|It seems there are many PatternReview members who, like me, are new to sewing with Burda World of Fashion magazine (BWOF) patterns. A search of the PR tips and message boards didn't turn up this gem of a tidbit among the wealth of info, so I hope it's timely, helpful, and not a repeat. (Or worse, I completely missed the boat and it's entirely widely known and taken for granted!)
I recently made my first BWOF pattern: 03-2008-108, a fitted blouse. After I determined my size (40) and looked up the pattern key (which, in addition to which line style to trace for your size, tells you what color of lines to look for on which lettered sheet as well as the pattern piece numbers for your garment), I reminded myself as I traced each pattern piece, 'My BWOF tracing line is the long dash - short dash.'
I decided to use the lower sleeves from a different BWOF pattern from the same issue and breezily traced the pattern piece in a size 40 or so I thought. It wasn't till the construction stage that I noticed something wasn't quite right. When I pulled out the master pattern sheet to check, I was surprised to find that the size 40 tracing lines changed from one pattern to the next, even within the same issue! I had, in fact, cut a size 42 in the second pattern.
As an example:
03-2008-108 Size 40 : — – — – — – — – — – —
03-2008-117 Size 40 : – – – – – – – – – – – – –
03-2008-104 Size 40 : ----------------------------
(Will be back to post clearer scan of pattern keys to illustrate)
This inconsistency is consistent (!) from issue to issue.
While it was easy to trace off the correct lower sleeve piece, trim the already cut fabric piece, and carry on, it would have been a different story had it involved a more detailed or major pattern piece requiring accurate matching, or if it had necessitated recutting a sizeable piece from limited yardage of fashion fabric, for example.
(If this is news to others than just me, I'll post it in the pinned Burda WOF - General Info and Tips thread on the message board. Keeping this info in mind could be a real grief-saver whether trying a BWOF pattern for the first time or mixing and matching BWOF design components.)