Overall this isn’t a stand-out issue. However there are still some things that have made my must sew list, (and a couple have been added to my maybe one day list). By far my favorite piece in this issue is the long striped dress (Burda 3/2105 122) – I have some thinly striped fabric that this would look fab in and I can’t wait to make. I also love a shirt dress (Burda 3/2105 110B), and this one features a nice fitted bodice, and nice collar, however I’ll be amending the pattern so that both sides have the drape – I’m not a big fan of asymmetry. The other standout piece is the kids jumpsuit (Burda 3/2105 137) – so cute for both my 8 year old and (soon to be) 5 year old.

My maybe one day list consists of the long adult jumpsuit (although it looks a little gapey at the front), the peplem shirt, cross over dress and work dress (in the hideous floral red and blue print) with piping.

I’m happily married, so no need for white bridal gowns in my future. But if I was planning on making a dress for myself I can guarantee it would not be from any of these lumpy cheap lacy creations featured here. One looks shredded by a cat, another is a weird lace/dress combo and another looks ill-fitting with strange lumpy cross, over belt pieces – not your best work Burda. The casual dress I love so much in the striped fabric, doesn’t translate well into the lace, looking cheap and tacky. Has anyone actually made and worn one of these dresses to their wedding? Would love to be proven wrong on this one!

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This issue suffered from weird sleeve syndrome. Its a sewing affliction where otherwise interesting patterns feature unwearable bell, puffed or awkward sleeves. I dare you to wear a bell-sleeve and try to do anything that requires the use of your hands… or arms…

The other affliction on offer is that of the “graphic patterned fabric that makes you appear pregnant”… again generally not ones choosen silhouette (check out the dress with waist yoke 106).

Now onto the stuff I do actually really like, a lovely little a-line skirt with a box pleat, some great kids dresses and jackets, and the PJ/Loungewear is gorgeous.

 

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It’s been a while. I’d been having trouble finding Burda in Sydney, but finally it appears to be stocked once again in a few various newsagents. I’ve also got my hands on a few back issues on eBay.

I’ve also had a bit of extra time to get back into the sewing room. So without further ado, the next few posts will be Burda reviews, followed by some recent sewn garments.

My home is drowning under clothes, fabric, x2 ex-offices of equipment/desks/computers (from my business I closed down), and general clutter – it was time to call in the big guns – Personal Organisers. The lady’s were lovely and suggested that I should challenge myself not to buy any more clothes, shoes or fabric for a set period of time. So here it is laid down, 6 months of no ebay purchases, online shopping, or trips to spotlight. (I’m going to exempt notions to finish any sewn garments and undies/bras). Lets see how I go people! I really have to upload some of my latest makes soon too….

The kids patterns in this issue are great – some good basics that I can see becoming staple sews (the girls always need new leggings and t-shirts).

I can’t wait to make us all the cute cape raincoat – 1 for me and 1 for each of my girls. The adult version looks like it will be a great backup plan for any rainy days down the snow – and roomy enough for snow gear to fit under.

I like the wedding dress pattern (although I’m not in the market to get married again :)) adapted to a shorter length and without the bow this is will be a cute dress. The skirt and blouse look like easy sews.

I’m absolutely loving the trakky daks and cardigan in this issue – they’ve both moved up the top of my must sew list.

 

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I bought this fabric from Spotlight in the January sales for something like $3 a metre. When purchasing fabric I always just buy what I’m drawn to with no particular plan on what I’ll make from it (my overflowing stash can attest to this!).

I decided I needed a shirt dress and found a couple of options in back issues, settling on this version – the BurdaStyle Prairie Shirt Dress 042011 #107 pattern I altered to have buttons right down the front, and tapered the waist in.

 

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The 1940s inspired patterns in this issue are great. I especially like the flutter sleeve blouse, jacket, skirt and coat (just a couple of things!). The work story has a great simple jacket, and an amazing 60s looking, a-line short coat.

 
Where this issue really wins though is its comfy, slothing around home loungewear ( perfect for teaming with ugg boots, hot chocolate and a good movie). A wrap/swing jacket, long t-shirt, mini-dress, legs with a skirt (a yes for those with bums like me), a wrap top and harem poopy pants.
 
And of course with two small female humans in the house a fairy tutu skirt pattern will be a good backup for last minute dress-up requirements.Image
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