I think everyone would be pretty confident in saying that it has been a pretty good year from BurdaStyle Magazine. The Burda Plus sections in particular have been pretty fabulous. Although I feel that I wasn’t as excited by the issues at the end of the year, I think that this has been a pretty consistent year of stylish designs, with a nice mix of modern and classic styles. I’m always excited to do my annual Burda review – it’s such fun to look back on all the new patterns that this magazine adds to my stash, and to see how the fashion trends influence styles in the magazines. In case you missed anything, here are all of the Burda reviews I’ve written this year:
Here were my picks for the Best of BS Patterns for 2016:
And the nominees for the 2016 BWTF Award:
Here are my picks for the Best Burda Patterns of 2016:
Second Runner Up:
August! This is a pretty basic dress. However, it gets points for being classic, chic, and modern with the funky fabric belt. Very easy to change up accessories, or wear it unadorned. It may not be the most innovative piece, but it may be the most timeless and versatile.
First Runner Up:
October! The infamous skorlottes. I still think they are pretty cool. In a complete reversal from my choice for second runner up, this pattern gets to be in the top 3 because of its innovation and uniqueness. It might be a trendy once and done sort of pattern, but I think everyone needs at least a few of those to keep life interesting.
Best of BS 2016:
November! While I’m personally still in love with my pattern pick from the December issue, I think the sweater top from the November issue really may be the best of the year. It is the sort of pattern that could be dressed up or down depending on fabric choice, and could look great paired with a number of different silhouettes. Granted, I am a bit obsessed with the styling here, but the pattern itself is very versatile, and very wearable.
And here are the craziest patterns Burda had to offer:
Second Runner Up:
June. This maxi dress just looks so sloppy. The placement of the single button is also a bit precarious. Most of the bottom designs weren’t too terrible this year, but the odd proportions put this design near the top of the list.
First Runner Up:
January. Silk pajamas are fine. Silk pajamas as outerwear are not. I feel like Burda tries to sell us on this idea every January, but I’ve yet to buy into it. Sure, the fantasy is to wear PJs to work. But if I couldn’t even bring myself to wear PJ pants to class as a college student, there is no way I’d wear something like this out and about for daily errands, let alone to work.
BWTF 2016 goes to:
September. There is nothing cute, stylish, modern, or fun about this top. Stuffy, old, dated, fussy, and over-designed are all words that come to mind when I look at this picture. I know velvet was all the rage this year, but I can’t say that this top looks like it should have been included in the year’s style trend report.
Since it is the end of the year, it is also a good time to look back and see which issues will be great sources of patterns for years to come, as well as which issues left us a bit disappointed.
Worst Issues of 2016:
Second Runner Up: March
The March issue wasn’t bad, it just wasn’t very diverse in its offerings. I mean, sure, it may have provided me with the shorts pattern that qualified me to the second round of the Pattern Review Sewing Bee, and many of the dress patterns in it were quite pretty. I was also happy to see a mix of Burda and Burda Plus models in the same photos (wish they could have done that for the dirndl issue!), but the overwhelming number of patterns geared towards weddings makes this issue possibly one of the least useful in the long term. Lots of pretty patterns, not a lot of practical patterns.
First Runner Up: April
April has the opposite problem from March – full of everyday clothes, but no real stand-out patterns. There were certainly many designs I liked, but nothing that really stands out in my mind and makes me want to pull the April issue off the shelf anytime soon.
Worst Issue of 2016: May
This year May felt like such a mish-mash of leftover spring styles. Lots of loose fitting jersey pants, tops, and jumpsuits, messy looking dresses, and childish looking florals don’t do much to inspire a need to sew together the designs. Definitely my top pick for the least exciting issue of 2016.
Best Issues of 2016:
Second Runner Up: July
It isn’t often that I pick a summer issue to be in my top three. And even though there were plenty of boxy looks that weren’t quite my cup of tea, I felt that Burda really offered some great options for summer in this year’s July issue. The Burda Plus section was also really fantastic in this issue, which helped propel it to the top of this year’s list.
First Runner Up: December
Ah, December. I think December is most consistent month for being in my top three picks each year. Normally there are some really outstanding party looks, but this year presented some lovely classic designs that would be great in an everyday wardrobe. Although the knitting patterns and the pajama patterns took up a lot of this issue, the lovely coats, dresses, and skirts in the rest of this magazine more than make up for it.
Best Issue of 2016: October
I admit I always go for the fall fashions, but this issue was so good! From the lovely tailored peacoat to the classy, yet casual sweater, this issue is a total winner start to finish. The designs were elegant and classic – definitely a great issue to hold on to for years to come!
And that’s it! What are your top and bottom picks for magazine issues and patterns from the year? How does 2016 compare to previous years from Burda? How are we feeling about the current trends that Burda is utilizing in its designs? Feel free to discuss the year of Burda (and sewing patterns in general) in the comments!