Wednesday, May 2, 2007

Might as well face it ...

I’m addicted to Burda.

My next project is BWOF 05/2006 133 Tunic & 130 Skirt. It's been so long since I've made a non-Burda project. A few days ago, I spent some time looking in a Butterick catalog because I really wanted to find something other than BWOF and Butterick used to be my favorite pattern company. But, I honestly couldn't find anything I liked well enough to buy. I’ve subscribed to Burda World Of Fashion and Burda Plus for over 2 years and I have accumulated quite a varied collection of patterns. BWOF has career wear, formal wear, casual wear, in both classic and trendy, fashion-forward designs. The only way I can justify the subscription cost is to use the patterns. I have no real need to buy patterns anymore when patterns are delivered to my door every month. I have the patterns on hand and I don’t need to go out and buy or order a pattern when I want to start my next project. I’ve learned just what to do to get a good fit with Burda. Few people I encounter are aware that I sew a lot of my clothes. They will never know that most of the clothes I sew are from a single company. I might never have given this obsession a second thought. But, I review my projects on and I write about my projects on this blog and I noticed a definite proclivity toward Burda.
So, do I break out of this rut or do I stay with what works? If I don’t actively seek out other options, I’ll never know if there is another pattern company that suits me as well as Burda. It’s never good to stay in a rut and put limits on oneself. So, I’m backing away from my “All Burda, all the time” proclamation and I wll consider other pattern companies whenver possible.


  1. BWOF always fits me. It's just the best pattern and the most current. I stopped subscribing for a few years when I didn't sew as much. Now, I see other things people have made from missed issues and I want to kick myself.

  2. I love Burda - and when they have the styles I want ( which is almost always) I use them. I don't know why I get sidetracked with other patterns - its those darn sales. Stick with what works!

  3. I agree! Stick with Burda if they work for you! You can always take inspiration from the others and work your magic on the Burda's.

  4. I don't know--I love BWOF too. Fits me to a T. The vintage Vogue I'm working on right now is making me crazy because it's completely off in the shoulders, & it's turning out to be very hard to fix. Makes me want to scurry back to BWOF and never leave them again! If only they had drafted vintage vogue patterns. :(