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Date: 10/28/12 10:27 AM

I subscribe to the Burda magazine and would like to try many of their patterns, but according to the size charts, I am too big!
I wear a 10 in RTW , occasionally a 12 and have never worn a plus size. Going by the Burda sizes, wich usually go up only to a 44, very few patterns are available to me.
I know how to do a FBA, but I don't know how to change whole patterns to bigger sizes. Is there a website that can help with adjusting these patterns? Or should I just use the plus sizes?

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Date: 10/28/12 10:42 AM

For any pattern, esp the magazine patterns, go by your measurements. The big four do not have as precise drafting as burda. In high school 30+ yrs ago, I could buy & wear the same size RTW & patterns, now I can't. The RTW sizes have gotten larger as people have. I wear size 10 pants, 42 Ottobre jeans.
Burda does give instructions on how to grade up a pattern a size in the instruction portion.

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Date: 10/28/12 12:42 PM

I would maybe try one and see. I wear a 12 in RTW and use a 44 in Burda and Ottobre. Also, almost all the 'regular' ottobres go up to 46 (which I suspect will be way too big for you anyway) and about half of the designs in each magazine go up to 50.
I've sewn out of both magazines, and personally would suggest going for Ottobre. Their instructions are better (often with illustrations for more difficult techniques) and their patterns sheets are much easier to trace from.
And this is just my opinion, but I find the Ottobre designs to be much more 'wearable' for everyday life for me.

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Date: 10/28/12 3:56 PM

Are you using your measurements to select a size from the charts? Don't believe their "size x equals size y in our patterns" equivalences, use the measurements instead. I have a hard time believing you're a 44 if you wear a 10 in RTW - I can get away with a 44 or 46 on my top half a lot of the time and I wear a size 16/18.

I agree that if you truly are on the cusp of plus-size patterns, Ottobre may be a better bet for you than Burda, although Burda always (?) has a few plus-size patterns in each issue. As momtoesther said, most of the patterns in each Ottobre issue go up all the way to 50, and I think all of them go up to 46.

Grading up a little bit, though, is not that hard especially if you're going to be tracing a pattern anyway. I'd try a size 44 first, though, and see how it works for you.
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Date: 10/28/12 5:55 PM

I am a 14/16 RTW and usually use a combination of size 42-44 in Burda, so I think you'd be fine, as you are a smaller size than me.

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Date: 10/29/12 7:37 AM

I have the same sizing as Speech girl, so go back and check things out with a measuring tape :)

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