Burda magazine February 2013

Thanks very much for all your kind get well wishes on my shingles and compliments on my lingerie set! I’m finally starting to feel a little bit better today, plus I’ve been a lingerie sewing whirlwind while ill so I’ve got lots more to show you, including some using the purple lace I bought at Kantje Boord in October!

In the meantime though, I want to show you my picks from the latest Burda magazine, because this one is a real keeper!

I LOVE this teeshirt with gathers on the raglan seams (front and back). There’s also a short sleeved version, too – I am totally making this!

Burda have a new feature in this issue (maybe it makes up for the lack of vintage pattern?) where they compare a bunch of their patterns with the latest catwalk trends…

Burda are on fire with the knit tops in this issue – how amazing is this teeshirt with the gathered and draped section? I love it paired with jeans, too, though I don’t really agree with the lady about it being 50s style! Oh, there’s also a sleeveless dress version of this design, too.

I’m not usually a fan of maxi dresses, but this Grecian-style gown is lovely, and just so happens to have the illustrated instructions for this issue, too.

Here’s one for the Southern hemisphere petite ladies – a really lovely pleated sheath dress, definitely more suited to their Februaries than ours!

Oh Burda, stop it, you’re killing me – another amazing knit top in this issue??! But seriously, I adore this asymmetric top! That neckline, the gathered cap sleeve… okay, I’m not keen on the diagonal hem, but that’s ridiculously easy to straighten. There’s a dress version of this, too, which has the beginner illustrated instructions in the magazine portion.

Ooh, a designer asymmetric sheath dress, from Paule Ka! I’m not that keen on the bow – I’d personally just make that a plain belt, but I love the architectural quality of the pleating. I’m not familiar with the designer but I may have to go snoop shopping at his London boutique now!

And finally, the Plus patterns are all wedding-themed this month, and I’m pleased to see a few figure-hugging designs included, like this cowl-necked sheath dress. Burda have been tending towards oversized sack designs for Plus lately, which just doesn’t seem fair!

My January Manequim was a little late (presumably from the snow here in the UK), but it’s finally arrived so I’ll have that to show you next week, and dayamn if you’re Plus-sized you might just want to buy it on eBay sight unseen, because there are some amazing designs in there!

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