April 2016 BurdaStyle Magazine

So I am incredibly far behind on posting recent pattern releases – I’ve got Simplicity, Vogue, McCall’s, and Burda Easy Magazine in the queue.  I’ve also been incredibly busy – so no idea when those posts will actually show up.  Not to mention a pattern review that needs to get written.  Between work, work, more work, commissions, back PT, trying to relearn how to skate, wedding stuff (not mine – but I’m a bridesmaid, so still effort), and my new hobby of lightsaber fencing, the blog has taken a bit of a backseat.  At this point I have to accept I can either do things or write about wanting to do things, but it’s more fun when actually doing them  wins out.  Which means blogging is probably going to be inconsistent at best for at least the next few months.  In the meantime, I will return you to your regularly scheduled (but slightly delayed) monthly Burda review…

The April issue of BurdaStyle Magazine has been posted on the Russian website.  On the whole I can’t say there is anything that is making the issue a standout for me, but it does have a nice mix of patterns, with a few that will definitely be making it to my to-sew list.  There also look to be some nice, simple patterns that will be good for spring.  So, let’s take a look:

The best patterns in this issue are definitely the dresses.  The styles definitely continue the trends that Burda has been following the past few months, but there are a few styles I predict will be quite popular.


Love this dress – the use of the stripes give some great visual interest.  I could totally see some great color blocked designs coming from this style as well.

Love this maxi dress!  It looks like it would be super comfortable to wear, and it has a lovely, elegant flow.

We’ve seen a lot of these gathered knot dresses from Burda the past few months, but I love how easy this one looks.  Looks like a great version for the spring and summer.

Not very excited by this tunic dress – though the fabric does save the black and white version.

Neckline on this dress is interesting, even if the rest of it is rather shapeless.  I actually rather like the vest version – it is an effective variation on the pattern.

Torn between liking the pretty drape of the skirt and the fact that the top looks a bit sloppy.

Loves me a good cowl, though this one might be a bit excessive.

Not overly excited by this one.  The fit on the model is really what looses it for me.

The blouses aren’t overly exciting, but they do look like wardrobe workhorse type patterns:

The skirts and (dare I say?) jumpsuits look really great in this issue. Love how they skirt the line (get it?) between sexy and casual.  Well, unless your sitting posture is just as great as the Burda model.  The flirty ambiguity is lost a bit with that one.

There are a fair number of other pants as well, though they do look a bit pajama-ish:

It hasn’t exactly been jacket season around here, but there are a few nice spring jackets in this issue:

It seems like Burda has been including some men’s patterns in each issue lately (hopefully a trend that continues!) – this month we get pants:

The Burda Plus for this month isn’t quite as excited as it has been in the past few months:

Actually really like this jumpsuit in theory – not as sold on the model photos.  Might want to play with the shape of the leg to create a different proportion.

The blue jacket is similar to the style in the regular size range; the chiffon variation could make a nice beach cover-up.

The Plus dresses range from pretty (blue, top) to frumptastic (maxi-dress skirt) to just plain dull (sack dress).

On the whole, nothing really stands out as being overly exciting in this issue, though there are a few nice dresses and I may be (oddly enough) slightly enamored with the easy looking jumpsuit patterns this month.  It was a bit difficult to pick the top and bottom patterns for the month since everything feels a bit “Burda generic.”  In the end, though, I think it is pretty clear that the Best of BS for April 2016 should go to:


The color-blockable striped dress!  The style lines on this dress make it an intriguing sew for solids, strategical use of stripes or prints, or as a color blocked design.  I predict there will be a fair number of these showing up on the blogging sew-o-sphere.

The BWTF pattern for April 2016 was a bit more difficult to choose.  Lots of boring, not a lot of laughably bizarre.  In the end, I decided to give it to:

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The Burda Plus maxi dress.  The ruffle on the skirt – why?  The bodice actually looks quite attractive.  But the dress looks so heavy for spring.  The style of the sleeves would have been great in fall, but the model just looks a bit like she is drowning in fabric.  Not to mention the curious pattern placement over the bust.  It doesn’t look terrible, but the more I stare at it the more I want to look away, but the more I can’t.  I’ve seen it and now I cannot un-see it.

And that’s it!  I’m not frothing at the mouth for this issue, but there are definitely a few things I’ll be glad to have in the pattern stash.  What about all of you – what are your favorite and least favorite designs?  How would you rate this issue against what we’ve had from Burda previously?  Are they holding back the really good dress designs for May?  Feel free to discuss in the comments!


9 thoughts on “April 2016 BurdaStyle Magazine

  1. Yaay you’re back-I was wondering where you were! There are some cool dresses in this issue but it’s the skirt I’m really loving for some reason.. And the big sloppy dress with the strange neckline-looks like it’d be cool in a soft knit (but it’s probably drafted for a woven).
    Also-new hobbies, cool! Yea it’s hard to keep updating while living life but perhaps, like this post, give us little updates on your life along with the pattern updates? Will really miss your posts but super happy it’s because you’re out doing stuff you enjoy!💁🏽😊😊

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  2. I did prefer the March issue, but this one has some good basic pieces in it, especially the tops – although it seemed like there were fewer patterns overall than usual to me? I thought the black & white fabric used for the sack dress was amazing, the cowl top would be better without the fabric loop, liked the straight pants and I surprisingly really liked the jumpsuit although I still may only use the top portion of it (with a sewn up back!).


  3. To be honest, I am frothing at the mouth the first time, probably because I am in desperate need of workhorses. I never bought an issue before, though my mother-in-law gave me some from 2001, practically vintage… I always look at them, I like a couple of the patterns, but do I like them enough to copy them out? No. But this one I am actually planning on buying for the pants and tunic.
    I am surprised you didn’t mention the chasuble, because it is ridiculous in a “I need to find a way to wear this” kind of way.

    I just found your blog yesterday, and love it already.

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  4. I love your comments on burda wait each month to read and enjoy I want to be a friend I have some burda maxims scince1983 thank you


  5. I have made the waterfall cowl dress with the drape and have worn it most days since. I really love it. It needed pegging through the skirt as the dress is just a tube, but the cowl doesn’t look too OTT. Next up, I am planning the Tall sized shell as a summer wardrobe staple…

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