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Date: 2/7/14 11:37 AM

Hi Everyone
I live in the UK and have a question about Burda Style magazine. Does anyone know what size the patterns generally go down to? I've phoned the UK website but they are unable to tell me. I usually need a UK 4 or 6. As I'm only a beginner I didn't want to bother buying it if they don't go down that small as at this stage I wouldn't feel confident altering them. I have enough trouble altering commercial size 4 patterns to fit and if I had to start from an 8 I would really be in trouble.
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Date: 2/7/14 3:53 PM

The magazine has some that go down to a Eur 34 which according to the size chart is a UK8. The measurements for this size are: 31.5"/24.5"/33.25" (80/62/86). Burda draft more form fitting than the Big 4, so you may need to take that into consideration, and that always go by measurements not size when choosing patterns. Hope that helps.
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Date: 2/8/14 3:49 AM

Thanks, that's really helpful. Think I will give it a miss for a while until I am more experienced. I'm quite happy with the standard commercial patterns and they will keep me busy for a while!

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Date: 2/8/14 10:28 AM

You didn't say how tall you are, but Burda also has petite patterns which start at size 16--that chart is a little hard to read, but they're the ones under the K (for Klein or small). In any case, I recommend you read through some reviews here, find one that people say fits snugly, and sew it from a download--that way you can test the block without committing to the magazine..

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Date: 2/8/14 12:31 PM

Thanks, that's really helpful. I am only 4ft11 so am having to learn to make a lot of alterations to make patterns fit. I am about to start making a dress (Simplicity 2146). Hopefully by reducing the length of the body and then the length of the skirt I should be able to get a good fit. I will make a toile first. Thanks again for the advice :)

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Date: 2/8/14 4:30 PM

I had a quick look and there are some Burda envelope patterns that go down to a 32/6. Given that they are drafted with much less ease than most other companies, they might be good for you to try. The magazine is great but you need to trace from a page with lots of lines in different colours and can be a bit overwhelming until you get the knack of it.
Also, in case you haven't found it, there is a discussion board for petites that may be helpful for you Petite board

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Date: 2/9/14 11:17 AM

Thanks Tracey, that's good to know. I will take a look at the petites board.

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Date: 2/9/14 1:08 PM

Some of the Burda envelope patterns marked "Young" go down to a 32 (i.e. 6). I've also occasionally seen 32's in the magazine, but I don't think it's often.


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