June 2017 BurdaStyle Magazine

The June issue of BurdaStyle Magazine has been posted. Normally between the June and July issues I tend to find one month great and the other pretty dull.  Let’s just say I’m keeping my fingers crossed for July, because there really isn’t a whole lot going on in this issue, which shall henceforth be known as “The Shirt Issue, 2017 Edition.”  I kid, but, not really.  Regardless, we’ve got another month of Burda to examine, so let’s take a look:


Since I’ve dubbed this The Shirt Issue, let’s look at the tops:

It’s a nice blouse, with interesting collar detail.  I’m pretty sure the dangles at the cuffs would drive me nuts though.

A nice, really classic blouse.  I like that the bow tie is completely separate as well.  The black pipping adds a nice touch as well.  Some of the styling is a bit… interesting, and the blue cat print certainly gives new meaning to “pussybow blouse,” but this is a style I’d consider making in the near future.

We couldn’t have a summer issue without a cold shoulder top.  The ruffles on the straps are a bit much for me, but it is nice to see subtle details in these patterns.

These sleeves are super on trend.  Basic blouse, but a trendy basic blouse.  Great to use with a print fabric.

The peplum look is hanging around.  The overall silhouette here is a bit boxy for my taste, but I could understand the appeal of wearing a loosely fitted top like this during the summer.

Another blouse pattern – this one with a deep-V neckline.  Simple, but, I like it.

This really basic tank is a great way to use sequin fabric since the pattern is so simple.

There are quite a few dresses in this issue as well:

This handkerchief hem dress with spaghetti straps is perfect for the summer.  Not particularly new or exciting, but looks very lightweight and comfortable for when the weather turns miserable humid and hot.

A very simple, but slightly more elegant maxi dress.  Looks like it would be pretty easy to sew too.

Ok, I know this a a really basic dress, but I’m sort of smitten.  The draped sleeve has just the right amount of drama, but the style is simple enough to still be really elegant.  The color isn’t hurting any either.

The green version of this dress is exactly what three-year-old-me would have chosen to wear to prom.  Clearly, I was an 80s baby.  Now…. maybe not so much.  It’s a bit frilly, but, the nostalgia sentiment is giving this design a pass for me.

I’m not really in love with this dress as styled, but I do actually like the silhouette.  All those seam lines will be great for fitting too.

Another pretty basic dress.  The ruffle detail is minimal, but it does add some interest to the dress.

I’m not such a fan of this dress, mostly because it reminds me of a lot of this one floral dress I wore to a wedding as a kid.  I really didn’t like that dress, but I couldn’t find anything else that came even close to fitting.  So I’m not liking this dress, though it is very much for personal issues.

I’m never a really big fan of these boxy, ruffly shaped dresses.  I’ve seen people who can style these things and look great in them, but I am not one of those people.  Moving along!

There are only a few other styles in this issue:

almost love this jumpsuit.  the bodice top has some nice detail with the gathering, and I do love me some pockets, but I’m not sold on the proportions of the pant legs.  Not that that couldn’t be easily changed, but something about the width to length ratio of the legs isn’t working for me here.

In a complete reversal from everything else in this issue, we have a super structured tailored vest and trousers.  Lots of nice detail here.

This month the Burda Kids section is mostly fluffy dresses for little girls, with a top that matches one of the full sized adult tops as well:

The Burda Plus section isn’t overly exciting either, but it does have a lot of relaxed styles for summer:

I do like the color blocking options on this top; this certainly looks like something that would be a great wardrobe piece for the summer.

A simple dress, but it shows off this print beautifully, and I bet it could look great belted too.

I would personally want this tunic dress to be a bit longer, but I do like the details at the collar and the shape it has when belted.

This slouchy sweater would be the perfect cover up for a cool evening at the beach.

Not my style of pant, but I do like the subtle pocket placement.

This shirt is awesome!  The cut out in the back is very on trend, but it looks comfortable and relaxed too.  And it has pockets!

And that’s it!  Burda has definitely scaled back on the quantity of patterns that come in a single issue, which has its pluses and minuses.  On the upside, it is much easier to trace from the sheets this year.  On the downside, fewer patterns means fewer chances to get something really amazing, and I sort of feel as though that is what has happened in this issue.  Nothing really amazing, but nothing absolutely terrible either.  Which makes it really challenging to pick the top and bottom looks for this month, but I will make a valiant effort.

For June, I have decided to give the Best of BS award to:

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I’ve decided to embrace the simplicity of this style.  Plus, it has found a way to get me on board with the giant sleeve trend.  Has Burda made styles like this before?  Sure.  Would this have been a top pick in other months?  Likely not.  Did it win because it has a particularly striking model photo?  Perhaps.  Was it a close one between this and the top with the pipping?  Yup.  But I went with the drama.

The bottom pick was similarly tough, but I’m going to give BWTF for June 2017 to:


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There really isn’t anything wrong with this boxy frilly dress, I’m just not a fan of this style.  The problem with having a lot of meh designs is there isn’t a real clear top or bottom look, so, unfortunately, this one is taking the bottom spot for June.

And there we have it!  Lot’s of perfectly wearable items, and definitely lots of things that are heavy on the various ruffly sleeve trends this summer, but no real stand-outs for me.  Not a whole lot that falls into my personal aesthetic, though I can appreciate the trends that Burda has showcased in this issue.  I may have to make a button-down top with pipping, though probably not in a cat print.  What do you all think?  Have you been dying for a great button front shirt or a basic summer dress?  Or is this issue a bit of a letdown, especially after last month?  Feel free to discuss in the comments!

16 thoughts on “June 2017 BurdaStyle Magazine

  1. That jumpsuit! It would have been the stuff of dreams before my proportions changed! It makes ultralong legs and has straps to hide the bra… Nothing else really jumps at me, though.

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  2. I pretty much glazed over this whole issue. Have tried several times to find my “challenge” garment. I do like the double-v dress looking at the line drawing – hate it styled over the floral shirt.

    The p-bow blouse is fine but it’s another p-bow blouse. :shrug: I DO like the take on the neck tie though. Both the way it’s constructed and that it’s removable. I do think it’s a nice plus section though!!

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  3. I’ve finally sacked Burdastyle magazine. I used to love it, but recently I’ve just seen repeats or slight rehashes of older design. And you get much less for more cash. I’ve decided to save what I was spending on the magazine and invest it on a pattern I really want, or fabric. I’ve got 6 years of magazines to draw upon, not to mention 5 books full of patterns and two on pattern drafting. Somehow I don’t think I’m going to miss it.

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  4. Why so many long sleeved shirts for summer? So disappointing. June is my birthday month and I’m struggling to find something to make. I like the plus top with the open back. Jumpsuit is ok but not sure it would work for me. I like the jumpsuit from May issue better.


  5. I agree that this does look like a pretty dull issue and doesn’t strike me as very summery either. That said I can see this being one of those issues that gets used a lot over the years simply because it does have so many basic, non crazy pieces in it!

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  6. I’m still waiting for the May issue… 😦

    Not so many here that really attract me. However that piping detailing on the blouse is awfully nice, on my to try list! And really really like the slouchy sweater plus size pattern. Love it. Might try to size it down, but if I’m not able to it looks slouchy enough to maybe not matter too much… Oh and that vest! Like that too, which is silly of me because I don’t often get the chance to wear them. But I’ll sew it anyway.

    Oh, off track here… Are you watching the Handmaid’s Tale by any chance? You know, in case you’re feeling too happy about life and stuff? :-p

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  7. I agree it’s a dull issue. In the U.K. paper edition it mentioned that several of the maxi dresses – some of the few styles I liked – are reissues of 70s Burda patterns. And several of the articles mentioned ‘Caroline the Burda intern’ who I don’t remember from previous issues. She was doing the stuff that the previous editor Dagmar Bily used to; the styling story; and also the crafts. Interesting times at Burda!

    I could swear the one shoulder dress you liked is in a late 2009 issue but it might just be a very similar style. I might dig that issue out and compare…

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