When I saw the cover of this issue I didn’t hold out much hope. Out of all the wonderful patterns in this issue – Burda chooses a humdrum, I’ll fitting lumpy bumpy ensemble made from what looks like the seat covering from a 1989 corolla to put on the front cover. The tied belt does nothing for the jacket except to highlight that it doesn’t fit the model – not to mention the press studs look cheap. So if I wasn’t a total burda junky I would of breezed past this mag on the news stands…
However besides the terrible cover image, there are actually many many patterns that will make my must make list!
I’m starting with the kids patterns. I want to make absolutely every one of them. All so cool and funky and totally wearable. Stay tuned – pretty sure both my girls will be rocking a few of these outfits in the coming months. I’ve already made a pair of the pants in a red star fabric – I’ll post pics soon.
Another stand out for me is the hippy story, sure nothing new and edgy here, but who doesn’t love a bit of boho in their wardrobe? The short jacket and long coat are both cool and the banana skirt is fun. I’m thinking of making it feel a bit more modern in a black/white combo.
I haven’t made a skirt for a while and this issue offers two great simple versions – the a-line with pockets looks like a perfect work go-to and with a longer hemline (and less sparkles) the flippy skirt is also cute.
One of my favorite outfits in this issue is the boucle coat and floral trousers – sweet and cool. I’m thinking Jackie O would not of looked out of place in this ensemble.
I so very very much want to love the cape in this issue but there is something I cant put my finger on that is preventing it from making my list. Is it the chunky collar? Or the proportions? Hmmm I’ll keep waiting for the perfect Burda cape…
I’ve seen a few versions of the jersey dress that burda members have made. Especially love this one (http://www.burdastyle.com/projects/dress-burda-122-102013) I really really love this dress but I don’t feel comfortable wearing anything tight around my hips/bum. I’m wondering how hard it would be to make the skirt a more a-line in fit?
Thanks Burda for this issue – lots of variety, sprinkled with fun (although you loose marks for the hideous cover) now…. To try and fit in some sewing time!
All in all this is quite a disappointing issue – however it will come in handy should I be going to a bad taste 80s themed party. I’ll spare you the horror that is the long sleeve jumpsuit, a mangled asymmetric plastic bag gown or weird cropped jacket, and focus on the couple of positives.
I really like the wrap dress, the sleeves and gathers give it an edgy, original feel. The long sleeve dress has interesting panelling that you can’t really see in the sample image, the top uses the same pattern base.
The pyjamas come in both kid and adult sizes – who doesn’t need a good pj pattern! And the kids dress/nightdress is cute.
You can buy all these patterns separately on burdastyle.com.
This issue has not one, not two, but three amazing coats. The short designer coat with peter pan collar is a stand-out classic, as is the military coat. I’m also in love with the black asymmetric jacket with jersey arms – very edgy and cool. I’ve also included a fourth coat – unfortunately it has fluffy fake fur panels in the example, but this would be equally cute with contrast fabric or no panels at all.
I’m not usually a fan of a bias cut dress, but the grey bias dress with a cowl neckline is absolutely gorgeous – very Mad Men, but entirely appropriate for a modern workplace.
The shirt suffers from a poor fabric choice (corduroy!) but a lovely pattern which would look nice in a chambray.
In the kids patterns the tunic dress looks like a simple one to make, and easy one to wear, and I’m loving the parka – pefect for a Sydney Southern Highlands winter.
This year we’ve decided to give each other hand made gifts for christmas. I was thinking of making some pillow cases from hand-printed fabric. Here is my first go at making a small lino repeat pattern. I’m quite happy with how its turned out. I’m thinking yellow ink on a light grey fabric.
Well finally I’ve posted one of my creations on VVV. Here it is, a tutu inspired skirt from Burda 01/2013. This was a cinch to sew, although its quite bulky around the waist. I definitely feel the need to swirl and twirl when wearing it!
You’ll be seeing a few of these style inspiration spreads on VVV. Burdastyle.com often compiles these articles on their blog, I thought I’d do a few that are closer to my personal style. So first up this Burda Style Inspiration board comes curtesy of Sass & Bide. If you haven’t heard of them they are an Australian label who do amazingly constructed, edgy pieces that are just plain cool. Seriously I could walk into their store and walk out with everything. But the reality is that I can’t even afford one piece (sigh)…. So here is my interpretation via Burda Style! Looking forward to creating this look sometime in the near future!
Burda Style Blouse 7/2012 #116, 7/2012 #130, 7/2013 #102, 7/2012 #129, 12/2012 #124, 10/2010 #130