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Added Jan 12, 2009

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






Oh, Winter! Your face is frozen, the sun is gone, and the holidays are long past. We know, BurdaStylers, and we’re here to help with this warm muff!

Material Notes

wool or heavy cotton for the self, lighter cotton or silk for the lining, batting



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    Jan 1, 2012, 09.31 AMby jaie

    I realize this pattern is a couple of years old but please, I can’t even begin to get these instructions to make sense. Is there some photos (not line drawings) of someone who has done this? Step 4 is barely understandable. And I’m being kind saying it that way.

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    Jan 19, 2010, 07.05 PMby catgirl667

    The directions for the pocket don’t make any sense to me…anybody have any tips or pics that they can share? The directions seem to indicate that the raw edges will be exposed and the top will be sewn shut??

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    Mar 10, 2009, 06.09 AMby ichigogirl

    I think the muff is really cute. It’d be even nicer in a fake-fur, maybe black or white fake rabbit, or it’d be really cool in a fake leopard-fur. But this’d be the perfect pattern to offer for free, to encourage beginners to take up sewing. I would think that’s the busienss-idea of this site, to encourage more people to begin sewing, and others to sew more. And I think it’s worked very well so far! I hope someone posts a fur Christina, I’d love to see it :-)!

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    Jan 21, 2009, 05.08 AMby amanda77

    I understand if they need to charge for more of the patterns, but even $1.50 seems a bit much to pay for something when you can look at the picture and see how to do it.

    This is one of those things that might have been better off staying free.

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    Jan 19, 2009, 06.49 AMby madamewu

    we don’t need pattern to make such thing…

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    Jan 18, 2009, 11.19 AMby safemme

    Hear, hear! :)

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    Jan 17, 2009, 11.58 PMby miss-g-1

    First off I want to say I love Burdastyle, I don’t mind that they charge for patterns, and I don’t mind that they re-use single Burda patterns (because half the time, I don’t want to make everything in the envelope and nor will I buy WOF for just one pattern). They go to an effort to style the patterns for a younger crowd, something which is sorely missing from every other major pattern maker. I come here for the garment patterns, they’re always fresh and different and I am happy to pay for that!!

    But I would much rather a new pattern every month or every two months, than craft patterns every week. I can get craft patterns anywhere, and craftster.org has that market captured so well that when things like bow-ties and muffs are posted on here, it just feels like doubling up and I leave the site. Burdastyle was always about hip, younger (without being tweenie) fashion and it feels like it’s drifting away from that. I will never make a dirndl, bow tie, or muff, but I sure will make a Malissa, an Anda, a Heidi and all the other wonderful clothes that have been posted.

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    Jan 15, 2009, 11.20 AMby safemme

    I would totally download the patterns you have to pay for – if I had a credit card. Also, I’m terrified of putting my info on line (my parents recently got their identity stolen!!) but i did go out and buy a burda magazine, just to show my support, in a way. (Also, I fell in love with the skirt pattern!!)

    My problem is really just the muff. Maybe if they offered a couple little patterns like this, as sort of a “patternS of the week” thing, but no, we have just a muff. (And by the way, I think the muff would be much cuter if there was just a simple wrist strap to ‘attach’ it to the wearer. The neck strap adds a bit of childish charm I think, though some are into that…)

    I still love you burda, I’m just waiting for next week is all! ;-)

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    Jan 15, 2009, 10.47 AMby benedikta

    Thanks so much for many encouraging comments To clarify: In order to launch with a larger pattern database to offer more of the good stuff, we were able to get some patterns from Burda Mode. All patterns that have been put up on the site since beginning of last year are only offered on BurdaStyle and are created by YOU or the Team solely for our community.

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    Jan 15, 2009, 12.49 AMby klaartje

    I have to agree with Lauriana, this is quite below standars. And *&%about the creating of the patterns, if you look up the patterns at burdamode.com (not the magazines, indivivual patterns) you’ll see exacly the same patterns! So they’re not creating new patterns every time. (the yellow coat is burda easy magazine btw..)

    I used to look every monday like a habit, but i’ve lost that a long time ago….

    xx klaartje

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    Jan 14, 2009, 03.15 PMby Laura Baker

    Its ok Burdastyle, I still love you! :D

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    Jan 14, 2009, 12.31 PMby goldenjen

    I check this site every day for some inspiration, and I often look while I’m at work to try and escape the doom and gloom of the headlines. It upsets me to think that all the positive, lovely feedback from a highly creative group of people has been replaced with grumbles. Where did all our enthusiasm go? I’d hate to think that it was only there because of the free price tag rather than the genuine desire to share ideas and have fun with sewing…

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    Jan 14, 2009, 06.55 AMby machelle

    Wow! I am sadly surprised at some of the negative tones in these comments. Where is the love? Ok, it’s a simple pattern! And it is entirely appropriate for the season and it is simple enough to whip one up in a little while. Not too mention the model Christina is such a sweet-looking girl! I say, Thank you Burda! I appreciate all you do for us who love to sew!!

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    Jan 14, 2009, 05.52 AMby safemme

    I agree with everyone – we have been spoiled, but burda did the spoiling. We are used to amazing, fresh patterns – but they are a bit of work. This muff is a bit of a disappoinment to me. Maybe if it was included in a set of, say with a matching hat, or jacket, it wouldn’t be such a let down, but it kind of is. I really used to look forward to the new pattern post, even if I didn’t buy or intend to use it at all – I always got a bit of inspiration at least. This does nothing for me. As others have said, this is something to make as a gift, not a pattern of the week.

    Thank you still, burda, for all your hard work. Keep it up! :) I will be looking forward to seeing next weeks’ post!

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    Jan 14, 2009, 03.03 AMby victors

    whose fault is it that we are spoilt? We have had all kinds of great stuff in the past and this is a bizarre/impractical item to have as pattern of the week

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    Jan 14, 2009, 02.43 AMby polychromatin

    Of course to run a site like this means a lot of effort, but, these are not people who run this site private, it is a comemrcial site and they’re all getting paid, Burda is a big trust. So as customers of this site (as we are defintely now) I think we have the right to say our opinion, the customer comes first (or should at least).

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    Jan 13, 2009, 09.38 PMby craftdinner

    I just don’t understand why people complain about the simple patterns.. most of these patterns are free….. it just seems really rude to complain when Burda has made this wicked website full of free patterns, ideas, recourses and sewing tips………. you guys are spoiled

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    Jan 13, 2009, 04.35 PMby littlebutton

    Come on you guys! Burdastyle has provided us with so many awesome patterns for free it’s hardly surprising that they have to start covering costs somewhere. $1.50 isn’t exactly a huge amount of money and this project would be perfect for a beginner. I say we need to give them a break and be thankful for what they have already provided.

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    Jan 13, 2009, 12.09 PMby susanne2011

    Hmm yeah, I don’t really like the muff. I agree that we shouldn’t expect a complicated pattern everytime, and I also don’t mind paying for patterns. But I think the patterns should at least be a bit more than extremely basic and simple to make.

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    Jan 13, 2009, 10.46 AMby emrichkh

    The previous pattern posted was a wool jacket, one that looked fairly complex at that. I agree that I would not pay for this particular pattern nor do I find it useful to me, but I’m sure that creating a pattern every week takes A LOT of work and time. BurdaStyle has provided some amazing pieces for free or for a very low price, especially when you consider that you can actually sell the pieces that you make as your own. Store bought patterns such as McCall’s, as you know, run $15 plus and are not open source. Even the patterns that you can buy online as a PDF download are usually about $10 and are for personal use only. I feel that people have been pretty harsh lately. I’m sure this is not the end of practical clothing patterns from BurdaStyle.

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    Jan 13, 2009, 09.52 AMby polychromatin

    It’s somehow getting embarrassing, don’t you think?

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    Jan 13, 2009, 09.38 AMby lauriana

    Isn’t it time you guys posted a ‘proper’ pattern again? Maybe I shouldn’t say this, because I usually use my own patterns anyway, but it seems like ages ago that we had a nice, practical, good for all kinds of body shapes and skill levels kind of pattern. A nice shirt or skirt, or maybe even a new coat or jacket, in a woven fabric for example. I’m all for men’s and plus size patterns, but I’m getting tired of seeing simple and fairly useless accesories presented as the new pattern. Especially if we have to pay for it. ‘patterns’ like this one have their use in the run-up to Christmas, but right now, I’d say it’s time for wardrobe essentials.

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    Jan 13, 2009, 07.05 AMby saramelissa

    There’s already a free how-to on how to make a similar muff here:


    You could probably just use these instructions, substitute the faux fur with a fabric of your choosing, and maybe stitch a layer of quilt batting to the inside of one of the layers to give it some thickness.

    The Christina pattern seems kinds of… basic… for $1.50. I’m curious what there is to the pattern, but I don’t want to pay for it just so I can see what the pattern looks like. It seems like it could just be a rectangle, maybe with a little extra piece for the pocket and a strip for thing that goes around your neck, in which case I’d be disappointed that I paid for it. Judging from the pictures, there doesn’t seem to be much to it to justify paying money for the pattern.

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    Jan 13, 2009, 02.40 AMby barkcloth

    I first thought it was the coat, the new pattern.

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