I am not sure if I am the right person to write about this magazine, because I kinda grew up – sewing wise- with it. I bought my first burda magazine (it changed the name later to burda style) in August 2000, after my first sewing class, where I made my first pants and blouse with burda-patterns. And starting from there I went on my sewing journey trying to understand the instructions in the magazine, some things worked out, some didnt. For some sewing procedures I found my own way, which really confused some of my teachers in fashion school.
Some years ago, they changed their name and layout. Maybe I am weird, but with the old layout I felt so at home and when they changed it, it felt different to me. I also started fashion school and doing my own patterns I stopped buying it. Nowadays I sometimes buy one issue if I like the patterns in it, because it is still one easy and not to expensive way to get quite a few patterns. I kept most of the patterns with instructions in the additional mag they come with.
Today I want to talk especially about burda style 10/2012 and burda easy fall/winter 2012.
I bought the burda style 10/2012 because they had some nice hippie, seventies patterns. In total 57 patterns, some patterns for upcycling and creative decoration patterns. The clothing patterns split up in 6 Collections and 2 special patterns, one a remake of an old burda mag from the 50s or 60s or some other time, the other is a designer pattern.
One of the collections is always in plus size, which I sometimes like a lot, but are to lazy to grade it down. And sometimes I think what weird outfits that picked. There is also a burda special magazine only with plus size patterns, which I never bought, since I am a small/medium sized person.
Another collection is always for children, most of them really cute. The other four are mostly for women according to trends in sizes S-L. (In may they normally have wedding gowns, in december party dresses, 2 times a year a collection for men, you always have to check which is in this time).
They also have instructions with pictures drawings for 2 of their patterns in this issue, decoration ideas, when did owls became so big, I see them everywhere but somehow I missed that trend, and some nice articles about sewing related things, which I really like are the fast upcycling tips. 😉
This magazine does cost in Germany 4,90€, which I think is a good prize for that amount of patterns. But I only buy issue now, where I am sure I will at least make one item.
burda easy has 4 issues over the year with easy patterns. they dont have an additional pattern mag, but also no normal pattern sheets, but each pattern is printed to a special paper, so no copying required you can just cut it from the paper right away… if you are sure you only want to do that item in that size and variation. 😉
They have 9 pattern which come with a variety of different versions, so be sure what you cut ;). If you count the different versions you come to a total of about 24 patterns, depending what you count as differnt ;). They are split up in 3 collections. I still have some old burda easy mags as well, one of my favorite pant patterns is from one of them. 😉 They also have that great idea in this issue to cut old t-shirts up and knit them into a new sweater which I (you know I love upcyling) like a lot. This idea also come with the basis of knitting in pictures with explanation. Also in this issue: some ideas how to make old simple sweaters more special, good tips for bigger cities in germany where you can buy sewing-y/artsy things. I gonna check out some of those spots;).
But most important those patterns come with detailed instructions with pictures! I remember how helpful that was for me in the beginning, well I managed anyhow;).
burda easy does cost in Germany 5 €, which is a reasonable prize. I think.
Well I hope that was helpful for you. Stay tuned for another sewing magazine next week! If you have a favorite one, please let me know and I will see if I can get my hands on an issue and write about it, if I like it. 😉 I dont write about magazines I dont like, also because I prefer writing positive things;). (and I wont lie 😉 )
keep sewing and smiling