Since May is traditionally Burda's spring/summer dress issue, let's start with the dresses:
|Pretty! I would so make this if I had a beach wedding to attend...|
|Still in love with the maxi.|
|Line drawing - the back is cute too!|
|This would be a nice simple dress for summer.|
|I would probably leave off the pockets myself, |
but I like the basic shape of the dress.
|I like the version with sleeves too!|
|I also like this more fitted dress, the vintage pattern for the month.|
|Much easier to see all the seams in the line drawing.|
|Still a bit torn over this dress. I feel like the way the skirt is draped |
might add a bit too much of a maternity look to the dress.
|I was on the fence with this one in the preview, and I am sort of still on the fence now.|
|I would definitely leave off the dust ruffle skirt though.|
|But the back on the model is hot!|
This might be a candidate for a frankenpattern...
|Babydoll isn't really my style, but I suppose this might be cute on others?|
I am also super excited for a lot of the new tops coming in this issue:
|I know this is a basic tank with a keyhole, but this would be fabulous to wear under a |
lightweight summer jacket or on its own. I am thinking this is going my must-sew list.
|Love the knot detail! Another one I really want to sew.|
|The collar is so pretty! Love this shirt.|
|Hooray it is a pattern! Not sure how I feel about the center front |
seam, but I LOVE the back of this knit top.
There are also a few other pieces I am really liking in this issue:
|Ruffle skirt is pretty!|
|Line drawing for the ruffles...|
|I also like this wrap skirt...|
|But with a slit that high it wouldn't be practical except as a beach cover up.|
|Cardigan with a peplum looks interesting.|
|This sweater looks so cozy! I might reduce the pocket size a bit though.|
|A slip pattern! I have been wanting to make a slip after seeing so many awesome |
ones on the blog-o-sphere, and this Burda one might be the way I go.
|Hard to see in the photo though...|
|This year's bikini pattern. The top is better than years past. |
The bottom is still a bit wrinkly.
|But it does look to provide decent coverage, so that is nice.|
While there were a lot of good things in the regular sections the Burda Plus offerings this month aren't as exciting:
|Can't decide how I feel about this dress. Might be a bit too sweet for my taste.|
|I do like this top though.|
|But this skirt didn't look too flattering on the model.|
And it looks like it is made out of lining fabric?
Though, to be fair, not all of the regular sized patterns were all that spectacular either:
|Crazy flutter sleeves. Which look cool in the garment photo, |
but look crazy in the model photo.
|Boring sack-tee of doom! |
If you were eaten alive by fabric it would look like this.
|The lace + sweatshirt combination is something I just don't get.|
Lace makes me think of parties and dresses.
And sweatshirts make me think of, well, sweat.
Very very odd combination.
|Ugh. Another unflattering romper pattern.|
|But does it look even worse with longer pants? |
I think it does.
And I am not a fan of the crooked crotch either.
So, yes, a few blah patterns this month. But not enough to detract from the awesome dresses, tops, and skirts that are going to be showing up in my mail soon. Yes, I am excited. Which means it is time to do the best and worst picks of the month. It was a bit difficult because there are so many tops I really want to sew, but in the end I think the Best of BS for May goes to:
|Maxi dress of awesome!|
Yes, the maxi dress. I mean, how can you look at it and not want to immediately jump on a plane to some exotic beachy local? I haven't been on board with the whole maxi dress trend that was super popular last year, but this one might have changed my mind.
As far as the worst pattern of the month, well, I think it is pretty obvious that the BWTF award goes to:
|Quilting cotton playsuit.|
It just looks a bit much like scrubs made out of quilting cotton. And the print makes it so drab. Not a fan.
But, all in all, a good issue! Can't wait for mine to get here, though I know I won't have time to sew anything from it for a good long while. What do you all think? Are you excited? Anything going on your must-sew list? Or are the designs too similar to things you have already seen? Feel free to discuss in the comments!