I hope you’re not too sick of my magazine reviews just yet – a bunch of them arrived all at once and I know a lot of you find them as a great source of inspiration, not to mention a guide as to whether it’s worth buying the issue or not! This is the first of the 2015 issues to grace my postbox, and Burda have really started the year off right!
omg omg omg, this is the short coat/jacket pattern of my dreams!! This is exactly what I was looking for – it’s perfect for my navy wool and vintage Italian silk I’d already bought, plus look at those seam lines! The back view is even better, with amazing seaming at the upper back, plus the asymmetry?!? I’m in love. And yes, I’ve already traced this out and dumped the other pattern (sorry, September 2010 short coat!).
UPDATE: Over the holidays I had a chance (through my fortnight of cold/flu hell) to muslin this jacket. It runs very small! When I sewed a 42, my usual Burda size, it was small in the bust, upper back, biceps, and waist. Pretty much all over. So I traced all 15 pieces again in size 44, muslined that, and the fit is pretty much perfect. So please, please hear my warning – go up one size on this jacket pattern!!
I can see this boxy sweatshirt pattern being a really versatile design (with or without the notched neckline), and I think the skirt is a seriously nice, too. The side panels give it a nice bit of flare and motion, but there’s no risk of it being blown around in the wind, either, since they’re secured into those front seams. The only thing I don’t like is that the edges are kept raw, but that could be fixed easily enough.
There’s an unexpected maternity feature in this issue, which features a lot of casual separates. This shirtdress looks to be really versatile, but I’m not sure I buy into Burda’s suggestion that you could wear it after pregnancy, too… Maybe with a massive obi-style belt, but you’re still pushing it!
Yes, I really am that predictable – as several of you have already let me know(!), these trousers are totally me. And you’re right, I do really like them!
You could be forgiven for totally overlooking this vintage 1950s dress pattern – it was squeezed in just before the instruction sheets and designed to look more like an ad for the special vintage issue, but there really is a nice little dress pattern hiding in there.
I’m not sure what it is about this draped jacket that appeals to me, but the integral scarf thrown over the shoulder just looks really elegant. It’s a bit “lady of a certain age”, plus wholly impractical what with the lack of closure and 3/4 length sleeves, but still. That wrap skirt, on the other hand though – that thing is just asking for a gust of wind and you’ll have your frozen netherbits exposed to the world.
I’ve already shown them both already, but screw it – I’m basking in the glory of the jacket and colourblocked trousers again. Joy.
Styling aside (what is with all the gel in her hair?!), the Plus section this month had some decent separates, including this shirt with draped overlay, which reminds me of a few RTW shirts I own.
And when was the last time Burda released a Plus-sized coat pattern?! The version in the photo has some ugly, shiny sequins strewn across it, but the pattern itself looks fantastic.
As it’s January, there’s also a fancy dress (costume) section, but they’re all for kids this year, and not really stupid/crazy/wtf enough for me to get excited about…
Lots of the patterns I liked from this issue are already up for pdf purchase on BurdaStyle.com, just sayin’…. (Wanna be jacket buddies??)