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burda sizing

blessedtosew | Posted in Patterns on

I subscribed to Burda World of Fashion magazine and just got my first copy yesterday.  Could somone tell me how the sizing works?  The sizing is European, but what is a size 34, 36, 38, etc?  I am not sure if those represent the chest measurements or what?  Thanks.


  1. starzoe | | #1

    No, those aren't bust measurements. They are European fashion sizes, and for instance a 34 is: bust 31.5", waist 24.5" and hip 33 .75", and a 46 is 41, 33.75, 43.25 inches. Most likely Burda has a size chart on their website. Don't try to match them to US sizes, take your measurements (or better still have a helper do this) and find your size.

    As a matter of fact, I see that there are size charts in the Burda World of Fashion I have right here. If you sew any of those patterns, remember that the metric scale is used, and that you have to add your own seam allowances.

  2. rekha | | #2

    On the first of the printed text pages, usually following a number of glossy pages of the garments, you will find what is on the patterns and what to do

    1. blessedtosew | | #3

      I found the page.  If it had been a snake it would have bitten me.  I don't know how I missed it.  Are those chest sizes actually finished measurements or are they the sizes the patterns will fit?

      1. rekha | | #4

        I was going to scan and show you but the scanner is throwing tantrums. OK, go down the charts: Women's ->Women's half sizes_>Infants and toddlers.

        Below that is text telling you what is and not included. If I get the chance to wake the scanner I will send it

      2. marymary | | #5

        The measurements are the size  for which the pattern was drafted.  Each pattern will have a different ease, that is, the amount extra needed for that design.  You decide which pattern to start with by matching your measurements to the measurements in the chart. 

        Just like any pattern, you may have to make adjustments after you copy off the pattern from the master sheet.

      3. rekha | | #6

        Look down the tables on the left as suggested before and the fine text tells you all you need to know

        1. blessedtosew | | #7

          Thank you so much.

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