As with all recent Burda Easy magazines, we get a few basic styles with several variations on each. I think Burda has done a great job of picking styles that would be great for a summer wardrobe. Let’s take a look:
First up we have this wrap skirt. I like the options for no ruffle, small ruffle, and big ruffle. It looks really great styled with both more casual and more formal tops as well. Cute and versatile for a summer look.
I’m not as excited about this top; the tube top with the giant ruffle is probably the most trendy, but least practical. I do like the crossover knit top, but Burda has made several recent styles that are very similar lately. The final variation is a rather basic tank, with a tiny ruffle detail that is just a bit too sweet for my personal aesthetic.
Based on the line drawing I didn’t think I’d like this rather basic dress pattern, but I actually really love the way it looks on the model, especially the two views with the ruffled hems. It looks chic, comfortable, and easy to sew.
I love a cowl neck top, so I’m immediately sold on all of these versions.
I love the middle view, with the tight knit cuffs! Such a cool look! The fabric on the fringed version is stunning, and while I might use a different sleeve treatment, the overall look is very effective. I’m less excited by the plain white style, but perhaps in a different fabrication I would be more excited.
The ruffled shorts are a bit much, but I do actually like the blue floral version on the model. And fully stitching the side seam could have a nice basic elastic pant as well.
And that’s it! Overall I think this is a really great issue of Burda Easy; definitely a bang for the buck in this issue. Many recent releases I’ve criticized for being a bit boring and basic. This release is also full of basic patterns, yet I find them interesting and exciting. I think that is one thing Burda does very well; it creates patterns for garments I’d actually want to wear. I mean, maybe not those shorts, but certainly many of the other things in this issue would be very fun to wear as part of a summer wardrobe.
In other Burda news – Burda will be releasing a special summer dress issue! There will be 16 styles that are all reprints from the past decade (some of these styles go back as far as 2011). I didn’t feel the need to do a review of the issue since it is a reprint, but if you are curious which styles will be available you can check it out here and here.
And that’s it! Does anyone else get excited by the Burda Easy magazines, or is it just me? Do you feel like you get your money’s worth with this sort of an issue, or do the variations on the same pattern make it not feel worth it? Also, is anyone interested in the special summer dress issue? Or is it a pass because you’ve got plenty of dress patterns (or the original issues they came from) in the stash already? Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!