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Fruzzle

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Date: 4/10/07 4:53 PM

I've never used Burda patterns before, but I was browsing the pattern shop here, and I saw that they "come individually designed for Tall, Petite and Plus sizes".

I'm *always* looking for tall-sized patterns (imagine! a pattern I didn't have to alter ten ways till Sunday!). Do the tall (or other extra sizes) come in the same envelope as the regular patterns? And do the patterns from the magazine work the same way?

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Date: 4/10/07 7:37 PM

The Burda patterns I have are sized for women 5'6". I have not noticed ones for taller ladies.

I guess it depends on where you are tall and what alterations you may need.

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Date: 4/10/07 8:40 PM

I think this is going to depend on two things: How tall you really are and more importantly, how long your torso is. You can have a very petite heigth, but have a long torso and short legs (swimmers build, if you will) or, you can a have a classic long-legs, small torso build (like the orignial Barbies)

I'm guessing you have a long torso and long legs. In that case, I think a 'tall' pattern indicates it would fit wll. However tall in Europe (where Burda manufactures patterns) seems different. I say that because I accidnetally bought a tall pattern for my 6'1" roomate and it was /just/ long enough. I expected to have to take some length off, and really, I could have still added some and not had an issue. (My roomate has a very average build IMO)

If you are very very tall I think you will still have an issue, but if you are just a few inches off average I think this will work well for you.

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Date: 4/11/07 2:13 AM

The way that most pattern books have a petites section, well burda have a Petites & Talls section or at least they did!

It has petites specific patterns (yay for me) and talls specific patterns (yay for you).

Pattern ranges that are designed for 5'8" tall women are Silhouette Patterns and
Hot Patterns

I avoid them cos I'm 5'2" and extremely short waisted.
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Date: 4/11/07 7:18 AM

Hi Fruzzle, as I am tall (one of the reasons why I sew in the first place) I keep my eye out for tall patterns. I have a 34 - 36" inseam depending on the cut of the pants and have to add 2" to arms and 1" in the body of most patterns.

You will find a very sparse selection of Tall patterns (and note that in Canada, taille is the french translation of size, some Americans think that means tall, but that is just the bilingual packaging).

You will find it much easier to get good results by altering the patterns for length which is easy. I have found the regular Burda pants patterns are generous in the length and need less added on than say Vogue. Just remember two rules: 1) never add more than 2" in one place (divide anything over that and add it into more than one place in the pattern so you retain the pattern's design lines) and 2) Never just add onto the hemline - for the same reason above. Add the length somewhere in the middle

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Date: 4/11/07 2:09 PM

Thanks, all, for your advice.

I'm tall everywhere -- I'm 6'1", and I have long legs and a long torso. I usually have no problems with pattern adjustment in leg/skirt length and in torso length below the bust. Most patterns have marks in these areas for adding/reducing length.

The two places that really trip me up are adding length between the bust and the shoulders, and adding length to the rise on pants.

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Date: 4/20/07 0:47 AM

As mentioned earlier in this thread, the patterns (at least the ones I have worked with) are sized for 5'6". I don't recall seeing lengthening, but there is room to shorten. I am 5'0" so I have the opposite problem. However, I have loved working with Burda patterns and the fit has been perfect. I am getting ready to start on a military style jacket they have in their Young collection so I'm anxious to see how that turns out.
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Date: 4/20/07 0:55 AM

Fruzzle:

I accidently purchased a "tall" pattern from Burda for my average sized daughter- It is completely unused.
It is pattern # 8520
and it lists sizes (Miss tall 5'9") as the basic size
I imagine it would be easy to add an inch or two to this measurement-PM me if you would like me to send it to you-for postage only
Mary
edited to add: it is a pants pattern- start 3- third level of difficulty for beginners
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-- Edited on 4/20/07 5:19 PM --

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Subject: I've only used those from the magazine Date: 4/21/07 4:09 PM

but I *lurve* them despite the pita needing to trace it out and add seam allowances... because the crotch curve on the pants fits me SOOO much better than the other pattern companies.

I like their designs too, but if I lost 30 lbs I'd love them even more ;)

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Date: 4/23/07 5:06 PM

You girls made my day. I have a short torso and long legs, but for the first time of my life I can regard myself as a "Barbie"! Love you all!!!

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