There is a lot to look at, so I am going to go by category. First, the jackets:
|Ok, when I saw this in the early preview I thought the collar was insanely huge.|
Seeing the garment photo I have completely reversed my opinion.
It is dramatic and awesome. I love it.
|And look at the line drawing! So many seams means much easier to fit.|
Yes, this goes on my to-make list for sure.
|I also really like this little jacket with the waist tie.|
|In the line drawing you can see that the tie bands are actually |
caught in the side seams and not a separate belt. Interesting. I like it.
|My only concern is that it looks a bit sloppy on the model.|
|Perhaps it would be better if I went for this longer version as a coat?|
|Normally I would avoid the bathrobe-ish silhouettes, but this one has nice back shaping.|
I love the seam lines at the shoulders. And it wouldn't be too hard to add buttons if I needed to.
|Ok, so this 80s-ish poofy jacket isn't really my favorite style...|
|But the sleeves and pockets on the line drawing make me appreciate the drafting.|
Even if I wouldn't wear it myself.
|Boxy "boyfriend" blazer.|
|Might be more exciting in a metallic gold?|
|The classic lines are nice, but, again, something I don't think would look good on me.|
|Ok, I know, I know, we really don't need another cowl neck dress pattern.|
|This one is for knits and the pattern is super basic.|
|But doesn't the model look freaking hot?|
And I mean hot in a classy I could wear it to work sort of way.
And the dress looks super easy. I want one!
I predict this will be one of the most popular patterns from this issue.
|The silhouette on this dress is quite nice.|
|This dress would also be quite cute for fall.|
|It uses the same top as the pattern above with a different skirt.|
I like the way Burda used that for a nice effect with the print.
|This shirt dress feels vaguely retro inspired.|
Actually, in some ways it reminds me a lot of the recent Butterick Gertie pattern.
|I would like to see this made up in a solid - I am on the fence about the gathers.|
|This fitted black dress feels a bit blah.|
And the neck opening is huge!
|But the cut of the sleeves is interesting.|
|Ah, the raglan LBD.|
I still like the dress, but hate the fabrication.
The sleeves and applique just make me think "cheap and tacky."
Maybe because it makes me think "bad skating costume."
I think I have seen too many bad skating costumes.
|I actually like the cut of the dress though. Basic, but nice.|
|This full length dress also feels very retro. 60s mod-ish in a way.|
|Yeah, not my personal taste, but I think people who love 60s patterns will like it.|
Maybe I have been studying Burda a bit too much, but I almost
feel like it should be made in white and used in one of Burda's wedding dress sections.
|I sort of like this poofy raglan sleeve blouse,|
but I feel like the neck looks a bit constricting.
Maybe I have another pattern that is more appropriate in my collection.
|A lot of people really likes this skirt in the early preview.|
I still don't think it would do my hips any favors,
but I wouldn't be opposed to a shiny gold pencil skirt.
|Actually, this grey skirt (on the right) looks pretty nice.|
|And I really like the line drawing on this one.|
|Earlier were were wondering - one top or two?|
|It's two! Question answered. Actually, I kinda like these - the shrug would be |
nice for exercising in the cooler fall months.
|Burda showed this as a fur coat, but I actually think it would be great for a giant slouchy cardigan.|
|Ok, I want to like this top. But I just can't get behind the use of satin.|
|Yeah, satin plus denim just doesn't work in my brain.|
|Ok, I think I would actually want to make this top up in a knit (sans zipper)|
and possibly use the fancy shrug wrap thing with a ball gown pattern.
Or something. It just seems like a bit much for a trip to the grocery store.
|Ah, the origami wrap pants. My brain wants to say no.|
|And I know they would look even weirder on me in a shiny metallic.|
|And the line drawing shows the sorts of things I usually avoid.|
|But they look so freaking cool on the model!|
I want to dislike them. But I just can't.
|Another trend - pants in prints.|
I really love this blue fabric Burda used.
|And this red is fairly eye-catching as well.|
|Another thing where my brain says - no, don't do it!|
But again I really love the way it looks in the photograph.
|This is the designer pattern for the month.|
|The sleeves on the blouse look interesting!|
|They might not be practical,|
but they look so soft and romantic on the model.
As for the skirt... I wish the drape were not dead center.
I think if it didn't look so much like a loincloth I would like it better.
|I really like the collar on this dress.|
|Though the collarless version looks quite nice too.|
|I ponder over those diagonal seam lines.|
|But I think it looks pretty good on the model?|
|This dress with the wrap top could be a great wardrobe addition.|
|This oversized top might be a bit blah, but I could see it being a good layering piece.|
|Very classic looking coat.|
|Enough details for interest, but actually not that many seams.|
Perfect for kids - you don't waste a lot of time, but you get something cute at the end.
|Tiny human - looking stylish!|
|Bathrobe-ish jacket. Meh.|
|This coat just looks large and drab and boring.|
|Though making it in a crazy sauce print doesn't seem to help much.|
|I love how they added more volume in the back.|
|Actually I might make this shirt...|
|It would be the perfect addition to the Jedi costume Burda showed us last month!|
|Sack dress. Meh. But the fabric is interesting.|
|Sack dress version 2. I actually like the detail around the neck.|
|Another sack-ish dress. Being eaten by a giant flower.|
|But the flower is removable. So maybe it just gets docked for being a boring sack dress.|
|The jacket with the giant collar!|
As for the worst pattern of the month... I didn't have anything really crazy. Mostly a lot of blah. But in the end I gave the BWTF award to:
|The crazy oversized jacket.|
So, yeah. That was... a lot. But that is good. Because it means there was a lot of interesting things to look at. And I think there was a nice variety - a lot of stuff I wouldn't wear, but I could still appreciate the design, and I could see other people making and looking good. And there were a decent number of things I actually might want to make. Even the Burda Plus and the Kids sections looked pretty good. So, to Burda I say: BIG SPARKLY YAY!!! This is the best issue we have seen in months, and I think it has a little something for everyone. I even think there is hope for my BWTF pick for the month. That is the first time, like, ever that I have said that.
So, what do you all think? Are you finally excited for the next Burda to show up in the mailbox? Or am I just over excited because the past few issues have been duds? Is anyone else needing to talk themselves away from the crazy pleated pants or doing pants in a print? Am I on the Burda Kool Aid or should I embrace the trends? Do you think my BWTF pick can be saved? Or am I just going crazy? And what is your favorite pattern for the month? Feel free to discuss in the comments!