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Memorial Day has come and gone, so break out the bright white! These dresses and shorts will heat up your summer. These designs are from the June 2011 issue of Burda Style magazine. All instructions to previously published patterns have been updated.


Summer linen is cut straight through the body for an easy going silhouette. The Linen Shirt Dress has a long button placket, satin trim, pockets, and light gathers at the shoulders for a light and easy traveling dress.


A Skirt with Front Pleats is cute for tennis or staying cool on hot summer days. This crisp skirt makes a preppy outfit with a tee or tank blouse.


This A Line Tank Dress is as classic as it gets in bright white, with drop shoulder seams, A line skirt, hidden pockets, and a clean V neckline. Make it mod in a print or keep it simple with sandals.


The batiste Sheer Boatneck Blouse is wonderfully airy on hot days. Bloused sleeves and a rounded boatneck finish off the peasant look.

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Celebrate summer with a white suit. These flared pants have classic 5 pocket styling, a zip fly and beltloops, and flared legs like your favorite jeans. Pair them with a clean cut Jacket in white gabardine for the perfect summer statement.


Polish off your summer look with a lightweight summer jacket of white bouclé with large patch pockets on the sides. The Summer Boucle Coat goes with all your work outfits in clean and crisp white.


The Kimono Wrap Blouse is belted at the waist with a quilted sash. Cotton sateen turns this traditional shape into a pretty summer blouse.


A playful Dress with Bubble Top with banded hem looks sophisticated in bright white. This is a forgiving and comfortable silhouette for hot weather.


This soft and sweet V Neck Blouse has a deep V neckline and gathers to highlight your decolletage. Cuffed cap sleeves and a loose hem give this top a fluttery look.

Head to toe white is a look that works best in the summer. Start your sewing machines so you can wear this designs all season long!

Happy sewing!


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    Apr 19, 2015, 02.43 AMby bluetalmeida

    @ Nikki: That’s my point of view regarding the patterns and what I see on finished pieces. I don’t have to apologize for being honest and the best way to improve skills is by criticism because even if it sounds hard is always better than a silent smile. Believe me, the terrible fitting of many of the Burda patterns doesn’t help at all.

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    Jun 17, 2014, 11.07 PMby churpina

    Im really curious as to what the stylist was thinking in the blazer and trousers and flats ensamble. Its so unflattering, made the model look like some really unstylish creature!!

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    Jun 17, 2014, 03.31 PMby kitasewvb

    I just looked for the Sew Along that Gertie (Gretchen Hirsch) had done here for the Skirt with Front Pleats, but all of the pictures have disappeared – they now have Photobucket ads… Any chance you will reinstate the pictures to aid the tutorial since you are featuring the skirt? As I recall, it was a very popular sew along.

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    Jun 13, 2014, 08.50 PMby nrobson

    Real nice collection

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    Jun 13, 2014, 02.33 AMby bluetalmeida

    the V neck dress is the same pattern than an old one in blue eyelet. It seems very nice but when I made the muslin, the fit was terrible, too tight on the hips to big on the shoulders and that’s the problem with many Burda Style patterns. Then when I see some project finished I am sorry to say but they look terrible and is not only because may be the person doesn’t have enough skills to sew and finish but because fitting is not so simple to learn and specially difficult when you are working on your own body. I remember the old Burda patterns used to fit perfectly well, but with many of the patterns I have purchased from this site I have to work a lot on the fitting and some of them are impossible . It would be nice if the people who actually make the patterns could do a better job . I have read many people several times complaining about the same issue

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      Jun 18, 2014, 07.24 AMby Deidre Nel

      Any seamstress worth her money can make any pattern work without any complaints. People make mistakes. And your body changes each year. If it is such an issue for a while now for you, why are you still buying from Burda??

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      Jun 18, 2014, 03.59 PMby bluetalmeida

      1) Everybody is entitled to have its own opinion and honestly, I have no interest on working for anybody else, but quite often I see people who mention that they had to modify the patterns because the fitting offered was terrible and had no sense.
      You feel really touched by my comments, I would think that you are the one who makes this patterns?

      2) Obviously people who buy patterns at Burda style either does it because they love to make their own clothes or because they don’t have the money to pay to a skilled seamstress who worth her money,
      So it will be nice Burda addresses the issues and try to fix them ,don’t you think?

      I did stop buying patterns from the site because of the fitting problems,and the ones I did I use as references to be honest with you and 90% of the time need to adjust almost all the lines and measurements.
      Criticism is useful when you want to become better, in any field and when it’s based in real facts.
      I am addressing real facts, and you can check all over the site and see by yourself how many times people complain about the same problems.

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      Mar 20, 2015, 07.13 PMby Nikki Hozack

      Diedre Nell – Burda is a website for everyone – brand new sewers to “seamstresses worth her money.”

      Burdastyle is a great community, and typically comments tend to be supportive and useful. More importantly our forums and comment sections lack the “Troll” factor that tends to pop up on so many other sites.

      As such, your comment comes across as somewhat disrespectful to both the person you replied to and our community in general, though I hope, of course, that this was unintentional.

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    Jun 12, 2014, 08.58 PMby tika1210

    I like everything here except the flared trousers and actually I think that might be down to the way they were styled as the look like they need a higher heel to show them at their best – otherwise beautiful.

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    Jun 12, 2014, 06.35 PMby Kocotte

    I love the Sheer Boatneck Blouse, already done 3 times but never presented here. It is not that difficult to sew

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    Jun 12, 2014, 05.25 PMby klassykate

    I might have to make that linen shirt dress!

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