I know this issue is a bit old now (replaced by the April issue which I’ll be reviewing shortly), but it’s got some really great designs in it and I didn’t want it to just drop by the wayside because I was ill. Besides, I’ve even got the German edition, too (scroll down to see why!).
This cover makes me pine for Spring already!
First up is a pattern for a dress which looks like separates. I like that it’s both casual and can hide a large dinner underneath, which makes it pretty practical, too.
This dress cleverly has an integrated side tie like something out of Pattern Magic. I’m super excited about this pattern because I’ve kept a note of a very similar dress from the July 2012 Manequim magazine that I’ve been wanting to make for several years but frankly, I trust Burda’s drafting more, and I like the raglan sleeves on this one better than the sleeveless Manequim one, too. Definitely high on my To Sew list!
I don’t tend to make many “classically pretty” dresses like this because I don’t often have an occasion to wear them (plus I’ve got a whole rack full of nice dresses already) but it doesn’t mean I can’t appreciate a lovely piece of design when I see one!
OMG how “me” is this asymmetric sheath dress?? I utterly love it, and this is my number one pick for this issue by a long shot. There’s another version in this issue with a weird flounce inserted into that vertical seam, but I much prefer the clean lines of this version. Unfortunately it was kinda buried among other dresses in the wedding special feature but I even have the most perfect black stretch satin in my stash, and I think it’d be quite funny to turn this wedding dress into an LBD instead!
Stop the presses – Allison has sewn this already in red and it’s AMAZING! (mentally insert that emoji with hearts for eyes here, okay??)
I like that the wedding special mixes together standard and Plus sized dresses so that you can appreciate all the different formal styles together. I’m on a bit of a lace kick at the minute, so these two lace overlay dresses really stood out to me. I really love the colours of both!
And finally, I mentioned at the start that I have the German edition of this month, too – because I’m in it!! The German edition features reader makes every month, and I was contacted a few months ago asking if I could supply the images of my grey leather pencil skirt – so here I am! How cool is that??
I’m currently away in the States for a family wedding – apologies if I can’t respond to comments as quickly as I’d like!