September 2018 BurdaStyle Magazine

It’s that time of year again – the time of year when we get to eagerly anticipate the fall and winter BurdaStyle fashions!  Is it me, or do people tend to get more excited about the sewing seasons they don’t live in?  Personally, I find myself eagerly anticipating the August-December issues, even though my winters could be described as mild at best, and probably closer non-existent moving forward.  Either way, I’m always anxious to see the September issue, even though it’s often full of dirndls.  Happily, we only have one new dirndl pattern this year, but somewhat sadly, I wasn’t that impressed by the remaining designs.  I think there are good patterns this month, but not necessarily great ones.  Either way, there’s lots to see, so let’s get started:

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Since we are heading into the fall/winter season, we are starting to see a lot more coat options than in the past few months:

Typically these wrap coats feel a bit bathrobe to me, but I actually really like the look of this one.  Perhaps it is just the intense print, but I think this is a great option for a simple wrap coat.

There are lots of yummy details on this men’s style jacket – the notched collar is beautiful, and the pockets are great.  Personally, I prefer a bit more shaping and feminine silhouette, but I think this looks like a great option for those who enjoy straight lines and less curvy silhouettes.

I’m not sure how practical a 3/4 length sleeve is in a puffer coat, but otherwise I think this is super cute!  The high collar is perfect for those colder days, and the elastic waist is a great detail to avoid a marshmallow look.  The patch pockets look really practical too – the perfect size for a cell phone.

I like the pink jacket, but I really love this longer version!  I never jumped on the Minoru bandwagon, but this looks like a similar style to that super popular coat pattern.  For some reason the Minoru never really did it for me, even though I saw many great versions online, but I find myself really excited by this pattern from Burda.  This is definitely a style I could see myself incorporating into an everyday uniform/wardrobe staple/capsule wardrobe sort of plan.  When it gets cold-ish, I’d totally grab a jacket like this when I head out the door, especially since my lifestyle is not overly formal at the moment.

This little cardigan is the perfect transitional fall piece!  It’ll add just enough extra warmth without being too covered or stiflingly hot, and it has a nice “casual, but with some effort” sort of a vibe.  I’m not so sure about the styling of the black version, but the pick version looks super cute and comfortable for the fall.

I feel like this jacket is the sort of think I enjoy looking at, but hate wearing.  I suppose it is the mark of an experienced sewist to “know thyself,” and I know that this sort of bow tie collar can feel a bit stuffy on me.  I do love the vintage chic vibe, and the seam lines look super streamlined and tailored, but I think this is one design I’m going to enjoy as inspiration in the magazine, rather than push for adding this look to the wardrobe.

While I don’t find any of the September dresses to be particularly amazing, I do this many of the styles are solid basics:

This dress looks like a fairly simple sew, and the wrist ties look really pretty in the photo.  In practicality, I’m not the biggest fan of a waist tie, and the wrist ties could be a bit annoying, but this simple style is a great way to showcase a print, as Burda has done here.  Not my favorite Burda look, but not bad.

I find I’m much more intrigued by this shirt dress.  I love that the buttons only extend through the top, and that the dress actually has a side zip closure as well.  Based only on the line drawing, I would have passed this pattern by, thinking that this could look a bit dowdy, but the styling and fabric choice really make this dress feel very on trend for the season.

I feel like Burda has given us very similar (like, really similar) styles in the past, but I do think this is a nice dress for fall.  The neck bow motif is echoed here, and this dress has a cool vintage chic vibe going for it as well.  I think it looks great in both the solid and print fabrics, which makes it pretty versatile.

We all should know I’m a sucker for a sheath dress with cool seaming by this point, so I don’t think I’ll surprise anyone by proclaiming my love for this dress.  The collar is a great detail, and the princess seam shaping will help with a close fit.

If I had to guess, I’d say that this might become the most popular pattern from the magazine.  I feel like this dress has some nice design features, without being too complex.  The silhouette is simple, chic, modern, but neither too fitted nor too voluminous.  It’s one of those smart dresses that can be fairly versatile with styling.  I love how it fits the theme of the subtle vintage chic that Burda’s channeling in this issue.

This sweatshirt dress seemed a bit out of place when contrasted with all of the very tailored looks that are in the rest of this issue, but I think the sequins really save it.  Honestly, from the line drawing, I would have thought it might be a nightgown with elastic cuffs, but in the sequin fabric the simple lines totally make sense.  Not the most inventive style this month, but, I am a bit of a magpie, so for the sparkle it can be forgiven.

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It’s not September without a dirndl, so that’s what we get this month.  I believe this may be a special designer pattern, but I won’t be entirely sure until my magazine arrives.

Like the dresses, I’m finding the tops this month to be very wearable, though not exceptionally exciting :

This top from the 11/2011 issue has been on my to-sew list forever, so of course I like this pattern!  Honestly, the only real difference seems to be the angle of the overlap, and possibly lack of a dropped shoulder here, but, otherwise pretty much the same.  I really love the looks of the soft folds and drapes, and it looks like it would be really comfortable to wear, especially in a nice jersey.

The only thing cool about this sweater is the sleeve detail, but I feel like it is entirely lost in the model photo, especially in a small print like this.

Oddly, I’m more interested in this more basic sweatshirt pattern.  I really like how Burda has used two layers of fabric to create such an interesting print effect here.

There are lots of subtle details in this pattern, and I think it sort of just works.  Normally I find detail work around the front collar to be overdone, but here I think it offers a nice balance to the slightly bell shaped sleeves.  I can’t say I’m excited by the ruffle, but I don’t hate it either.  This isn’t making it to the top of my to-sew list, but I do think there are lots of fun details included in this design.

This is the top version of that green floral dress from above; I definitely like it much more as a top.  The sleeves also look to be 3/4 length, which makes the cuff ties more of a fun detail and less of something I’d worry about ending up in my soup.

I know this is a basic wrap top, but I really like it, especially with the self fabric tie.  It looks comfortable and classic, without being too formal or stiff.

There aren’t many bottoms this month, but the options are decent:

I love this skirt!  The fabric flap that acts as a belt loop is such a cool design feature!  Plus, it looks stellar in the solid and the print.  I seriously want one in every color.

Burda’s been really into the cropped pants of late.  While I think these look great if you want a super fitted pair of short pants, I was hoping for something a bit more transitional for the fall months.

I’m not the biggest fan of these sweatpants.  I mean, sure, I’d totally wear them around the house (if I added pockets), but I’m less of a fan of the idea of wearing blue velvet elastic waist trousers out and about.

Unlike the regular size range, I’m really excited for the ultra classic Burda Plus options this month:

I love this short pea coat!  The angles front is such a fun, subtle detail.  the rest of the coat is super classic, and I love it in the pop of red.  This would be fabulous for a fall wardrobe.

I doubt Burda could have predicted the Meghan Effect, but regardless, this trench dress is really slick.  I’m normally more interested in a trench coat than a trench dress, but social media and Burda’s lovely drafting may have won me over on this trend.

I can’t say that these t-shirts are overly exciting, but they do look comfortable for the fall transitional seasons.

I feel like these are so much more stylish than the pants from the regular size range.  I love the tab detail on the waistband, and styled with the white button up make these pants feel like a real winner.

So much great shaping on this dress!  Personally, I’m not the biggest fan of the slightly puffed sleeves, but otherwise I really love the look of this dress.

I also really like this top!  The convertible cowl is a trend Burda has played with a lot this year, but it’s fun to see it on a sweater that could go from cozy fall day to holiday dinner glam with a simple adjustment of the neckline.

I can’t say that the kids section is that great this month, but then it’s going to be hard to compete with the super fun designs we’ve had lately:

I’m getting some serious school uniform/prep school vibes here.

And with that we’ve found ourselves at the end, which means it is time to choose the Best of BS for September 2018:

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I’m so excited about this jacket!  I feel like it is the perfect fall coat – casual, sporty, long enough to provide protection against windy weather, plus, it’s got a hood.  I love that the pink variation provides some nice feature options, and I’m seriously wondering if I could track down some puffy insulated fabric to make a longer puffer coat for winter.  I can’t wait for this pattern to arrive!

And, finally, the BWTF Award this month goes to:

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Blue velvet pants!  Aside from the fabrication, I still can’t imagine thinking of these baggy elastic waisted pants as “fashionable.”  There isn’t much to redeem them; they don’t even appear to have pockets.

And there we have it – another month down!  While I have to admit I’m a little disappointed by this month’s issue, I think it’s only because I have high expectations for the Burda fall fashions.  I think Burda has produced an issue with lots of on-trend looks, and the Burda Plus section is particularly good this month.  I have the feeling this might be another of those sleeper issues for me.  Aside from the Best of BS pick for the month, nothing is really jumping off of the overly dense pattern sheets at the moment, but I think the sheath dress, pencil skirt, and a few of the tops could easily find their way into future sewing plans.  What do you all think?  Is there anything here that is going to jump to the top of your fall fashion sewing list?  Or do these styles seem a bit redundant from what we’ve seen in Burda’s back catalog?  Feel free to discuss your top picks and favorite styles in the comments!


25 thoughts on “September 2018 BurdaStyle Magazine

  1. Meh… Maybe it’s because I prefer clothes for colder weather but I was expecting better. The wrap top line drawing is identical to Burda 6838 envelope pattern, which I already have anyway………

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  2. Love the coat you picked for the best of the month, definitely going on my to-sew list. Also really want to sew the little cardigan – I could see that done is several fabrics… Not so much this issue that is really grabbing, but as usual down the road I’ll probably see a bunch that make me think “well why didn’t I try this before?”

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  3. I am quite let down by August and September which is troubling because there’s never been a year that those weren’t my favorite!

    The plus section is fantastic – like all of them!!

    I really like the tie-neck jacket but I know it doesn’t actually fit my life right now. But it’ll definitely get marked in my book of tech drawings. Very chic.

    I like the wrist tie top/dress. I like it as a top much more…and the vintage-y dress with the slight funnel collar. But I’m not really *excited* about any of them :/

    The thing I’m probably most excited about? Stealing their lace-over-striped knit idea. I love. love. love. it! 🙂

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    1. Ooh and I have to say, in your wtf pic, I was watching The Good Fight and one of the attorney’s had on an adorable Gucci necktie(?) and I got instantly fascinated by it. So while the one pictured here is a little gaudy for me with the rhinestone buckle, I’m thinking I’m going to make one for fall! Minimal investment if I hate it :-p

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    2. I think I love Burda because if I like the patterns, they are there, but I also love the fashion magazine inspiration aspect too. I’m also sad that August/September are a bit meh this year, but I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the last three months.

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  4. Just wanted to say that you sold me on that plus size cocoon dress with massive sleeves from the recent releases – I’ve sewn a muslin, and it’s somewhere between really cute and bonkers! Hoping it swings to the good side in my final fabric! 😉

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  5. Mmm, not a huge amount in this one that excited me – but the Dirndl is lovely (pity I’ve got one underway) and I love the vintage bow jacket!! I just wouldn’t know what sort of fabric to make it in… I’d think maybe a ponte but I’m not sure the bow would work. Suggestions anyone?

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    1. Ponte might be good. Maybe a wool crepe? It’ll have body and drapability. Might need to underline the main body of the jacket. I’ll be curious to see Burda’s suggestions when the magazine arrives.

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    2. I recently admired a vintage-styled garment with a collar in a totally different fabric. Would a softer fabric collar in either a matching or contrasting colour work for your vision?

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  6. Now I have a baffling yet compelling need for teal blue velvet pants.

    I really, really, really dislike stretch velvet. And woven velvet. Don’t get me started on teal being an indecisive colour (blue? green?)

    As always – a fantastic review!

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  7. I like the wrist tie top/dress. Will likely shorten the ties to make it a bit more practical and I also want the best of coat. I think there are a lot of good basics in this issue. Would also like to make the pencil skirt and raglan sleeve dress. I do agree that a lot of these patterns are really similar to past patterns but they are a bit more updated in style lines. So not a bad issue overall. Quite practical I think.

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  8. Heh I loved this one. The coat with the top stitching is my favourite but the wrap top and the seam detail dress are also great. And honestly, three good patterns for the price of the magazine in the UK is a bargain. Weirdly I also like the jacket with the peplum and the bow, but it’s way too fussy for me to wear.

    I was amused by the child model. Poor kid, she doesn’t look impressed by what they’re making her wear.

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  9. Now I’ve had a bit of time to really go through my issue I’ve decided that I really love it after initially being a bit indifferent when the previews first came out. I agree that with the exception of the elastic waist coat & jacket there are no real “wow” pieces, but there are still quite a few things I also want to make (maybe, someday, no idea when!). I’ve already traced the seamed pants, love the sheath dress, the cover dress and the tie sleeve top and dress (in addition to the coat mentioned above) – that’s a lot of things for one issue!

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  10. I’m probably the cow’s tail in these comments, but our large Tesco store in the Northwest of England has stopped selling Burdastyle magazines, along with many other craft mags. This is annoying, does anyone know if they are available anywhere else in the UK? I ordered the August issue from Newsstand.co.uk but I like to browse it before I buy to assess quantity of fabric needed.

    I like the kids’ patterns and sew for my grandson aged 2 but find Burda mostly targetted towards girls. I’ve made some great tops/jackets for him but not so many trousers. Why, Burda, if you ever look in.

    Just want to say I love this blog as you give the sizes available for each garment and I’m currently in the Plus size range but am a young at heart first time Grandma! xx

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      1. Yeah, when I first saw one in store like a fool I didn’t pick it up, then that whole chain of stores closed a month later. I spent a few months waiting for previews and tracking things down on EBay, but after 6 solid months of that I just jumped into a subscription and haven’t looked back. Way I figure is if I *really* have no use for something I could always sell it on EBay – the standard markup on the secondary market is pretty fair too.

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