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I am a relative dressmaking novice plus sized lady (although I do a lot of home sewing projects) and have recently taken out a subscription to Burda Style Special (previously Burda Style Plus) thinking that this would cover the Plus sizing issue as well as some great sewing patterns etc. Now someone tells me I would have been better with Burda Style as this also does plus sizes as well? I have not received my first magazine yet from the subscription so still have time to change it. Please could all you Burda experts out there (!!) advise as to which magazine you think would be best? When I buy clothing, I purchase a UK size 20 but it seems that I need to go a good two sizes up when pattern making? All your opinions would be really welcome. Many thanks and happy sewing !!


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    Oct 19, 2013, 12.15 PMby Deanna31

    I’m not sure what the special magazine is about, but at the back of the normal magazine they do put plus sizes. I’m a size 12 (Australian sizing) and just fit into the smaller size patterns. I’m not sure how high the plus size goes up to sorry.

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    Oct 19, 2013, 04.07 PMby sewingfan1

    The burda style magazine goes up to size 52 (26 uk size) on their plus patterns. If the burda special is made up of only plus patterns then I’d say you would be best off with that one as the style magazine usually has only about 6pages out of around 50 with plus size patterns. I think the burda specials used to be made up of a collection from the whole year of burda style (eg I bought a couple in the past. One was special ‘skirts and trousers’ edition and had various skirts and trousers that had featured throughout the year in the regular burda magazine) so maybe the Burda plus special does the same sort of thing? There’s been a similar discussion going on here that might help http://sewing.patternreview.com/SewingDiscussions/topic/79332

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    Oct 20, 2013, 12.28 PMby bee8888

    Thanks both for your help. I seem to be talking myself into the fact that I need BOTH magazines – clearly this is not the right answer though !!!!!!!!! I have also written to Burda themselves – lets see what they say :-))

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    Oct 21, 2013, 05.46 AMby rita61

    I used to subscribe to both regular and plus. There are designs in each that are not in the other, but the majority of the designs overlap. If you are new to Burda, and don’t have prior issues, you’ll be good with the special (plus) issue.

    However, there is a Webinar called: “Tissue fitting for Plus Sizes” this week, that is to teach us how to ‘grade any pattern to fit your figure’. So if you are going to register for the Webinar, you may want to consider switching your subscription, as the regular Burda comes out once a month.

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