Burda Easy Spring 2019

I’ve been out of town for about 2 weeks, and now that I’m home and trying to get back into routine it seems I’ve missed all the online drama, in all of the online spheres I seem to follow. I’m desperately trying to get caught up on what’s going on with the Plus Sized Sewing Community, but I’m also trying to get caught up on all of the new pattern releases that have happened over the past few weeks as well. I’m aware that posting the new pattern releases right now is perhaps a bit insensitive in light of what I gather is happening over on Instagram, and I’m especially aware that this could be an inflammatory post since the Burda Easy patterns do not include Burda’s extended size ranges. (To be honest I’m still not entirely sure what has been going down; I’ve seen a lot of people addressing things in a sort of talk-around-the-issue-to-be-polite kind of way, so I’m aware that something is going on, but I’m not entirely sure the details of it all. Of course I’ve got more reading to catch up on, but I’ve really had my head in the sand the past two weeks so I ask forgiveness if I put my foot in my mouth in this post…)

However, in spite of my growing awareness of the social media issues of the day, I also feel as though a lot of people come to this blog because I post about Burda’s new releases so often. And although this particular version of their magazine doesn’t include a plus size range, other options from the Burda company do. I don’t think Burda has totally ignored the Plus size community, though I’m also aware that Burda’s extended sizes are not quite as large as, say, the options from Cashmerette or even the Plus size offerings from the Big 4, nor are they all inclusive like some of the other pattern magazines like My Image and Knipmode seem to be aiming for at this point. I’m not going to defend Burda’s choices in size ranges, because I agree they could do better to be more inclusive to others. However, I’m also not going to pretend that they aren’t the best fitting patterns for me on a personal level, so from the “vote with your dollar” perspective, I have to say that for my current needs, Burda has my “vote.”

All this is to say, I don’t intend this post to be taken as part of the (apparent) backlash against what is happening in the Plus Sized Sewing community. I really just want to look at some new patterns and see what the trends are in the sewing sphere at the moment. If the content of this post or the timing of it is offensive, I apologize for that, but I still enjoy reviewing the new pattern releases, and I don’t want to stop writing about that. I enjoy looking for inspiration and innovation regardless of the size ranges it comes in.

And with that, let’s jump into the review. There are only 6 new patterns in this release, and Burda didn’t even post all the options to their site (EDIT: the Russian site included in the magazine) so there’s not too much to look at here, but I have to admit I’m kind of excited about a few of these items…

Pattern 1: Top. This simple cross over top would be perfect in my Kibbe Soft Natural capsule plans (which I’m still working on, because I’ve been so busy with my travels the past two weeks. I thought I’d have time to work on plans during my trip, but, sadly, no. Hopefully I can get caught up in the next week or so…) Anyway, I really like the gathered shoulders, waist, and open neckline of this top. The long-sleeved options are quite nice as well.

Pattern 2: Top/dress. This top looks like it could also serve as a great mid-weight sweater for the spring months. The lines would be very cute for a Gamine wardrobe. The dress option (shown on the model) has some great potential for color blocking.

Pattern 3: Top. I’m pretty sure we are all a bit over the boxy tops with ruffle sleeves at this point. I’m a little more excited by the white version with the sleeve ties, but Burda didn’t provide the line drawing for that variation on their site. On the model it looks great though.

Pattern 4: Coat. Through my Kibbe explorations, I’ve come to realize that this is not my best coat silhouette, but I do think it has a lot of nice features for a simple coat. The collar has a nice shape, and the patch pockets are a fun detail. I really like how it is presented in the bouclé view as well. Probably not going on my personal sewing list, but I do think this is a great style to have included in this issue of the magazine.

Pattern 5: Pants. I’m obsessed! I really like these pants. The elastic cuffs and pockets are awesome features, and they look so comfortable! I also really like the fabrication and styling that Burda has used here – they make athleisure look so chic! Definitely more exciting to me than a lot of the other recent styles from Burda. If nothing else, these trousers are totally worth the cost of the magazine for me.

Pattern 6: Skirt. I also really like this skirt. It is probably not as nice as some of the similar styles in the regular Burda issues which have a nearly identical silhouette, but this view has an elastic waistband, and sometimes you really don’t want to deal with the fuss of a zipper and fitting a lining. This definitely looks like a quick and easy sew, and that’s one of the selling points of the patterns in Burda Easy Magazine.

And that’s it! It seems as though Burda has reduced the number of patterns in this issue, but they are doubling the amount of Burda Easy Magazines to be produced each year, so, trade offs? I do like most of these patterns, and could see myself making a few of them, especially the first top and those pants. What do you all think? Does the Burda Easy have any appeal? Or does it seem like less value for the money when compared to the number of patterns you get in a regular Burda issue? How much of a turn off is the size range for this magazine? And, on that note, does anyone want to fill me in on the sewing drama that’s been going on the past two weeks? I feel like I’ve returned from my trip and I don’t even know what’s going on in the world anymore. Feel free to discuss these patterns or any of the other issues in the comments!

Also, as a side note, I will be posting about the new Spring/Summer Burda envelope patterns as well as the new Spring Vogue patterns as soon as time permits. It’s going to be a bit of catch up around the blog for a while, but I hope to get back to more Kibbe related posts and *gasp* even sewing garments for my challenge soon.


30 thoughts on “Burda Easy Spring 2019

  1. Burda easy has grown on me considerably. I contacted glpnews, but they didn’t have any information on Burda easy being published four times a year now. I will be ordering this one though as soon as it’s available. I really love the pants and a couple of the blouses.

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    1. I found some links on Diary of a Sewing Fanatic… I’m hoping they will enlighten me as I look into this further. I really feel like I’ve had my head in the sand for 2 weeks… I had a big exam and it took all my focus, attention, and emotional bandwidth to get through it. And now that I’m back it’s like everything is burst into flames and I’ve spent all day to figure out what is even happening around me. And I’d like to say that the sewing community drama is the worst of it but I really can’t… 😪

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  2. I am not familiar with this magazine (Burda Easy?), but I like almost every pattern you’ve shown. I don’t know anything about what’s going on regarding Instagram, but people will always find something to complain about. I like Burda patterns and will continue to purchase them.

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    1. Burda Easy is like Burda’s intro to sewing magazine. The patterns don’t overlap, and in general are easier to sew. They also have illustrated instructions. Sadly, it’s no longer published in English, but I’m familiar enough with Burda that it doesn’t deter me from the magazine, especially since it has pictures!

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  3. I don’t think it’s being spoken around! It’s pretty much what you see. the owner of SBCC patterns posted a blog post about the reasons RTW chooses not to extend looks to plus size/focus on plus size and in the same breath sort of “gave a pass” to pattern designers. And several indie designers were all “yaasssss” and boom.

    Own that you don’t want to or are unable to create a plus sized block and therefore patterns. But the “wah, it’s too hard” is pretty disingenuous and annoying.

    I always like Burda Easy. I’ve never purchased one as I do think that very often, there’s a similar pattern available in classic Burda.

    I really like the coat and the skirt!

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    1. Ah! Thank you for that explanation. I’ve *really* been away from things, it’s more like I’ve seen all the responses but I wasn’t sure where the initial impetus was from.

      Totally agree that the *wah hard* is a BS excuse… if those of us at home who have to adjust fit to deal with Plus Size fitting issues can do it, it can’t be *that* impossible for a professional to figure it out. And I’m speaking from a place of having to sew skating costumes for plus sized clients, so I’m well aware of what sort of alterations must be made to a commercial pattern to achieve fit. Really, not that hard. You might not be able to just scale up the base block (actually this is why I think Burda has different patterns in the Plus Sizes – it is a differently shaped block to some extent), but it’s not *impossible* to have larger sizes.

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      1. THAT. Exactly.

        If others have, it’s completely FALSE that you “can’t”. And agree with Burda. Even when they offer a similar pattern in plus, it has slight variations.

        And why, as a size 40 upper body, the attempt to “grade down a 44” by my inexperienced self did not work out.

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  4. I can’t remember how easy the Burda Easy patterns usually are, but it looks like they included some nice details on these.

    Being slightly out of the social media loop, I’m still trying to catch up with the furor in the Community as well. As far as I can tell it was triggered by a blog post meant to be an apologia of sorts for RTW sizing. It did not go over well, but it has fueled a fantastic convergence of different groups overlooked by the pattern companies. Look for protests and boycotts coming soon.

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    1. It seems to me that the Burda Easy Patterns are definitely more focused on being “easy to sew” lately, especially in comparison to the designs that came out in the magazine in 2014, for example. I’m pretty sure the “Easy” label originally came from the idea that you could cut the patterns directly out of the tissue, and because of the more detailed instructions (like in the envelope patterns). I think this issue is a nice blend of added detail, without too much tricky sewing that you can often find with Burda patterns. They’ve avoided button holes and zippers on most of these garments, but still have cute, trendy detail. I think it’s a great compromise.

      As for the social media furor, KS Sews has a great explanation in the comment above… it is all much more clear to me now what inspired the posts I’ve been seeing. I think this is a tension that has been building in the sewing community for a while, and I’m not surprised at the outcry this has caused.

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      1. Agreed – the frustration has been there for years or decades (for me, since 1974) but what’s exciting to me is that everyone is coming together in this huge thing now. Also, Sew Pretty in Pink did a post with actual historical research that blew the SBCC post completely out of the water as far as I’m concerned.

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  5. Thanks for the review! And you are correct, I found your blog via the Burda reviews. Since the only other person I know that likes Burda is my 90 year old grandmother, that always want to simplify sewing, it is nice to see someone elses perspective. The college jacket version of the coat was my fav pattern!
    Regarding plus size, I have missed the drama, but I like that Burda magazine often have similar styles but some magazines apart as it gives me a chance to see similar patterns or details in a different fabric and styling. Example: #110 4/2017 and #123 7/2016

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  6. I’m a subscriber of burda classic and burda easy, and also ottobre magazine (kids + woman + family). I am a burda fan, and i need a 34 size, there are 3 or 4 patterns in this size in each classic issue, sometimes a size 17. In burda easy, there is always the size 34, so I’m always very happy to receive the easy issue, even if the patterns are more simple. And this spring 2019 issue seems great ! I have a few other magazine, but downgrade from their 36/38 to 32/34 is a chore, even in envelop patterns i need to pay attention to sizes, some start at 8 and not at 6. I just bought a Jalie cardigan pattern which contains 27 sizes ! I guess if the smallest woman size still too big for me, I’ll try the teen size 😀

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  7. Drama? Totally missed it. Have really missed your posts, Doctor! Glad you’re back.

    Anyway there’s lots here to like, even if there is sew little (tee hee)… Love the top up top even if it isn’t really ideal for my shape – I’d totally wear that. And those pants – I might even try them! Without that kind of pocket though, doesn’t work for my shape, would replace with back patch pockets. Love the skirt too, and the jacket looks great for Spring or Fall. Wish I could purchase this issue, it is nowhere at all in my area.

    Burda is not the only pattern company I use, but it is by far my favorite because it just fits me well. BTW, will show a make I JUST finished from a really early issue. A simple make but (for me) something I’ll wear the heck out of. I’m desperately trying to find a sort-of easy dramatic dress pattern for our upcoming anniversary – I’m hoping Burda has something in the paper pattern you’ll be reviewing? Or in an upcoming issue…

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  8. Really like the pants!
    I still don’t have Instagram and I have enough drama at home to worry about. I do understand the difficulties of finding or sewing plus size clothing. My mother has been plus my entire life. She was so tiny in high school that I could never fit her clothes even at my my very thinnest (25″ waist) Both my parents and I were the fat kid in grade school and even when I did slim down the taunts of fatso rang so loudly that I’ve never felt thin even when I was. Right now in Burda I straddle between regular and plus and I still feel uncomfortable in my skin and sew more for others . Although I have a fantastic wish list waiting for when I ‘lose’. LOL My 24 yr old daughter is plus because of hormone problems and has just announced her engagement so now begins the battle to buy/ make a wedding dress. I remember having to completely deconstruct her HS choir dress to make it fit. Her prom dress was definitely a triumph though. Another son’s fiance is plus also and wants help with her dress. ( I think this year is the year if weddings for us).
    My mother has retired from sewing because of health and have now inherited 2 rooms full of fabric and over 5000 patterns from the 50s to today. Most of the women’s patterns start at 16 and go higher. I’m grateful that there is so much more stylish options than the sacks that were foisted on plus size community for so many years. I’m so glad that things like Cashmerette, Burda, Hot Patterns some of the new designers mean my daughter can feel more stylish and confident than I did. There’s always room for improvement but I think we’ve come along way, baby!
    Please take anything I say with a grain of salt! I’ve found the older I get the less I know…I personally think it comes down to cost and profit more than anything. Creating blocks that fit, designs that look stylish etc. can really cost in terms of time and money. Not everyone can or wants to invest in that. That’s why niche companies are so important that focus on marginal groups.

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    1. That’s a wonderful perspective on how things have changed over time! I agree – things are moving in a better direction, but there is still room to grow and improve for us all. Best of luck with all your wedding gowns – sounds like you will have a busy year!

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  9. I’ve just read the SBCC and Sew Pretty posts, it seems fit is an eternal issue. I attended a drafting class many years ago and the tutor commented that the drafting from first principals formulae would work for plus size people, but that grading up would not. He specifically mentioned shoulder length and torso length as measurements to check when altering patterns.

    It was interesting to observe just how different everyone’s bodice blocks were. And made me realise how difficult it would be to sew for others. Now when people whinge that can never find anything to fit I suggest they develop a relationship with a seamstress. Or learn to sew.

    I LOVE that coat.

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  10. Not every post needs o be political and yes I don’t quite fit into the burda standard range and yes I with they’d make it bigger and yes many of their ‘plus’ are shapeless sacks. But I love your posts so don’t change !

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  11. Hope this is ok… maybe someone would be interested. I got a phone call and follow up email from a company called Roltek. They are taking over Canadian distribution of German magazines… they sent me their price guide and will be offereing the Burdastyle French/English/German, Burda Plus, and Burda Easy (yay!), and I think Ottobre as well. The email if anyone is interested for more info is: Customer Service Roltek

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