To kick off the series, I want to highlight some of my favorite Burda Plus patterns from recent issues of BurdaStyle magazine. I haven't subscribed to the paper version of the magazine in several years, but I do follow new releases on the BurdaStyle web site and usually "favorite" a couple of plus sized patterns in each month's issue. Every pattern in this post is available as a $5.99 PDF download (without seam allowances) from BurdaStyle.
I promise, none of my choices will be frumpy or sacks with belts tied around the waist.
Let's start with the January 2014 issue and work our way to the most recent April issue...
Zippered Jacket 01-2014 #132I have what might seem as a weird love of casual jackets--probably because I'm always cold and often dress in layers. However, since I work in software, a blazer is too formal of a jacket style for my office environment, so my office topper is usually a cardigan or a casual jacket. To that end, I really like the paneling details and seaming on 01/2014 #132:
|BurdaStyle 01-2014 #132|
Paneled skinny pant 01-2014 #134I love that Burda released a skinny pant pattern for the non-skinny. You could use the side panel in a darker color to add some shadow-style color-blocking and elongate your bottom half, if that's a concern. The only thing that I don't care for about these is the lack of pockets. I need pockets in my pants, but if I was motivated, I could always draft/add them--maybe even inseam in that panel. The pants are #134 from the 01-2014 issue.
|BurdaStyle 01-2014 #134|
Ruffle Blouse 02-2014 #142I know that I've pointed out 02-2014 #142 before, and StyleArc has an even more exact match to this now in the Nancy blouse, but if you didn't want to spring for the StyleArc, this blouse is pretty and feminine with a ruffle front that isn't overly bulky or obnoxious:
|BurdaStyle 02-2014 #142|
Diagonal Panel Dress 02-2014 #141Also from the February issue is this knockout Diagonal Panel Dress (02-2014 #141):
|BurdaStyle 02-2014 #141|
Satin Belted Dress 03-2014 #130I have no idea where I would wear this, but dress 03-2014 #130 would enable you to rock your inner Joan Holloway, bombshell-style. I think that the seaming and neckline on this one are pretty fabulous and should look great on a curvy figure:
|BurdaStyle 03-2014 #130|
Two Toned 1940s Dress 03-2014 #133BurdaStyle seemed to be on a vintage style kick for March. This similarly retro, 2-in-1 dress (it's a dress, but it looks like separates!) would also be flattering on a lot of curvy figures, I'd think:
|BurdaStyle 03-2014 #133|
Knotted Top 04-2014 #136April had some generally "meh" plus sized patterns of shapelessness and high necklines, but this issue did have two simple knit tops that I really liked. I'm of the opinion that you can never have too many knit tops. My first pick is 04-2014 #136, a cross between a surplice top and those twist tops that were so popular a few years ago. With creative draping still very in-style, this top still feels pretty current to me:
|BurdaStyle 04-2014 #136|
Square Neck Top 04-2014 #135Finally, this knit square neck top has French darts for bust shaping, an interesting neckline, and a two options for length--one longer and with ruching, and one t-shirt length. The line drawing for the ruched one looks a little maternity-esque, I think, but I made a HotPatterns top with similar ruching a few years back (pre-baby), and I didn't think it looked maternity at all on me.
|BurdaStyle 04-2014 #135|