It feels so early, but the full preview of the April BurdaStyle Magazine is already up on the German site! My first impression of this issue was very meh, but I’m actually starting to find more to appreciate the longer I look at these designs. There’s lots to look at so let’s get started!
First off, props to Burda for including an older model, not just in a full feature of the magazine, but also on the cover! Granted, it’s a far cry from the total inclusivity that I think we would all like to see in the sewing community, but it is at least a start, and that’s something worth noting. Between this and the expanded sizes we are starting to see from Simplicity, it feels like things are moving in the right direction. I’m not saying everything is magically fixed and we are all good now, but I do think it’s worth pointing out because it is a step in the direction I think we all want things to go.
Now, on to the actual designs! First up, as is tradition, are the jackets:
When I first saw this I was a bit underwhelmed, but it is actually growing on me quite a bit! I love the relaxed fit and the cropped sleeve length for spring. It feels like the less flouncy version of Mimi G’s recent pattern release. This version feels like it would be better for the Dramatic/Natural end of the spectrum, whereas the Simplicity pattern feels like it would be more towards the Romantic/Gamine end. I don’t want to go too far into the Kibbe-ness on these general pattern review posts, but I do think it’s cool to be able to compare two releases of a similar pattern and objectively look at the lines to decide which one would probably work better for me. Anyway, long aside aside, I think this jacket is a really cute casual look for spring.
I’m not as excited by this puffy bomber-ish sort of jacket, though I do think it looks fun on the models, and I do think the cuff treatment is really interesting. I also love this idea of this being a good layering piece for the transitional seasons when the temperature variance is quite high throughout the day.
I love this! The cool lapel scarf closure thing is such a unique feature. And it is a great way to add a touch of softness to what is otherwise a very traditional tailored jacket.
Another fun jacket this month! I feel like it is hard to see with the wild print, but there is actually a lot of seaming and tailoring going on here. This could be a really cute and fun addition to a more formal spring work wardrobe, or it could be good to throw on with a pair of jeans for a fun but more causal night out.
Yet again my initial thought was “meh” but I’m actually really loving the longer version of this robe/jacket. I think I want to incorporate more layering pieces into my wardrobe, and this looks like a great simple pattern to experiment with.
There aren’t many dresses this month, but I really like the options we get:
I really like the twist waist detail on this dress! I wasn’t too excited by the skirt ruffles at first, but they are sort of growing on me. I also really like how simple the neckline is, and the overall silhouette. Definitely going on the wishlist.
Swoon! Gorgeous! I really love the large scale asymmetrical neckline, and how clean and fitted the rest of the dress is. So pretty!
My first thought was, ok, another shirtdress from Burda, but I do love the sleeve details. It really brings the level up a notch in terms of design features. And the styling is perfection.
I like this because I feel like shirt dresses are often very stiff and tailored, but this feels much softer and less precise. Personally, it’s more ruffle than I’d like to wear, but I do appreciate it as a slightly different option compared to the more traditional shirtdress.
We get a lot of tops this month, with some interesting options:
Again, the ruffles really aren’t my personal style, but I actually really like how these look on the models. I think there is just enough ruffle to be interesting, but not so much as to be totally overboard.
Ok, so, the back is kind of cool here. I would worry about how voluminous this shirt would be based on the line drawing, but it actually looks pretty great on the model, especially the orange version. Perhaps in a more draped fabric like a challis this would look really nice and not too stiff.
Cute. Not my personal taste, but cute. I like the cuff detail on the sleeve.
This is one of those designs where there isn’t much to say. It’s a boxy t-shirt. It looks cool if that is what you are going for, but, it’s pretty dull in general. Possibly interesting because it looks like it is meant for wovens, but, otherwise, pretty meh.
At first I really didn’t like this tunic top, but that back shot of the yellow version has convinced me – it is super cool and I really like it. Not as impressed with it being worn as a dress in the print, but the flowing, open back design is actually a pretty cool feature.
This top, I need it. Yes, it’s a basic t-shirt with a waist tie, but I really like that! Plus I have way too much striped fabric and I really like the way they’ve mixed the directions here.
We get a decent mix of bottoms this month, though nothing is really too spectacular here:
The hem detail is a nice feature here, as is the pocket stripes on the white version. We still aren’t covering our ankles though. That trend is not going to die any time soon.
Ah! I think this is a nice basic trouser pattern. It would be easy enough to have symmetric back pockets if so desired, and I like that they include two length variations for this pattern.
Not my favorite jumpsuit from Burda, but not the worst either. I do like the zip pockets in the trouser portion – very cool!
This is a nice A-line skirt. The pocket pouch is super detailed, which is actually really fun!
Lots of ruffles. I do think the model looks really cute in this skirt though, so I can’t really say anything against it. I do like the in-seam pockets – it feels like a nice, unexpected feature on this type of a skirt.
The Burda Plus options are pretty good this month:
Basic trousers are sort of boring, but also really functional. Love seeing this pattern in both a print and a solid – the model looks great in both!
Love this blazer! It very much reminds me of the sequin style from the December issue that came in the smaller size range. Really love the collar detail and the elongated, relaxed fit.
This dress has some really nice details, lots of fun topstitching, and could be an awesome candidate for color or print blocking.
Probably the least interesting of the Plus designs this month, but simple designs are good for using wild prints, so Burda get a bit of a pass on this one I guess.
I love the garment photos of this top. The cuffs and asymmetric collar are such cool details! I’m not as sold by the model photos – the blue top just looks like it is hanging all askew, and the print top makes it hard to see the details. I do like this top in theory though, so yay for design points?
The kids section has a nice mix of casual clothes this month:
The pants and t-shirt are probably the most interesting patterns this month, or maybe the romper. The jacket/vest with detachable sleeves is also an interesting concept, though not new at all.
And that’s it! It feels like there is a lot of decent stuff this month, though on first glance I wasn’t that impressed. It made it a little hard to choose the Best of BS for April, because I kept finding new patterns to appreciate, but in the end I’ve decided to give it to:
The asymmetric sheath dress! It was a close match between this dress and the scarf blazer, but in the end I decided to give it to the dress. I just think it has such a fantastic combination of classic design elements with enough of a tweak to the neckline to make it interesting and eye catching. It’s a beautiful dress!
The BWTF Award was also hard to pick out this month, because nothing was really terrible. So instead I went after most boring. This month the BWTF goes to:
Basic t-shirt top. Honestly, not a bad pattern. Just… not interesting. It doesn’t feel special or unique, so it gets the bottom spot for the month.
And that’s it! Another month of Burda in the books. On the whole, I’m surprised by how many of these patterns I really like. First glance through the announcement page had me a little disappointed, but the closer I looked at the detail and design lines, the more I really liked the options this month. The blazer and dresses are really quite fantastic patterns, but there are also lots of great casual looks as well. I feel like there is a nice balance between ruffly styles and more streamlined looks. I’m also excited that Burda has done a full feature with an older model. I don’t think it is the first time Burda has used this model (pretty sure she was in the February 2010 issue?), but I think she is fabulous and I want to wear all of her clothes. Hopefully we will be seeing a wider age range feature more prominently in the future, but for now I’m just excited that we get to see a wider age range in the fashions, and on the cover! What do you all think? Is this issue full of surprising styles that are making you want to sew? Or is it a bit of a dud? How do we feel about having an older model in the issue? Is it something we should be applauding, or too little, too late? Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!