I know, this sounds like a bitchy rant against Burda yet again, but no, I love this issue. In fact the last couple have been great. There are fewer weird crafts and the home dec is even interesting and if you are into home dec, which you'd have to drag me kicking and screaming to sew, you might even like and want to make some of this. Of course the hiking badge thing is bizarre. Any German readers, do people really wear things like this when they go hiking? My dd hikes and I can't imagine her wearing something like this. It also seems that it would get caught in the straps of her back pack.
I liked the lace overlay piece but the necklaces were kind of lame and amateurish . Has anyone made any of the necklaces they've featured in the last year?
This is minor, the reason I buy Burda and keep renewing my subscription is of course for the patterns and there are lots here that I like and several that would fit both my lifestyle and my body.
I found the trenchcoat I was looking for in La Mia Boutique, but I've been looking for a transitional jacket for fall. Last month's jacket that I liked wasn't flattering, so that's out. But this one looks like it might be a winner. It has shoulder princess seams, good for my DD cup bust. It has a wide shawl collar, but not too wide so that I can actually carry a shoulder bag without it falling off my narrow shoulders, and shoulder pads, both good to widen my narrow shoulders and best, I like it.
This leather jacket is in the plus sizes, #138. I love it.
I love this dress too, though whether I'd make and wear it is questionable. It's not a sit at my drafting table kind of dress and sadly we don't go out much these days. I love the leather inserts. It's in the tall section, and that raised neckline isn't for my short neck, but that can be changed. I love the leather inserts and the exposed zippers. Re exposed zippers, you know I love Riri zippers, and I think I mentioned that Pacific Trimmings had expanded their display and their inventory. They took up a whole wall and more with them. Instead of being stuck in bins in basically a dark cave like area in the back they are now front and center. They are not the only ones who've expanded their luxury zipper stock. Lindsay T emailed me with the information that Bottani Buttons has added an Italian brand of fancy zippers, Lampo zippers, When I googled them it turns out that Balenciaga uses these in their handbags. Cool. I need buttons for my trench coat and since I'll be in the city next week on a weekday when all of the notions stores are open, I'll pay them a visit.
On the bizarre front are these pants. They are stretch pants with leather or faux leather legs.
They do show the top of them hidden, so I suppose it's to make these comfortable? The top is a pattern too, but I don't love this one or even like it. It's basically a rectangle with holes for neck and arms.
They've brought back designer patterns with a big name, Karl Lagerfeld. They are too young for me, but I can see the skirt on my dd only longer. Like old times they've got an interview with him. Not a particularly good one but still, it's a start.
There is also the Sewing Academy, with a well illustrated lesson on sewing a tailored collar and lapels.
The other thing they've started, they did it in September too, but I didn't notice it until now, is that instead of that one pattern 4 looks they've started showing current patterns combined with older patterns, all of which are available for download on the German site. I don't know if these are also going to be available on the English, Burdastyle.com.
Do you think that all our complaints have actually been heard? Now if only they'd bring back a real English website.