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Date: 5/25/11 7:53 AM

Just got my BWOF 6/2011 in the mail today. Is this a deliberate attempt to appeal to sewers of all skill levels? It reminds me of Burda Easy Fashion. Many of the designs seem so simplistic for BWOF.

But, the Blumarine dress is KILLA!

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Date: 5/25/11 8:30 AM

It seemed like a nice mix to me, actually. I actually have no problem with a couple patterns being geared toward beginners. I subscribed to (then) BWOF as a beginner and it took me a year to gain the courage to sew anything.
I think the June issue generally has some more simple styles, suitable for summer casual wear.
It is possible that they are adding beginner patterns because they wish to eliminate the easy fashion magazine, like they did the petite magazine, but that is only speculation.

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Date: 5/25/11 9:41 AM

Quote: mikkim
I think the June issue generally has some more simple styles, suitable for summer casual wear.

I think so too. July will be even less...tailored, IMO.

And fashion is in that 80s phase so a lot of loose styles too and you know how Burda is into cutting edge fashion

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Date: 5/25/11 10:51 AM

From the preview it looks like a fairly normal mix to me, just (as others have said) a bit on the relaxed side since it's a summer issue.

Since you list yourself as a beginner, do you mean you're happy that there are quite a few easy items in this issue?

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Date: 5/25/11 11:30 AM

I got mine last night too and nothing appealed to me. I'm pregnant right now and you'd think something of the blousy relaxed styles would be good, but they were all _so_ shapeless! It seemed even more shapeless than their previous summer issues.

I did like that their sewing class pattern instructions were in the main section. Perhaps they are interesting in getting beginners sewers.

The only one that was slightly interesting was the blouson dress for talls. But I am a petite so if I do make it sometime, I'd have to shorten it quite a bit. I'm not sure the style would look good on a shorter torso either.

But who knows. Maybe in a few years, I'll go back to this issue and want to make something.

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Date: 5/25/11 11:41 AM

LOVE this issue - to me it is the best in a long while, although I always love something in them. Looking over the field of sewing pubs, I have to say Burda WOF is outstanding - only Burda and Threads are worth spending money on. I was able to see many sewing pubs in the past month and found them disappointing and am happy I get Threads and BWOF. I will not criticism BWOF any too swiftly any more for sure (I have in the past - mea culpa)

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Date: 5/27/11 7:31 AM

I have been subscribing to BWOF since 9/2007 (the batwing trench in the 8/2007 issue sold me on the magazine) and the most recent issue just seems different and I can't quite put my finger on it.

For me, as a beginner, most of the BWOF styles are aspirational...i.e., I hope someday to have the skills to sew some of the more complicated patterns. But, I love that inspiration every month to become a better sewer. This issue didn't have that same effect. I guess I could just hone my skills by attempting to sew some of the easy patterns in this issue. Turn a negative into a positive?

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Date: 5/27/11 8:13 AM

I posted on the other thread that I was thinking of making 101 (gathered blouse/dress) and was even more interested when I saw it was on the bias - but the bust/waist are HUGE, 22" across the front in the smallest size, though I have not yet measured the back.

The madras bias version of that is very similar to a dress I made myself in about 1991 (that I still have, oops).

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Date: 5/27/11 11:27 AM

For having a couple of japanese pattern book at home, I find that this issue reminds me a bit of them. I can not pinpoint why, though. And that's not criticism, I find Japanese patterns mostly pretty.

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Date: 6/6/11 1:44 PM

When I got this issue, I didn't think too much of it - as you've said above, lots of simple stuff, and I didn't plan on making anything. That being said, I've already made the tshirt, the V-neck shift dress and I plan to make the kimono top. So apparently it was a better issue than I first thought?

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