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Some of my favourite Burdastyle patterns

If you have followed this blog for a while or watched my YouTube-channel, you know I’m a total Burdastyle fangirl. I hope I don’t come off as super boring in my pattern choices as I don’t venture out to a lot of indie designers (love them, but when it comes to the actual patterns, they are usually not my cup of tea) or try whatever current, buzzed about, pattern.

With Burdastyle I know what I get; great fit (for me), high-level designs (very important for me, the basics I can draft myself), fantastic value (so many patterns in one magazine) and not to forget – very sparse instructions (but we get what we pay for)!

So let’s take a look at some of the Burdastyle faves I’ve made in the last few years:



Burdastyle frills dress from Burdastyle 12/2015 

This dress is pure magic. It is so beautiful and drapes wonderfully on the body. I saved this fabric for years until I found this perfect pattern.


Burdastyle cigarette trousers 04-2016-117 - Sewing pattern

Burdastyle cigarette trousers 04-2016-117

For me, this is the perfect slim fit trouser pattern. Fitted, but not super tight. Compared to Closet Case Files’ new cigarette pant, the Burdastyle version has more ease, which I prefer. Plus this pattern has some nice design features, such flap front pockets and separate cuff pieces.


Liberty lawn blouse from Burdastyle 05-2012-104

I think I have found the perfect blouse pattern! Front and back darts give this blouse a beautiful shape and it has the perfect amount of ease.

113a-112014_large Burdastyle two in one sleeve top

Burdastyle Two in one cap sleeve top

This pattern is a great example of how Burdatyle manages to add fun details to their knit top patterns. I need to make another one soon, mine is showing some wear on the fabric and looks a little lacklustre, unfortunately. But a great pattern!



Burdastyle button front skirt

This is the best skirt pattern ever! Just look the pockets – brilliant! Plus it is very flattering and elongates my short lower body. I love this skirt so much.


  • kay M
    November 17, 2017 at 1:00 am

    I noticed that about the new Closet case pattern which is closer to a jeans fit.

    I’m a Burdastyle fangirl myself and love your interpretation of the double cap sleeve top even more than the Burda one.

    • Johanna
      November 17, 2017 at 7:31 am

      Yay for another Burdastyle fangirl! Yes, the Closet Case File trousers are very close fitting, which makes it hard to add functional pockets as they would ruin the smooth lines (I suspect the back welt pockets lacks lining). That is why one of the reasons I prefer a bit more ease in my trousers. Plus the tighter the pants are, the more exact the fit needs to be.

  • Faye Lewis
    November 17, 2017 at 2:17 am

    Great pattern picks!

    • Johanna
      November 17, 2017 at 7:32 am

      It was hard to choose, I like so many of them 🙂

  • Sew Old Fashioned
    November 17, 2017 at 7:53 am

    Love those last two patterns, particularly the skirt. I’ve never actually made anything from a Burdastyle pattern although it’s not because I don’t like them – it just hasn’t happened! I really like the shape of that skirt and the way it looks modern but with vintage overtones. I think I need to get my hands on that!

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    November 17, 2017 at 3:57 pm

    I’ve never sewn BurdaSTyle either. When I watched your video about how to trace those patterns out of the magazine however, I doubt I ever will 🙂 I’m not keen for PDF patterns because of all that fiddly paperwork but tracing those patterns out of the magazine…well I know my limits 🙂 I love many of their styles though and often admire ones you’ve made – like the dress and that blue skirt!

  • JackyF
    April 4, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    I used them all the time from the Burda magazine in the 70s as a young mum with no money for new clothes at a time of very high unemployment & recession. There were still fabric mills where I lived with lots of cheap (but good) fabric for sale on the local markets. My friend & I bought alternate issues and shared them. Our kids were some of the best dressed in school! 😃 Now clothes are cheap but fabric is so expensive.


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