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I was wondering why the patterns for sale on BurdaStyle website only start at size 36 and go to size 44 only—at least the greatest part of them.
The patterns that are contained in the Burda Sewing books, including the most recent on Sewing Vintage Modern, start at size 32 and go to size 46 included.
The reason that I started to sew for myself (and I believe this goes for many of us) was to be able to have clothes that fit me since I do not easily find ready made clothes in my size. I understand that patterns can and should be altered, but it would be much easier for less experienced sewers like me to use a pattern in their size already, rather than trying to grade a pattern.
There are many patterns I really, really, really love for sale on Burda, but I have refrained from buying them so far because they all start at size 36 which simply is too large for me—-and my skills at grading are simply ridiculous.

I am a very beginner at sewing, and probably the question I am asking is stupid, but why not have every pattern available in all the sizes? From 32 to 52?

Thank you


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    Feb 1, 2013, 05.39 PMby BurdaStyle Support

    Hello Manu1717,

    Thank you for bringing this subject up for discussion. The majority of the patterns on our site are by burda style magazine, produced in Germany. For formatting purposes the magazine has chosen to produce their patterns in a limited range of 5 sizes. The books on the other hand are made here in NYC by BurdaStyle, Inc (.com). We wanted to offer the book patterns in a larger range of sizes.

    We will pass along your concerns to the burda style magazine and you can reach out to the magazine as well at burdastyle@burda.com. We at BurdaStyle.com appreciate your feedback and will keep this in consideration when making future pattern editorial decisions.



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    Apr 8, 2014, 02.13 PMby debora sosa

    Hello…. Manu 1717 and I seem to have the same exact problem. I could not have written it better. I spend more time trying to understand and compare sizes than I am actually sewing. I also have the sewing vintage book and I love it. I have not other complain. I really love this site!!! Thank you! D.

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    Apr 9, 2014, 04.17 AMby arisaid

    A range of 5 sizes is not enough! Why do petite sizes have to be for only smaller built women? Needing a petite 52 just doesn’t work with Burda patterns.

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