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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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    Aug 30, 2013, 08.40 PMby mojo elgin

    Maybe we, the real-life plus-size sewists, should be the models…

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    Aug 30, 2013, 07.20 PMby Cawww

    Wow! Another selection of plus-size patterns from Burda, another beautiful array of exceptionally tasteful sacks. Thanks so much Burda style, nothing makes my 5’ 11" tall, 45-31-42 figure sing like a giant square of stiff fabric hiding my unsightly flab from the poor, poor eyes of the normal folk. Off to don a folded wool blanket and attach some chic boho tassels made of cheap yarn onto a granny bag, yippee!

    Also wondering if you could please add a pattern for a quasimodo style removable hump?

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      Aug 31, 2013, 12.46 PMby Ezzles

      I give this ALL the likes! :)

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      Aug 31, 2013, 06.38 PMby Haylee Atkinson

      hahaha I love you. Best comment ever (and agreed)

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      Sep 3, 2013, 02.46 PMby Carrie Richardson

      I could not have said it better. I used to sew Burda pants all the time when I was a smaller size, I always liked how they fit since I have always been hippy no matter what my size…but collection after collection of these boxy shapes is really wearing on my nerves. What a slap in the face – Thanks Burda but you still can’t make us larger ladies any less beautiful just because you keep proffering your potato sacks.

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    Aug 30, 2013, 04.35 PMby byVA

    hey, this really made me laugh out loud! The bag, being advertised in a plus-size-section. Thats the best one! I never thought of an idea that even a bag could be sized this way….hahahaha…. and, I need to admit, the model, she is nice looking girl, but far away from being a plus size. I dont have a clue how would this look like on me. AND, I am 42 size, and I consider myself as far form plus size. (there is still some eating I could do :) )… And in a few Burdas you had some really good looking plus-sized models, which make me think that I would like to be plus size…. so, thats is something!

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      Sep 1, 2013, 09.14 PMby thecuriouskiwi

      I’m a 42 as well, which is far from “plus” I agree but also isn’t in the Burda plus size chart…there is no way she is even wearing a 42, maybe a 38! Haha, what a joke from Burda

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    Aug 30, 2013, 02.57 PMby looneysanja

    Well… My size is quite similar to this girl’s… I didn’t know I am plus sized! (I wear 36). What’s wrong with this world, if we call women like her plus sized???

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    Aug 30, 2013, 02.13 PMby jw72085

    Okay, with all the hate! Sure, I would not make the poncho, jacket or the coat, but the other pieces are nice. They could be altered slightly to make them more fitted. I mean, that is why we sew, right? Anyway, that’s what I would do. But I guess complaining is a definite way to have your greivances heard.

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      Aug 30, 2013, 07.10 PMby heidilea

      I am in agreement!

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      Aug 31, 2013, 12.44 PMby Ezzles

      If it were a way to make our grievances heard we’d have had a decent plus sized collection by now.

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      Sep 1, 2013, 09.15 PMby thecuriouskiwi

      I think the hate is less about the patterns and more about the fact they are presenting “plus” sized patterns on a girl who is clearly a 36 or 38, that’s terrible from Burda

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    Aug 30, 2013, 12.35 PMby Ezzles

    Not content with baggy tent-like dresses, you’re now giving us an actual tent? Sorry, I mean poncho. Come on, Burda, how many complaints do we have to make before we get some FLATTERING, FITTED, STYLISH plus side clothing instead of more big sacks to hide our bodies in?

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      Aug 30, 2013, 12.56 PMby heidilea

      Sadly, it’s more because baggy and flowy are what’s fashionable. I am no longer plus sized, but I can’t stomach baggy shirts because I don’t want to hide my shape, but that’s all you find in the stores (hence why I’m a sewer!)

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    Aug 30, 2013, 10.10 AMby Kasiorist

    That’s appalling, how can you advertise these as plus size? Face it, if you can’t put it in your magazine, what kind of image are you trying to portray to the new generations of women who sew? True girl my a*se. Disgusting.

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      Sep 1, 2013, 09.16 PMby thecuriouskiwi

      I agree, this is terrible and as bad as those trashy magazines that Photoshop size 0 models even smaller…this model looks more like a 36 or a 38 – I know because I wear a 42, there is no way she is even considered plus on the Burda size chart.

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      Sep 2, 2013, 02.03 PMby Kasiorist

      I’m about 38 and so is she looking at her. That’s not plus size. Rubbish. I just checked my own first issue from 2003 and up to 44 was a regular size.
      Lost for words apart from: it’s appalling.
      I don’t think Mrs Anne Burda would have been proud of what you are doing with her legacy right now.

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    Aug 30, 2013, 07.48 AMby saki

    Please, Burda people, next Time could you use some real plus size women ? This kind of presentation is between the joke and the insult, seriously. And in a commercial matter it´s kind of stupide since none of the big girls i sew for can imagine herself in clothes showed on a skinny model.

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    Aug 29, 2013, 09.24 PMby customsewer

    Her face is skinny but body certainly looks plus size — oh wait! that’s because of multiple layers of stiff baggy garments!! Of course they did not dare to photograph this collection on a real plus-sized mode — no mater how posed, such a woman would look like an elephant!

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    Aug 29, 2013, 09.24 PMby customsewer

    Her face is skinny but body certainly looks plus size — oh wait! that’s because of multiple layers of stiff baggy garments!! Of course they did not dare to photograph this collection on a real plus-sized mode — no mater how posed, such a woman would look like an elephant!

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    Aug 29, 2013, 07.49 PMby mitch1066

    Those cant be plus size models!!

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