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It’s so discouraging. I’d like to find a long sleeve dress (winter approaches) but there’s no way to do this. It’s also not possible to search by pattern number (so I can’t easily find something I looked at before). Typing in search terms brings up obviously incomplete and inaccurate results. I just don’t have the patience to go through the entire pattern catalog every time. Please make it easier to search–and to find–Burda patterns here. Thanks.


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    Dec 4, 2014, 08.28 PMby BotanicalBird

    I second this motion! :-) The filters of easy, intermediate and difficult are not enough and searching by keywords is inaccurate and incomplete, as jen.ss1 mentions. If I can remember the exact name of the collection as seen on the blog, and use that as a keyword phrase, I can sometimes get to the pattern indirectly that way. But who remembers whether a jacket was in a “safari” or a “military” collection, for example?

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    Dec 5, 2014, 02.17 PMby sewingfan1

    Motion thirded, please

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    Dec 5, 2014, 03.55 PMby suehats

    Not very user friendly. You can waist a lot of time searching……and then give up.

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    Dec 10, 2014, 07.46 AMby Mary Jacob

    Nowadays, people are complaining a lot about the patterns and even the content within it. Some have faced issues with wrong information and some, like you are not even able to get the correct pattern number for what they’re searching for. Burda should consider this thing and act accordingly, we expect they at least don’t make mistakes in their content.

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    Dec 11, 2014, 01.39 AMby adgentry

    I agree!

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    Jan 30, 2015, 07.27 PMby Lorie Lucke

    This may not be the right place for this, but I would love to see some subcategories for dresses. There’s no breakdown between evening, career, casual, sporty … and to wade through 700+ dresses to find what you’re looking for takes more determination and patience than most people have. There’s a subcategory for capes, for heaven’s sake!

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    Feb 8, 2015, 12.49 PMby ruthw

    Yes, I agree totally. The site search engine is very poor. Yet, the pattern database is not actually that huge YET. All it needs is for patterns to have tags in each category. For example, “Pants” could have tags like crop, wide, narrow, welt, side-seam-pocket, pleat, elasticated, etc. And absolutely ALL patterns should be tagged with recommended fabric/s. That would give me hours more time for actual sewing.

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      Mar 11, 2015, 11.14 PMby TyMarie

      Hi Ruth,

      We are currently in the process of adding recommened Moof fabric options to each pattern but as you can imagine, this will be a very time intensive project but we are very excited about it.

      Thank you for your feedback.

      All best,

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    Feb 10, 2015, 09.23 PMby Friskysquirt

    Ooh, i totally agree with the recommended fabric search!

    Also a size search as some patterns only go up to 42, not 44.

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    Feb 15, 2015, 08.23 PMby hamletta

    I’m pretty sure this site is built with Drupal, which has baked-in categorization, called Taxonomy. They’re probably already using it for Women – Men – Children and within that, Dresses – Pants – Skirts. It would be fairly simple to break, say, Dresses down to Shift – Sheath – Fit-and-Flare, or whatever.

    On the other hand, I don’t know what kind of overhead that would add to a big, international site like this. Also, since we ARE speaking internationally, there are differences in terminology across cultures and languages.

    So it can be done, but there are a lot of moving parts involved. If it’s worth it to BurdaStyle, they might consider it as their pattern library grows — especially if it gives them a competitive advantage over other big pattern companies.

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    Mar 6, 2015, 06.29 PMby mollybaecker

    I couldn’t agree more. There should be subcategories. Indeed, burdastyle only need to look at their German parent company. Burdastyle.de offers about 1200 patterns for dresses. Dress patterns are then broken down into 13 !!! subcategories. I have so often complained about burdastyle’s appalling search options, but, frankly they seem to be too complacent to do anything about it.

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      Mar 11, 2015, 11.12 PMby TyMarie

      Hi Molly,

      We agree with you and this is a feature that we are currently working on. Please stay tuned for subcategories in what we hope is the near future.

      All best,
      The BurdaStyle Team

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    May 1, 2015, 09.38 PMby ruthw

    Thank you, TyMarie. That will be a big help.

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    May 29, 2015, 09.01 PMby Rosemary Aka-Ferguson

    gosh you took the words right out of my mouth…have just spent 2 hrs searching through 35 pages of dress to find a chiffon tunic I remember from 2 years ago…only to find I can’t locate it on the UK site grrrrr

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    Jun 1, 2015, 09.37 PMby burdatestuser1

    We’re working on it!

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    Jun 17, 2015, 06.11 PMby jenss-1

    Still disappointed with this. I just did a search for “shirtdress” and only came up with 2 results. (And one of those results was more of a tunic or shift than a shirtdress). I know that there are many more in there, but just don’t have the energy to go through every page of patterns…

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