It seems like this announcement is out really early, but the full preview of the February BurdaStyle Magazine is already on the German site, with garment previews up on the Russian site. After the glitzy holiday party looks in the past two issues, this month feels refreshingly everyday and practical. I think the designs are still far from being dull or boring, though perhaps nothing is a real stand out for me either. I find there are a lot of things I think I might like to sew, but nothing that is grabbing my attention immediately. Even still, there’s a lot to see this month, so let’s take a look…
First up are the coats and jackets:
I’m always a sucker for a trench coat, and this is no exception. It feels very classically tailored, with simple details and a nice clean line.
This is more of a sweatshirt than a jacket, but I think it still works in this category. The waist tie is an interesting detail, but I think more fund could be the diagonal seams, which Burda didn’t use with pipping or color blocking, but I think I would. As a bonus this is the Step-by-Step design for the month.
I really like this stylish looking jacket. It’s not my personal style, but I really like the proportions of the collar and pockets to the overall silhouette.
It’s fun to see a really casual jacket in this issue, and I like a lot of the details in this design. The hood is a great feature.
This was showcased on the Russian preview, but didn’t have a preview on the German site, so it’s hard to say if this will be a pattern in the magazine. It’s also quite possible it’s a Plus design based on the shape/cut of the garment. I think it’s a really interesting take on the bomber jacket silhouette, and it adds a nice touch of soft detail.
There are some nice early spring dress options this month:
I know we’ve seen a lot of shirt dresses over the years, but I really like this one. I think the shirring adds and interesting design feature, it keeps it from being too boxy, and it’d be a fun technique to try. I also really like the shaped hem, and the elasticated sleeves mean that the only fussy bit of sewing would be the collar and button placement.
Burda’s obsessed with the wrap dress lately. The sleeves add just a hint of fun detail here, without being too over the top. And I’m never going to say no to a good wrap dress, even though I’ve already got too many of them in the stash.
Another simple style that has just a hint of detail in the sleeves. I could see how this might be a great wardrobe staple sort of look; it seems very office appropriate, but could also be very fun in a bold, splashy print.
Burda seems to be covering all the basic silhouettes in this issues. This isn’t the most innovative sheath we’ve ever seen, but like the previous style, it’s a nice simple classic that would look great as part of a work wardrobe.
This dress is a bit more casual but follows the basic silhouette trend Burda’s showcasing this month. I feel like we get a nice range of styles, even though I can’t say I’m particularly excited about any one of them, I do think that could make this issue a good value, especially if you like to pattern hack, as you would have a lot of good basic starting blocks.
The German site also didn’t have any images of this dress, but based on the gusset’s I’m betting we might be getting a Vintage reprint in February. It’s cute! I love the collar and the sleeve tab details.
The tops this month also hit quite a few basic silhouettes.
I really like this basic button up shirt, even though it is just a basic button up shirt. It has nice classic details at the collar and cuffs, and I think the styling shows how well this pattern could work with both solids and more wild prints, and how versatile it could be in a wardrobe.
I’m not as excited by this boxy shirt; I think the blue fabric just isn’t selling me on the design in the model photo. I do think the wide collar is a nice feature, and I wish we could see the print version a bit better; I expect I’d be more of a fan if this were in a nicely draping fabric.
This top has a similar silhouette, but I love it so much more! I really like the color contrast and the draping of the high low hem. It looks like it is intended to be worn as a loose work out top, but I could see it looking cute over a pair of skinny jeans too.
This is a really basic long sleeves tee, but I think the open neckline is a nice variation on this sort of pattern. It looks really wide on the line drawing, but I really like the proportion on the model. Basic, but very functional.
The bottoms this month follow the theme of simple but versatile wardrobe pieces.
I always love a good Burda pencil skirt. The slant pockets are a great detail, and I love how this is another pattern that could work well in both a solid and a print.
This skirt is another simple style that has just enough detail to keep it from being boring. I think the use of the bold print is quite eye-catching, but I think it could look great in a nice solid like a linen or cotton as well.
The cropped/ankle length trouser trend continues. I so like the stripe detail and the added bit of interest on the waistbands. I think these pants look great styled with the button up in this issue.
Casual sweatpants are always nice, and they definitely fit in with the athleisure trend. The shorts are really short, but they could be a very quick sew, and I could see them being very versatile; they could work for sports, pajamas, or as a fashion piece.
The Burda Plus patterns this month are also of the basics persuasion, though I don’t think they have quite the attention to detail that the regular sizes have. It’s not the best month for the Burda Plus sizes, but there are some decent basics:
I feel like we’ve been seeing a lot of these sorts of shirts from Burda lately? It’s not bad, but it also doesn’t feel interesting enough to be exciting, or traditional enough to be considered a wardrobe basic either.
I do like this draped t-shirt. The sleeve tabs on the rolled cuffs are a nice detail for a knit top.
I do think these are some nice basic trousers. The pockets are interesting, and a side zip removes any fear of following Burda instructions on a fly front if that’s a concern for you.
I’m actually pretty bored with this dress; like the tops it’s neither interesting enough to be exciting, nor classic enough to look really polished either.
Even this coat looks a bit sloppy, rather than looking modern or cool. I do find the under sleeve seams to be interesting though. I am curious to see how the pattern pieces look.
The kids selections this month aren’t too exciting, but I do think they would be pretty versatile/unisex since they are designed for such young children:
Aside from the dress, the trousers, shirt, and sweaters would all work for boys or girls, which is a nice design feature. It’s nice to see designs in this size range too; I feel like Burda often gives us baby clothes or clothes for older kids. I can’t say that I find these designs to be particularly innovative, but I do think that they could be really cute in a baby’s wardrobe.
And there we have it! It seems like there are a lot of really basic designs this month, which is both good and bad. It really eliminated a lot of styles for making the choice top top looks, so I think the Best of BS for February 2019 clearly goes to:
The tailored jacket! Although it’s not a style I’d choose to make for myself, I think this jacket definitely showcases the most design and detailing of any of the options this month. In a sea of basics, it really is a stand out pattern in this issue of the magazine.
And, as always, it is time to choose the worst pattern of the month. The BWTF award goes to:
The Burda Plus coat! I want to like this design more, but it just looks frumpy. There’s not a lot of detailing to make it look interesting, and even the waistband tie seems to emphasize that this dress really is just a sack with a front zip.
And that’s it! I expect this issue could be really divisive in the Burda fan community. Those who love Burda for offering lots of basics and wardrobe options should love this issue – there are a variety of silhouettes and tons of wardrobe basics, all in a single issue of the magazine. Those who are more excited by Burda’s unique styles and designer patterns will likely be disappointed; there really isn’t anything innovative or new in this issue. I often call these magazines “sleeper issues” – nothing is jumping off the page at me, but I’m sure I’ll be happy to have these patterns in the stash in the future. I’m especially eying that trench coat pattern – it would look great in a bold print for a real statement piece, especially because the lines are so simple. But what do you all think? Is this one of those classic Burda issues that people will covet for years to come? Or is this a really snooze-worthy issue full of boring basics? Feel free to discuss in the comments!
Also, bonus Burda news! According to the German site, Burda Easy will now be available 4 times a year! If you like Burda but prefer the easy of being able to cut out patterns directly or enjoy illustrated instructions this should be exciting news for you! Sadly, I think this magazine is only available in German, though I am very much hoping that this push to increase the frequency of the publication might mean its return to multiple languages again. I feel like Burda Easy is the sort of magazine that could sell at American craft stores; the regular issues can be a bit daunting for beginners, but the Burda Easy instructions are usually quite good and more in depth. In either case, I’ll be excited to see what new designs we get now that this will be a seasonal quarterly publication!