Fashion Style (Knip Mode) and Sabrina pattern magazines

September 18, 2016 11 Comments

Fashion Style (Knip Mode) and Sabrina pattern magazines

September 18, 2016 11 Comments

Knip Mode Fashion Style Sabrina Pattern magazines

Last week I bought two new (to me) German pattern magazines, Fashion Style and Sabrina. I’m looking for some fall inspirations and found some styles in these magazines that will work very well for the sewing projects I have planned.


Knip Mode Fashion Style Pattern magazine

I had never seen Fashion Style in the stores before but thanks to the helpful folks on Instagram I was informed that this is actually the Dutch pattern magazine Knip Mode translated into German. For me this was excellent news, since Knip Mode has never been available in Sweden for some reason and I have heard a lot of positive things about their patterns. First impression is that their styles feels fairly fashion forward, but more casual and less elaborate than many of Burdastyle’s offerings. Not a ton of styles in the issue, but the designs looks solid. I was also told by my fellow Instagrammers that the fit is a bit looser than Burda’s and that are drafted for taller persons, which makes sense I guess since the Dutch population is one of the tallest in the world.

Knip Mode Fashion Style Pattern magazine

Love these pants. A cool, pleated design that looks very comfortable to wear with elastic in the back waist which I really appreciate (i.e. more room for PMS and a full stomach!).


Knip Mode Fashion Style Pattern magazine

Knip Mode Fashion Style Pattern magazine

Some styles in Knip Mode are quite on trend and “youthful” while other are more classic styles with a terrific size range. I’m thinking about making the cerise dress.

Knip Mode Fashion Style Pattern magazine

This cardigan is another winner in my book.


Sabrina German Pattern magazine

Compared to Fashion Style/Knip Mode, Sabrina has a more “mature” vibe about their styles. The technical drawings looks hand drawn and while I appreciate the craft I prefer more exact technical drawings.



Sabrina German Pattern magazine

After my confessional video about how I make a lot of pretty summer dresses that I hardly ever wear, I’ve decided to make more practical ones that can also work in colder weather and I’m thinking that this faux wrap dress has a lot of potential in the right fabric,

Sabrina German Pattern magazine

The same goes for this dress to the right, which is a dress that looks like a top and a skirt.

Sabrina German Pattern magazine

I’m also really digging the knit tie top to the left and wrap dress to the right.


So these are my first impressions of Sabrina and Fashion Style (Knip Mode) pattern magazines. While Knip Mode feels more attuned to current trends, I also really like some of the Sabrina styles. Have you guys have any experiences with these magazines? I would love to hear what you think!

Johanna Lundström

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  • Summerflies September 18, 2016 at 4:11 pm

    I have a Sabrina and a Simplicity magazine (a few years old now) that my German friend’s mother brought her over. They are nice easy styles although I’ve yet to make one. She also brought a Burda magazine and they are much better quality than the ones they send here. It was bound and it had the pattern sheets in a special spot in the back. It’s much better than the ones they get here.. the sheets stapled in the middle and the cover is not so thick. It makes them very tatty quickly from the library. The stripy wrap dress looks nice and I love the white top with the pants you like too.

    • Johanna September 19, 2016 at 3:54 pm

      Interesting info about the differences when it comes to Burda. In Sweden the quality of the magazine is somewhere in between, the patterns are no longer stapled (used to be) but the cover is quite flimsy and wears down quickly. I assume they must be using local printers?

  • Summerflies September 18, 2016 at 4:12 pm

    Oh I forgot to say … they are in German of course… I don’t know much German but at least I have my friend here to translate them!

  • raquel from JC September 18, 2016 at 5:38 pm

    I’ve never seen these magazine (I live in the US). I guess they are not made for me because I’m petite (Height: 1.49 m)

    • Johanna September 19, 2016 at 3:57 pm

      I so wish there were more pattern magazines patterns for petites! A long time ago, like 10-15 years ago, Burda put out special editions for petites two times a year. But that magazine disappeared when they began adding a petite style in each regular issue.

  • Kelly September 19, 2016 at 4:45 am

    I am really interested in those knip mode pants! What is the name of the pattern? I can’t seem to find it as a pdf pattern on their website

    • Johanna September 19, 2016 at 4:04 pm

      They just call them Hose (pants) and the pattern number is 5 in issue 7 2016. But I’m not sure how these numbers correspond with the Dutch Knip Mode issue. Hope that helps!

  • Janine. September 19, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I have made several knipmode now. I can attest to them being much longer and I am 170cm. I have had to shorten some tops by 20 cm. I can not comment on the instructions as they are in dutch but using the patterns and diagrams I can work out to sew them . As per usual you need to add seam and hem allowances. The patterns are easier to trace than Burda .

    • Johanna September 19, 2016 at 4:01 pm

      Wow that is really long! Thank you for the heads up, I’m only 160 so that means a lot of alterations. And good to hear about them being easier to trace than Burda, that is my no. 1 peeve with their patterns, that they are so difficult to trace!

  • Lynn (You sew, girl!) March 11, 2017 at 1:55 am

    I picked up two Fashion Style magazines during a visit to Germany in May. I am intrigued by the styles and plan to sew a pair of jeans from one of the issues – after I translate the basics. =)

    • Johanna March 11, 2017 at 7:14 pm

      Cool! I have heard good things about their trouser drafts. I really like the magazine and have also two issues now. But have yet to make garment, even though two styles on my sewing plans for spring. Just feel a bit overwhelmed having to alter from tall to petite, so much folding!

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