At this point the August Burda is probably old news to most people (my copy even arrived already!), but it’s such a good issue I really wanted to give it the full post that it deserves. I’m so excited for fall fashions this year!
It’s the start of Burda’s fall offerings, so of course the jacket game is very strong…
Love this blazer! The shape is super sleek, and the single button is so chic. The pleats are a nice detail, and the lack of a collar will really make it easy to sew too!
Love this coat! It’s super classic, and the in-seam pockets are a detail that keeps the overall silhouette super sleek. I didn’t see the same-fabric belt as part of the pattern online, but I hope it is included in the pattern (I said the magazine arrived… I didn’t say I’ve had time to actually read through my mail yet). Regardless, I think this is a great pattern for a light to mid-weight fall coat.
These jackets are cute! Not something I’d want to make for myself, but I really love the way Burda has styled them here. They look like one of those versatile pieces that look casual but not sloppy. And I really like how the overlap can unfold to become a lapel.
This is the shorter version of the longer coat. It’s also a great fall piece, and I could see it being a really cute casual piece in denim, or a more formal wardrobe addition in perhaps a light wool. I love how fitted it is on the side seams too!
The dresses this month are also great additions to the Burda offerings…
This is a vintage reprint dress and it is stunning. I love the bodice – it’s beautiful! I’m sure I’ve got something in the stash that can be used for this… even if I don’t have anywhere to wear it at the moment…
This is possibly one of the less exciting options in this issue, but only because everything else is so good. I actually really love how the gathered waist creates such a cool effect because of the vertical stripe of the fabric. The pattern itself isn’t too exciting, but I appreciate what Burda was able to do with such a basic staring point.
I really like this dress! I think this could be a great option for someone who likes the look of wrap dresses but really hates dealing with the fit of the wrap. I think the lower v-neck and shape of the skirt give the feel of a wrap dress without the hassle of an actual wrap. And the cuff details are super cute, so that’s a plus too!
I’m a bit torn on these dresses. I do like the bodice and the contrasting details, but I don’t think I’m the biggest fan of the sleeves. Maybe if the cuffs were gathered with elastic? This might require some fiddling, but it’s on my maybe list.
There are a lot of tops this month, and they offer quite a variety of looks:
This is a nice option for a fall office look. The cuff detail is quite cute, and the more fitted waist could be good if you like to tuck your tops in to say some high waisted trousers or a high waisted pencil skirt. The puffy sleeve caps might be a bit much, but that shouldn’t be too difficult to adjust.
This blouse looks quite voluminous in the line drawings, but it actually has a cool drapey look on the models. Definitely a tuck-in top though if you need a bit more waist definition.
I really like this shirt! It’s a pretty basic t-shirt, with just a touch of detail on the sleeves. It looks like it would be a super versatile fall piece.
This top looks a bit more sporty. I think it could be great if you like to have some more geometric elements in the wardrobe, or if you want to play with fun contrasting fabrics.
I’m not sure how I feel about the Atari logo seaming on the front of this, but it really doesn’t bother me in the model photos. And I really like the way it drapes on them. So, might be worth adding to the every-growing and never-shrinking to-sew list.
Not much to this basic tank top, but it could be a really great layering piece in the summer/fall transition. And I really love the lace hem detail!
The bottoms in this issue are possibly some of the most interesting bottoms designs Burda has given us this year!
I LOVE these pants. I need them, like, now. The cuff detail is so cool! And The pockets look so sophisticated, even though they should look like cargo shorts. I don’t even know what is happening here, but I need these. Just, not in pink.
I love to see these shown in such a different way. It’s cool to see how changing the fabric and the hem detail can create such a different shape.
Ok, I’m not sure how I feel about these trousers. I feel like I like the line drawing, and I’m intrigued by the garment photo, but I’m not sure how I feel about the design on the model? Perhaps I’ll feel different if I saw it on someone who wasn’t posed in such a stiff way.
I’m pretty sure we all need faux-leather stretch jean/leggings in our lives at some point. And, well, these are pretty cute if you are at that point.
Nice pencil skirt option if you are looking for a pattern. All of the waist darts should offer lots of opportunity to adjust for fit too!
This skirt is pretty basic, but the added ruffles adds some nice detailing.
And this is another pattern that is really cool to see how much it can change with just a small tweak (changing the in-seam ruffles to godets). I really like the silhouette this version has.
The Burda Plus options are also really good this month!
This jacket is so cool! I love the mixed materials, and the asymmetric zip closure. I also love how it looks super chic both fully zipped and partially open.
These trousers are a super great classic shape. It wouldn’t be too hard to lengthen them to regular trouser length either.
Not too excited for this top. It’s ok, but nothing special. And the fabrication really makes it look like fancy pajamas. I mean, I guess at least they are fancy ones?
This dress is also pretty basic, but the neckline has some nice detailing. And it could be a great place to use a fancy button.
Personally, I think it is a bit more successful as top. The shorter length makes the simple shape feel a bit more intentional.
I also like the neckline treatment on these tops. The bow is cute! I wish the sleeves were either a full length bell shape or a three-quarter fitted shape though. This halfway between just looks a bit awkward.
I don’t normally care too much about the kids section but it is pretty good this month:
The jackets are super cute, and I love the twisty hoodie! Even the pants seem super practical and not totally boring. It’s also great that there is a nice mix of options for boys and girls.
This month we also apparently get some craft patterns:
As far as craft patterns go, these aren’t bad! I’d actually make some of these if I wanted to go full home dec diva on my living accommodations. I don’t, but if I did, I’d make some of these. Also, I just have to point out the German word for the fourth pillow is “sitzpouf” and that alone makes this pattern’s existence totally worth it.
And that’s it! This issue is jam-packed with goodies, which made picking the top and bottom patterns particularly difficult, but in the end I had to give the Best of BS to:
The vintage dress! Truly, this is a stunning design, regardless of when it was originally drafted. The bodice is absolutely beautiful, and because of the waist seam, it should be really easy to change the skirt type to make a lot of different styles. I am so excited that we are getting this design!
The BWTF choice this month was one of the few duds of this issue:
The fancy PJ top! Really, in the grand scheme of Burda designs, this isn’t that bad. Just when it is compared to everything else that is packed into this month’s issue, it isn’t that great.
And that’s it! This is such an exciting start to the fall sewing season! I love so many things in this issue, and I’m hyped to see what we are going to get in September and October. There is so much goodness here – from casual fall looks to classy office-appropriate styles. I’m sure by now the really industrious of you have already sewn several things from this issue or moved on the more recent Vogue releases, but I’m still curious to hear your thoughts. What are your top picks? Do you also think this is one of the best issues of the year? Or does it all feel slightly derivative of things Burda has done in the past? Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments!