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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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    Sep 3, 2013, 07.44 PMby lag21479

    1. Get a new stylist who isn’t infatuated with the 1980s. 2. Get a model who weighs about 50 pounds more than the one used here. 3. Get a designer who is plus sized. Because maybe he/she would have a little more understanding of why so many people are angry and insulted by this collection.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 07.43 PMby janlynn

    These posts have been so empowering that I am adding my voice. The styles are shapeless, juvenile, and not new. Burda considers me a plus size yet in ready to wear I am a 12. I find that a little depressing. Sadly the only design I like in this collection is the bag and I think I have an old pattern similar to in my stash.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 05.10 PMby ell-in-or

    Oh joy. Another bunch of Burda patterns based on a duvet cover, called ‘plus sized’ and shown on a twig model. That’s great. Do you people have any designers with any talent at all? A first year student would be embarrassed by this ‘collection’. And they’d get an F for putting out one pattern three ways and calling it three patterns. You are putting in NO effort, NO time, and you are NOT even focusing on your target market. And then you slap a plus-sized label on it, and style it on a size 36 model. Insulting.

    When I hear of how stylish Europeans are, then get this “European design magazine”, I’ve really got to wonder at your taste level.

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      Sep 3, 2013, 07.33 PMby lag21479

      Well said!

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    Sep 3, 2013, 04.54 PMby Kellum Wilson

    Does anyone else find it offensive that those models are like a size 6 and they call that “plus size”? I’m not even a woman, and I find that disgusting. Are they saying that anorexia in “normal”? I’m so tired of this debate, but obviously it’s never gonna go away as long as there is corporate/advertising mind control. REMEMBER, Marilyn Monroe was a size 12-14, and that was considered normal just a few decades ago. Now, it would appear that the only “normal” size is a size 0. How pathetic!

    I won’t be able to purchase any of these patterns for my clients’ needs because I can’t support this kind of blatent marketing. Sorry Burda!

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      Sep 3, 2013, 08.01 PMby mcclxix

      Monroe was not the equivalent of a modern size 12 or 14, just FYI. She was the equivalent or an 8 or maybe a 10, and even then only because she had an unusually pronounced hourglass figure, with a large bosom and very small waist. She was a tiny lady and in no way represents a plus size woman.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 04.54 PMby laurieep

    As other sewists have said, this is in no way a plus-size model, nor do I or any other plus-size lady care to dress in multiple shapeless layers rendering us even larger; I also take exception to the tiny cap sleeves on the dress — honestly, does anyone whose upper arms sway in the wind wish to wear those? ditto the exception to the empire waist, which makes me look like my head and bust are perched on a barrel.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 04.08 PMby vitrine

    Burda – you’re insulting!

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    Sep 3, 2013, 03.59 PMby diankdav

    Wait! Am I the only who sees that there are NOT eleven patterns here? Although I like thefolk blouse, the peasant blouse and the empire waist dress with pockets, they are all the SAME pattern, with variations (length of garment, sleeves long or short, sleeves open or gathered at wrist). ONE pattern, three variations.

    How many plus-sized women can actually wear pleated trousers?? Not if you’re a pear.

    I do like the ruched top for those of us with smaller “girls”.

    Would I buy any of these online? No, I’d rather have them in paper patterns – trying to put the pieces together on 8-1/2 × 11 paper is too confusing.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 03.48 PMby soulsurfersteph

    Way to insult your customers, Burda, by using a model who is clearly NOT plus-sized for your “plus-size” spread. I’m convinced that one of the most delusional industries in the world is the fashion industry. I love sewing, but I hate fashion for that reason.

    As for the “problem” of making designs for multiple plus-sized shapes – it’s not that difficult. Even the Vogue/McCalls pattern sites have boxes that tell you what figure type the pattern is flattering for. They have the following body types:

    Rectangular, Triangle (Pear-Shaped), Hourglass, and Upside-Down Triangle (big busts/smaller hips)

    I’m pear-shaped and teetering on plus-size for my bottoms because of my ample rear end. No matter what pants pattern I buy I have to adjust it to give room for my butt. Anything off the rack that fits my butt is way too wide in the waist. And pretty much none of the Burda Style “plus” patterns are going to look good on me…these “mu mu” styles – with the shapeless shifts and tunics that hit right where they are going to do the most damage hip-emphasizing-wise – are not flattering for me.

    Is it really that difficult for designers to get some plus-size fit models of various shapes to stand for some fittings? No, it is not. Seriously…this is really more about fashion people being obsessed with their own weight and simply hating fat people.

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      Sep 3, 2013, 03.52 PMby soulsurfersteph

      And PS…do some spreads for actual adults and professional women, please! We’re not all teenagers eager to be hip by trying some faux-80s retro ironic Boy George look. If you have to layer your clothes that much, it’s because they aren’t tailored or stand up on their own.

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      Sep 3, 2013, 05.00 PMby Kellum Wilson

      geat information. Thanks for sharing it! :)

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      Sep 3, 2013, 07.39 PMby lag21479

      Ditto on the request for patterns suitable for professional adult women! Unfortunately since “Ally MCBeal”. designers seem to think it’s appropriate to wear short skirts and revealing blouses in the work place. WRONG! I’d get kicked out of court, if the managing attorney didn’t send me home first.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 03.37 PMby MomWiz

    I actually feel the same as many other commentors here, but the problem doesn’t just exist with Burda. Styles offered on Zulilly and other sites by so many design houses also feature the potato sack/tent for plus sizes. The real problem is that each large woman is a bit different and because of the proportions we need custom tailoring. Which is why we’re here. I don’t mind using these patterns for inspiration and basic sizing but, yes, it would be nice to see some really plus-sized women wearing the examples. Sure, we’re not as easy on the eyes but that doesn’t mean we don’t have beauty that could be brought out by certain fashion silhouettes. There are ways to enhance the round female form (I’ve never seen a single model with rounded back, protruding stomach or large hips) without catering to the oversexed tastes of ad agencies. A lot of the gorgeous detailing seen in “normal” sizes is missing from plus sized patterns and fashions. Why? Surely it doesn’t have to be this way, except that the designers are 1) too accustomed to designing for small sizes and don’t know what to do, 2) there is less money in it (? I don’t think they are doing the accounting on that) or 3) They are frustrated with the little bit of extra work it would take to do the job right, so they just throw us potato sacks. But I’m still buying Burda!

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      Sep 3, 2013, 08.05 PMby mcclxix

      The only sane comment in this thread.

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      Sep 3, 2013, 11.26 PMby cloff

      I think you’ve hit the nail on the head with – they are accustomed to designing for small sizes and don’t know what to do. Plus size women need well-fitted clothes. Baggy stuff and muumuus just make you look bigger!

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    Sep 3, 2013, 03.19 PMby Gillian Sutherland

    It’s insulting to use models who aren’t ‘plus-sized’ for designs which are intended for the range. It reinforces the prejudices of the fashion industry, and also shows what a lack of vision and imagination they have. The woman on the street and in the shops is not averagely 6foot tall weighing a gnats’ breath over a pigeon’s feather. Fashion designers don’t want a woman’s curves getting in the way of the straight drape of fabric from the shoulders down, and only need the woman there as a dress form. It shows a distinct and appalling lack of imagination and vision on the part of the designer. If I find a design I like and it stops before I do, then I scale it up – it’s that simple folks, and doesn’t require complicated adjustment.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 03.16 PMby burdastyle

    Thanks, everyone, for your feedback! We are listening, and do our best to pass on your concerns to Burda Style magazine. We will continue to keep our design team in Germany in the loop about what you like and what you’d like to see.

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      Sep 3, 2013, 07.32 PMby lag21479

      Amazing how it took months of increasingly loud and angry complaints before you finally took notice! As a short (5’2") plus size person, I also find it insulting that so-called plus size collections are modeled on slim models, and styled with layer upon layer of bulky fabrics sewn into shapeless forms! I don’t need a pattern to wrap myself in a blanket, thank you very much!
      Now, how about giving us short curvy girls something to wear? And I don’t mean to the beach or camping! Professional clothes that can be worn in real-world offices! Not the cleavage-baring, thigh-high slit garbage that has been touted as “perfect for the office.” Give me something that is easy to alter for an FBA, shows I have a waist, and hides hips and thighs. I haven’t purchased the magazine in a few years because there is nothing really new for plus size, and minimal petite plus. I’m getting very close to relegating burdastyle to the “junk mail” category.

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      Sep 3, 2013, 11.31 PMby cloff

      You might do something about the quality, too. Recently, I made one of these patterns that was in the Burda magazine, and when I went to sew it together, I found the facings were several inches too short!!! I was out of material and had to trash the whole thing. :( Now I’m afraid to take a chance on these patterns – I’m afraid that they are not properly drafted so that the pieces fit together the way they should. >:(

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    Sep 3, 2013, 02.41 PMby Carrie Richardson

    Very disappointed in these shapeless clothes. Not inspiring to sew at all. I’m US size 18 and I have a waist, thank you very much, and I actually have a nice bust, too, and I want shapely clothes that accentuate my figure. I love Burda normal size clothing patterns but the plus size collections are normally not that great. When will Burda design house wake up and realize that just because we’re a little thicker doesn’t mean we need boxy clothes. Basic.Boring.Yawn.

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    Sep 3, 2013, 01.57 PMby pegster

    Let’s get rid of the misnomer “plus size.” It is well known that most women in N.Amerika average a size 14. Anything less should be termed, “minus size.” Capishe?

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    Sep 3, 2013, 12.58 PMby Wendianne

    Plus size figures aren’t automatically the same shape. ie hourglass or enormous pear. If you are a small bosom but plus size nonetheless – I think these are lovely patterns.

    Sadly I have a large bosom and leaner bottom half – but I find these patterns an ispiration. It’s true though – I much prefer to see the plus-size patterns on a plus size model. We know there are several beautiful plus size girls who often model for Burda.

    I think this a more youthful yet wearable collection than many of the plus size I’ve seen.

    For those sewers complaining about wanting fitted fashion in plus size – I have a phobia of clothes which show off my curves. Just accept there will always be different tastes. I think Burda do pretty well, on the whole.

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    Sep 2, 2013, 08.39 PMby tmcguire

    I actually like most of this collection (especially the poncho!). Fashion is what we make it ladies!!! Burda’s not going to do all the work for us. :)

    We should use these pieces as inspiration and then show Burda our completed looks to give them a little inspiration back!

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    Sep 2, 2013, 03.52 AMby rberge

    From the first view of the first photo, I thought it looked just like a retro Boy George look.

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    Sep 1, 2013, 09.12 PMby thecuriouskiwi

    Hi BurdaStyle, can you please tell me what size this model is?

    Because I sew a Burda 42 which is not in the plus sized range and this model looks like she is wearing a smaller size than a 42…if that is true then this is a joke, please take your community seriously, you can’t sneak something like this past us!

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    Sep 1, 2013, 09.36 AMby kaitiek

    Another spread of plus-sized pattern fails from Burda! At least the last spread of potato sacks used an actual, curvy plus-sized model. I am glad to see they finally included a pattern that does something for the waist with the Folk Blouse but the rest (especially the frumpy gathered angora top) is ridiculous. Baggy does not translate to flattering, it just makes my hips look uncontrollably wide. Shame on you, Burda. Listen to your customers in these comments and give us what we actually want to wear!

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