If you are sick and tired of hearing me sing the praises of Burda World of Fashion, skip this post. As a BWOF-disciple, it's my commission to spread the BWOF gospel and win converts.
As I began working on my current project, I fell in love with BWOF all over again. Just look at the design details in that blouse! The double darts on the front and back shape the blouse and prevent it from being too boxy. The 3/4 length sleeves are kept in place with tabs and are current and perfect for mid-Atlantic Fall weather. The faux pockets add visual interest. Not to be outdone, the pants (10/2007 #130) have some design details, too. The bands on the pocket and legs are a subtle, yet stylish addition. One would have a difficult time finding details like that in any of the Big 4 plus size offerings. Trust me. I've looked. Connie Crawford is taking over Butterick's Plus Size department, which isn't a problem if you happen to like Connie Crawford. Sixteen of the 29 large size patterns are Connie Crawford's. Don't get me wrong. I'm happy Connie is making a living. I like her designs. But, come on Butterick. Offer some variety! Many of the patterns in the Big 4 catalogs are available up to size 24. So, in terms of volume, the Big 4 beats BWOF (I can't believe I said that!).
If I had Carolyn's talent for working a pattern; or Erica's gift for knocking-off high fashion, or Summerset's artistic vision, I probably wouldn't be so much in love with BWOF. But my strength is technical skill, so I have to depend on BWOF for style. And, for me, BWOF always delivers.