The March Burda is here and I’m so excited! This is one of those issues that, while it isn’t really giving us anything too new, I still want to make all of the things! I am really excited by so many of the styles they are including this month, but I’m also kind of surprised because it isn’t the typical wedding issue that I think we’ve all come to expect from March. Maybe that is why it feels so refreshing? Regardless, there is plenty to look at so let’s get started.
First up are the jackets. There aren’t a lot this month, but what we do get is phenomenal.
I love it! It’s like the ultimate classic moto jacket, but in bright green bouclé! This pattern could be fantastic in a traditional leather, but I’m really loving it in this bright, textured fabric. The angled front zip, sleeve zips, and metal rivets (or snaps?) are all such perfect classic details that it is really fun to see it mixed with such a fun fabric. And the seam lines are a thing of beauty. I’m pretty sure I need, like, at least 3 of these in my life.
This is so cool! I love the mix of hard and soft elements, and the unexpected lightness that the chiffon sleeves add to this jacket. It’s cool to see the flaps as an added detail in this version of the design as well. It feels very unique and original, especially after scouring the internet looking at indie patterns the past few weeks.
I am probably least excited by this jacket, but only because the other two are so good! The seam lines and angled pockets are a nice way to introduce subtle shaping into this design, while still having it be simple enough to use with a wild print (as shown). I feel like this jacket could be a bit boring in a solid, but I bet it would look fantastic in a tweed or bouclé, or something else with a lot of texture.
The dresses this month are great for a casual spring/summer wardrobe.
I really like this dress, even though I’m sure we’ve had very similar styles from Burda in the past. I’m game for an angled hemline, and I like the waist emphasis and the soft gathers at the neckline. I’m not sure how I feel about the styling of the black version of this dress, but the line drawing has me sold.
Another style I love! I’m always excited by the cool twisty patterns Burda has. I’m not sure how I feel about either of the images on the model, but the garment photo of the gold dress is really speaking to me. Perhaps in a less reflective fabric it wouldn’t look so messy in the model photo. Hmmmm.
This is not a style I would wear personally, but I do actually really like this design. The use of the sequin fabric and hem ruffles creates a really spectacular dress, even though the design itself is quite simple.
This should be called the tops issue! We get so many shirts this month it is a bit crazy…
I’m oddly intrigued by this fairly simple button up blouse. I love a 3/4 sleeve, and this give that without the bulk of having to roll them up. It’s also got a nice relaxed fit without being too boxy. I love the way the simple white shirt is styled with the leopard skirt too.
This top is a bit less exciting to me. I think it’s great if you want a nice simple woven blouse, but overall it is pretty basic and nothing we haven’t seen before.
This is another top that I want to dismiss as being a bit boring, but I am obsessed with the fringe fabric in the first example, so I’m giving it a pass. I don’t know why I think looking like a Muppet is so cool, but, I can’t help it! It just looks so fun!
I really like this top. It is very pretty and would be a great use of flowy stash fabric. The neckline looks a bit low on the model, so that might be something to consider, but overall the style has a really pretty effect. I even like the cuff bows here! They feel cohesive with the whole look, and not like something that was added on just to be part of a trend.
This is the third top pattern that is pretty basic, and yet I still like it! I feel like the length might be a bit short for me, but that is easily adjustable. And I know adding sequins to things is a cheap trick to get me excited about the shiny and ignoring the boring, but, hey, it’s working. Also, it looks really comfortable. Also, also, I actually really do like the sleeves on the green top – they are a very cool detail!
I think this cross over top looks really cool, especially as a layering piece to go over a fancy bralette or tank top.
The twist top from the dress pattern above. I think I prefer it as a dress, but I still find it interesting. I still think Burda hasn’t found good fabrics to showcase the pattern though… none of these fabrics looks like they photograph well.
Long time Burda lovers know that very popular magazine patterns can become envelope patterns, but I don’t often remember envelope patterns becoming magazine patterns. I thought I recognized this top and I did:
I liked this pattern so much when it came out I bought it! So, I’m on board. At the time I thought I was “taking a risk” but now that I’ve come to realize the brilliance of loose-fitting knit tops, I think it was a wise investment. I still really want to make this top.
Boob curtains. With pearls! Really though, I don’t hate this shirt. It’s just… did they need to add the pearls?
Now this is a top I think I need to add to my wardrobe. I love the waist tie and the relaxed silhouette. Such a great layering piece for spring!
There aren’t a lot of bottoms in this issue, and they are all pretty basic…
Ok, so the pockets are kind of cool on this trouser. But the basic style is pretty simple. It’s also sort of fascinating how Burda is slowing preparing us for the onslaught of wide-legged trouser those who follow fashion trends tell us are coming. Honestly, I don’t like the bottom of the trouser, but I’m definitely considering franken-patterning the top of this style onto a full length, wide-legged pattern to create a really cool option for a casual trouser.
Ankle length pants seem to be the thing Burda can’t let go of this year. It’s been… what? Six months since we’ve covered our ankles?
I can’t decide how I feel about this skirt. It’s sort of boring but sort of practical but sort of styled weird so I’m not really that into it either. It’s sort of just there.
Interestingly, Burda is not having their traditional wedding section this month, but we do get a Vintage Wedding Dress pattern to tide us over:
Burda seems to trot this gown pattern out on the regular; it was available as an envelope pattern a while ago (I did buy it when it came out). The dress is very pretty, and captures that Grace Kelly vibe that Kate Middleton revived a few years ago. There are a lot of components to this dress, and I’m amazed that they are able to fit it all into the magazine sheets. Aside from that though, it is very pretty. I’ve always loved the bodice and the silhouette of the skirt. The bows on the back maybe not so much, but on the whole it is a really lovely gown.
The Burda Plus section leaves a bit to be desired this month.
I do like this relaxed trench coat-ish style jacket. I’ve been very into the idea of a lightweight unlined cover up style jacket lately.
The line drawing if the dress does nothing for me, but I do love the second model photo. This looks like a really great casual dress for an easy spring wardrobe.
I’m not sure how I feel about the bow at the back of the neck, but I do like the layered effect of this top (though, from the line drawing, it is hard to tell if the whole thing is included? But is is in the garment photo, so…maybe?).
I love this skirt! It looks simple, but really sleek and stylish.
This top didn’t seem to have model images on the main Burda page, but it looks like an elongated tunic style for the Plus section, so I’m including it here.
The kids section is all part of the “ballet” feature this month:
Not a lot of kids options this month, although there are a bit more interesting than the usual basic kids clothes. There also seems to be a tulle skirt tutorial for adults and kids in this issue – probably gathering a bunch of tulle onto a waistband – that they are considering to be an extra “pattern.”
There are lots of patterns that I’m excited about in this issue, but I think the Best of BS March 2019 should go to:
The white moto jacket! Stunning! The juxtaposition of the “moto” jacket styling with the softness of the chiffon sleeves and curves on the collar creates a really unique jacket option that is unlike so many of the other patterns on the market. Personally, I’m more interested in the “traditional” version of this jacket with the zippered sleeves, but I have to admit that the white version really is the stand-out pattern for the month.
And the BWTF for March goes to:
Boob curtains! To be fair, I don’t even really hate this look that much. It was just the only look out of the bunch that I could really find anything to giggle at, other than some of the more plain tops (which I still think are valid options for showcasing more spectacular fabrics). So, here we are. With boob curtains.
And that’s it! It’s really weird because I can point to a lot of very similar patterns in my Burda stash (I even already own at least two of these patterns in my envelope Burda pattern stash) that have very similar elements and details and styles, yet I’m still so excited for this issue! Maybe it is just the presentation, or maybe it is because almost all of these patterns are things I could see myself sewing at some point, but I can’t wait for this issue to arrive. What do you all think? Am I way too excited for a lot of basic and repetitive patterns? Or is this one of those issues that has lots of simple goodness that we will want to sew for years to come? Feel free to discuss in the comments!