As has become tradition here at Doctor T Designs, it is time to look at another full year of BurdaStyle Magazine, and take a moment to appreciate all of the patterns and inspiration we’ve gotten in 2019! This year started off great – I think the designs in the January-June issues were great adds to the stash. Things dropped off a bit for me over the summer and fall months, but there are some great designs in the late fall/early winter issues as well. I think most people have been disappointed that the Burda Plus and Burda Easy magazines have resorted to using reprints from the catalog or regular monthly issues, but on the whole I think this has been a rather positive year for Burda releases. In case you need a quick refresher, here are the links to all of my Burda Reviews from 2019:
- Burda Easy – Spring
- Burda Easy – Summer
- Burda Easy – Fall
- Burda Easy – Winter
- Burda Plus – Spring/Summer
- Burda Plus – Fall/Winter
- Burda Catalog – Spring/Summer
- Burda Catalog – Fall/Winter
As a recap, here were my top picks for patterns from the year, in order from January-December:
And these were my bottom picks from the monthly issues in 2019:
I figured we should get the less awesome stuff out of the way first, so here are my picks for the 2019 BWTF Awards:
In 3rd Place, we have the Burda Plus Anorak from February, in 2nd Place the massive sweater dress from December, and winner of BWTF for 2019 goes to the lacy romper from June!
Now, moving on to the good stuff, here are my picks for the best Burda Patterns of 2019:
In 3rd place, we have the stunning sheath dress from April, in 2nd the awesome bouclé jacket from November, and in 1st the cool moto jacket from March! All of these have innovative design features, and would result in some really stunning garments.
And with the individual pattern awards declared, let’s look at which issues provide the most versatility to the stash:
Let’s start with my picks for the least exciting issues of 2019:
Overall this has been a pretty decent year. I don’t think it has packed quite the punch that 2017 or 2018 did (we had some pretty fantastic issues the past few years), but there wasn’t anything that was a total dud either. February ranks in the bottom three because most commenters felt that while it had an excellent range of “wardrobe staple” type patterns, there wasn’t anything extra special about the patterns included in this issue. June and July rank as the bottom 2 issues much for the same reason – there just isn’t as much that feels special or exciting in these issues. June faired slightly better, with some cute dresses and skirts, but July feels incredibly generic, and thus earns the bottom sport in 2019.
And, finally it is time to announce the Best Burda Magazines of 2019:
In 3rd we have January, 2nd place goes to August, and the Best issue of 2019 goes to November! January gave us an interesting mix of party looks and relaxing casual options for a lazy New Years Day. There was also the fabulous designer pattern, and a lot of great coat options for the winter months. August comes in second because it offers such a wide range of silhouettes and styles – I feel like it has something for everyone! And, of course, November has taken my top spot for this year. I think it is a truly fantastic issue – it has some incredible designs with lots of yummy details, a nice mix of styles, and of course our fabulous silver-haired, super stylish model! I think this issue has a lot to offer and I expect I will be pulling patterns from it for years to come.
And that’s is! Another year of Burda has passed, and another new year is underway. Personally, I think 2019 has been a pretty decent year as patterns go, and I’m really excited to have added some of these designs to the stash. But what do you all think? What were your best and worst pattern picks for the year? Your top and bottom issues? Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!