Oh Burda

I am just incredibly underwhelmed with July 2009. The only exciting thing is the preview of the August 2009 issue:


I am a sucker for Ralph Lauren style trenches  and tweeds. I spotted this over the weekend in the Vogue Fall / Winter 2010 collections magazine that Carolyn sent me.

Tommy Hilfiger, Fall 2009 image from Style.com

Yes, it’s very similar to the BWOF trench jacket that I obsessed over from the October 2007  BWOF. I actually have a vintage pattern somewhere that totally mimics this Sherlock Holmes style.



  1. July is best for those who live at the beach. I’d like to live at the beach too, but ain’t gonna happen. Plus it will probably rain all summer long anyway. But I did make the sleeveless tunic in this issue and it’s not bad.

  2. Seriously?! I love the July issue. I’ve already traced 2 patterns. I could live in jerseys.

    I knew you’d be all over that August trench!

    • I’m so predictable. There are two or three things I don’t hate. But, nothing I love. Or rather, nothing I’m going to be making for myself any time soon.

    • I don’t understand – what’s wrong with the word authoress?

      I’m ambivalent about the July issue. There are things I like; but only if I were on holiday a lot. As I’m not, I probably won’t make much. Ho hum. Autumn tailoring though – now that’s a whole different kettle of fish!

  3. I was too except I still wanted it lol. Its alredy sold out in my fav newsstands 😦 I’m filling out my subscription now. lol

    • Oh, don’t get me wrong. It’s totally part of the collection. Watch, next year I’ll be making something from it!

  4. I love, love the July issues! They are always my favorite, and this one did not disappoint. I have been spending a couple months a year in African countries where it is always in the 90s and love fast, easy wrap and jersey styles to whip up before my trips.

  5. I was underwhelmed as well, especially after getting spun up about it by some other sewers. I even held off looking at the online pictures and decided to be surprised instead. I was surprised. Lots of things I would never make. I did like one dress but it’s a petite size.

  6. I am proud to hear I am not the only one who is underwhelmed. I just got mine in the mail, and after looking at the preview, I can’t wait for August. The only thing that really appeals to me is one of the maxi dresses, but I have no where to wear it so I don’t want to waste my time making it.

  7. I was underwhelmed, too.

    But I want to give BWOF kudos for extending the largest children’s patterns from 122 to 128 and now to 134. They are keeping up with the growth of my kid. Too bad she doesn’t like any of the patterns they provide. I wonder if they consult kids about what they want to wear?

  8. I hate it too! I’m so glad someone else agrees. I was actually poring over the July issue, TRYING to like something! Usually it’s more a case of feeling like I want to make everything and not having time. This time, I am relieved to have nothing to add to my “must sew” list, but feel a little cheated out of the daydreaming I normally enjoy.

  9. I was totally underwhelmed too. I’d rate it among my least favourites and I doubt I’ll ever lok at it again. I laughed when I read the August preview was your best bit, especially that trench coat, because I felt exactly the same way. Bring on August I say. 🙂

  10. That’s so funny. You loved June and I was underwhelmed, now you are underwhelmed with July and I love it! I actually chose skirt 111 for my first ever Burda Mag. project!

  11. I am not in love with this either, but I never really like their summer issues. There are a couple of things I might make. But, my list is always so long I never get to all of them or something else comes out and I change my mind anyway.

  12. I am so with you on the July issue. I haven’t bought BWOF for the past two months, which is unusual for me. But a trench inspired by Virginia Woolf? I am IN!
    P.S. I love your blog title!!!

  13. Still haven’t got my July BWOF but wasn’t inspired either by the preview. But thought that was OK since June’s issue is so awesome and I’m still working on pieces from that. But I’m impressed you’re already looking at August. I may restrain myself since I’m still waiting for Summer to happen here and may not be too keen to start looking at Fall clothes!

  14. It always takes me a month or two for the issues to really grow on me. I was totally underwhelmed by June’s issue when it arrived and now I am happily making a few things from it. I shall never be at the high end of fashion trends!

  15. Totally underwhelmed. I was so looking forward to it based on reviews I came across. When it arrived yesterday, I raced thru it thinking, OK, where is the good stuff? I’m really dissapointed.

  16. I always say the same thing until some fabulous versions of it land on the Sewing Pattern Review gallery, and then I say “why didn’t I think of making it in that fabric?”!!!

  17. Yeah – this is a kinda squirrelly issue, but that’s sort of the dog days of summer. Although this is great for kids who are just learning and some of these are so easy that it can give them a quick start hopefully getting them hooked early. I did like the top/dress 106/107 & 127 – bought another Burda version of 127 and like this one better.

  18. Sometimes when I receive an issue, I can’t find anything that I need/want to make. But I often find that as the days go by, ideas from the issue start popping into my head and I begin to love the issue. This time it’s just not happening. This issue was just not meant for some of us.

  19. You know, if you go to the Deutsch (DE) version of the Burda website you can see the early preview (Vorschau) for August now!

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