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.