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can someone give me an explanation
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Date: 1/6/09 6:02 PM

I keep seeing pattern reviews from BWOF and references to it here frequently. I gather that it's a monthly periodical, but what is is exactly? Do they provide instructions for making clothing? What styles? Ages? Skill level? I went to the local Border's this afternoon but wasn't able to find it. Is it worth buying a subscription?
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Date: 1/6/09 6:40 PM

Yes, it's a monthly magazine that has patterns (that need to be traced from a multi-pattern sheet). The sewing instructions can be brief, and for some, confusing, but with a good basic sewing book (Readers Digest is one that's often recommended), and the fabulous help here at Pattern Review, you should be fine. It's probably worth buying one or two before you subscribe to see if you like the patterns/find them too difficult. You could check if your local library carries it. I'm not sure which stores carry BWOF in the States, but Borders have it here in Australia as do many newsagents.

BWOF As well as mag info, there is a forum on the site and also patterns available to download.

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Date: 1/6/09 6:48 PM

Here is an article I wrote for PR last year highlighting some of the other magazines including Burda.

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Date: 1/6/09 6:51 PM

Melody,
BWOF is a fashion/pattern magazine. Each pattern (contained in the middle of the magazine) is "sewn up" in an appropriate fabric, with appropriate accessories, and is photographed in standard fashion magazine manner.

You have to decide for yourself whether a given pattern is age appropriate for yourself, but I would describe the age range from young lady to mature woman, with a greater emphasis on fashionable young lady.

The patterns in the middle of the magazine look like a maze when you "spread out" the pattern pages. Each pattern must be traced because the myriad of pattern pieces are printed and over-printed on top of each other, in varying colors and line sequences.

The styles range from basics to those which are quite fashion forward, somewhat in the Euro style. Skill levels range from Advanced Beginner to Advanced. (I exclude the Beginner range because the BWOF instructions are extremely cursory, requiring either personal sewing knowledge or at least one really good reference sewing book.) An exception to the cursory instruction warning is the fact that, each month, one of the patterns is chosen to be more fully explained in a "Sewing Course."

BWOF caters to regular sized women, with a smaller Plus Size selection, and often, some childrens' patterns. Rarely, they include some Mens patterns.

Is it worth buying a subscription? Very personal decision. The magazine is cheap if you'll be sewing a few patterns from each month, slightly expensive if you'll make only one (or none). I don't recall the exact price but I think a yearly subscription about $65-75. I imagine it's more expensive (per month) if you buy each monthly copy separately.

Personally, I love the magazine because all the patterns are skillfully drafted. The pieces fit together nicely and the pattern drafting remains quite true and precise - to both the design and the body measurements. I just HATE spending time on a pattern that proves to be poorly drafted, and have never encountered a poorly drafted BWOF pattern.

Hope that helps, a bit. --Lily

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Date: 1/6/09 6:58 PM

thanks guys! Lily, especially, for writing all that out! Huge help.

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Date: 1/6/09 8:37 PM

Also, be sure to check out the pinned Burda WOF - General Info & Tips thread for additional helpful info.

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Date: 1/6/09 8:41 PM

You could check the classified section here on PR to see if anyone has any issues for sale or try e-bay, to see how well you like it before you subscribe.
I however can't imagine life without my BWOF's

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Date: 1/6/09 10:09 PM

Melody, I have learned that one can buy single issues from other suppliers too...the names escape me ATM as I am in Australia, but I was looking on Melody's Fashionista Fabric site and noticed she has some single issues for sale. NAYY.
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Date: 1/6/09 10:14 PM

SewBaby.com has individual issues for sale -- I think the last time I looked they were around $7.50 each and went back quite a ways. I was planning on ordering but have almost 300 patterns that I am not using, plus just got the Ottobre and Ottobre women and haven't even used them yet. Keep seeing some cute garments in the reviews so it won't be long.

Also, there is BurdaStyle.com that used to have free patterns that you can download. Someone said that they are now charging a nominal fee for them, but I haven't checked. I did download one but haven't taped it together yet. If they are similar to the BWOF patterns, this might be the way to try them out.

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Date: 1/7/09 8:03 AM

I just ordered my first BWOF subscription through Amazon, $80 for 12 issues. I'll hopefully receive the Feb issue for my first one.

Just type "Burda" in the search at Amazon and it will take you right there.

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