BurdaStyle Special Fall/Winter 2015

The Fall/Winter issue of BurdaStyle Special (formerly Burda Easy) is here!  Also, apparently there has been a name change?  At least to the cover of the English version says “BurdaStyle Special” and not “BurdaStyle Easy” as previous issues have.  The Russian website still calls it Burda Easy though?  Perhaps a partial rebranding?  Not entirely sure.  Anyway, back to the actual issue.  In all honesty, this isn’t nearly as awesome as the Fall/Winter issue from last year, but there are a few patterns I’m excited for.  And the detailed instructions are always a bonus.  I definitely get the sense they they were striving to make the patterns easier to sew than in the magazines from last year.  I don’t know that this would be a must-have issue if you don’t have a subscription already, but I’m happy to have it in my collection.  Let’s take a look:

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Very basic shape, but I like the scarf/collar design element here.

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This version of the jacket is probably my favorite in the whole issue; it looks perfect for a large puffy material.

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Interesting combination of a classic coat and a bomber jacket.  I like it.

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And, of course, several versions with just the plain, classic details.

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I love this top!  Probably my favorite design in the whole issue.  I want one in every color.

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I also like the dress version  – it would look really cute with tights and boots.

I’m not as impressed with the other tops, pants, skirts and dresses.  They are fine, but not overly exciting:

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And that’s it.  There aren’t as many patterns in the Burda Easy (Burda Special?  I’m still not sure what to call this) as in a regular monthly issue, and they aren’t as exciting.  They do all have detailed instructions, and pattern pieces that are much easier to identify and trace than normal issues though, so, trade-offs.  There are definitely a few patterns I want to make (like that top!), but most of the others are pretty meh.  What do you all think?  Are you a fan of Burda Easy’s detailed instructions?  Or do the simple patterns make it a miss for you?  Feel free to discuss in the comments!

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6 thoughts on “BurdaStyle Special Fall/Winter 2015

  1. Love these reviews, I really look forward to your take on the latest patterns and magazine reviews.That top is awesome and so is the dress but unfortunately everything else is boring/done before.. Burda Easy used to have really cool patterns back in the day (2-3 years back even) but it’s all gone downhill sadly..

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