Thursday, February 23, 2012

Burda Style March- What I Like About You

The March issue of Burda Style arrived yesterday- Yay! Unfortunately, I still have not made a thing from the January or February issues- Boo.

This is not a bells and whistles issue for me. There is not an "OMG, I have to make it right now" piece in this mag like the color blocked dress from the last issue. But I think this one will be a sleeper. There are actually quite few quiet, but very nice pieces in here that I can see myself making at some point.

Blouse 113 is one of them. It's a very nice shirt with a band collar, patch pockets, and some shoulder detailing, offered in two lengths. Nothing ground-breaking, but a nice, basic piece. Blouse 127 is just a little more exciting with it's neck gathers. I have already traced a very similar top from an older issue (one of the 2008 issues, I think.) It has cut-on sleeves and I have yet to muslin it, but if for some reason it doesn't work for me, I can fall back on this one with set in sleeves.

Jacket 115/116 is adorable and would be very cute for spring. It's like a motorcycle jacket, but in fabric rather than leather.

Haven't I seen top 121 before? Oh, wait, there was a similar piece in the January issue. This one has cute cap sleeves, though (although there is a long sleeve view) and it doesn't wrap all the way over in front. A camisole or tank would be required under this.

Jacket/cardigan 122 is very nice, although not really in the fabric that Burda chose.

I adore skirt 128... on the model. A muslin will definitely be required for this one. That knot in front with the fold of fabric right underneath could end up looking sloppy and extremely unflattering on someone with a tummy, like me.

Dress 108 is lovely. It's a twist dress (can't get enough of those) for woven fabrics. It could be dressy or casual, depending on fabric choice.

Do you ever find yourself drawn to a pattern that you just know will not work for you? You shouldn't even waste time thinking about it because it is so utterly wrong for your body type, and even if you could get it to fit, it will look horrible on you and make you feel like crap for a day and a half, possibly longer? Yeah, that's dress 102.

This is not my type of dress, yet somehow, I still like it. It's just a simple shift with absolutely no shaping except for bust darts, pictured here with sheer sleeves. I'm sure as drafted, it would make me look like a garden gnome. But I can't help but wonder... If I nipped in the waist just a tiny bit, and maybe added vertical darts in back... Maybe it might be cute on me? Not gorgeous, not elegant, not long and lean (as if) but maybe just cute? Do I dare try making a muslin to find out? Or should I just listen to that little voice telling me to turn around and step away from the shift dress pattern now, before someone gets hurt?

Have you received the March Burda yet? What do you think of this issue? What are your picks?


Victoria Callas said...

You're so lucky, I'll get my issue only after a week or so. So I'm still waiting... Still, from what I've already seen it looks like this issue will disappoint me. As You've said: No, OMG items ;)

Karin said...

I am eyeing up the same patterns. It's a shame that the wrap dress is for tall sizes. I am only 5'6" and wonder whether I want to bother making adjustments.
I feel the same about the last shift dress. So cute with the lace. So unflattering on me!
Still, Burda March seems like a good issue.

meli88a said...

Patterns that don't work for my body type? Oh, you and me both, sister! Bat wing sleeves make me look like my chest is under my chin, flowy bias cut tops with an interesting detail on the bust make me look lumpy, i get lost in architectural shift dresses, and flowy sleeves look like pirate gear on me... i could go on and on! But that doesn't stop me from sewing them in the vain hope that maybe, just maybe it'll work out.

Rosy said...

I bought the March issue and I was disappointed I did not find anything for my taste, now looking at your review, I think the last two dresses have a chance, please .... hear the little voice ... make the muslin ...