Good afternoon, friends! The editors of the Curvy Sewing Collective are happy to announce our latest blog tour, kicking off tomorrow. Last month, Burdastyle approached us to see if we’d like to try patterns from their new plus size kits. They’ve gathered bestselling patterns into two downloadable kits, the Plus Size Essentials Collection and the Best of Burdastyle: Plus Size Collection. The collections feature whole wardrobes of chic, modern patterns designed for the plus sized sewist, bundled together at a steep discount.
Huzzah! Don’t you love a good pattern bundle? They’re only better, if you can see honest pattern reviews and tons of photos beforehand, though. We’ve got you covered! Over the next two weeks, each of the CSC editors will be blogging about one pattern from these collections. We each picked our favorite, sewn it up, and written detailed, honest reviews to be posted on our individual blogs. I’ll be back here each Sunday, to round up our makes and chat a bit about our experiences with the patterns.
Let’s check out the collections, shall we?
The Burdastyle Plus Size Essentials Collection features seven plus size patterns, a web seminar for plus size pattern grading, and two technique videos, one for bust adjustments and one for stretch fabric adaptations. Y’all, I can’t even decide which of these patterns is my favorite. I’ve had my eye on the Contrast V Neck Dress, the Faux Wrap Dress, and the Short Sleeve Bow Blouse for so long! These really are some of the best patterns from recent collections, all cherry picked into one mega collection. Both the pencil skirt (a classic staple made in cozy stretch knit) and the Seamed Pants are perfect for chic workdays, whereas the Sectioned Jersey Top is ideal weekend loungewear. Of course, a wardrobe isn’t complete without outerwear and this one includes the beautifully draped Loose Jacket.
The Best of Burdastyle Collection contains eight similarly gorgeous patterns, all picked from successful past collections. To my eye, these patterns are a bit dressier than the Essentials collection, thanks to the inclusion of the Draped Dress, Jersey Dress, Long Sleeved Blouse, and Wide Silk Pants. There’s a bit of an Olivia Pope vibe to this collection, don’t you think? I could certainly see her strutting though D.C. in the fabulous Cape, on top of these outfits. There is a bit of casual in this collection, of course, but fabric choice could easily transition these pieces into workwear, as well. Both the pencil skirt and the printed tunic would look smashing in different weights of silk! Lastly, we have the Zip Up Vest. It would be easy to overlook this garment amongst so many beautiful pieces, but check out its amazing line drawings. I am so digging its asymettrical, modern vibe! This is definitely another winning collection.
I absolutely cannot wait to see what my fellow editors made from these kits! It’s one thing to see these patterns in Burda’s magazine, but full reviews and pictures from actual sewing bloggers can really tell us so much more. Below, I’ve provided a schedule of our blog tour, along with the patterns we each tried out. I hope you’ll join us in exploring these collections!
September 29th — Jenny at Cashmerette — the Jersey Dress
October 1st — Tanya at Mrs. Hughes — the Printed Tunic
October 2nd — Laurence at Quirky Pretty Cute — the Loose Jacket
October 6th — Mary at Idle Fancy — the Faux Wrap Dress
October 7th — Mary at Young, Broke, and Fabulous — the Draped Dress
October 8th — Sophie Lee at Two Random Words — the Cape
October 9th — T at U & Mii — Contrast V Neck Dress