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The latest collection from burda style Magazine’s February 2013 issue brings classic American preppy style to the streets! These urban designs are casual with some style and edge. Tie-Dye fabrics are paired with denim and satin for a textile mash up. We also love that this collection is made in patriotic red, white and blue colors.

Preppies used to wear blouses but today’s girl prefers Boyfriend-Style Shirts. This one looks really great worn over a T-shirt and jeans, for an effortless and stylish look! We love them paired with these high waisted Batik Trousers that are loose-fitting and perfect for everyday wear. We suggest rolling up the hem to give these trousers some edge!

This Blouson Jacket is modeled after a classic American college jacket. It’s sewn from bright red satin to make it daringly glamorous!

This dress is very feminine, but has a ‘chill’ factor as well. This Flounce Dress with sewn-on cascade is great for work and play! Just pair with a blazer or some heels.

This T-Shirt is a classic, and it is also feminine and pretty! Looks great make in this striped fabric, and we love the gathered raglan short sleeves. She rocks the shirt with these pair of Shorts that can be dressed for day or night! The short length, hip pockets, and front pleats make these shorts both practical and stylish.

Totally comfortable and also eye-catching! This fitted Draped Shirt has a sophisticated neckline twist, which is not hard to sew. You just make a wide pleat, gather it in and then hold it in place on the inside.

Here’s another batik Dress but in more of a punk style! For this dress, the emphasis is on the asymmetric neckline and the single shoulder yoke with mini-sleeve. The bell skirt is set at an angle and leaves plenty of room for skateboarding, cycling, and running! Rocking it with a leather jacket and boots gives this dress a street-chic look.

Happy Sewing, and rock on!


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    Feb 18, 2013, 12.20 AMby CHOCOLATEDOLL


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    Feb 8, 2013, 11.38 AMby pambox

    Love the bottom punk-meets-flapper dress

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    Feb 7, 2013, 10.43 PMby suribabe

    Love them all. I know what I will be doing in the next few weeks :)

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    Feb 6, 2013, 08.35 PMby amy kile

    I love this collection! I have printed a pattern from this website before (not the preppy collection), howver, found it extremely time consuming, ink consuming, and frustrating lining up numbers, taping, cutting…etc. And I was unable to iron the pattern with my fabric due to the tape…..any suggestions on an easier way to print/get patterns? Any ideas would be greatly appreciated….I really love the styles on this site and would love to be able to create them for myself! Amy

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      Feb 7, 2013, 04.25 PMby karasumegami

      Patterns usually have an option of print-at-home or print-at-copy-shop.
      You could have it printed at a shop like Staples or Office Max, where they will print it on one big sheet, so no tape’s required :)

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      Feb 10, 2013, 07.35 PMby Anna Aasbjerg

      Buy the magazine. Even if you just want one pattern, it’s cheaper to buy the entire mag.

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    Feb 5, 2013, 11.06 PMby yogamom

    I lived the preppy era – these are not. But I also love the interesting pairing of fabrics and patterns in this collection. Count me as one who likes to see the clothes styled with the accurate line drawings easily at hand.

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    Feb 5, 2013, 08.48 PMby Vanessa Leigh

    Great styling, and great basix really! The clothes are indeed classic and preppy sans the last dress. Styling makes clothing what you want them to be. A denim style shirt, t shirts, a pleated short, varsity jacket and straight trouser are definitely preppy. Hip Hop clothes from the 80’s were preppy oversized. Seeing outside of the box is important to creativity. I would have totally overlooked that asymmetrical tie dye dress had it not been styled in the rock and roll fashion. Nice job Burda!

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      Feb 5, 2013, 11.11 PMby nouvellegamine

      Totally. These are a nod to preppy basics, styled in a contemporary way, not a trip in the way back machine to 1986.

      ps- you always have the best comments!

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      Feb 7, 2013, 02.21 PMby zippydoodah

      You’re absolutely right – and I would have overlooked the asymmetrical dress too. I like to see the clothes styled like this, much prefer it to the basic line drawings.

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    Feb 5, 2013, 07.14 PMby calatrava92

    I disagree with the comments that Burda is putting too much emphasis on the stying. For me the styying is essential. I get inspiration from it, it’s the context that I draw from. I then take the vibe but reinterpret it. Maybe Im not imaginative enough but I need the styling and context for inspiration.

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      Feb 5, 2013, 08.40 PMby Vanessa Leigh

      Agreed! Classic street style photos with some diversity to styling. Great shoot!

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      Feb 5, 2013, 11.10 PMby nouvellegamine

      I agree. That’s what I love about Burda compared to the big four, where the photos are very plain. Besides, they always have a photo of the garment by itself as well as a technical drawing.

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    Feb 5, 2013, 06.35 PMby Okara42

    LOL I can totally see women in Vancouver wearing all of these. Great casual clothing collection, but definitely not preppy.

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    Feb 5, 2013, 03.02 PMby llobdell

    Asymmetrical dress with angled skirt would also make a great tango or swing dress.

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      Feb 5, 2013, 08.49 PMby Vanessa Leigh

      So true! Love that for a Tango dress.

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    Feb 5, 2013, 02.56 PMby fashionfreek

    I love the tie dye dress…I also like those boots..any ideas burda where I can get them from?;-)

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      Feb 5, 2013, 03.21 PMby MegH

      Those boots she is wearing are from Zara!

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      Feb 6, 2013, 09.45 AMby fashionfreek

      Thanks MegH:-D

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    Feb 5, 2013, 02.12 PMby datwell

    Love the red polka dots – I’ll have to try this pattern

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    Feb 5, 2013, 02.06 PMby sabre4181

    I want to know where I can get a pattern for that jacket!!

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    Feb 5, 2013, 02.03 PMby lydia33414

    If you want a better look at the pattern, just click on the item within the description that is below the picture and it will take you to a blown-up picture of the item as well as a a pattern outline of the front and back view. Easy-peasy!

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    Feb 5, 2013, 01.15 PMby Monchitas

    I liked the patterns, I think this collection is an alternative for more informal use. I specially liked the polka dot blouse! :)

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    Feb 5, 2013, 12.23 PMby craftycatgal

    Not feeling this collection. Actually I haven’t been feeling many of the last few collections. I hope they design some modern elements that are wearable, chic and easy to sew. I am resorting to older pattens on the website so in a way its giving me more time to finish projects I downloaded last year :)

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    Feb 5, 2013, 12.16 PMby joeyjoey

    Definitely not preppy, as others have pointed out. More ‘throw it all together from the Charity Shop’. Sorry, but I usually like your styling.

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    Feb 5, 2013, 10.37 AMby kess

    The new patterns are interesting but why aren’t the garment represented in the best possible way? I feel like as sewers we really care about how the patterns fits and we don’t care as much about styling. These photos should look more like a sewing pattern cover and less like a spread in a magazine.

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    Feb 5, 2013, 03.03 AMby stitchywitchy

    Love these patterns, especially the shorts and the ruffle dress

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    Feb 5, 2013, 01.46 AMby Julianne Siadek

    I like these designs, but I don’t understand why many of the photos don’t really show the garment. I know that the styling represents the lifestyle/attitude, but often I can’t see the unique-ness of individual pieces on the models, because they are covered up by jackets, shot at wrong angles, or distorted by accessories. It’s not as bad with this collection as with others, but it’s a common issue!

    This is my most favorite of the new pattern round-ups in a while though!

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      Feb 5, 2013, 09.58 AMby Trudy McGrath

      I couldn’t agree more!!!

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      Feb 5, 2013, 06.57 PMby hfbowers

      I was going to make that same comment. I want to know how long the ragland top looks as is, I know I can lengthen it but STILL. I think the styling is great but not for a sewing website.

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