Burda magazine January 2013

While I’m prepping my showcase of the patterns I made from each of the Burda magazine issues in 2012, I have to admit that I feel kinda relieved that I don’t have to make anything from this January issue! I mean, I don’t think it’s a terrible issue, but there’s nothing much in it that really grabs me, and I’d prefer to use my time to revisit some patterns and magazines I neglected while focusing on Burda last year.

But for those of you with subscriptions and thinking of doing a similar challenge in 2013, here are my picks from the first issue…

There are some great basics in this issue, like this cowl top and pencil skirt (shown here in fantastic metallic leather). Sure, I’ve seen these patterns countless times before and don’t set my world on fire, but they’re great wardrobe builders and starting points for other garment variations.

The tech drawing looks nice enough – a simple sheath dress with integrated cap sleeves… so why did they choose to make it in what appears to be tin foil??

There’s a feature comprised entirely of reprinted patterns from the late 50s and 1960s, among them this sweetheart neckline sheath dress, which seems a great opportunity to grab one of Sunni’s covered belt kits!

There’s a loungewear feature with a few nice pieces, like this two-piece jersey cardigan and sweatskirt, but for me, a few of the other pieces were ruined by (IMHO) ugly drawstrings at the neckline and waistband. But I do love a good sweatskirt (remember I made a mini one for my niece a few Christmasses ago?), especially one where I can just use a regular elastic waistband instead.

In the Plus section, there were two pieces that really caught my eye, starting with this fantastic tunic, which just looks SO wearable with jeans…

…and this leather waistcoat, which is really fashion forward, if not exactly practical for January weather!

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a January Burda without some batsh*t insane carnival costumes!

I know this is supposed to be the Hungry Little Caterpillar, but every single time I look at this I can only think “human centipede”!! (Do yourself a favour and DO NOT google that if you don’t know what it is…)

And this costume appears to be a l-a-w-s-u-i-t!

But really, the costumes this year seem to be a bit more wearable than in years past – I mean, who else remembers “discarded water bottle lady” from about 2009? (thank you, Russia!!)

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