Most of us acknowledge that Burda Style, formally know as Burda World of Fashion has poor
instructions. Sometimes they are fine and sometimes, like the tailored jacket I'm making for Alex, they are laughable. if I need help I go to my sewing library, which is fairly extensive, or my collection of Threads articles, which is also pretty extensive.
I learned to sew with Vogue patterns. Before I ever bought a sewing book I relied on their instructions. I always expect more from them and they seldom come through these days especially with their Very Easy Vogue patterns. I shopped the latest Vogue sale with Sigrid's list, among them Very Easy Vogue 8639. I decided to buy it to try their new Custom Fit for ABCD cup sizes. Sewn as per their instructions and you are guaranteed to get that loving hands at home look which is my major complaint about these patterns. You expect them to be fast as well as easy. After all there are few details and they are pretty simple designs. But, with all the handwork in the instructions, this isn't fast or easy, certainly not for the beginner who is probably not very adept at hand sewing yet but is attracted to these patterns because they are 'Easy' Nor is it durable. A shirt designed to be thrown in the washing machines should be able to hold up to multiple washings and some abuse. Hand sewing just isn't meant for that. This shirt has a yoke that can be entirely sewn by machine but not according to Vogue. It's not hard to do, just a little different and every sewing expert has a method for sewing it on entirely by machine. But, my favorite instructions in this pattern are for hemming. "Turn facing to inside. Make 5/8" narrow hem at lower edge, folding in fullness at corners" Right. Can't they show how to sew a mitered corner here? It's not hard and is much more professional and actually much easier. On top of which, this hem will show from the front when you wear this top so a well finished interior is a must. Connie Long, in her Easy Guide to Sewing Blouses has a well illustrated and simple method for constructing a yoked blouse that will be durable and professional looking.
I like to read instructions and plan out my garment before I ever get to the cutting out stage. As you can see, with even a simple garment like this different construction methods will assure a much better outcome. One I will even wear.