The March Burda preview has been posted on both the German and Russian sites. I think there are some nice pieces in this issue, but I also think a lot of these styles look very similar to versions from the past. I’m actually really curious to see how this one fairs in the comments. Anyway, without further ado, let’s jump in:
Let’s start off with a look at the jackets heading into spring styles:
115 – I like the really clean lines of this oversized blazer. It’s a nice approach to the oversized blazer trend; it creates the silhouette without feeling sloppy or ill fitting. I like the subtle shaping seams and single button details as well.
120 – I really like this take on a standard denim jacket. The lace detail is really fun, and I bet it would be a great way to use up scraps of a special fabric.
104 – I can’t say that this is my favorite bomber jacket pattern from Burda; personally I prefer something with more of a collar. But I do like the angled pockets and the raglan sleeves. I think this looks like it could be a nice casual style, possible good for walking or light workouts.
110 – I like this jacket/cardigan style too. I think the neckline details are nice, and I like how subtle the pockets are. I think it looks like it could work equally well with a more casual outfit or something a bit more professional.
This month doesn’t have the usual wedding focus, but that doesn’t mean we don’t get at least a few party dresses:
122 – Ok, so we get one wedding dress, but it’s also the designer exclusive pattern, which is pretty exciting.
121 – This dress is the Vintage pattern for the month. I like the neckline (though I think we’ve seen it on other recent styles as well?), but I think the real star of this look is the belt that adds the extra bit of fabulousness in the back.
118 – This is another dress that looks very much like styles we have had in the past, but, I still really like it. I will caution that the neckline looks very low, so you might need to do a bit of whip stitching if you want to close the deep-V up a bit.
113 & 114 – These are some pretty basic shirt dresses. I prefer the longer style myself, but I think both versions look pretty good. I think it looks a bit nicer in the more flowy fabric of the first version as well.
106 & 107 – Another pretty simple dress pattern. I like the second version a bit more – the ruffle detail and puffed sleeves give it a bit more personality.
The tops in this issue are also pretty basic, though that might not be the worst thing since they all seem like they would pair well with other items:
101 – The front of this top is pretty simple, but I love the back detail. I think this one is going to have to go on my to-sew list, because I think this is totally something I could wear in a work environment.
109 – I think this top is sort of interesting, in that it mixes a pretty structured “polo” style collar with the softer ruched side detail. I’m not sure how affective the result is… I can’t decide if it really looks intentional… but I think the idea of it is interesting.
116 & 117 – These tops actually don’t look too bad on the models, but the line drawings have a lot of volume. I think Burda’s done a good job styling this pattern; I suspect this style will look better in these sorts of tiny prints as opposed to a solid.
102 – This seems like a really basic top with 3/4 bell sleeves. Not much else to comment on here.
103 – I’m really not sure what’s up with the weird square on the Burda top photo… Anyway, I think the textured collar detail is kind of nice here. I also think this top looks really great on the model – it’s a nice length for tucking-in or for leaving open as well.
It looks like we are starting to get some different silhouette for the bottoms this month…
105 – I really like the waistline detail on these pleated culottes. The buttons are cute! I also think this would be a really easy pattern to extend into a full-length trouser as well, so that the waistline detail could be utilized on a more “work appropriate” trouser.
119 – Look at the details on this pant! I love the front button closure – so cool! I’m not sure how I feel about the shaping in the back, but I think that’s what a muslin is for. I’m really excited to see the deep hem, and it’s been a minute since we’ve seen this sort of straight-legged jean. I’m hoping that this could be a sign that Burda will be turning back to some of the more interesting detailed styles from the mid-2000s.
111 – This skirt is a style that seems really similar to designs from the past (possibly 10-20 years in the past, but still), but I still really like it. I think the length and drape are really nice, and I think this would look great in a solid or a print. I also really like the way Burda has styled this look in the model photos.
112 – This seems like a maxi version of the skirt, and I really like this too! The angled hem is really interesting.
108 – This skirt is so cute! I’m usually not a fan of the button front style skirt, but for some reason this version is really doing it for me. And I love the braided waistband detail. Super cute!
The Burda Plus section has some nice options this month:
124 – I like this blazer pattern, but I think the full length coat version is really stunning. I like the super classic collar detail, the in-seam pockets, and the really streamlined single button closures. Very clean and classic looking.
126 – I also like this dropped shoulder shirt dress. I think the sleeve and button details create a nice casual vibe, and I think it looks fantastic in the crazy print.
128 – This shirt isn’t too exciting from the line drawing, but I think the blush version looks really lovely on the model. This could be one of those simple tops that easily becomes a TNT because the result is so wearable.
127 – I love a nice cowl drape, but overall I think this top is pretty basic. Not necessarily a bad thing, but also not overly exciting.
125 – I think the line drawing of this pant is pretty basic, but I love seeing it in the bright coral/orange. It looks so great paired with the white top – perfect for spring. This is maybe not the most exciting pattern, but I do think it is quite versatile, because I think this pattern would also be pretty easy to edit.
The kids section is pretty basic this month:
129 – 132. Not too much here that’s very exciting, but I so think the little coat is actually really cute.
And that’s it! It’s a bit of an interesting issue. There are lots of things I like, but I also feel like I have a lot of them in the collection already. So, it made it a bit challenging to pick the Best of BS for March 2020, but in the end I have decided to give the award to:
The cool detail denim trousers! Maybe I’m just excited to see a change in pant silhouettes, but I’m just so excited to see interesting details like the shaped button tab on this pant. I think this pant would be a relatively easy “jean” to make, which is bonus points, and it would create a really unique pair of trousers.
The BWTF award was also challenging to assign this month, as nothing was truly disastrous. Ultimately, I decided to give it to:
The basic stripped shirt. Really, there’s nothing wrong with this top, and I’d probably even wear this shirt. But I think in an issue of it being a pretty meh issue for me, and this top just doesn’t have anything that really makes it stand out. So… meh.
So there we are – another month down! It’s hard to believe we are already discussing the March issue – I feel like January just started. Regardless, I’m not sure that this is the most exciting Burda in recent memory. There are a lot of good patterns, but very few that are going into the “must sew this immediately” queue. I think it’s nice that the wedding design is a designer pattern, and I always enjoy a vintage release, but overall this issue is just a bit meh for me. What do you all think? Is there anything here that you can’t wait to sew? Or is this issue full of pass-able styles you’ve seen before? What are your top and bottom looks from this issue? Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!