burda style: free sewing patterns on the web

burda, the german-based sewing pattern company is behind what i think is an extremely clever idea: FREE sewing patterns one can download off the web! open-source sewing!

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(photo via burda style)

no need to constantly strategically plan trips to one's local fabric store, or shell out piles of cash for patterns if you don't wanna...burda makes these select and stylishly modern patterns (and more) available via their burda style website. you simply download the pdf's of the pattern, print them and the provided instructions, assemble the pattern as needed, and sew!
want to make it green, too? you could always use recycled fabric or linens from the local thrift store/charity shop or your closet as the source for the fabric for these fashionable frocks!
perfect for those of you out there who like to take fashion into your own hands...and not always leave it in the hands of major corporations.


i'm loving the marie skirt, myself (that's the one second row down, second photo from left in the grid of photos shown above). it kind of reminds me of the peg skirt portion of the dress i made as one of my final garments while studying at parsons! i think it would be quite sassy (and more than a little sexy!) in a metallic (perhaps brightly colored?) lamè, perfect for hitting the town and probably pretty with one of my favored cocktail hats! i may have to swing by the discount fabrics later today and see what i can see. hmmm!!


(via nikkishell, of wardrobe refashion fame!)