Review: Burda Style Magazine March 2012

Oh my goodness, how did all these days just fly by? At the end of my past semester I was so overwhelmed by all the papers, presentations and other deadlines that I haven’t been sewing or even thinking about sewing at all. Things have eased up now, so I will have some things to show soon! (Although I’m afraid my participation in the SewColette Sew-Along has been shortlived… Too much drafting and sewing homework.)

For now, I’m taking a look at the new Burda Style Magazine, that should be in stores in a few days. Below are a few of my favourites. The full preview, with all photos and technical drawings is up on the German Burda Style website. Overall, this issue looks kind of meh to me. There are a few nice basics, such as a wrap t-shirt, trousers and shorts, but also a lot of baggy, unflattering dresses that would make the most gorgeous model look frumpy.

First up, a cute little summer dress. It isn’t very remarkable, but I like the twist in the front bodice and skirt. I wonder what the pattern pieces look like.

Pro: Interesting twist; simple but nice  design that would also look good with a cardigan over it.

Con: The placement of the twist and the slightly raised waistline. At the natural waist would probably look nicer.

The photo of jacket 115 is rubbish, and makes it look boring and unflattering, so I’m just showing you all the tech drawing. It’s a cute princess-seamed motorcycle styled jacket. I really like the asymmetrical front and the fact that it does not really have a collar. I guess it would look fabulous in a denim or even a rustic wool.

Last, but definitely not least, my absolute favourite from the bunch. No, I’m not planning a wedding yet, but the dress is beautiful. It kind of reminds me of Pippa Middleton’s bridesmaid dress, don’t you agree? The cowl neck is just beautiful, and I might transfer that to a shorter, more “everyday” kind of dress. It seems as if the skirt would be cut on the bias, because I don’t think you could get such a slinky, close fit otherwise.

What about you? Have I missed any of your favourites?

Burda Magazine February 2012

Colour block dress Burdastyle 2012
This is why I am going to buy the new Burdastyle Magazine as soon as it hits the shelves here. Can you imagine the colour possibilities? It would even look wonderful in just one colour, perhaps with some piping to emphasise the seams.

I also love the way the tech-drawing shows a zipper that goes all the way down. How about a zipper that opens two ways, so you can create a split in the back whenever you want or need to!

Burda August 2011

This coming month’s Burda Magazine looks rather promising. I’m still debating whether or not to subscribe to Burda, but for now I will just stick with buying the ones that have at least two patterns in it that I’d like to make. Let’s see which ones fit the bill for this month. (Hint? Mainly dresses)

Unsurprisingly, most of the things I llike come from the item “50s revival”, which has quite a few cute dresses. I really like this one (dress 123). It is formfitting and sexy, but not too revealing. More importantly, it seems like it would work well in a slightly thicker fabric, making it perfect for wearing in fall. The technical drawing here¬†reveals the shawl-part of the collar in the back, which is a lovely detail to an otherwise rather simple dress. I’m not sure if I’ll make this one immediately, but it is definitely going into the queue.

Dress 125 jumps straight to the top of the list. I love the silhouette and the collar detail. If I can find the right fabric on Saturday, it will be next week’s project. I don’t think I’ll use a houndstooth, because this version feels a little “Pierrot”-like. Perhaps a polkadot (Can one ever have to many polkadots?) or other small print.

I have a not-so-secret love for ruffles (Perhaps because a well-placed ruffle can make even me appear well-endowed?). This blouse (107) fits the bill. It would look lovely tucked into a pencil skirt, don’t you think? The concealed button placket is very nice, especially because I don’t always like buttons on everything.

To end on a different note, guess what I won’t be making? This. Trousers 115 are just, well…, Frisian horse inspired? I wonder what was going through the design team’s head. “Leggings might be fashionable, but they are just. so. boring. Let’s add some RUFFLES to the bottom and make it fabulous.”