Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Burda Style - December 2009

I purchase Burda Style formerly known as Burda World of Fashion every month.  I have about 12 years worth of the regular Burda magazine as well as about six years of the Burda Plus specialty magazines.  In all that time I've made 2 or 3 garments and that was early on in the process.

Even though I can only wear 3 or 4 pieces out of every magazine, I must own every issue!  The magazine inspires me and makes me look at some of the pieces I want to create differently...however, I am GOING to sew from this issue.  This is the first issue in a long time that seems like the garments were made just for me!

C'mon doesn't this just look like me

And this is so Michelle Obama style

I really love this cowl neck sweater dress

I love the funky collar on this dress

And even though this skirt is in the skinny girls' sizes, I j'adore it! 

I mean I really think I could use my TNT straight skirt pattern and work it out...I came home from work wishing that I had time to trace this out.  I know that it's going to show up in the wardrobes of many a slimmer figured woman but I think this would work wonderfully for us plus size women too!

So now I'm wondering should I go with my original "Thanksgiving Plan" or should I improvise...*sigh*  Winning Mega Millions right now would solve that problem wouldn't it...

For the first time in a long time, I've got Burda Fever and I need to do something about it!  *LOL* 

There won't be a New Sewists Thursday post this week because it's Thanksgiving...and this is probably my last post until the weekend.  I hope all my American friends have a wonderful Thanksgiving...full of food, family and fun!  Safe travels everyone...and as always, more later!


  1. These dresses definitely look like you! Looking forward to your creations.

  2. Carolyn watch it on that skirt. A friend made it up (she's a few years older than we are) and that front pleat only accentuated her middle-aged tummy area. She wore it to one of our sewing days (a group of us tries to get together monthly to sew/fit etc) to show us the result, and it was not a flattering look. She knew it and was essentially warning us.

    This is a very very similar skirt to at least one previous BS issue, from which she made the skirt up.

  3. I love those dresses! I'll have to wait until the middle of December - when Burda finally shows up at Borders!

    Ugh. I'm off to figure out how to modify the carolyn skirt for something. Wish me luck and a wearable garment :) g

  4. Love your choices in this issue, I just opened and started looking.

  5. Oh I just traced that skirt pattern tonight. I hope it doesn't accentuate my tummy!!! I'll let you know how my muslin goes. And if I like it, you'll have to tell me how to add a lining to it. ;)

  6. I love all your's creations. Congratulations!


  7. I am in love with all the same things, but am wary of the skirt. You go first! The cowl neck dress is going to be first up for me - it's stunning!

  8. I am gaga over that cowl-necked dress!

  9. I love that dress and jacket combo too. As well as the sweater dress. BTW I walked into NY Elegant Fabrics on Friday and if you want to make that great jacket in a sequined fabric, it can be yours for $150 a yard, or more depending on what you choose. How many yards does that jacket call for? Lottery it is.

  10. I like your burda choices especially the skirt. I know you will be able to duplicate this one with no problem...

  11. There is a lot to love in the Dec. Burda! Good luck with your sewing plans and Happy Thanksgiving!

  12. Those dresses are definitely you. I may just take trip to Borders to see if they have that issue.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  13. I just finished cutting out (no muslin-EEK) the skirt and adding it to my stack of things to sew. It would be really easy to change your TNT skirt to this style, eliminating any finishing issues.

    Maybe any accentuating has to do with fabric choice? Won't know until I try it. In the BWOF pattern, the waistband is contoured, so should rest at the waistline and below.

  14. I'm working on a Burda jacket from the 11/09 mag. I have a collection of Burda mags that I've been collecting. It has been more than a year since I last tried a Burda. Tracing the pattern was not as bad as I thought that it was going to be. The cowl neck dress is on my list. I have a modal knit that it will be perfect for.

  15. Based on comments from my mom and some of her retired friends, winning the lottery might give you more time but wouldn't solve the too little time problem.

    Enjoy whatever you sew this weekend.

    Joanne - so many ideas, so much fiber, so little time

  16. Oh Carolyn - those do look like you! I also used to purchase the BWOF faithfully and never sew anything from them. Until this past year that is.

    I LOVE the cowl neck dress as well as the skirt in the "skinny girl's sizes" LOL. The skirt pattern is already traced and I'm just debating on the fabric.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!!

  17. Thank you so much for the comment on my top - I'm having so much fun making them. And, yes that dress does look like you.

  18. I can't wait to get this magazine. The wide collared dress is so very you and if I were you, that would be shooting to the top of my list! I love it.

  19. Have a lovely holiday! I hope your sewing plans go well. I am no longer in the Land of Thanksgiving holidays, but think often of you all. :)

  20. Those dresses are definitely you! You make beautiful clothes that look fantastic on you. I would like to tell you how much I enjoy your blog! Very inspirational for sewers and very enjoyable to read.

  21. I don't have the Dec Burda yet - I get it from the store (SewItSeams) and I haven't been there since early November. So I haven't seen the skirt.
    I'm thinking that if it were done in a tropical wool or something equally as lightweight and crisp that the silhouette might lie flat enough to be flattering and fun.
    I'd also be leary of making it in anything that has any degree of bulk at all.
    I have an idea re the lining - emailing you.


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