Burda Magazine

There’s some cute things to make in this issue, but unfortunately not a lot of them are “me”. I do really love the babydoll dress – bonus – it looks like an incredibly simple sew. Love the lines on the simple jacket, and the ruffle jacket is over the top but fun! I’ve thrown in the pants as a potential sew (feel like I’ve seen them in an earlier issue before though), and I’m not entirely sold on the blouse jacket – but I really like the photograph of it in the magazine so it has potential. The basic kids pieces are stand-outs…. don’t see the need for baby clothes in the foreseeable future, but could make cute presents!



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.

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.



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.



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 ( 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

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.

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