I sometimes wonder why I buy Burda every month. Each issue seems to have at least one thing (and usually several things) I want to sew and as it takes me forever to complete the simplest garment I am constantly getting more and more behind.
I know several bloggers have expressed some dissatisfaction with Burda but I love it. A lot of the clothes are exactly the style I would like to sew and wear. Some months are better than others but for £4.75 a month it’s very good value and even if I don’t want to make anything in that month’s issue I know there will be something good the following month. Personally I haven’t found the instructions too difficult to follow, they are quite sparse but even as a novice I can see that most garments are made up in roughly the same manner so once you’ve made a few clothes you can sort of work out what’s coming next. Having said that I haven’t made anything really complicated as yet and maybe once I get around to doing so I will find them more difficult.
One of the things I love about Burda is the way you can see the full potential of a good pattern as they will often make up the same garment a number of different ways i.e. in different fabrics or lengths. Making minor changes can give a completely different look. Another thing I enjoy is looking through the instructions and checking out the pattern shapes. I find this really helps me understand how some of the more obscure shapes are created.
I was going to use the post to review the October Burda magazine but it seems to have turned into a bit of a love letter. I’ll try to find the time to post details of what I liked in this months edition next week.