a sweeping collar for a flirty seventies feel. In timeless crêpe de chine, you can style this blouse for any look.

Or, keep your it sweet with the Peter Pan Collar Blouse. A dainty printed satin adds to the vintage feel, but this versatile pattern can be styled with a variety of looks. The modified Peter Pan collar flatters your bust.

Marlene Dietrich and Katherine Hepburn were known for wearing silk pajamas. Steal their unconventional evening look in the Wide Silk Pants in a fancy satin print. Pants have an elastic waist and drawstring ties for an easy fit.

The boxy shape of the Flap Jacket looks great with feminine garments. This hip length coat has front and back darts and a wide sash for a flattering fit, plus four pockets and stylish wide lapels. Make it in a soft wool blend for fall.

Strut your stuff in the 40s Style Shirtdress. This tailored shirtdress has real vintage flair in printed silk twill. A modified Peter Pan collar flatters your bust, and waist darts refine the fit. Nip in the waist even more with the included belt pattern. PDF also includes instructions for a romantic tie-neck version.

Cuddle up against chilly weather in the slouchy Knit Cardigan. The oversized kimono shape is perfect for lounging around, or slipping over a dress (like the slinky Pleated Dress below) in cooler weather. Big pockets and a belt complete the look.

The Pleated Dress will be your go-to look this fall. Show off your figure in in this stretch jersey dress with angled pleats and a V-neck to highlight your bust. Details like 3/4 sleeves and a longer hem length keep the look demure, and princess seams and back darts make a flattering fit.

A romantic sailor-style neck and dolman shape make the Tie Blouse effortlessly beautiful. The wide neckline looks gorgeous with an updo. Show off your decolletage in this flattering top!

A wide sailor style neckline and dolman sleeves are loose and breezy on top, and a godet gives lots of swing and movement to the skirt in the Godet Dress. Dress is finished with an elastic waist for an easy fit. Make it in a tiny print for vintage flair, put your hair in victory rolls, and go swing dancing!

You might want to break out the hot rollers and big band music before wearing the projects in this collection. Swingy designs in satin and crêpe de chine are so feminine, you’ll want to wear them everywhere! Gem-toned fabrics and tiny prints are perfect for getting the elegant, vintage look in Timeless Romance. Let us know where you plan to wear these designs!

Happy sewing!


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    Jun 16, 2016, 05.38 PMby mapGD

    I was inspired by the little asymmetrical Tie Blouse- I have some sheer fabrics in my stash that should be perfect for summer wear- one a linen handkerchief print, and the other a sheer polka dot single georgette-both have the fluid texture perfect for this pattern. Thank you Burda for a simple yet stylish Plus sized summer blouse.

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    Sep 27, 2014, 09.39 PMby jailbirdjubie

    I like this collection. And the bearded man is pretty hot too.

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      Jun 10, 2015, 05.18 AMby CountryMomma

      I couldn’t agree with you more, on BOTH sentiments!

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    Jan 6, 2014, 10.35 PMby SaucySewist

    Nice romantic collection. Black dress is hot. The tie blouse sleeve is similar to a pattern I admired (cap sleeve tee #122) that didn’t come in plus size, so I can use this pattern instead. Like the shirtdress but would move the waist down to the waist. The slightly high waist in my opinion, makes busty gals look dumpy by indenting too close to the bust. LIke the sweater except for the drop sleeve, which never fails to make it look like a garment doesn’t fit properly. If you’re designing a drop sleeve for movement, I think a raglan type sleeve is better for comfort and appearance such as in Camel Coat #131. Like the look of the pants. The black laces at waist echo the thin black lines in the fabric pattern.

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    Aug 4, 2013, 09.45 PMby conejitoasesino

    Wow Burda! What a win! The whole collection is great especially the first 3!

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    Aug 2, 2013, 05.04 PMby Elyse Enger

    Fun fact: in the 1940s there were fabric rationing going on, so most dresses were cut to make the most efficient use of available. Google British CC41 or utility scheme

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    Aug 2, 2013, 12.55 AMby margbel

    A beautiful flattering collection for plus sizes. The only criticism is the amount of material swimming around the model’s feet in the silk pajama pants. Makes any plus size look more rotund and short. However well done Burda on getting it almost 100%!

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    Jul 31, 2013, 03.32 AMby Stitcher75

    Wow, now these are clothes I’d feel good about making for friends and family or even sizing them down a little and making them for myself. Thank you so much for designing patterns that flatter rather than cover the plus sized figure.

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    Jul 31, 2013, 02.08 AMby onesky

    I am quite pleased with this collection. I am looking for patterns that are not skin-tight, as well as not baggy. I do agree, though, with those who are continually asking for models who are not above average height and more round. Thank you for the changes you have made.

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    Jul 30, 2013, 04.12 PMby tacomapat

    I love the jacket – such a nice collection. Can you really purchase knit fabric like that for the sweater? It’s gorgeous but I’d love to know where you can purchase such an amazing knit.

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      Jul 30, 2013, 07.34 PMby guineveresmom

      Mood Fabrics has a couple of offerings in a cable knit in their online selection right now. They are in with other knit fabrics.

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    Jul 30, 2013, 02.31 PMby seamspossible

    This collection is much better than some that Burda has offered in the past. I love the trousers and the blouses. The jacket has possibilities as well. My faith in Burda Plus size patterns may have been restored. Why though, does Burda not use “real” plus size models? is that not the market you’re trying to please? It would also be refreshing to see some fashions on someone who’s more petite in height for those of us that are under 5’6".

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    Jul 30, 2013, 02.22 PMby honestly

    I agree with Ezzles, these garments are way too big for this beautiful model! But…I do love the idea of bringing back some of the 40’s style, one of my FAVORITE eras of clothes!

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    Jul 29, 2013, 10.09 PMby lovefromsf

    Such a beautiful collection!

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    Jul 27, 2013, 06.39 PMby Iseebluesky

    Love the retro look/styling and the guy with the beard. Clothes are also nice but I am more at home in an apron. ; )

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    Jul 27, 2013, 05.33 PMby kellylynn

    I love every single one of these dresses, and the blouses are beautiful. While I am not a fan of the fabric used in the satin pyjama pants, I do love the style. I also looked all over the shops last year for a warm jacket that fit me properly. This jacket pattern may inspire me to make my own this year.

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    Jul 26, 2013, 10.58 PMby Ezzles

    Finally, a plus size collection with a bit of tailoring! However, all these garments are too big for your model. She is swimming in those supposedly tailored dresses! It’s really hard to imagine how great these outfits could be when they still look like a tent in the photos.

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    Jul 26, 2013, 07.44 PMby Vanessa Leigh

    Great collection and I especially love the bearded companion! ;)

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    Jul 26, 2013, 12.24 PMby Deanna31

    Such a nice collection! I’m wishing I was a plus size just to be able to make and wear them. My favorites are the 40’s dress, that gorgeous purple dress, the peter pan top and the spotted top. Good job!

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      Jul 29, 2013, 10.11 PMby lovefromsf

      I agree, I love this collection, too!

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    Jul 26, 2013, 05.25 AMby purplegoat

    Loving the black dress.

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    Jul 26, 2013, 02.50 AMby Lee Raynor

    Wow these are great!! Do you know how I can get a copy of the August Magazine? (I live in Australia)

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      Jul 26, 2013, 05.24 AMby purplegoat

      You have to wait 2 – 3 months for it to hit our newsagents (it comes in first week of the month). You’ll have to ask your local newsagent to get it in for you, or find one that stocks it.

      Magnation always has it.

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    Jul 25, 2013, 10.39 PMby sherrilm

    Finally, a plus-sized collection without tents. Thank you Burda. I’m really loving the shirtdress. Now if you’d only use models who actually fit the garments.

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      Jul 26, 2013, 01.10 PMby TerezaSews

      I think this model is lovely! She looks curvier in the Italian inspired styles of an earlier issue.

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    Jul 25, 2013, 10.25 PMby Reesa Rodriguez

    Love the collection.. Nice job!

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    Jul 25, 2013, 05.46 PMby cands2010

    Love the peter pan collar blouse!!!!

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