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!
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.
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 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.
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!
Another summer issue with must makes low on the ground. The kids patterns are great in this edition – the jumpsuit is adorable, as are the little harem pants and flutter sleeve dress.
The PJ pants look like an easy 2hour pattern to throw together, and I quite like the longline t-shirt, that will look great with skinny jeans.
The white dress is cute, but it is something I’ve seen before. Non-the-less I really like it in white and would also look nice in a bright summery pattern.