A lot of people are giving up their Burda subscriptions annoyed with the designs and the condensed pattern sheets. I am willing to put up with bad months. In the 10 years I've had a subscription there have always been months where there is nothing I want to make. Summer issues are usually my least used. I will admit that the new sheets are more time consuming, but it's not all that bad if you have good lighting. I have great lighting. I make more Burda than any other company because when they hit it the styles are new and often edgy and while the photography is more fashion mag than pattern, the styles are sewn up so well and fit so well that they say, just like a good fashion magazine, I want that. The fit is so good that I know that the drafting is going to be excellent I know exactly what I have to do to make them work for me. I make a lot of fitting alterations and I can just go down the list on Burda because the drafting is that consistent. I have other pattern magazines and the pictures show sewing and fit that just don't measure up so that you wonder if those fitting wrinkles are because the drafting is poor or if they didn't take the time to do a good job.
Now we come to the instructions. A while back there was a thread on Pattern Review complaining that the technical writers couldn't possibly be native speakers. There was a livid response that they were most definitely native English speakers.. Most of us just didn't believe it; their response was so awkwardly worded.
My favorite lately is when they can't get the sentence structure in the correct order, which is, unfortunately pretty frequent. The instructions are usually poor, but they degenerate into the truly awful the more complicated the pattern. I honestly don't recall them being this bad in past years. Case in point I was looking at a dress with a pattern for a leather belt. The leather belt is simple. You'd think that it would be fairly straight forward to write instructions for something so simple. Not so. There is a central piece and two narrower end pieces. The belt fastens in the back. You are instructed to sew the end pieces to the center and open the seam gluing them in place. Oh, but then they say but first interface the center piece. Duh.
I am planning to sew a leather jacket for spring. it's not a simple jacket and there are a lot of instructions. Oy, what a mess Aside from the usual lets sew it up before we do all those details that are so much easier to do in the flat, they just don't make a whole lot of sense. I read them at least 3 times. If I make this jacket I will be writing my own construction order and for the harder parts, working out the construction ahead of time. I have a large sewing library to call on for technique and lots of experts willing to help if I come up against a wall.
You can look at Burda in two ways; they have awful instructions so you can't make them, or you can use their great drafting and style and figure out how to do it on your own and in the process become a better sewer.
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