Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Burdastyle Magazine 06/2013

I'm sorry I'so late with my review this month, I've been distracted by MMM and a couple of great guests.
Also, I didn't know I needed to be registered to the Russian site of Burda in order to see the complete review (thank you Sveta for helping me out), and the technical drawings hadn't been released elsewhere yet.

This is actually a well balanced issue of Burda.
By balanced, I mean there's stuff I really like, some WTF-ery and a lot of stuff in the middle.

Let's start with the good.

As my dear Mathilde said, this is my "coup de coeur", my instant favorite. The neckline is a bit too deep for me, but that's an easy fix. Other than that, this looks like a perfect, comfy everyday dress that you can make in so many different fabrics and variations.
I also love how it's styled in the photo. It's supposed to be a street-style photo, but I wonder how staged these are.

Very, very cute skirt with a sash. Definitely a fabric eater, though, between all those panels, the gathers and the sash. I might be too cheap for this.

How original of me to like a shirtdress. I basically love them all. But come on, this is very cute and the shape and position of the pockets is something different.

Again, how original of me to like a vintage pattern! But, AGAIN, how cute is this? That top with the matching belt is adorable.
The shoes on the model are so ugly they should be illegal. I get that they wanted to modernize the look, but those things are hideous. Just sayin'.

This is all fine and dandy, but a Burda issue wouldn't be complete with some assorted ugliness, nor would be a review of mine, so here it is.

Without that curved panel at the waist, this could be cute, but as it is, it's very, very unflattering. A bad tennis player dress.
Now, I don't really like bomber jackets in general, although some people can make them look extremely cool. But I had to include this photo, because I find the idea of a MESH bomber jacket hilarious. Super useless and quite ugly.
The skirt is just there to remind us that the people at Burda are not giving up their rectangle patterns any time soon. Jeez.

And speaking of mesh, what the f is this?
I hope mesh clothing is not having a comeback, it was ugly enough in the 90s.
Oh, the pattern is not bad at all (a variation of the first dress above), it's the realization that makes me cringe.

This was probably the most discussed ensemble of the issue because honestly... Who sews her own scuba gear? The pants, I get them. No really, they can be easily translated into sport attire (for running, cycling, etc.) and I guess the top could be as well, but, once again, it's the presentation that just leaves me speechless (well, not really, since I'm writing a whole post about it).

The same pattern looks a whole lot better when made in a more realistic fabric:
I personally wouldn't go into the trouble of making a princess seam t-shirt. If the pattern is well designed, it barely needs dart to fit well. I guess this could be good for color-blocking or something like that.

Please, Burda, just re-think your photoshoot concepts.
Most of us don't give a rat's ass about fashion-magazine-look-a-like photoshoots. We just ask to see the garments better and that you tone down the craziness.

And I'll end this post with this ugly, unflattering 80's gown made in a horrible, shiny fabric, which is probably the worst thing in this issue. I've seen far worse from Burda, so it might be a good sign.

I think I'll end up purchasing this issue for the vintage patterns and the first dress. It's a good bargain, even though I don't need new patterns.

What abou you, are you going to get it? Did you buy it already and have already started working on something?

[While we're on the subject of sewing magazines, Silvia is having a giveaway for the latest issue of LMB, that I reviewed here. Just FYI :D ]


  1. I prefer to buy May LMB but because I cannot, I will buy this Burda issue%)) I need to make this shirt-dress!%))

  2. Thisblogisnotforyou.comMay 21, 2013 at 3:27 PM

    I just got mine and really liked it. Sure, there have been better issues but this time there weren't soo many WTF-pattern as in the last few months issues... :)

  3. Forgot to write it on the previous post, but the tech drawings etc are also on the German site ( burdastyle.de ) and you don't need to be registered to see them :)

  4. I like the new blog design! well done Anna! When I saw the issue I thought you might like that last dress there :) I would make it just to do a photoshoot with the same pose! I really like the shirtdress and the fabric too...but I could adapt my recently made sloper to that...so I think I will skip...especially after having bought LMB for the second time ever! (BTW I am giving away one issue)

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  7. That curved panel.. really... i would never want to put extra attention there with an unflattering curve like that! The vintage ensemble is indeed very cute - I'm tempted to buy as well!

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  11. Last year I got a whole year subscription of Burda Magazine. At first I was very happy with it. But I think that most of the patterns look a like. The last couple of magazines were just to horrible. I couldn't find any I would like to sew. Luckily I get my last magazine next month. I couldn't stop laughing of your review of the patterns, it is like you can read my mind.
    I have started to borrow sewing magazines (NOT Burda) at the library instead, I have found a lot of really beautiful patterns.
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  12. as I was scrolling down and saw the top of that last dress I was hoping against hope that it would be a ruchy swimsuit, but no its a little mermaid tribute dress!

  13. Hahaha who DOES sew their own scuba gear?? Do they even make that kind of fabric available to the average public? That's hilarious. I really love that "fabric eater" skirt though. SO cute. ...I may also be too cheap to make it. But it would be worth investigating further.

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  19. I don't even want to imagine sewing through the thick neoprene fabric for the scuba gear, I think I heard my needle break of just thinking about it :D

  20. Yours burda's reviews are so funny !!!!!

    you know what..... I LOVE the latest dress lol

    Not the pattern (the bust is too long), but this shiny mint fabric !! ^^

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  23. Thank you!
    That fabric could totally work with a cuter pattern!

  24. Haha, "globally horrible" is a great definition!

  25. Nice to know I wasn't the only one who thought "nice, but too much fabric required!" :D

  26. Oh yes, a swimsuit could have been nice.

  27. I'd love to take credit for that but I heard it or read it somewhere (might be Tom and Lorenzo)

  28. Sewing magazines at the library???? That's the dream.

  29. Grazie Silvia!
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  30. Thanks Aine! I always refer to the Russian Burda because they usually have the tech drawings sooner than any other version of the site :)

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