May 2016 BurdaStyle Magazine

The full preview for the May Burda has been up on the Russian site for a few weeks now… but I haven’t been feeling particularly inspired to blog about it.  Usually May is the month of the fun spring dresses, but this year if feels as though we are already fully into loose fitting summer styles.  I think there are a lot of wearable styles in this issue, but I didn’t find anything to be particularly drool worthy or overly exciting.


May is typically spring dress month, so let’s start there:

I really like the style of this dress in the line drawing, but the gathers just look messy in the model photos.  Perhaps it would look a bit better in a fabric with a matte finish?

Sort of digging this casual dress and under tunic.  Also, yay, pockets!

I feel like the model photo doesn’t really do this dress justice.  Though I wish the pipping details would extend onto the bodice as well.

Nice dress for summer.

Sack dress.  Sort of meh.  It is a great way to show off the lace fabric though.

Love the green jacket!  The collar is super cool.  Then they went and made that fringe version.  The fringe at the cuffs would be so annoying to wear!  I’m kind of thinking the jacket without the fringe would look pretty awesome though.

This jacket seems a bit out of place with the rest of the styles in this issue, but I love the details at the cuffs and collar.  The blue color is pretty fabulous too.

Dress/tunic with interesting sleeves.  Neckline looks a bit large.

Tank tops/dresses.  The straps make it a bit awkward to wear with a normal bra, but I do love the shape of the neckline.  Could be great to wear under a lightweight summer jacket, or the dress could be used as a swimsuit cover up.

Jumpsuit/romper/pants/dress/top.  Burda is getting their value out of this pattern draft.  Actually sort of digging the green jumpsuit, and I think I’d actually wear the top quite a bit.  The drawstring pants look like they could make some great PJs too.

LOVE the lace on that tank top.  Like, seriously need to make something like that.  The pleated blouse is ok.

Actually sort of liking this peasant blouse.

Lots of shorts/culottes.  I know I don’t look good in a pleated pant, but I always look at these styles and think maybe I could pull it off…  The scalloped waistband on the culottes is intriguing.

Actually sort of like these vests/cover ups.  They would be pretty simple to make too.

Really like the style of this skirt – very pretty.

Interesting use of lace on what would otherwise be a basic pencil skirt.

The Burda Plus section is similarly full of wearable, but not overly exciting, designs:

Waterfall front cardigan.  Nothing new, but this is a flattering style and a trend that doesn’t seem to be going away.

Actually rather like this top/dress.  The neckline is super flattering, especially in the tunic proportion.

Button front dresses.  A bit sweet for me (especially those heart pockets), but definitely a nice classic style for spring/summer.

Pants and jumpsuits.  Not my favorites, but they do look like the sort of thing you could wear to work in a garden!

And that’s about it!  On the whole, lots of stuff that is mildly interesting, but nothing that has me waiting anxiously for the postman to arrive.  In the end, I decided to give Best of BS for May 2016 to:

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Green jacket!  I’m a sucker for interesting lapels and a close fit, so this jacket had me won over right away.  I’d love to see it in a different fabric and color – I think it would look gorgeous in a rich chocolate brown or a brightly colored linen.

Oddly enough my BWTF is derived from the same base pattern as my Best of BS this month:

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Sorry, but that fringe looks cheap!  Especially around the cuffs – looks like it was too short and they tried to lengthen the sleeves after the fact.  Maybe if the fabric looked more expensive, but even then… no.  Despite the fact that I’m considering making this pattern (sans fringe), it cannot escape the fact that it clearly deserves the BWTF award this month.

And that’s it!  So, am I missing something?  Is this a really exciting issue and I’m just too tired to see it?  Or does it feel like Burda used all their cool dress designs in the last issue and didn’t leave anything for May?  What are your top and bottom pattern picks for the month?  Feel free to discuss in the comments!

9 thoughts on “May 2016 BurdaStyle Magazine

  1. I really like a lot of these, funnily enough. In fact it’s the first Burda I’ve seen for a little while that I feel I have to get. Thanks for the article – I really enjoy reading them!


  2. On the PR thread, several people were saying that this is their favorite issue of 2016. I just don’t see it! I’m having a hard time even figuring out what to do for my Burda challenge piece. There’s just not much that interests me — maybe just maybe the dress with the little cut out/ fold over sleeve


  3. Thank you for the review! There are a few nice ones, but also I feel that tere is nothing I can`t wait to make. I need a short jacket, like the green one, but I wait for Patrones to arrive , there are a few great ones this time.


  4. This is a real Marmite issue! I’m in the ‘best one this year’ camp as there are at least two dresses I actively want to make and a few more things I liked, including the crepe satin dresses with the pleats. I’d have to agree about the fringed jacket though. And oh dear, the bust fit in a couple of the plus size patterns isn’t good at all.

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  5. I’m finding the instructions for the green suede jacket to be difficult to understand. Especially the lining. Has anyone figured it out?


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