June 2020 BurdaStyle Magazine

The June issue has been posted to the German and Russian Burda sites. Normally June isn’t one of my favorite issues of the year, but I actually think there are some interesting things to look at in this issue – at least in terms of trends and popular styles that are coming out this summer. As always there’s a lot to see, so let’s take a look!

The summer issues typically don’t have a lot of jackets, but we do get a long and short option this month:

117 & 116 – So these are styles I wouldn’t necessarily be excited by if I just saw the line drawing, but I think Burda has perfectly styled them to make them look interesting. I love the bright print on the longer version (though the pattern matching on the garment photo leaves something to be desired I think), and the sequin bouclé fabric on the short version is stunning (McCall’s has also used a similar fabric in their summer releases – my review is coming shortly) and I absolutely need to find some. I mean, I don’t because I don’t need more fabric, but, really, I do. As far as the pattern goes, I think the collar adds just enough fitted structure to offset the slightly oversized shape of the jacket. I also really like the very geometric seam lines and the way the pockets are constructed on the longer version.

Heading into summer we typically see a lot of dresses, but I can’t say any of these are particularly unique styles this month:

107 & 108 – This sort of boxy style dress isn’t anything unique for Burda, and I think the early McCall’s releases this year had most of us over the ruffle trend before it even got going, but I have to say that I actually like the ruffle dresses here. The proportions are quite lovely, and I like the relaxed feel the dropped shoulder seam adds to the overall look.

103 & 104 – I feel like this style is really similar to previous styles from Burda, so it feels less exciting than some of the other options. It looks like it would be a comfortable dress to wear during summer, but there isn’t much here that is too exciting pattern-wise.

118 – This wrap style dress is also not particularly new, but I do think it is quite cute. I like the mix of the slightly puffed sleeves with the collar detail, and I think Burda’s garment image is really selling me on this look. Not particularly unique, but still super cute.

120 – This dress is also a mix of a lot of elements that have been utilized in other Burda styles of the past, so despite being pretty it also feels a bit lackluster. I think the use of the bright red was a nice touch from Burda’s styling team, but overall this dress doesn’t feel like it is adding anything new to the pattern collection.

The tops for this month are all definitely geared towards summer:

122 – This is the “trendy” pattern for the month – definitely making use of the ruffle trend. I’m not such a fan of the ruffly-ness, but I sort of appreciate the modern day Edwardian aesthetic going on here. I think it looks much better and more interesting on the model than it does in the line drawing.

106 & 105 – This is a pretty basic tank top. Like, a really basic tank top. The ruffled version does have a fun summer vibe, but the plain version really screams “it’s hot, and I’ve given up.” Not that there is anything wrong with that. I mean, to be fair, it’ll probably be the most practical summer quarantine pattern in this issue, but, still. Not that exciting.

121 – This is a vintage pattern that we get for the issue. I think the curved button tabs and repeated pleating on the front and back are details we just don’t see in modern clothes. It’s not my favorite vintage re-release, but it’s still pretty cute.

114 – I think the photo of the blue top on the model makes this shirt pattern more exciting than it actually is. I was sort of intrigued that the cold shoulder top was making a comeback, but, no, it’s not. It’s just a very long open sleeve design which is sort of interesting, but I also have the desire to see how this pattern works in practicality. I do like the gathered shoulders, and I think the drape on the models makes it a much more interesting design than it appears to be when just considering the line drawing.

111 – This looks like a pretty standard tunic design, but I do like the elongated sleeves and deep-V neckline. It would be a nice style for use with a linen so it would be really cool to wear over the summer.

115 – This wrap style top is also not something new, but I do think it looks cute in this fun print, and I really like the pipping detail around the collar and cuff.

I think the bottoms might be the most exciting options in this issue:

101 – Ok, can I say I’m just sort of obsessed with this jumpsuit pattern? It’s the perfect quarantine outfit because it would totally work as pajamas and as a socially acceptable “going out” (to the grocery store for necessities) look. I really like the twist front detail, and I think it would look good in both prints and a solid. In another time, I would also say it would be a great swimsuit cover-up, because it looks like it would be super easy to pull on.

112 & 113 – I also really like these shorts/culottes. The sequin hem detail is super fun, and I really like the more tailored look to these styles. The side zip also means it would be a faster/easier construction process, which is nice.

119 – These shorts are like the ultimate casual short. I like the curved hem detail, and the vaguely 70s vibe.

109 & 110 – These skirts aren’t the most exciting option this month – they sort of fall into that “functional but not exciting” category. I think the overlap could potentially be a point of concern – it’s not really clear how much overlap exists on the front of this pattern, so jury is out on the practicality of this pattern.

The Burda Plus section has a retro 50s style that’s actually pretty fun this month:

125 – This dress isn’t overly detailed, but I do think it is pretty cute. I like the shape of the v-neck and the circle skirt. Burda’s styling is also super fun for this section this month.

126 – I think the straps are super fun on this top. The button front it also nice, though based on the styling it looks as though the pattern may not be intended to fit over the top of the bust? Or perhaps the pattern wasn’t sized appropriately for the model. Hmmm….

124 – This top isn’t particularly exciting to me; the twist top looks a bit too messy and the other design features (the bell sleeves and puffed shoulders) are a bit lost in the overall style.

123 – This is a nice basic knit top. I like the v-neckline and the elongated side seams.

127 – I do think these pants are really cute though. The ruffle detail is fun, but easy enough to leave off for a more streamlined capri pant.

We get a men’s pattern this month as well:

128 – As is the trend with most of this issue, this shirt doesn’t seem like anything particularly new from Burda, but any time we get a men’s pattern it’s sort of exciting, so I’m still happy we are getting this in the magazine this month.

The kids section is likewise unremarkable, with some pretty generic styles:

The nice thing about these styles is they all look very simple to sew, but they certainly aren’t particularly interesting or inspiring.

And now we’ve looked through everything, which means it is time to pick the Best of BS for June 2020:

I’m giving the top pattern pick this month to the twist top jumpsuit. I think it is a nice blend of “theoretical life vacation by the beach” needs and “real life stuck home in quarantine” needs. It has a nice mix of casual and comfortable while still looking happy and joyful.

On the other hand, the BWTF pick for June goes to:

The DGAF tank top. I get the easy summer vibe that Burda is going for here, but really, there just isn’t a whole lot going on with this tank top. It loses out for being the most boring style in an issue that feels like it is full of repeats from previous designs.

And that’s it! This is one of those issues where I feel it could be really great if you don’t have an extensive Burda stash, but feels kind of boring if you do. I think there are a lot of styles that I like (I’m definitely adding the jumpsuit and sequin trimmed trousers to my list, and I like many of the dress styles), but nothing here really feels totally new and unique. It’s interesting to see the ruffles coming into play a bit more in Burda’s designs, though they are certainly much more restrained than McCall’s was earlier in the year. It’s also interesting to see the sequin trend happening (which we will also see in the McCall’s summer release). Obviously, these photo shoots happen months in advance, so it is quite probable that this was put together long before the current pandemic hit, but I think it will be really interesting to see which trends persist and which trends don’t as post-pandemic designs start showing up. But what do you all think? Are you inspired to sew any of these early summer looks? Or is all of this a boring re-has of styles where you’ve been there, seen it, and done it already? Did you summer sewing plans have a big shift due to the pandemic? Or are you going to keep on with your original sewing goals? Feel free to discuss it all in the comments!

25 thoughts on “June 2020 BurdaStyle Magazine

  1. The jumpsuit gets my vote too, and I think I’ll just buy it straight from the website. I also noticed a romper with shorts and a shoulder ruffle (#102) shown online which would be nice for the backyard on hot days!

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  2. In some ways I like that there is lots of very practical in here and i really like the back on the vintage top. Without pleats on the front too I could be tempted and that wouldn’t be too hard an adjustment (but this many pleats & my bust is a no go). Sadly (super sadly in fact) I ended up cancelling my subscription, I still haven’t received March after COVID happened let alone any others and have been advised that all magazine shipping to us here in Australia out of Europe has been ‘paused’. So I’ll just buy what i want from Burda Russia no doubt – and kind of glad that I’m not actually missing out much with this edition.

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  3. Thanks for this. Burda did appear in the supermarket last month so hopefully will again.
    I don’t mind that a few of the styles we’ve seen before.
    I like the culottes a lot.

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  4. My favorite is the jumpsuit too, I hope to get around to make it! Also, that top with open sleeves is really nice I only worry about the fabric, I need to have something with two good sides, or not so obviously wrong side because that will show very much at the sleeves.

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  5. I was surprised to see that there were several patterns in this issue that I really liked! If I live in the USA, where and how can I buy some of these patterns? Thanks for your helps and continuing to share the world of patterns/fashions with us! Mary Noble

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  6. Thanks for this review! I can hardly wait for your thoughts on McCall’s. 😂 I think this Burda is a miss for me. Some of the patterns are pretty cute–and could be beautiful garments in the right fabric–but are certainly not new or clever ideas. I feel a bit let down when the one pattern with any real design features is also one that is completely not my style (the vintage pleated top).

    My only sewing goals this spring and summer have been to get through a pile of alterations and repairs. I really hate that kind of sewing and my procrastination caused a huge backlog in the sewing room. Oh, and then if I ever do get the alterations done, I have 2 years’ worth of UFOs to finish! I should not be looking at pattern magazines. 🤣

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    1. I’ve decided to clean my sewing space…. which has turned into a massive reorganization project. I’ve been working on it since about week 3 of quarantine and I’m still not done. I’m almost to a point where I can sew things again while it is “in progress” but I’m definitely not getting a lot of actual sewing projects done for spring this year. Maybe I’ll be ready for fall sewing when it rolls around!


  7. I like the culottes so much I might even try them. I desperately need shorts. Will try the pattern with the curved hems too. I really like the “cold shoulder” thingie top! Looks versatile enough to sew (and easy?) in normal fabric and then one in sparkly fabric for 2-metre-distance get togethers (if can do that) this summer… ♥

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  8. I like the culottes and the jumpsuit, although I’m not sure the tie would suit me. I’m not crazy about the dresses but I do like the ruffly top (though in practice not sure I would wear it!). Not sure I can even acquire Burda easily at the moment so this maybe a dream anyway. 🙂

    Incidentally, when I look at the BWTF pattern of the month all I can think is that they had the model go braless to align with the dart. 🙂

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  9. For me, the most egregious thing about this issue is that they stuffed the plus model into garments that were clearly intended for someone two sizes smaller. The buttons wouldn’t close over her bust, and you can see in the two “New Look” dresses that the bodice is straining at the seams on her, and her breasts are smashed flat in it. It just looks so unprofessional that they neither adjusted the garments to fit her figure nor got a alternate model that could fit into the clothes.

    So agree about the best-of pick! The Russian site is abuzz about the jumpsuit. I predict it will be the most-sewn garment from that issue.

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  10. Thanks for the reviews. I always check your reviews out and agree with most of them. The issues are becoming more and more samey so I don’t think I will continue my subscription. I have a stash that will more than do.


  11. Wow – suprised by all the lukewarm reactions. I actually like quite a few things out of this magazine and have been quite happy with my recent Burdas – for the first time ever I have made something out of each month so far this year! Love the jacket and dresses, even thrilled for the men’s pattern! Yes they did NOT fit the plus-size model at all, but I have a suspicion this could be due to shutdowns. Very anxious to try the jumpsuit and the button-down tank (which would look a whole lot better properly fitted for the model)!

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  12. Like the issue a lot better after your review, especially the coat, the wrapdress and the culottes. Thank you! 😙 But the plus model.. If it is someones first issue it would give a bad impression. Disagreeing about the jumpsuit, I really dont like it, it looks sloppy and the placement of the knot I’m not sure about how flattering it will look. But I think I’m in the minority and it is a lot better then the april version 😛

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  13. What is going on with Burdastyle? I haven’t seen inspiring pattern for months. As regular buyer for decades, my impression is that 2020 is worst year ever.


  14. This feels like a huge letdown after May. AHhhhhhhhhh that May issue! 🙂

    But I love the jumpsuit and plan to muslin the plus button-front top to see if it’s really, really off on the bust/neckline fit or if I can make it work. Fingers crossed!

    Nothing else felt super striking to me though I’d love to use the red dress as an LBD once outside re-opens.

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  15. I agree this one was a bit boring. I liked the vintage reprint, not least because for once it wasn’t a dress! Not my style but I will read the pattern instructions. Other than that the only things I see myself making are the long summer coat, the culottes, and maybe the Bermuda shorts. But I’m just glad to still be getting Burda. I guess this one was prepared before lockdown; I wonder what the state of the next few issues is. There’s a July preview in my copy though, so that’s hopeful.

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  16. Thank you for your review. On point as usual! I agree this issue isn’t overly inspiring, but I did buy it because I rather like the red dress and I can sew it without resizing. I’m a tall Dutchie and not having to resize is wonderful. I really like your blog! I much prefer it to reading the articles on the old Burdastyle website.

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