Friday, March 16, 2012

BurdaStyle April 2012 picks

Readers, do you like BurdaStyle magazine? I am a loyal fan, I have to admit. Have been for the last twenty-five years... I remember holding the first issue published in the former Soviet Union and drooling over styles and styling, home advice columns and exotic cuisine recipes with ingredients noone ever heard of. I kept every issue, until I had to move, again and again and again, traveling from one job to another... And, even when I wasn't sewing I was buying the magazine every now and then, in whatever language it was available, keeping some of my favorite back issues. I got Italian edition in Kosovo, Serbian in Belgrade, Russian in Macedonia, French in Paris, German in Austria... Last year, it has been the first time since long that I was able to subscribe (and sew) again, and so now my collection is growing again.

I like Burda a lot for it offers several features in every issue, and each of this features has a set of coordinated looks that would allow anyone to create a mini wardrobe. April issue was no exception, with my favorite La Siciliana trend. It seems no coincidence that I was just recently admiring Fall 2012 collection by Dolce and Gabbana... So, off we go, here are my favorites from the recent issue:

Cachecoer 126 A



I adore this blouse - well, it is very sheer, but with a nice corselet underneath it will look less provocative. It is a potential candidate for my Camp Couture, or I may even do it before I go and focus on the corselet instead. It is a very simple style that shouldn't take long, the only thing is that, depending on lace, I may need to stabilize/ reinforce it, but more construction thoughts in a later post.

Skirt 118B
This skirt is a tiny bit too tight here, readers. What I love most are the structural seams and the high waist. It is a winner skirt and will look flattering on curvy women. Recommended fabric is cotton satin, but I am considering using peau de soie, or medium-weight silk twill, both perfectly suitable for fitted styles.

Blouse 117
Another favorite - it is so easy, and I love that back flounce. The belt pattern is also included, and I am planning to make one as well.
Alberta Ferretti exclusive designer pattern
A beautiful and sophisticated dress, it is really timeless even though it comes from Alberta Ferretti's 2009 Pre-Fall collection. They even used the original image of the dress. The brooch is important, so I make be hunting a suitable piece these days if I'll decide to make this dress. It looks like a perfect theater or cocktail look, easy enough to feel comfortable and yet quite chic.


Have you picked your favorite Burda styles yet?


12 comments:

  1. I also have the first Soviet Burda (as it was distributed all over the Soviet block)! And I remember how my mom watched the news about Raisa Gorbacheva meeting Anne Burda (also a heavily publicized event in the whole Eastern Europe) a said something like "this is the first sign. they are giving up. we will be free soon." It really was a powerful symbol of changing times...
     

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  2. Petra, thanks for commenting! I now found your blog and be following it - i can see that we share the love for Nakamichi, handworked buttonholes, Burda and vintage clothing :-) and yes, Burda release was one of the first signs of the break up... as for freedom, many people still don't have it, but this is a subject for a different conversation!

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  3. Marie-Noëlle LafosseMarch 16, 2012 at 11:13 AM

    Oh la la I would love to have a look at your global Burda's collection. This is fantastic.
    D&G are amongst my designers they mastership tailoring is amazing. I thing that wrap blouse is very versatile and Feretti's dress caught my eyes as soon as I saw it in the magazine. I also adore the pencil skirt for + size http://www.burdafashion.com/content/viewer.jsp?imagePath=/images/repos/1/000/001/868/000001868943
     

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  4. Marie-Noelle, I like that skirt too. In a more dramatic color, it would remind me very much of Dita van Teese style. I like it a lot!

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  5. Thank you, Marina. I just recently started to sew again after I'm still learning and/or trying to remember what my grandmother taught me long time ago (the vintage dresses were made by her sometime in the 1930s). I also have to stop being lazy and make myself to add English summaries to the posts, as I know how bad google translate is with Slavic languages... And thank you for your blog, it is a great inspiration for me!

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  6. Hi Marina, 
    You have a few blog awards and a challenge waiting for you on my blog.

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  7. Ok, and now I'm envious that you have the April issue already! I guess because you live in NYC?

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  8. I love the lace/sheer wrap, too. The whole styling is just so pretty. Although I never saw a magazine until a few years ago, I remember the first time I found a Burda envelope pattern back in the late 80s. I grew up in the US. but Burda was a very rare and unusual bird back then--so stylish and different from all the other things I was sewing! 

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  9. Oh! I love that lace top!! It's so simple but soooo good! I hope you make it. I'm already looking forward to your corselet, too.

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  10. I love that second outfit; the sumptuous skirt in particular - it is a bit too tight but the shape of it is lovely and that fabric and colour are gorgeous too :) Can't help but love the shoes too! :)

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  11. Marina,
    Hi, looking forward to your outfit. I am taking Susan class in Oct. this year, are you planning on going again then? I am also taking her French jacket class in June. Cissie is going to take the one in May. I hope to get up one night to Balt. to see her.  Did you ever finish you lace dress?  I finished the "Wes" dress. I just love it. I signed up and did Susan's craftsy class, I ordered it from clicking on your blog, so I hope you got credit for it.  I still would like to get to NYC and spend a day fabric shopping with you. I hope all is well with you and your family. Have a great time at Susan's class and if you do go in OCt, maybe we can be roomies again.
    Miss ya   Is Burda Style going 
    Cheryl

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  12. Is Burda style going to have these two patterns as a DL pattern on their web site?

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