In light of yesterday’s news about GLP’s closing, this magazine review might feel a tad bittersweet (or possibly provocatively maddening), but for all of my non-US readers I will try to keep this as tonally normal as possible. I must admit that I’m really excited about this issue; I’m just hoping that it will actually get to me. Anyway, this looks like a great summer issue, with lots of tops and separates that would be a nice wardrobe compliment to many of the dresses we got in the May issue. And the Burda Plus section absolutely rocks this month! So let’s take a look:
The summer issues don’t usually have many jackets, but we do get a few options this month:
This cropped jacket looks like it could be a nice piece to add to a summer work wardrobe, though I also really like how Burda styled it in two more casual looks. Not sure I’d be sun bathing in it exactly (3/4″ sleeve tan lines anyone?), but it does look cute with the more casual tank top and shorts.
Love this soft cropped trench jacket! I really like the sleeve treatments and the way it hangs on the model. I’m so tempted to alter the length a bit and make one of those longer split hem styles out of this because I really love the proportions and basic details on the collar and sleeve so much.
Even though we got a ton of dresses in the May issue, we have even more for June:
Cute! The asymmetric button detail has been very popular lately, and I like Burda’s take on this look. The softly cinched in waist is a nice detail, as are the thicker straps. I like how it works both as a dress and as a jumper.
Pretty sure we get a dress like this at least once a year from Burda. It’s fine; very functional, but not overly exciting.
Love this draped dress! I do think it is interesting how the line drawings show an even hem and how the garment hangs so that it is not even. Personally I like the added asymmetry of the garment image, but either way this dress is definitely making it onto the to-sew list!
This is a nice simple maxi dress with a fun use of color blocking. This is definitely a nice style to use up a lot of stash fabric in an easy sewing project. And it looks like it would be great to wear on those really hot summer days.
Another maxi; this one with more draping detail. I actually really like this design, but I don’t think the garment photo really does it justice. It is similar to styles from the past, but I’d still be excited to add this to my Burda pattern collection. Also want to point out the fantastic job the garment makers did with lining up that print on the skirt – the chevron effect is actually kins of cool!
This is the designer pattern for the month. Can’t say I’m super excited about it, but perhaps it will look more impressive when we get to see the model image in the magazine?
If last month was all about the dresses, this month is all about the tops:
Can’t say I’m really excited about the added ruffle to the back yoke on this button up top, but I will admit it looks fantastic on the model. Aside from the ruffle it’s really not all that new/exciting but Burda’s styling here has sold me on this pattern. And I do think the cuffs look really great in a drapey fabric.
I’m much more excited by this blouse pattern! I really like the neckline and even the puffy cuffs. Have to admit the fabric is calling my name a bit as well, but really it’s that neckline that I really want to test out. I really like how it looks like a normal deep-v, but is really created with the overlapping panels.
Generic-ish puffy off the shoulder top. Sort of a staple for the summer wardrobe issues.
I sort of like how Burda presented this top as a beach cover up; it really does look kind of cute in that way. I’m not sure I’d want the sleeve ruffles, but I do think they are a nice detail to add contrast on an otherwise very boxy looking top.
I know there isn’t much new in this t-shirt with sleeve ties, but I really like it! I think the added drape on the model really sells me on this look. Not sure if it’s look that way in real life (it looks much more straight in the garment photo)
Yes! I want this whole outfit! I can’t decide if I like this top or the dress version more… I might just need to make both. I really like the thickness of the straps – just enough to cover a bra and be practical, but not so much as to ruin the line of this top. Plus, it looks great with the pencil skirt included in this issue.
Simple tank top. Not exciting, but very practical.
The twist back detail is a nice design feature on this top. The neckline looks very wide, so it might be worth making a test garment if you have slightly narrower shoulders.
Another tunic top that isn’t too exciting, though I do like the more open back shown on the tan version, and I like the slight shaping of the hem. The front neckline looks low in the line drawings, but doesn’t look too bad on the models.
This month we get a few bottoms that coordinate well with the other separates in this issue:
I really like these pencil skirts! The exposed zipper as a stripe detail has been used before, but I think it is particularly effective with the extreme contrasting colors shown here. Might also be a ribbon sewn over the zipper tape to add an extra bit of detail – which would allow for some really fun customization with different trims!
This style of button front skirt isn’t new, but I sort of like getting things like this in Burda because when I see cute versions of similar styles I don’t really need to go out and buy any new patterns.
Another serviceable skirt. It’s fine, but not exciting. It is a good option for using a wild print though!
These pink slightly-longer-than-culotte length trousers are ok. We’ve had similar style from Burda before (in different lengths), but nothing wrong with a nice straightforward trouser pattern. Plus, this one has belt loops, which is a nice detail we haven’t seen in a while.
These really look like the shorter version of the 2011 pattern I use for all my PJ pants…
Can’t say I would ever actually wear this romper, but I could see it being a thing for the younger set. I can appreciate the vintage swimsuit vibe I’m getting, but, like, I can’t imagine it looking good anywhere aside from the seashore? I do think the snap straps are practical though – easy way to take it off if it were being used as a swimsuit cover.
I’m just going to come out and say it – this is the best Burda Plus selection we’ve had so far this year!
This is a great blazer for the Burda Plus line. It has lots of nice details and shaping, without being overly fitted. And it looks great as part of this more casual outfit, but could easily be made with other pants as part of a suit.
Love this wrap dress! The princess seaming is a great design feature, and the wrap style looks so great on the model! Love the shaping of the overlapping hem as well.
Another fabulous dress for the Burda Plus styles. The shoulder detail is really classy, and the style would be great for a summer event.
This draped top has some nice pleating details at the shoulders and the more fitted cuffs are a nice design element as well.
I’m a bit shocked to say, but I don’t hate these pants! The ruffle isn’t too crazy and the slanting hem is actually an interesting design feature that looks much better on the models than it does in the line drawings. It seems like a fun summer design.
The kids selection seems pretty practical this month, with some tops and bottoms for boys and a cute dress and bathing suit for girls:
And that’s it for June! Which means it is time to pick the Best of BS design for the month. It was a tough choice, but I think I’m giving the award to:
The cross over top/dress! I think this pattern is one of the few that looks really good as both the top and the dress, which means that it could be super versatile and generate a lot of garments once a good fit of the top has been achieved. I also really love the way Burda has styled this pattern – I’d wear both of these outfits in an instant!
And, finally, the BWTF award for this month goes to:
The romper. Yes, I know I defended many of the design features above, but that doesn’t excuse it from the fact that if many of us wore it anywhere aside from the beach we’d all look like we were wearing giant baby clothes. It can get a pass at the beach, but that’s about it.
And that’s it! What do you all think? Is this issue worth tracking down? Or does the recent GLP News debacle really make you feel the need to take a break from Burda right now? Are these the sorts of looks you’d want to wear for the summer, or did Burda got a bit too corporate with this issue, leaving you searching for styles that are better for a more casual summer routine? Do you also feel like this has been the best Burda Plus section we’ve had in some time? Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!