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Date: 1/28/14 7:06 PM

Until now I've mainly sewn Vogue and simplicity patterns, with a few Kwik sew ones thrown in too. I've made enough patterns up that I can usually cast my eye over the pattern pieces and figure out how things match up.

I have decided to take on more Burda patterns as I like some of their vintage reproductions. To date I have made very few burda patterns. Certainly not any with sleeves.

This is where I get confused. I get the small little lines which are the replacement for notches. I do not get the lack of tailor tacks on the upper front and back shoulder to insert the sleeve head!

Surely this helps line everything up? I am lucky, having made a number of dresses with sleeves already, to know where the ease should be gathered over. I pity a poor beginner trying to work things out. All it says is to match the side seam with the sleeve seam, and two notches (top and one one side). Then gather.

In contrast to Vogue or simplicity, which is 2 notches, three tailor tacks AND a side seam. Or does Burda work for people and I'm being picky?
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Date: 1/28/14 7:20 PM

Its a little different and was confusing to me at first too but I haven't had any problems. In fact I've had better results with Burda patterns in general over the Big 4. I think the notch that's missing is the back notch from the sleeve to line up with the notch on the back bodice. Sometimes, on patterns, I've spread the ease out past that notch anyway, so I don't think its too big of a deal. Also, you can always just add one by walking your sleeve pattern against the back bodice when your doing your tracing.
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Date: 1/28/14 8:07 PM

They don't give an excess of information, but there is enough to insert your sleeve. The shoulder notch aligns to the shoulder seam. The side seam aligns to the underarm seam (most of the time! I have made some Burda patterns where the underarm seam is offset). The remaining notch allows you to easily tell the front of the sleevecap from the back.

The rest is up to you, the seamstress.

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Date: 1/29/14 9:41 AM

Let us all know how you make out. Burda patterns are supposed to be the next step up, or so I see it.

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Date: 1/29/14 10:02 AM

It's funny to me the amount of people who LEARNED to sew using Burda patterns! cripes! LOL!

I've sewn two envelope patterns and have wanted to rip my hair out. I just traced and sewed (just needs hemming) my first magazine pattern.

Also, I never use the tailor tack markings on sleeves. :-O

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Date: 1/30/14 3:29 AM

well, the good news is both sleeves have now been inserted and they fit ok. Not convinced they are an easy method for beginners though. You might get more confused about where to adjust the gathering for the ease in the sleeve cap.

I know now from practice, but I think I would have struggled with Burda more in the past. I must say I'm glad I've waited until now to tackle their patterns! I have enough self made problems with sewing, than voluntarily adding more...
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Date: 1/30/14 9:29 AM

Quote: rmusic1
I have enough self made problems with sewing, than voluntarily adding more...

Yes! :)

Glad it went okay for you!

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Date: 1/30/14 11:55 AM

I've been looking at some of the Burda patterns and would love to tackle one, but not yet confident enough to do it. I wish I had a sewing buddy to stand next to me and give me encouragement.
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Date: 1/30/14 12:35 PM

I think you should go for it!

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Date: 2/3/14 8:19 PM

Do you think that the Burda sleeve has less ease in the cap to be eased in? I find the ease in Big 4 sleeves really excessive usually.

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