Newsflash: July Burda Preview Posted

The full preview of the July issue is up on the Burda Russia site.  The past several issues have been pretty amazing – lots of good stuff in a wide variety of styles.  I was hoping that July would continue that trend, but I don’t seem to be finding as much to love in this issue.  There are a few things I like, and some patterns I could see being useful in a wardrobe, but nothing that has me itching for the issue to arrive immediately.  In any case, let’s take a look…

Pretty much the best stuff in this issue was the dresses…

I am liking this asymmetrical ruffle dress…
…I think mostly because it reminds me of this RTW knit top I own, which I love.
And now I can make more of them!
Also liking this tie top dress…
The high collar is a nice detail, and the sleeve shape is interesting.
It might be more versatile as a shirt, however.
Not sure how I feel about the sleeves on this gown, but I love the train.
Definitely some frankenpattern potential here.
I think I like it better as a long gown…
What can I say, I loves me some drama.
This sweetheart dress isn’t too bad…
(And I like it much better in the more sophisticated fabric,
rather than the overly sweet florals in the early preview).
And pockets are always a win!

Everything else was sort of on a scale from ok to meh…

I find myself oddly drawn to this dress…
… Even though it is just a sack dress with a belt.
I find the color choices on this dress unfortunate…
… But the top does intrigue me from a construction perspective.
This color blocked dress is nice and sporty.
And I actually really like this t-shirt.
Though it does look quite low cut.
Hard to see in this photo, but this skirt has potential…
Not sure how I feel about the location of the gather on this skirt…
Perhaps there is a way to have to gather on the side?
Ok, so the early preview photo of this jacket made me think,
“Burda you cray-cray.”
But this all black version actually looks kinda chic.
Clearly, fabric choice and scale of pockets do wonders for this pattern.
After all the fab shorts in June, these are a bit underwhelming.
Same goes for the pants… meh.
The pleated skirt is fine, but not overly exciting.
(Also, haven’t we seen this fabric before?)
This halter dress is kinda cute.
Except maybe the giant pockets could go.
Really basic blouse… Nice use of a complex print though.
Obligatory sack dress.
Fabric choice keeps it interesting though.
Bubblegum hippie sundress… can go back to the 70s.
Oh, and it also comes in leopard.  How exciting.

The Burda Plus section had a few dresses that could be nice for summer, but also a few dresses that fall into the “meh” category…

I actually think this dress is pretty cute!
Might go in the “to make for my sister someday” pile.
The pocket seams are an interesting detail.
This is also a pretty cute summer dress.
And it also has some pockets!
This dress is rather basic, but it would be great for layering,
which could make it rather versatile and wearable year-round.
Not such a fan of this dress…
Something about the proportions and fabrication feel a bit off.
(Yes, I am aware that is is very similar to the first design.
Something about the lace overlay throws off the design for me though.)
Ummm…. Yeah.  Not such a fan, but I am thinking in different fabrics it might be ok?
Maybe?  The sweetheart seam line looks a bit low, maybe that is what is throwing me off.
This just looks like a ruffly nightgown.
Definitely could see my sister wearing it if it were cropped short though.
Might have to consider this pattern (with modifications) in the “maybe” list also.

So, um, yeah.  It was a bit difficult to pick my my best/worst patterns for the month.  Nothing was so exciting that I found an obvious winner, and nothing was so heinously crazy to grab my attention in the negative direction either.  Definitely some strange choices for fabrications, but most of the patterns themselves look salvageable.  So, what did I pick?  For July Best of BS goes to:

Tie-top knit dress!

Honestly, it was a toss up between this and the cheetah ruffle dress, but I felt like this pattern was a bit more modern and versatile – in an appropriate fabric either this dress or the shirt version of it could be work appropriate (you know, depending on where you work), but the other design is pretty much a party date dress no matter what you make it with.

As far as the worst pattern of the month, in the end I had to give BWTF for July to:

Leopard ruffle dress!

Ok, there is just too much about this dress – the boxy shape, the ruffles on the hem AND the bust, the leopard print.  It’s like the 70s and 80s got together and made some crazy lovechild of a dress.  Let’s just say I am not a fan… of the pattern itself or of this rendition of it.

So, what do you all think?  Am I being to harsh on this issue?  Am I missing something brilliant?  Will I ever like both June and July in the same year?  (I’m thinking no… or that if I do it will surely be a sign of the apocalypse.)  What are your favorite patterns in this issue?  Or are you ready to skip ahead to August?  Feel free to discuss in the comments!

4 thoughts on “Newsflash: July Burda Preview Posted

  1. Absolutely nothing from this issue intrigues me :/ Okay, maybe a couple of the plus size dresses…and the jacket without the stupid oversized pocket flaps. But I'll pass on this one. Shame after the amazing-ness that was June! 🙂


  2. hhmmm I think there are some goodies in there – the tee, the halter dresses (once you remove pockets from one and unfortunate fabric from the other). But I'm not sure there is anything that wows me.


  3. My July issue just arrived so I'm catching up. I liked the sporty dress. In fact I liked most of that story. I'm keener in the shorts than you are, I think they'd be good for work. Totally agree about the frilly leopard print dress though! All in good, a good issue for a summer one.


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