After enjoying BurdaStyle’s most recent books (Wardrobe Essentials and Dresses for Every Occasion), I just couldn’t wait to check out their newest release: Full-Figure Fashion. Just what patterns would the good people at BurdaStyle choose to put in?!
Okay, before I launch into the patterns, I should get through some of the nitty gritty. The book contains “24 plus-size patterns for every day”, according to the cover. By “every day” they seem to mean mostly separates. And, I do count 24 patterns, if you don’t include the variations but do include the slip pattern as a separate dress. There are nine blouse patterns (plus one variation), three skirt patterns, three pants patterns (plus one variation), four jacket patterns (plus one variation), and five dress patterns.
These patterns range in size from a BurdaStyle 44 (39.5″ bust) to 52 (48″ bust), which seems pretty typical for an upper range of pattern sizes from both indies and the big four – except for a few pattern lines like Connie Crawford’s at Butterick.
And, as always, the beginning of the book contains an introduction to sewing, and the end of the book contains a brief glossary and a pocket full of patterns.
Okay, I know you’re saying, “Enough already! Get to the patterns that come with the book!”
As with the other books that BurdaStyle has released, this book is made up of previously released patterns, all of which are included as pull outs in the typical crazy magazine-spider-web style. But, if you like several of the patterns and don’t mind tracing from the tangle, then the price of the book would be worth it over buying the individual patterns. I’ve linked to them in case you are interested in looking into them a bit more.
First up are the blouse patterns:
Shawl Collar Top 12/2013 #132 – I’d never thought about how easy it would be to turn a plain top into a cowl-necked top by simply making an infinity scarf out of matching fabric.
And, now on to the top/skirt combos:
V-Neck Top (Plus Size) 07/2012 #136 /
Okay, I could only find this skirt in dress form. Did I overlook it online? Was it just released in magazine form in July 2012? It’s hard for me to imagine it wasn’t originally released as a part of this collection since the model is wearing it in the shot above, which is also the shot used online for the top pattern! UPDATE: The skirt pattern is on the German BurdaStyle site here. Thanks Sartorietta!
Our first variation – leave the ties off the wrap-front top for an off-the-shoulder v-neck top:
I also couldn’t find this top variation. I assumed it would be 07/2012 #136B or something – but, I had no luck finding such a pattern online. It’s the same sailor and model, so I assumed it must have been released the same month, July 2012, right?! Again, maybe it made it into the magazine but not online? Or, maybe it wasn’t actually billed as a separate pattern since it’s the wrap top without the wrap? Does anyone know?! UPDATE: The v-neck top pattern is on the German BurdaStyle site here. Thanks Sartorietta!
Now we’ve got the jacket/pant combos and their variations:
A couple more jackets:
Draped Jersey Jacket (Plus Size) 01/2013 #129 – Hmmm… None of these jackets have closures…
And, a last lone pair of pants:
Finally, we have our dresses:
Scoop Neck Dress (Plus Size) 07/2012 #139 – I was curious if Beth of Sunnygal Studio Sewing’s recent favorite of 11/2013 #133B would make the cut, but it didn’t. Maybe this one would fit similarly?
Summer Dress (Plus Size) 04/2013 #131 – In my pattern count, I’ve tallied these two as separate dress patterns in order to get to 24 total patterns without counting any of the variations.
40s Style Shirtdress (Plus Size) 08/2013 #138 – This dress is probably my favorite of the bunch, mostly because I really like the styling and that fabric.
But, I can’t seem to find anyone online who’s made it. Anyone? Anyone? UPDATE: See Michelle of Happily Caffeinated‘s version here.
Okay, that’s it! So, what do you think? Any patterns here pique your interest? Enough to justify getting the book? What do you hope to see from BurdaStyle next?
UPDATE: For those of you clicking through from GOMI, I’m sorry if I offended you by accepting this book for review. I was offered this book by Interweave/F+W, not BurdaStyle, and I’m pretty sure that Interweave/F+W just wanted to connect a sewing book with a sewing blogger and didn’t think too much about size. I figured I wasn’t going to be able to fit any of the patterns from this book, but I thought that it would be good for the broader sewing community to see what patterns were included. I appreciate and completely understand that many of you would have liked to have seen more than just a list of the patterns.
UPDATE: I gave this book to Michelle of Happily Caffeinated so that it could get a more thorough review on the Curvy Sewing Collective. You can find her review here. For what it’s worth, the Curvy Sewing Collective actually reviewed a few of these patterns already since many of them were also included in the BurdaStyle Plus Size Essentials Collections that was released awhile ago. I’ve updated the pattern listings above with the relevant links. You can find the recap of their blog tour here.
Interweave/F+W sent me BurdaStyle Modern Sewing – Full-Figure Fashion for review. All opinions are my own.