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Hi, I’ve just purchased my first few BurdaStyle patterns.
However I’m having trouble choosing the right size, as there is no information about the overall fit of the finished garments in the pattern or instructions. Is there any resource for helping with this?
I’m from Australia, and the Euro sizing mystifies me. Plus I have my own personal measurements I have to adjust for- large bust, thick waist, long legs. It’s proving a challenge to getting started!


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    Jan 30, 2015, 08.21 PMby Buffy Choinski

    I wish someone would answer this question as I am wondering the same thing. I purchased a pattern, there are no finished garment measurements and no indication of how much ease is suggested. Very frustrating. I’m having to measure the pattern pieces and guesstimate ease. I doubt I’ll be making another Burda pattern after this.

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    Feb 1, 2015, 08.19 AMby sewingfan1

    Nope, i’ve never seen finished garment measurements on a burda pattern and the amount of ease can vary greatly. Best to measure your pattern pieces and match them to your body size

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    Feb 27, 2016, 05.31 PMby purplefan

    In the sewing magazines, sewing instructions for clothing items usually indicates finished lengths near the list of recommended fabrics. For envelope patterns, I’m not sure that a finished garment length is provided on the envelope-might have to check the pattern instruction sheet. Burda patterns tend to fit closer to one’s body than American patterns. You have to go by bust measurements for tops/dresses for best fit in the bust area before altering other fit areas. Pants/skirts-you need to go by your hip measurements if they are larger than the related pattern size. Euro sizing-from my Canada/US perspective, Euro sizing is 28 added to the US pattern size. So if you know what US clothing size (remembering that sewing pattern companies tend to use the saming sizing charts but not clothing manufacturers), add 28 to it to determine your Euro size. Works for me!

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    Jul 9, 2019, 02.38 AMby natnoon

    Oh my goodness I was hoping for an answer to this question. I bought a digital pattern bundle and there are no finished garment sizes or mention of how much ease and my first attempt was HUGE. To the point where I think I may not actually be plus size but I bought a plus size pattern bundle. Argh.

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