Hoo boy. Last month’s Burda roundup sure divided opinion! Thankfully, October’s edition sees us deep into Fall fashion, with hardly a dirnd- oh wait… 😒
I’m going to skip past the “hippie-looks” feature entirely since nothing really grabbed me, and move straight on to the nautical-themed feature, where nearly everything grabbed me! I don’t think it’s particularly because I live on a boat, but more because I’m drawn to clean lines and classic shapes, like this short pea coat with a belted waist. Since I already made a short, wool coat earlier this year, I’ve not really got any need for another for a while…
Also in the nautical feature is this raglan-sleeved, loose-fitting sweater, which could be a fantastic cool weather staple (with or without those buttons). Also seen here is a nice seamed pencil skirt in Petite sizes, which uses trim to accentuate the radiating seamlines.
Now, I’ve been tempted to make some culottes for a while now, but these might just push me over the edge, not because they have the full, illustrated instructions for this issue, but because they’ve got an extra centre front panel that could be easily made removeable to change the look depending on your whims. And because, for me, the main draw of culottes would be that they’re cycling friendly, but I could imagine that central portion getting tangled up in the spokes, ee gads!
Now, I could’ve sworn that Burda have done a tie-front teeshirt design like this before, but when I actually went to track it down, I couldn’t actually find any. I really like the tie front on this, but I’m not so keen on the wide neckline or the dropped-shoulder sleeves, so I’d probably instead graft these ties onto my TNT teeshirt pattern and make that instead!
It can be hard to find a beautiful, elegant, office-appropriate dress with long sleeves, but this design is just lovely. I really like the narrow, keyhole neckline, and the waistband is adorned with simple, tone-on-tone running stitches, made by hand.
Oh man, another elegant, office-appropriate long sleeved dress!?! You’re killing me here, Burda! I really love both this version and the busy print one, with those pockets that add just a bit of structure and visual interest to an otherwise very classic, V-neck dress. Bravo!
This is the Petite pattern for this issue (along with the skirt, seen earlier, that uses the bottom half). Of course I like the idea of a sheath dress with radiating seamlines, but I made mine using different textures of the same colour satin! (Also, Burda’s choice of straight lines would make theirs way easier than mine to sew!)
Hey Plus-sized ladies, if you were feeling left out of the dirndlpalooza last month, now you too can have a bunch of ugly and unflattering costume dresses! And if the bust is too low or doesn’t fit (like the poor model in nearly every photo) – who cares! Just cram some roses down your girls and be on your way to your local bierhall…
And finally, from the kids section, how adorable are these knitted bear socks?? Maybe these are a common design in the knitting world, but as a rare “no, I don’t knit, I just sew” lady, I’d never seen these before!