Thursday, November 14, 2013

Burdastyle Magazine 12/2013

Burda decided to end 2013 with a bang, releasing one of the best issues of the year. Maybe I'm exaggerating, but for once, I'm overall happy with everything in this issue: the designs, the fabric choices, the styling... Well, not so much with the photography, but that day is still far away, I'm afraid. 

Coup de coeur of the month! A simple sheath dress with some lovely details. Easy to make, easy to fit, beginner-proof... I love it!

Aand... second crush of the month! I LOVE the 40s vibe of this dress, so feminine and elegant! You need to be careful about the point on your crotch, but the rest is absolutely stunning.

More gorgeousness! I like this dress better with long sleeves (shown in the photo above with the pink dress) and the chiffon here looks pretty cheap, but it's beautiful. I love the contrast of the narrow skirt of the slip with a fuller skirt on top.

This is not exactly a dress I'd associate with December, but it's really beautiful nonetheless. I love the gathering at the center front and the huge sleeves, although I would skip the sleeve ties. There's also a shorter variation of this pattern, but I think the longer one is much more striking.

You know I have a soft spot for Burda's outerwear, and this trench coat is no exception. I'm not a huge fan of the paper bag sleeves and I would probably make the pockets smaller, but the collar and the little cape-like detail beautiful.

And of course I also love this menswear inspired tuxedo jacket. It reminds me a lot of this jacket from 2 years ago, but that's ok.

Next, two relatively simple patterns that I like quite a bit, especially paired together. Love the asymmetry and the zipper of the skirt.

Another couple of pieces that are not earth-shattering, but very wearable, especially the top. That draped neck is quite beautiful.

Next, the designer pattern of the month. The length of the skirt looks a bit ridiculous to me, but shortened, this would make a really cute little dress. I especially like that the design makes it look like separates.

And finally, a cute plus-size pattern. Do you remember what I said about the photography at the beginning of the post? This is a perfect example...
Anyway, this top is similar to the one in last month's issue: it looks like a blouse with a draped piece at the neckline, but it's really a rectangle of the fabric that it's not part of the blouse itself. What I don't understand is, if the fabric they used here is a woven, how is this thing supposed to sit on your shoulders? Wouldn't it be crazy uncomfortable to wear?


So, was I right or was I right? Are you going to get this one?

22 comments:

  1. I love the dress in the second photo and I'm quite sure I'll buy this issue, but I have to admit I can't remember the last time I actually sewed something from Burda. I buy it once in a while, but even if I go through the hassle of tracing the patterns, I, for some odd reason, don't get to the actual sewing part.

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  2. Silvia - Sewing PrincessNovember 14, 2013 at 2:59 PM

    I like the green top...and had seen a mustard dress I like...can't tell if it's the same as the pink pleated one above. Will need to check out this issue...I love some of their fabrics!

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  3. I like the zippy skirt and the dress with the huge sleeves would make a great Christmas day dress. Careful when lighting the pud though! I'll be buying - thank you for the review.

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  4. I'm definitely getting this issue! I like all the dresses you showed, although with the first one - I'd make it more fitted with a longer zipper at the back. The dress with wide gathered sleeves is a bit odd in a December issue... And I agree that the designer's dress is ridiculous, even as an evening dress. In this fabric and length I'd have to stand still like a pillar all the time, imagine a trip to the theatre in it!... *^w^* But shortened might be quite cute, especially with this separation effect. Overall, a very good issue.

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  5. Ooh, I'd shorten the designer pattern and wear it in a heartbeat as a little cocktail number! Really cute!

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  6. http://kleinepause.blogspot.deNovember 14, 2013 at 5:31 PM

    Yes!! I need this issue!

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  7. Oh my god, I'm typing this comment and heading directly to the newspaper stand! I love everything that's inside, especially the patterned trench coat and the designer's model (only it would have to be knee length for me).
    Thanks so much for the review Anna!

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  8. I seriously need that long boho maxi dress! OMG yes. that is perfectly fine for winter here :)

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  9. My everyday life doesn't allow for dresses so it's tough for me to get too excited bout them but I really like the ones you highlighted. And yes, that one with the crazy long skirt is beautiful. The bodice is just beautiful.

    I must have that asymmetrical skirt (and no, my life doesn't allow for skirts either but...!) and that draped top is gorgeous. I love the tuxedo jacket too.

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  10. I love this issue. Especially the 70s Biba-esque pink dress!

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  11. I'm sure this has been answered before... but where would I find this issue in the US (presumably online)? Any major bookstores? Unfortunately we don't have of any of those worldwide newsstands around here like they have in NY. Thanks! I love this issue!!

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  12. Well, I was liking it and you definitely swayed me all the way. Just placed my order.

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  13. Is this the same magazine? After reading countless reviews of seriously naff styles with over fussy details I can't believe they've finally come up with some decent designs. I think I'm going to buy this. Love the shift dress and the maxi. I'm with you on their outerwear. I recently made one of their jackets and the pattern was really well cut.


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  14. Wow, I like this one! In fact I would be happy to make a few pieces! Especially that first little shift dress.

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  15. I actually want to buy it now! I love the designer pattern of the month, I'm all about the box pleats

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  16. Firstly I'd like to say how sorry I am to hear about your dog. Very sad! I dread the day our dog goes, she's my third child! Is fostering a dog a viable compromise for your family? I hope you can work something out.
    Re: Burdastyle - I also loved this issue. Not many things that I don't want to make! I could happily spend the whole of 2014 making up all of the things in this issue!

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  17. The shift dress is interesting, it has subtle details. The trench coat looks promising too.

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  18. The green dress and the maxi dress below that are both stunning!!

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  19. Where did you order yours from?????????? I've googled everything! Thanks

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  20. I love reading your burda style reviews. This does look to be a promising issue. I really like the 40s inspired dress and the designer dress. There is something so divine about those kind of pleats/tucks when done in a heavy fabric!

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  21. I love that black two-piece look-a-like dress. Do these patterns eventually appear on Burdastyle, is that how it works? Or do I have to buy the mag to get that one...

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  22. I love your review of patterns! Your comments crack me up..and your honesty is very helpful. I was wondering if you bought the BurdaStyle Digital Magazine, the first U.S. issue? I am curious what kind of patterns it come with it, but the BurdaStyle purchase page does not show the details..

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