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We love soft and feminine dresses, but sometimes you need pieces for the great outdoors. These 11 designs from the September 2013 issue of Burda Style magazine have a rugged touch that looks good with jeans, henleys, and cowboy boots. Just right for fall!

Sometimes the simplest pieces get the most wear. The Denim Button-Up is the ultimate layering piece. Throw this button-up shirt over a vintage dress, tie it up over high-waisted shorts, or just wear it with jeans for a casual look. You’ll want one a light and dark wash!

Hold everything in the Tasseled Shoulder Bag. The hobo shape can go everywhere, from antique shopping to a weekend stroll through the woods. Have fun customizing the draft-it-yourself pattern with cool hardware and tassels.

You’ll be ready for adventure in the Folk Blouse and Vest. This pretty peasant blouse softens up jeans and boots with an empire waist, button placket, and gathered sleeves. Give the relaxed and feminine look a gypsy vibe with an embellished vest. This vest is perfect for showing off odds and ends of vintage trim and fancy ribbon.

The Peasant Blouse has lots of detail on its own. The button placket and empire waist are set off by bright piping, and you could also add trim to the sleeves. Pair it with boyfriend jeans and chunky sandals for a casual fall look. Let your hair down and grab a tambourine while you’re at it!

Roast marshmallows by the bonfire in the Poncho with Pockets. This draft-it-yourself design makes a rustic cover up for your next mountain hike or camping trip. This poncho is easy to sew and wear, and gives a little hippie style to your look.

Printed pants are easy to wear when they have a simple silhouette like the Pleated Pants. These timeless trousers with a button waistband work well with menswear looks like button up shirts and flat booties.

The Empire Waist Dress with Pockets is a flattering dress for everyday. Pair the easy silhouette and folky button placket with cowboy boots for a casual day look, or take up the hem for a babydoll party dress. Choose fabric that frays easily to finish the neckline detail.

Get gypsy style by mixing and matching prints for the lining and trim of this soft Jacket. The collarless style pairs well with embellished shirts, so you can put together a whole bohemian look. Add some hardware for a Sergeant Pepper feel!

Luxe fabric like angora jersey and a ruched V neckline take a comfy long sleeved tee to the next level. Layer the Ruched Top under a cardigan and pair it with a vintage necklace.

Stay super warm in the Shearling Coat This paneled winter warmer is a fun make and fun to wear. The oversized shape has tomboy charm that stands up to bad weather, and shearling will keep you toasty warm no matter the temperature. Wear this with casual outfits like jeans, boots, and chunky knit sweaters.

You don’t have to be on a desert camping trip or a gypsy caravan to have fun with these patterns. Folk-inspired pieces in saturated colors look charming paired with your favorite distressed jeans and Converse or boots. Throw the Shearling Coat or Collarless Jacket over a white tee and jeans, or layer a few pieces from the collection for full bohemian flair.

Where is your favorite place to find trim? The flea market or fabric store?

Happy sewing!


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    May 17, 2016, 11.54 PMby thegreengleam

    In case nobody else noticed, the vest, the folk blouse, the peasant blouse, and the empire waist dress with pockets are all the same .pdf. But you only get the instructions for the particular one you purchase.

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    Jan 27, 2014, 10.46 PMby SaucySewist

    Fun collection. I put the bolero in my cart. Like the collared shirt, like the shoulders especially in the jacket for the movement they offer, the cape and the bag offers possibilities for Pendleton fabric scraps. Like the western/gypsy style.

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    Jan 10, 2014, 12.18 PMby klutzy

    Other than some pants, I have not seen one plus size Burda pattern I would sew. And none are modeled by larger women! Dorion, no one is denigrating the model; we are denigrating management’s choice of a thin person. And if this is not the place to complain, where is?? Jobelle Collie, thank you for mentioning sewingpatterns.com. For weeks I’ve been searching for a basic A-line dress with sleeves, something not in style right now but which flatters my pear figure. I found an old OOP there for free! I hope I can manage to translate the print-out to a workable pattern.

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    Oct 30, 2013, 11.24 AMby conniemlee

    LOVE the plus size shearling coat.

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    Oct 24, 2013, 04.24 AMby Patlat

    I really like these patterns. Very cute , casual looking. I am looking for a shearling pattern and am disappointed that this coat is only in plus size. Guess I can figure it out to size down. The model does not look plus size I agree.

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    Sep 11, 2013, 12.42 AMby Jobelle Collie

    I am going to find a pattern I have on file and modify it to that gathered v neck top. Perhaps not in such a heavy cloth, but something a bit thicker than poly/cotton blend. I will never get to wear anything that heavy in Alabama!

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    Sep 11, 2013, 12.36 AMby Jobelle Collie

    Having worked for a major women’s fashion company, anything above size 14 is considered on the plus side.

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    Sep 8, 2013, 03.55 PMby nancykarpengmailcom

    The plus size options have been dreadful this past year and this is just one more really awful, ill conceived collection that suits no one. They don’t work for work, they don’t work for weekend wear and they certainly don’t work for the setting you’ve got these women in. The fabric choices are also ill chosen. That angora sweater, how could anyone think that a plus sized woman would want to wear this lumpy mess? I’ve been subscribing to Burda Style magazine for more than a decade and I can remember when the plus size clothing was actually worn by plus size women. You are sorely out of touch with what women need in their closet and what they want to wear. This is insulting to our intelligence.

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      Apr 24, 2016, 06.10 AMby thegreengleam

      I agree so much with your comment. Most of the recent “plus” patterns have been shapeless and unflattering. Where are the curvy patterns! ?

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    Sep 7, 2013, 07.22 PMby mauritianhost

    This collection doesn’t look Plus Size from any angle, very disappointed! :(

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    Sep 6, 2013, 08.59 AMby auntchelle

    Eek! What decade are we in again? I killed my subscription to both Burda and Burda Plus 2 years ago. Since then I have not yet seen one collection that’s made me think I made the wrong decision.

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    Sep 6, 2013, 02.35 AMby dorion

    Hey, I think this collection is very poor as well, but there’s no reason to denigrate the model! She is who she is, and she’s doing her job. And complaining about models being “too skinny” or “too young” geez, get in line. THIS isn’t the place for it though.

    That said, again, weak collection. Even the stylist seems to realize this, as each featured outfit seems embarrassed for itself.

    Burda has consistently been very weak on “plus” designs. Maybe at some point, they’ll get it, because their other designs can be so clever and appealing.

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    Sep 4, 2013, 03.25 PMby Ioantryg

    I like most of the pieces in the September issue but the plus section is my favourite part, as always! I was thrilled with the collection for the outdoors and I loved almost every piece here! I’m in desperate need for casual tops and trousers combinations since because of my job I have to spent a lot of my time outdoors. I thought the styling was fresh and young and it gave me a lot of ideas how to create my own fun and unique outfits. I’m even thinking of buying a similar fedora hat!! Thank you Burda!!

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    Sep 4, 2013, 08.12 AMby tika1210

    Yes well I saw this collection and just walked away. I give up giving feedback because it does not result in any changes. I sew because I like stylish clothes . These are not stylish and I won’t sew them. There are some European countries who still produce fashionable clothing and know about style and you only have to look to the French for a good example of that. Everybody else has pretty much said what I would have said and frankly I vote with my credit card and Burda will not be getting my vote on the basis of this collection or really any other collection they have produced for Plus Size women in the last year. U.G.L.Y

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    Sep 3, 2013, 11.14 PMby cloff

    Nice collection! Too bad it is shown on non-plus-size models… I wouldn’t want to take a chance with them and end up having it look like s**t once I make them in my size. Everything looks great on skinny people, but I don’t know if these will work for plus size when all the models are so skinny. :( :( :( Wish they would use plus size models for plus size clothes.

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      Sep 4, 2013, 07.31 PMby megamiaki364

      I agree! It’s not a difficult concept… plus size patten=plus sized model!

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      Sep 7, 2013, 07.23 PMby mauritianhost

      Totally agree with you!

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    Sep 3, 2013, 11.04 PMby clough

    Great idea to say what we ARE looking for. Thank you to those who have done this, for the idea.

    I would pay a little more for the option of a paper pattern. I am looking for plus size patterns: that minimise a large bust, with necklines that do not show all my cleavage ie suitable for work and bending down; a smart shirt pattern with options for sleeves and dresses for my thicker waistline.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 10.55 PMby Patricia Pye

    well i personally LOVED the whole collection and can easily see me wearing it as the collection shows, but maybe thats just cos i was around in the 70’s either way, good job done Burdastyle !

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    Sep 3, 2013, 10.27 PMby elisathon

    I simply can’t understand this “collection.” I agree with every criticism posted. I would prefer the option of a paper pattern for anything more complex than a tank top or tap pants. This collection and many of the recent Plus Size collections mistake fussyness for details, busyness for energy & color, and so many of the clothes shown don’t even fit the model properly & look like they haven’t been properly pressed. In this collection the fabric patterns are busy, unflattering, and more suited to kids play clothes, the model is perhaps barely plus sized which is really unhelpful, despite plenty of feedback on these collection posts Burda seems to have no idea what women are looking for, and lastly: the styling is terrible – I lived through the 80s and this is worse, not even Boy George or Ducky from Pretty in Pink would wear this.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 10.05 PMby solatium

    As a UK size 32/34, I would like to see some patterns for skinny leg jeggins/leggings as I find the material those made in the shops are inferior. I would also like to see some longer-line tops/tunics and mid thigh dresses to wear wih the leggings and some boots. These patterns are too boxy, but I do like the dress/tunic and the blue top with the ruffle neckline, and please put optional pockets as manufacturers do not put pockets in many of their clothes for fat people. Many thanks

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    Sep 3, 2013, 09.47 PMby amt56

    Another shameful selection of plus-sized items – Even this beautiful model cannot make these pieces look good. Burda, you really need to make an effort to attempt to appeal to the plus-sized market instead of continually offending your potential plus-sized customers. We are a large market in more than just size – we have brains and money too.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 09.14 PMby clough

    Does anyone know of a site that offers flattering, plus size patterns?

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      Sep 3, 2013, 11.17 PMby cloff

      Boy, I’d sure like to know! Please post with answers, if anybody knows! :)

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      Sep 11, 2013, 12.41 AMby Jobelle Collie

      I purchase online and have mailed to me lovely plus size patterns from sewingpatterns.com out of Del Ray, CA. Burda, Kwik Sew and Neue Mode. I am a size 22/24 W, depending on the cut. I am currently making a new wardrobe of beautiful night wear and lingerie. I have found current trends, retro-classics and all the plus sized basics to any wardrobe.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 09.12 PMby clough

    I was so excited to see the words plus size in my inbox and was looking forward to a collection that would finally fit me. Alas, another disappointment. I do like the empire line dress, but those sleeves look terrible on any woman’s arms. FYI, they do look quite cute on my 3 year old granddaugter. I really prefer paper patterns and am happy to pay postage, and happy to wait. The idea of fighting all those bits of paper prevents me from buying patterns.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 09.04 PMby eccentric57

    I cannot imagine grocery shopping in any of these outfits, much less going to work in them…And who spends hours making the perfect outfit just so they can go hiking or camping in the mountains wearing clothing not made to stand that kind of wear and tear? Look, plus size women want to look pretty…we want to look professional…we want to look fashionable…we want it enough to take our money somewhere else if we cannot get the patterns we need from Burda…And as for your German design team…fire them, they are so far out of the loop, they no longer have a clue of what real women want once they open their closet door…Finally…I suggest a contest where women who are actually plus sized, design, create, and model their ideas of what looks good in their opinion…You said you are listening, but that is useless if aren’t reacting to what you hear!

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