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Message Board > Sewing for Petite Sizes > Burda petite envelope patterns ( Moderated by MissCelie)

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Burda petite envelope patterns
anyone have experience with these?
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Date: 9/17/11 11:41 AM

I picked up a couple of Burda envelope patterns in the petite size range at the Hancock Fabrics sale yesterday ($2.49 each). Has anyone used these?

The styles are limited, but I figured they would be worth the price if it saves times on alterations. I won't be able to use the patterns for a few months at least, since I am currently 9 months pregnant.

I bought
7559 pant suit
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7628 dress and jacket

In putting these links up, I just discovered some reviews. Well, I'll read those now, but if anyone has any other comments, feel free to post!

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Date: 9/17/11 11:50 AM

Thanks for posting this. I'm not really familiar with the envelop patterns so I didn't even know they existed.

Wow, that sale price is dreamy!

Off to check the website in order to update the wishlist...

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Date: 9/17/11 11:51 AM

I have purchased a few of these and have never sewn them so I guess my advice is useless, BUT with BURDA you cannot go wrong as far as I am concerned. I have sewn BURDA patterns and my DD has sewn the magazine patterns and really - once you sew with BURDA you love the excellent draftsmanship that goes into those patterns. Have a lovely time with the new baby and when you get around to sewing I bet you'll be hapy with those BURDAs.

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Date: 9/17/11 2:58 PM

Pam, you've discovered my review of 7628 by now. This is a great pattern. I've been considering sewing another dress for our DD because this one turned out so nicely. If you're not petite, just de-petite it following Fehrtrade's blog posting. It really wasn't difficult or too time consuming.

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Date: 9/17/11 5:38 PM

Another huge Burda fan here -- and I mostly use their envelope patterns and am a petite. I own some Burda petite envelope patterns -- I think I've only made one petite one so far (pants) and I had to shorten the legs, and it still needs my usual pinch out of the front center seam. So.....

I think you'll love these, but depending on how/where you're petite, you may still of course need to do some alterations.

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Date: 9/17/11 8:53 PM

Thanks for the input everyone!

Patti - That's a beautiful dress and jacket you made your daughter. I love linen. The link to the fehr trade blog was also useful. I'll probably end up making a full muslin since in one of the petite patterns she tried, she didn't have to un-petite the bodice even though she's not in the petite height range. I am definitely short, but mostly in the legs.

Joan - I figured I would still have to shorten the legs on the pants. Even in RTW petites, I still have to hem. But hopefully instead of shortening regular pants patterns by 5-6 inches, maybe it will be more like 1-2 inches.

Just waiting for this baby to be born. I guess I could trace out at least the pants pattern ahead of time. Maybe a couple sizes for the pants as I lose the baby weight. The dress will have to wait for next spring.

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Date: 9/18/11 8:54 AM

Just want to point out, re:Petite-ing or un-Petite-ing, that Burda has workshops for their alterations.

Here they are in German :

Here's the Petite tutorial:

Petite alterations

and

Lengthening bodice and sleeve

and

Lengthening Pants

These are PDFs of inserts from older issues. You don't need to know German to use them, the illustratiosn are pretty clear on their own.

I like that they show you WHERE Burda wants you to cut the pattern.

The standard difference in bodice measurements btw Petite/Standard/Tall in Burda is 2cm split 1/3 + 2/3 (so approx 1/4in btw Shoulder and Bust + 3/8in btw Bust and Waist)

Now, the size chart on Burda is very thorough so it's a good idea to compare your measurements and alter as needed.

I'm adding all this as a sort of Caveat to Melissa's modification. Remember that a) the dress in question had several seams but, most importantly, b) it was a knit/doubleknit garment so fit was less demanding.

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Date: 9/18/11 7:33 PM

Those are really helpful -- thanks!!

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Date: 9/18/11 11:22 PM

It's also important to note that Burda's online size chart for the English site is NOT for the pattern size, but for RTW.

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Date: 9/19/11 8:30 AM

I bought the dress pattern awhile back but haven't used it yet.

Regarding petiteing a pattern, I used to shorten between the apex and shoulders but I guess because of gravity (ie Cooper's droop), I've been sewing a size 10 for the shoulders and a 12 with a FBA and I haven't needed to shorten there or even bringing the waist up.

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