A Year in Review: BurdaStyle Magazine 2018

As we come to the close of yet another year, it means we have another full year of BurdaStyle Magazines to look back on for patterns and inspiration!  This year started off with a bang; I really feel that January-May have some of my favorite designs of late.  I think things were generally positive through the summer, but that the designs have slacked off a bit by the end of the year.  While there is a lot of excitement in the moment when a new issue drops, hindsight can really help us assess which issues deserve to be in the metaphorical Burda Hall of Fame.  In case you need a quick refresher, here are the links to all of my Burda Reviews from the year:

As a recap, here were my top picks for patterns from the year:

And these were my bottom picks from 2018:

I figured we should get the less awesome stuff out of the way first, so here are my picks for the 2018 BWTF Awards:

Second Runner Up: February

While there isn’t anything wrong with this skirt pattern, it just isn’t something I find super exciting.  It was the low pick in February because it was boring; same story here.

First Runner Up: December

It’s hard to see from this photo, but the sleeve basically starts at the hip bone.  Burda has managed to make it look super artsy and free flowing, but in reality I think it would be annoying beyond belief.

BWTF 2018: January

Much like with the previous design, the idea of having that much fabric between my knees just feels so annoying!  I know there were several votes in favor of using this design for general loungewear, but the consensus was pretty much that this would be entirely unsuitable for yoga as pictured by Burda.

With those out of the way, here are my choices for the top Burda patterns of 2018:

Honorable Mention: October

The October issue was full of fabulous coats and jackets!  This hoodie jacket is one of those great designs that is so practical and functional it deserves mention, though it perhaps doesn’t quite have the wow factor of the top three looks for the year.

Second Runner Up: January

When I think of iconic images from Burda 2018, this yellow coat always springs to mind.  I’ve been obsessed with this photo since the early preview last November, and I still think this is a great design.  It has a lot of the little details and intricate trim that haven’t been present in many of the recent Burda designs, and I feel like this coat really has a total wow factor that not many of the styles this year have had.

First Runner Up: May

I know the gorgeous fabric is somewhat swaying me, but I love the design of this dress!  It’s a great summer style, with nods to all the recent sleeve trends, but without being too over the top or crazy.  The overall effect is stunning, and this is definitely one of those styles that is going to be on me “to sew” wishlist until I’ve made it. 

Best of BS 2017: April

I mean, how could I not?  I love this design.  It’s elegant, easy, sophisticated, interesting, yet simple.  I know there are several of us who’ve been dying to make this since it came out, and I hope we see some real life versions next year.  I know it’s high on the list of my personal sewing plans.

With the individual pattern awards underway, let’s look at which magazines as a whole are most deserving of their place in the stash.  It has been a fairly mixed year for Burda, but we did get some pretty fantastic issues early on, so there are definitely some real stash-worthy issues this year.

Let’s start with the less successful issues of the year.

Second Runner Up: August

Overall this has been a really good year for Burda; I had a very difficult time choosing the bottom three issues for the year.  Every issue had at least a few strong designs, but I think August really kicked off the fall sewing season with a disappointing start.  There are definitely a few cool dress designs in this issue, but nothing that’s a real stand out.  As with the second runner up in the individual patterns, this issue is here more because it’s sort of boring more than anything else.

First Runner Up: June

June also gives us a few good dress designs and some nice summer jackets, but on the whole I find this issue sort of forgettable.  When I leaf through the images, I feel that many of the styles are quite nice, but I have to keep going back to remind myself what exactly is in this issue.  It’s not like some of the top picks for the year, where I have a very clear recollection of what exactly is in there.  It’s not a terrible issue, but it’s definitely not one that I’ll be pulling out for inspiration in the near future.

The Worst of Burda 2017: July

I feel like I’m often unfairly harsh on the summer Burdas, but I also feel like they often have the less interesting design options.  Honestly, I felt like many of the designs in this issue were repeated in other styles throughout the year.  It isn’t that these styles were unsuccessful, it’s just that they felt repetitive.  As I said before, this wasn’t a bad year for Burda, but there is definitely a drop off that seemed to happen around the middle of the year, and I think it is most noticeable in the July issue.

And, finally on to the Best Burda Magazines of 2018:

Honorable Mention: February

February is a great issue to have in the stash if you like to make solid workhorse pieces with a bit of extra detail.  The styles are all very wearable in everyday life, but with tons of interesting detail that really add to the designs.  There is a lot of really great patterns in this issue, and it totally deserves a mention.

Second Runner Up: April

So many great designs! Lots of fantastic coats and jackets, interestingly detailed skirts, and even a pre-Meghan trench dress that looks super chic.  Both the regular and Plus ranges have lots to choose from, and there are plenty of designs that can work for lots of different occasions.  I know this is a magazine I’ll be pulling out quite a bit in the future, and I’m really excited to have it in the stash.

First Runner Up: October

Who’s surprised?  Probably no one.  October was the best fall/winter issue this year, by far.  There were tons of fantastic coats and jackets, a few nice dresses, and a fabulous man’s peacoat.  Also, those coats and jackets!  

Best of BurdaStyle Magazine 2018: January

I love this issue!  There are so many great looks!  So many.  From the fabulous yellow coat and soft pink trench to the amazing dresses with fabulous twist designs, there is a lot to love in this issue.  The Plus section has a great vintage twist, and even the kids section is tugging at my heartstrings a bit. (I mean, Frozen AND Rainbow Brite?  Come on now.)  I know this is an issue I’m going to really love having for years to come, and I anticipate pulling a lot of designs from here in the future.

And that’s is!  Another year of Burda in the books, and another year to (hopefully) look forward to.  On the whole, this was a really solid year from Burda, and I’m really excited to have so many great designs in my pattern stash.  What do you all think?  What were your top and bottom issues for the year?  Best and worst pattern picks?  Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!


18 thoughts on “A Year in Review: BurdaStyle Magazine 2018

  1. So many great patterns this year, indeed… And managing to find a bunch of old issues from the previous decade (soooooooooooooooo many awesome patterns…….) have given me a better appreciation for some of the newer styles. Not sure why. But my sewing list is way longer than I have years left to sew…lol!

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  2. Great review, so much fun to look back on all these beauties. I had forgotten a lot of them. It’s funny that at various times of the year I’ll think Burda just has really nice dresses, or incredibly great coats, but when you take the year as a whole, they do hit every type of garment with some good design.

    Those huge batwing blouses are deceiving – all that extra fabric looks like it would give you freedom and range of motion, but what actually happens is when you lift your arm up, the entire blouse goes up with it. They were popular in the 80s, and I wore them tucked into skirts, so I either had to keep my elbows at my waist or spend all day tucking loose ends back in.

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  3. I find it amusing how your favourite film ssue also has your least favourite pattern in it! 😛

    I am really looking forward to next year’s patterns – mostly because my mum gave me a subscription for Christmas, so I will finally be able to get sewing straight away and not after six months when the city library gets the new copies! *happy Burda dance*

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    1. That’s so awesome! And, yeah, I’m not surprised my favorite issue also has my least favorite pattern… one pattern doesn’t make or break an issue for me, and I find when Burda really goes for it they have a mix of hits and misses. As long as the hits outweigh the misses it’s all good!

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  4. October’s probably my issue of the year (coats!) and the asymmetric trench my favourite pattern. But I also like the batwing blouse that’s in your bottom patterns list. Not in that lilac they used for the sample, but in very lightweight white fabric, styled with red lipstick and black trousers. 80s and very fab.

    There’s also a pair of sailor trousers that haunts me that I think was from this year. I just can’t figure out how to add pockets.

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  5. Your Burda reviews are simply the best! And I keep refering to them 😊… For me, as usual February, March and April, as well as August through November have always been the months I’m sure to buy the Burda issue. This year I’ve surprised myself and bought them all but for September as our Canadian distributor suddenly shut down its business (to get the magazine i had to suscribe directly to the French distributor) and so September hasn’t been available. However most surprisingly, my most “loved and useful” dress has been one sewn from the June issue (!), the boho dress (made with short sleeve). I think Burda has been having some great and fashion forward designs as well as some repetitive ones for the last couple of years. But honestly I feel so lucky to have all these mags in my stash! I hope 2019 will be another great year for Burda. Wishing you a wonderful new year!

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  6. As a mom of two boys, July was my pick for best Burda of the year! They seem to have a habit of doing only one issue a year with a decent amount of styles for boys.
    By the way, if people want to get single styles from these issues, and cannot download the PDFs in their own language, they may be able to get them from the Burda Deutschland site, or from the Burda Russia site.
    An interesting roundup.
    Happy new year!

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  7. Yes October was by far the best issue of the year and I’d say the coat pattern in that issue is a contender for best of the year. Funnily enough I also like the skirt pattern you have in your worse list whereas the dress pattern you really like does nothing for me. Still it would be a boring world if we all liked the same things and I think your amazing series of posts on the Kibbe system has highlighted why we all choose or like different styles to suit our particular body types. Thank you for all your interesting posts of 2018 and the sheer amount of time you have put into researching and writing them. Looking forward to your 2019 posts! Happy New Year!

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  8. I always look forward to your reviews, thank you so much for taking the time to do them every month. This post sent me down a rabbit hole of going through my 2018 magazines and I really can’t decide on a favourite. Often an issue where there aren’t many things I can see me making has one real standout piece and conversely there are issues filled with versatile basics that will be useful in years to come but don’t necessarily have a wow factor. I’ve made 15 things from 2018 so far, not all blogged yet, and there are still 43 more on my list!!

    Anyway, long story short…I don’t know! But it has been a great year in my opinion and I’m excited to see how 2019 shapes up.

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