BurdaStyle Magazine July 2016

In honor of finally being finished with sewing skating costumes for regionals (the nationals pile is still quite high, but I’ll get there soon enough), I’m actually *gasp* writing a post.  I’ve still got a bit of an E6000 high going on from gluing the rhinestones, so you’ll hopefully forgive me if I’m a bit off with my assessment of this month’s Burda magazine.


I suppose the most shocking thing is that I actually like this issue.  I don’t think it is as good as June, but there are more than a few decent patterns here.  Traditionally I’ve only ever liked one of the summer issues (June or July) in a year, so I’m pleasantly surprised to be excited for both months this year.  Or possibly worried that it is a sign of the coming apocalypse.  Anyway, without further ado, let’s get to it:

I’m still loving all the strappy/cut out necklines that Burda’s been giving us lately.  And this one doesn’t look too complicated to make either.

Liking this one too.  Love how the neckline stands out a bit more in the solid, but how the dress also works great in a print.

Ok, I really like this one, but I can already tell that the neckline is going to be about 5 inches too low and 2 inches too wide.  I’ve got the perfect fabric to use with it though, so it might be worth muslin-ing out the bodice to get a great summer dress.  Love how well the stripe matches on the first version too.

This is the first of many of the designs in this issue where I’m going to say I think it works better as a top than as a dress.  Love the fabric detail on the shirt version, but the dress seems a bit stiff and heavy for the summer.

Ok, so this looks like a pretty simple wrap dress, but I really like this style as well.  It looks pretty and comfortable for the hot summer months.

Not loving the shape of the dress, but I really want to make that top.

A-line dress…meh.

I can’t decide if this is really pretty or just sloppy looking.  Sort of liking the dress version better than the top here.

Ugh.  Makes me thing of shoulder-padded 80s fashion.

Not a fan of the sack like dress, but I really like the proportions of the top.

Actually sort of liking these Bermuda/culotte shorts.  The proportions are working for me, and the pockets aren’t too obtrusive on the patterned version.

Not loving the overalls, but then again we’ve seen worse.

I think the proportions on the shorter version work a bit better.

Simple A-line skirt, but I like it.  Its the sort of think that could be a great wardrobe piece for the summer.

The crazy pattern hides the ruffles nicely.

I’m going to straight out say it – the Burda Plus section this month rocks.  A lot of great patterns that will fill a wide variety of wardrobe needs.

Love this!  That black dress is totally eye-catching without being too fussy.  I can’t wait to figure out what technique they used for the neckline.

Gorgeous wrap dress!  Love the variations presented here, and the black and white fabric is a fantastic choice for this pattern.

Also loving this top, especially the navy version.  Normally I’m not into the ruffles, but I think the proportions here are perfection.

Not as excited by this dress, but it could be a nice wardrobe piece.

Snuggly cardigans for the overly-AC’d summer workplace.

Liking the top, not such a fan of the dress length version.

Nice trousers with an interesting zipper placement.

Normally I don’t care much for this section, but even the kids patterns are decent in this issue!

Nice to see some activewear patterns for the kids – I expect the leggings and skirt/skort will be popular styles.

And that’s it!  Have to say that while there isn’t anything that I’m finding especially exciting or innovative in this issue, I think there are a lot of great dresses and tops for the summer.  It is a bit difficult to decide, but I have to to say that I think the Best of BS for July 2016 goes to:

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Triangle Top Dress!

I’m a bit overly excited by this pattern.  It is just so eye catching!  And while I really like a lot of the other patterns, they feel very similar to styles we’ve had in the past.  The cut-out/open neckline isn’t really a new trend, but this might be a simpler version to sew, so I’m a bit excited by the prospect.

Conversely, the BWTF for July was pretty easy to pick out.  It goes to:

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Fluffy 80s monstrosity.

Seriously, not cute.  I appreciate the attempt at an interesting neckline, but the overall shape and style of this dress reminds me of something my Skipper dolls wore in 1990.

So, what do you all think?  Is there a lot of summery goodness to be had in this issue, or does it feel like a lot of boring styles that we’ve seen in the past?  Anyone else obsessing over the Burda plus section in this issue?  Feel free to discuss in the comments!

10 thoughts on “BurdaStyle Magazine July 2016

  1. The plus section is brilliant but the rest was disappointing for me. But I never normally like the summer issues and June this year was OK so I am not complaining. I hope they release the cardi/jacket pattern from the plus section in other sizes at some point!

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    1. Yeah their plus selection has been really good the past year or so. Maybe they will do more sizes with the envelope pattern releases that should be announced at the end of next month.


  2. I really miss your skating posts! Would love to see a post on some of the costumes you’ve made in recent years 🙂 Still come and check your blog from time to time to see if there are new skating posts 😦

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    1. With my back injury I’ve been a bit out of it lately, and most of my sewing has been for other people which I feel weird posting about. I’ve got a few that never made it to the blog though – I’ll try to get some photos and post them soon.


  3. All the best for being on the mend 🙂 For a sport that’s so pretty, you really do break yourself! After our Nationals in NZ I’m taking some time off to heal a knee injury. I totally get feeling weird about posting other people’s costumes. If they make it up here I look forward to seeing them 🙂 Josie

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  4. I totally agree with everything you said! Usually June and July are uninspiring issues, but this years have been great. Not that I’ve made anything from them yet, but hopefully I will get there before summer is over!

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  5. It’s funny how different we are as people. What you called the BWTF of the month, for me it’s a pattern I really like, but without the neckline, just plain and simple. Am I weird? :))
    Cheers from Romania!

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    1. Not weird – everyone has an opinion, and often I’ll see people make up my low picks and look great. Actually Burda has been really good lately – I’ve been picking BWTF mostly out of tradition rather than because they’ve given us something really terrible.


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