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Message Board > Patterns and Notions > Burda Style/Burda Style Magazine ( Moderated by Sharon1952)

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Burda Style/Burda Style Magazine
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Date: 3/15/12 1:11 AM

Believe it or not, I've never ever used Burda. What? Can you get me up to speed- similarities or differences between online BurdaStyle and Burda Style Magazine? Is it the kind of styling and/or the ease or difficulty of the patterns? The website does some explaining about them being 2 different Burda companies. Still not clear to me.

* Burda Style online seems to offer free and low cost patterns. Maybe the appeal is for younger and new to sewing? Is the styling also younger? I've signed up for the BurdaStyle online newsletter and joined them on Facebook. * Burda Style Magazine- I've also subscribed to that for 3 months to see what's what.

Any insights from Burda fans would be a big help. Thanks.

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Date: 3/15/12 5:41 AM

In my opinion, Burda made a horrible mistake in giving both the website and magazine the same name, as they really are two separate things. I don't think you're alone in being a bit confused by the whole thing!

You can read all you could ever want to know about the magazine in the Burda WOF topic at the top of the Patterns and Notions board, but here's my personal description:
Burda Style Magazine (formerly known as Burda World of Fashion) is a monthly pattern magazine. Each issue has a variety of patterns for both average and plus sizes, plus kids patterns and some home decorating projects - all of varied difficulty levels. The styling is similar to what you might see in a fashion magazine, not at all like the photos on pattern envelopes. The patterns featured in BurdaStyle magazine are quite varied, so depending on the issue, there could be styles that are fitting for a pretty wide age-range.
As a side-note, you'll find that a common complaint is that the pattern instructions are lacking in clarity, and thus, not for beginners. Personally, I learned (and am continuing to learn!) to sew using these magazines as my sole pattern source and have never struggled to understand the construction. I get the French version, though...maybe some translations are better than others? Or maybe my brain is just as mixed-up as the instructions, making it easier for me to understand.

The Burda Style website is an online community where seamstresses (and seamsters) get together and share projects, patterns and tutorials. Photos are user-submitted, and so, not professionally styled (apart from the "official" BurdaStyle patterns that can be downloaded from the site). I think the key demographic for the website is quite young (teens and 20s), though that's not to say that there aren't members of all ages.
I'd recommend just going to the site and looking around to get a feel for what it is. I'm not a frequent visitor of the site, to be honest, so I'm not the best source of information on the subject. However, I must say that, despite the impressive amount of creativity (and fun, gung-ho attitude) I've seen displayed on the BurdaStyle website, I often find the skill-level and execution of the projects to be, generally speaking, not as impressive as what you find here on PatternReview (but that's just my opinion).
-- Edited on 3/15/12 6:14 AM --

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Date: 3/15/12 8:39 AM

Well said!

To add to the confusion, some (but not all) of the patterns from the magazine are also available on the website to purchase as pdf downloads.

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Date: 3/15/12 10:10 AM

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styles that are fitting for a pretty wide age-range

Yes -- some styles are clearly for younger people, but not most.

To see if you like Burda, you could start by trying out their envelope patterns. They have the same great fit as the magazine patterns, but (on patterns sold in English-speaking countries) the seam allowances are included.

Simplicity.com is now selling Burda envelope patterns, which I mention only because the Simplicity site presents them in a very user-friendly, searchable way, unlike the Burda sites.


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Date: 3/15/12 4:50 PM

Don't feel bad if Burda confuses you--it seems to be a corporate strategy, from the very name of the magazine and the website(s), down to their pattern instructions! lol

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Date: 3/16/12 4:23 PM

I stumbled on this conversation by chance, but thanks for the info! I have been so confused and now I know why! Thanks, Ann

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Date: 3/17/12 2:50 AM

OK! The corporate strategy to confuse me has succeeded. However, you kind souls have helped me out- thanks. I'll come out from under my rock now and give a Burda pattern a try.

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Date: 3/17/12 6:44 AM

I agree that Burda and BurdaStyle can be very confusing, as confusing as the jumble of cutting lines on their magazine patterns! Last week, a fellow member of PR told me that BurdaStyle had recently changed ownership. So there may no longer be any connection between the two entities.

Speaking of BurdaStyle, I'm now taking part in one of their sewing contests. If you'd like to see the Downton Abbey inspired jacket I designed (and vote for it), here's the link.

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Date: 3/17/12 9:06 AM

That's a gorgeous jacket Nancy! I voted for you!

Back to the original topic, Burda is worth a try. Things are usually a little different if you're used to just the big four, but both the magazines and the envelope patterns are good. I have it on my to do list to try some of their pants as some folks swear by them.

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Date: 3/17/12 12:32 PM

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...told me that BurdaStyle had recently changed ownership. So there may no longer be any connection between the two entities.

You mean between BurdaStyle magazines and Burda envelope patterns? If that's what you mean, I certainly don't think that's happened yet, if it's ever going to. There's a lot of overlap between them.

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