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Burda magazine

Elaray | Posted in General Sewing Info on

I’m considering a subscription to Burda Magazine. I’ve been looking at the website and I really like several of the garments I’ve seen. However, I’m a plus-size woman. Does each issue include a selection of plus-size patterns? I’m aware of the Burda Plus magazine that is published twice a year, but I’d prefer something published monthly. I’d appreciate all critiques and opinions before I subscribe.

thanks in advance.

I sew, therefore I am

Edited 6/1/2004 11:40 am ET by Elaray


  1. carolfresia | | #1

    Burda World of Fashion does include plus-sized patterns in each issue, and often they're the styles I like best in the magazine. They're slightly more fashion-forward than US patterns, and the drafting is quite good. I believe you can order a trial subscription of 3 months to see how you like it.


  2. kjp | | #2

    I love Burda mag & also fall into the plus category.  They have beautiful patterns - last month was exercise wear!  I do get frustrated with the small sizes of some of their regular patterns, though.

    1. ShannonG4d | | #3

      Burda also does a special Plus Size issue twice per year.  It has most of the plus size pieces that are given in the monthly issues.  If you will only be using the plus size patterns, I think this is a much better idea.  It's only about $20 year, and you can order it either through GLP (German Language Publications) or from amazon.


    2. SewNancy | | #4

      Because the patterns do not have sas, it is easy to use the method in this month's Threads to enlarge the patterns.  I find most of the patterns much more fashion foward than US companies and much more quckly responsive to whats new.  I used to be plus size and was very happy using these patterns.


      1. kjp | | #5

        Thanks, Nancy!  I've always altered my patterns to fit, but never tried the grading.  I'm thinking of trying it with a couple patterns from this month's Burda mag.  Fortunately, my largest part is my hips/derrierre, thus, very easy to alter!  There have been a few fashionable tops, though, which they seem to stop at size 42.  I'm right on the border!

        BTW - how did your jacket come out?  I've been doing simple summer separates lately (out of necessity), so no couture sewing!  I did buy several books, though.


        1. SewNancy | | #6

          Dear Kjp,

          My jacket and skirt came out great.  It was very flattering and I was very pleased with my results.  The 2 muslins really helped a lot.  I also saw a woman in a real  Chanel jacket  at graduation and my son insisted he liked mine better.

          Have you been part of the Marnie jacket discussion?  I went to the Sex and the City site and saw the jacket and while the whole thing is a little much for me I really liked the bottom trim on the jacket and thought that it would make an interesting variation on my jacket for the wool boucle I've had sitting here for a few years.  Also might aplicque black lace on the sleeves or gatther them to the bottom of sleeve.  The boucle is gray and seems boring to me and I want to jazz it up a bit.


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