Burda magazine February 2014

I don’t know what happened this month, but I appear to be the last person on earth to receive their February issue! Some people were already posting reviews of their sewn garments a full week before mine arrived in the postbox, not fair! But better late than never, here are my picks…

First up – this dress isn’t particularly earth-shattering, but it’s a nice classic shape, with short- or long-sleeve options, and a clever little central hidden kangaroo pocket in the skirt, too. I’m definitely eyeing this one up as a possible birthday dress for March, especially since I’ve got all that luscious silk twill that Dilly gifted me when she came to visit!

I know there are a lot of sewing ladies online that go ker-ay-zee for anything with buttons in the back but… I seriously don’t get it! So, you have to have someone help you get dressed whenever you want to take it on and off? How is that a good thing?! I’m not convinced by the central pleating on this dress, either, which might end up looking less than flattering…

I’m not entirely sure what it is about this wide, cropped blouse, but I absolutely love it! Maybe it’s the cocoon-shaped sleeves, or the back yoke, or the nice V neck, but I really could see myself wearing this a lot with leggings. I don’t think it’s quite as successful with the full skirt Burda’s paired it with, however.

This really is a (forgive me!) twist on your basic teeshirt, eh? EH? Except I swore I’d seen it before in an old KnipMode, and I had – in the October 2011 edition, though the neckline is more modest on Knip’s (in turquoise below). The skirt paired with the red top is actually the bottom half of that first dress I liked, so again, you get the nice kangaroo pouch in front, which is always handy (and not just for carrying little joeys!).

It’s Deja vu again, because Burda appear to have ripped off been inspired by Pattern Magic’s “Jutting Edge” dress and gone and just shortened it into a top! I absolutely love my Jutting Edge dress, but I admit it was a total PITA to draft, so this makes the design much more accessible. Kathy has even made this top already if you fancy seeing it on a real person!

I didn’t like anything at all in the “Punk” feature – I found the styling to be clichéd to the point of being embarrassing – I mean, really, do I spy safety pins there?

In the Plus section, how lovely is this sheath dress? In fact, you could easily use this to make a dress similar to my swirl sheath dress by just using alternating smooth and matte sides of a satin.

And finally, a craft so bad I just couldn’t ignore it. In case you’re wondering what to do with your “costume” after dressing up like discarded water bottle lady, wonder no more! Make a, urrr, chandelier from it?

In other news, there’s an end in sight to the Sherlock coat! I’m onto the lining now!

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