Friday, June 21, 2013

Burdastyle Magazine 07/2013

There's quite a bit of WTF-ery in this issue, so let's get it out of the way first:
I get it. It's summer. It's hot. People want to wear "easy" clothes. But is a sewing magazine really the place for these things? THREE OF THEM?
There are a billion tutorials on the Internet for this kind of stuff, so do we really need them?
Besides, they look kinda tacky, even for swimsuit cover-ups.

And continuing down the lazy route, not one, but two maxi dresses with an elastic band. The first one actually probably has a woven band since it has a side zipper, but still, it's gathered rectangles of fabric with a rectangle band. Do we really need a pattern for this?
And who put that ugly belt on the (ugly) second dress? What were you thinking?

WHAT IS THIS? A hand towel incorporated in your dress?
Practical? Maybe. Pretty? NO.

 And again, WHAT IS THIS??? Overdesigned much? Those skirt panels hurt my eyes.

A sequined bathrobe. WOW. A new frontier of uselessness has been reached.
To be fair, this pattern is also presented as a jersey maxi cardigan with pockets, and it looks much better, but, as I'm almost tired to repeat, it's a bunch of rectangles sewn together. Almost anyone can figure it out without a pattern.

 This is not as f*d up as the patterns above, but it's oh-so-tacky. Ew.

This... uuh, I don't know what to say. It's not something I'd make for myself, but it has interesting details. Maybe someone could make it work.

Finally, here are the patterns that I find kind of cute in this issue.
Would I buy the issue just for them? No, and I won't.
I don't like them near enough to trace them off those nightmarish sheets and add seam allowance, but they're not bad, no? 


  1. Sometime I wonder if they still want to sell the magazine. Lately I go to the library to get the magazine and trace the one pattern that I like.

  2. This is hilarious! It's the first time I've heard the term WTF-ery but I think it's an apt description! I might have to steal that one! I don't think I've ever seen a Burda magazine but I see the patterns that come out on Burda style and only rarely do I like any enough to buy them. Usually even if I do like them I'm deterred from it by the thought of adding in the seam allowances! Why on earth do they do that? Is it a European thing?

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