Burda May 2014 Review (International Edition)

Burda May 2014 - Cover

Considering the summer styles are usually when Burda patterns seem to drop off in complexity and I start to lose interest, I was pretty happy with the variety in the May issue. Let’s jump right in… My favorite dress from this issue was this v-neck raglan sleeve dress with contrast bands along all the seam lines. Unfortunately for me this was a tall pattern and I don’t know that I have the enthusiasm to shorten it.

Burda May 2014 - Contrast Band Dress

This pieced dress was shown in strapless and cap sleeve versions. I can’t quite tell in the second photo, but I think the pink version is a mini skirt length? If I made it I’d probably combine the longer skirt on the left with the sleeves on the right. The description says it has a two-way zipper in back which I’m assuming means a zipper the full length of the dress.

Burda May 2014 - Strapless Dress

Burda gave us another bomber jacket pattern this month, and this one has some interesting lines along the raglan sleeve line. I also really like the diagonal welt pockets with snaps on this version.

Burda May 2014 - Bomber Jacket

The bust line of this dress is quite flattering, although maybe a bit low. It’s the same bodice pattern as the peplum blouse on the cover, which is also the pattern featured in the detailed instructions section.

Burda May 2014 - Peplum Blouse

Next up was a beachwear feature, and I temporarily got excited about this skirt because I assumed it was a wrap skirt. Silly me, this is two pieces – a zippered skirt and a flap you tie on over it. Because nothing says “casual beachwear” like a skirt you have to zip up and then tie some other thing over the top of and keep adjusting because it rides up and spins around.

Burda May 2014 - Beach Skirt

This wrap front vest is one of those patterns that I like in theory but not in practice. (Are seamstresses the only people who feel that way about clothes?) It’s interesting and I want to like it, but… I think it’s too stiff maybe? Not the right styling? I’ll be interested to see what people on BurdaStyle make out of it.

Burda May 2014 - Crossfront Vest

This next feature was called “Model Style” and the description says “We asked four models to try on our different styles…” LOL, isn’t that a description of every magazine shoot? Anyways, I liked this V-neck dress with a circle skirt but, again, this is a tall pattern. And I’m just realizing that it is the same bodice as the first pattern I showed, DOH. At least I’m consistent about what I like.

Burda May 2014 - Circle Dress

This knot front blouse is cute and the asymmetry makes it slightly different than the standard knot front pattern with a seam straight down the center front.

Burda May 2014 - Knot Top

A lot of readers really liked the vintage blouse pattern in this issue, but I don’t know if it’s for me. It looks pretty high-waisted and you’d have to be very careful in choosing a fabric or the scarf detail at the front could look awful.

Burda May 2014 - Vintage Blouse

I really liked the rockabilly themed plus size feature this month, but looking at it a second time I think it’s the fabric and the styling that I like more than the patterns themselves. Don’t get me wrong, the patterns are nice, but a little basic. I do like that this black top has pockets – it’s not everyday I see a blouse with pockets.

Burda May 2014 - Plus Part 1

Here’s a couple of even more basic plus size patterns. By the end of the feature even the model is looking a little un-enthused.

Burda May 2014 - Plus Part 2

I might be losing my mind, but I think I want to make this Burda craft feature. The question is, what part of my apartment would look better decorated with plush squirrels and stuffed acorns?

Burda May 2014 - Squirrels

I really haven’t made fun of much in this issue yet, so I’ll leave you with feature I’m just going to call “WTF?”

Burda May 2014 - WTF

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6 comments

  1. The crisscross vest is one that I would like to make, if ever I finish my pants by Sandra Betzinia. Since all of these patterns have to be re-sized for me I usually don’t find too many that I want to do the work to make them. The fabrics used are nice though.

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  2. I’m loving the blouse with the pockets and ruffles. Grand plans in my mind that it would be really cute in a black bandanna print I have that skulls and flames. You know me. Always the weird stuff.

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  3. Yes, I love their fabrics mostly, too. A lot of the Burda pieces wouldn’t look good picking fabrics from the ugly prints that JoAnn’s and Hancock always sell. I wish Burda would have a fabric section, or offer the same fabrics next to offering the patterns. Or do they?

    I love the first dress with the blue bands

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  4. I don’t buy and use Burda anymore. I have noticed that I am attracted to the pattern more due to used fashion fabric then pattern themself. I look more at the technical drawings then pictures. Then usually I see that it is easy to make having basic patterns.
    I like fabrics they use though.

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