Burda Easy is one of the Burda publications I used to ignore – I felt like the designs were too simple and not the more classic and elegant Burda styles that I really love. Over the past few years, though, I’ve really gotten to like the Burda Easy magazine. The styles are super trendy, the patterns are fairly straightforward, and the instructions are fully illustrated and very detailed. While I don’t think there are any styles in this year’s fall/winter magazine that are gush-worthy, on the whole I’m actually surprised by how much I’m responding to these designs. Burda Easy always gives you a few basic patterns – this year we get a top, a dress, a skirt, a jacket, and pants – with several variations on each. Let’s take a look:
Pattern 1: The top.
For some reason I’ve been really into the idea of slouchy, easy tops lately. Maybe because part of me feels like I just can’t be bothered, but these all look so comfortable I really want to make at least one of them.
Pattern 2: The dress.
I really like this dress pattern. It’s quite basic, but as Burda has shown, that makes it great for using with more interesting fabrics. I’m really liking the versions in burgundy, especially the print. The striped version and the lace version are great too. I’m not as into the French Maid/Wednesday Adams look, but on the whole I think there is some great potential here.
Pattern 3: The skirt.
Normally I’m not into the paper bag waist or the color yellow, but I’m having a major obsession with that mustard skirt! Practical pocket placement is a major plus. The maxi/midi skirts with the slits are also somewhat interesting. The minis are a bit short for me, but I could see them being popular in the younger crowd.
Pattern 4: The pants.
I’m also not sure why I’m enjoying the pants options so much – possibly one too many times tripping on my own PJs has convinced me that elastic-ankled pants may be the wave of the future. I’ve also been wanting to make culottes and bermudas for a while now. These might not be the patterns I’m looking for, but they will definitely make the list.
Pattern 5: The jacket.
The yellow coat is certainly dramatic, and I really love the cropped plaid jacket. I even like the drama of the long vest. I could do without the bath mat fur vest, but that’s just me.
Possible other patterns:
As of the time of writing, these patterns have not been posted to the Russian Burda journal page, but they HAVE been listed as “Hooded 6”, “Poncho 7”, and “Tunic 8ABC” on the German site. Which I hope is true because I really love the giant fuzzy green sweater. I don’t know why! It’s been super hot, but I want something warm and fuzzy to snuggle up in. Maybe it’s just a need to counter all the over-active AC I’ve been living in at work. In any case, I hope these styles are included in this magazine because I really like them.
And that’s it! On the whole I don’t think there are any swoon worthy patterns here. Nothing we haven’t really seen before. But, on the other hand, I think this is a great collection of quick-to-sew trends for fall – we’ve got the waterfall front coat (which was super popular in the BMV collections), an oversized knit top (which we’ve seen A LOT in all the fall pattern collections this year), a great basic dress, and some quick to sew bottoms that could be pretty stylish. Nothing is going on my immediate wish list, but I expect there will be some patterns that I’ll want to return to later. What do you all think? Are these patterns too dull to be of much interest? Or do the quick, trendy pieces with better-than-normal Burda instructions pique your interest? Feel free to discuss in the comments!