The second Burda issue of 2020 will soon be here! Both the German and Russian sites have posted previews, and I have to say that I am quite excited for several of the patterns in this issue. While I know that I probably won’t make a majority of the styles this month, I actually really appreciate the aesthetic Burda went for and I think this is a pretty great issue.
First up, we’ll look at the coats and jackets:
102 – I think this blazer looks super sharp! I love the classic tailoring details on the collar and the angled buttons on the front. It is possibly not the best style for me to choose for myself, but I do love the combination of details that Burda has chosen to utilize here.
103 – Be still my heart! I’m a total sucker for the asymmetric fitted jackets, and I love the collar on this one! I also really love how it looks in both the suede for a moto-vibe and in the bouclé for a modernized French jacket feel. Also, did I mention that collar? So chic!
120 – Another jacket win! I really love the belt tie for waist emphasis and how this is mirrored in the sleeve detail. It creates lovely gathers that, while they look a bit exaggerated in the line drawing, actually look really great on the model and in the garment photo. This jacket is definitely going high on my to-sew wishlist (which for anyone keeping track is approximately 5 bajillion miles long at this point).
101 – I think this peplum jacket is cute! It reminds me very much of the McCall’s cardigans I couldn’t stop sewing from a few years back, so I’m pretty sure this is a style I can safely not add to my personal sewing list (I ultimately ended up gifting most of those cardigans to a friend), but I do like the lines of this jacket. I think they would look super cute over a pencil skirt!
118 – I think this is maybe not my favorite hoodie pattern from Burda in recent month, but I do like the interesting color blocking/flap design detail. I think it is a feature I’ve seen on RTW recently, and I think it adds to a cool vibe here.
We don’t get a lot of dresses this month, but what we do get is very tailored and structured in a way that seems to be a counterpoint to a lot of the relaxed/shapeless styles recently:
121 – Vintage reprint pattern. It’s gorgeous! I feel like I’ve seen this dress from Burda before, but I wasn’t able to find it in the dedicated Burda Vintage magazines I have. Possibly I have seen an image of the original printed dress somewhere? Difficult to say, but regardless I am very excited to get this design in this issue. While the silhouette of the skirt certainly has a vintage flair, the draping of the top also feels shockingly modern. I love it!
113 – I feel like this vest dress is the next logical progression of the trench dress trend that has been going fairly strong the past few years. I really love the shape the pockets add to this dress, and I especially love the way Burda styled the grey version. I’m predicting that this could be a very popular design.
109 – This dress sort of feels like a 60s throwback? I’m not sure how everyone else feels, but this issue really seems to have a lot of 60s inspiration going on with the color palettes and silhouette styles. I feel like this in one of those dresses that you will either love (because you love 60s style and this sort of skimming the figure silhouette and have great legs to show off because dang it looks short on the model!) or really not like because you don’t really enjoy any of those things. Sadly, I’m in the latter camp, but it doesn’t mean I think this is a bad dress. It’s just not a dress for me.
112 – I wish Burda had made one of these versions in a solid. The wild print at the top does evoke a very 60s/70s vibe for me (yes, I realize these are different decades and styles were different but I means it’s also all sort of a continuum and to me it takes elements of both of the stereotypical styles associated with both of these decades and wow I really shouldn’t each chocolate before typing these review posts because I can’t seem to stop typing…), and I find it really hard to appreciate the lines that look so interesting in the line drawing. Ultimately I think the model photos let me down a bit because the line drawing actually has some really interesting detailing.
We get a lot of tops this month:
111 & 110 – I think this high/low hem top is really interesting, especially the longer version. It’s like wearing a coat with tails but just as a shirt! I think the front looks really short on both models, but I do very much appreciate the button feature at the cuffs, and the diagonal seaming on the front that will give shape to the top. It seems to also feature a hidden button placket, which can be a cool detail to sew.
117 & 116 – I love me a good wrap-over top, and I really like how the gathers are inserted into the raglan sleeves as well. Also, while I normally go for the option without the frills, I actually really like the option with the sleeve ruffles! Might have to dig into the stash and see what I can use for it…
114 – I think this blouse is nice, and the ruffles are a good proportion to the rest of the top. It’s not exactly the most unique style we’ve had from Burda (do I have this in my stash? Let me count the ways…), but it’s a nice option to have in this issue, since it will pair well with a lot of basics.
115 – Ok, I really like this super basic v-neck top and I’m not sure why! I think it’s just my need for basic tops I can wear to work. I mean, there’s really nothing super exciting here (unless the thick elastic sleeve cuffs are a super fun detail to you), but my brain is like, yes, we need that. Ok brain – calm down.
119 – This sweater top has some nice details in the sleeves and with the super wide collar, but personally if I’m going to wear warm cuddly things, I sort of want them to cover my arms? I mean, I’m also envisioning this styling possibilities of wearing this over a long sleeved shirt with a mini skirt and tights and like, ok, year it would be really cute, but definitely not something I would wear myself. So I’m going to give this another mark of “cute, but not for me.”
There aren’t as many bottom options this month, but we at least get a range of silhouettes:
107 & 108 – This skirt isn’t particularly new or innovative, but it is a nice style that would work with a variety of tops and in a variety of fabrics.
106 – I can’t say that I really like these pants, but at least they aren’t boring! I do like the long welt pockets, and the seamlines do provide some interesting opportunities to play with top stitching. I will say I find the silhouette more appealing in the khaki version as opposed to the light blue… There might be something very particular to the styling of these pants that will either push them into the dowdy or cool categories….
105 & 104 – Just your good old basic wide legged trouser with elastic waistband. Burda’s given us many version over the years, but it’s always good to have one of these in the stash if you don’t already. They can kind of go the distance from making PJs to work trousers and anything in between depending on fabric choice. So, while maybe not exciting, it’s not the worst option to pair with all of the many tops we also get this month.
The Burda Plus section this month looks like Burda jumped over spring and is heading directly into summer:
122 – Ok, can I just say that I really love this blazer? I think the lapels are super cool, and I love that is has the partial lining. Super cute! It looks like it has some pretty simple lines, and only a half lining, so it should be quick to put together too!
124 – Not the most exciting shirt dress pattern we’ve ever seen, but I do think that Burda has done a nice job of sprucing it up using the mix of chevron stripes in a nice bright color palette.
125 – I think this shirt pattern is much the same – not bad, just not overly exciting.
123 – I do rather like the drape of this top though. I think it looks great on both of the models, and I think the neckline treatments are nice subtle details.
126 – From the line drawing I would have said that this top looks far too wide, but I think that it looks pretty great on the model since it drapes so well.
127 – These cropped pants look so ready for the beach! I think Burda has done a marvelous job of utilizing the stripes here. It’s basic, but effective.
The kids section this month is a pretty bland assortment of girls clothes:
128-131 – Practical looking kids clothes, but nothing overly exciting. And nothing for the boys this month I’m afraid.
And with that it’s time to pick the Best of BS for February 2020! While there are several strong contenders this month, I think I have to be utterly predictable and give it to:
The super chic moto jacket! I think Burda has done a great job of giving us a pattern that will work in a lot of different fabrics, and can be quite versatile in a wardrobe! It was a tough choice between this pattern, the super tailored blazer, the soft trench jacket, and the vest dress because I feel like that could become one of those iconic Burda pieces that like everyone wants to sew. Lots of good stuff. But I felt that the complexity of the pattern draft for this one bumped it up a notch to the top spot this month!
However, I’m also going to have to give a shoutout to the Vintage reprint dress as well because it is stunning:
I mean, yeah. How could we not?
Choosing the bottom pattern for the month was a bit tougher, as there really weren’t any truly terrible options this time around. I feel like Burda hasn’t given us a real doozie in a while, which is some sense is good, but also not as much fun. Anyway, all ramblings aside, I’ve decided to give the BWTF for February to:
The puffy blue pants! I don’t know… Maybe it is something about the color or the styling here but it just feels a bit… off? I don’t have the same reaction to the other version, so it could just be a general styling thing, but of everything in the issue this was the only pattern that really made me take pause.
And that’s it! Another month of Burda soon to be in the wild. I can’t say that I’m personally super excited for this issue as a whole, despite liking a lot of the designs. It’s sort of a case where I feel like it’s more of an inspirational issue for me, as opposed to a practical one? I mean, I really like a lot of the designs, but I honestly know that I wouldn’t really wear most of them. I do think I have a few to keep on my radar though; that vintage dress and trench jacket are especially high up there. And I really like some of the tops as simple options for wardrobe basics that could could be quick to sew up. So overall I think this is a pretty decent month. But what do you all think? Are you excited for any of these designs? Or does this month feel like it has too random a mix of tailored pieces and breezy summer looks? Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!