Let's take a look through them more carefully, shall we? First, Burda Giovane & Easy, meant for the younger set and presumably with easier patterns:
|There are a lot of gathered elastic waists, simple shapes, and trendy design elements.|
|There are other articles about make-up, style, and crafting, like this one with directions for making an envelope clutch.|
|Pattern sheets in the middle, printed on tissue paper. I like that they take a basic shape and build on it for different looks, kind of like the Feminine Wardrobe book. I really like the first set of patterns.|
|I want to give 3D a try, as I need a nice basic button-up shirt.|
|The instructions include how to take measurements, layout, and basic construction.|
|There are some nice line drawings illustrating the steps, which is good because I don't read Italian.|
Then there's the actual Burda Style magazine, which goes along with the site that I used to post on, except that I got tired of reloading my pictures for every make (when you have to load them on the blog, Flickr, PR.com, and BurdaStyle, it gets to be a lot of extra time spent summarizing and linking and loading).
|It starts with a helpful article about how the patterns in the magazine are similar to runway trends.|
|I love that all the technical drawings are gathered onto one page!|
|Patterns like this don't scare me anymore, after my experience with Japanese sewing books. However, I have no idea whether these come with seam allowances or not. Anyone know?|
|There was this cutesy section featuring matching mother-daughter outfits.|
|Just watch me have SHBs that are all male...my SHB and I won't be able to wear matching star-print skirts!|
|Little accompanying article about what household objects one could use for stamping fabric.|
I had never heard of La Mia Boutique until reading Assorted Notions' post, so I was quite intrigued.
|There's a whole bunch of Grace Kelly-inspired dresses and coats, including the lovely gray outfit on the cover.|
|I love the pleats on this dress. Also, Grace Kelly does not do bold colors? All of these are pastels and silvery grays.|
|Technical drawings. I'm quite keen on trying #8!|
|I got really confused when I saw the bottom of this page of drawings, until I read further in the magazine...|
|...and realized that there are patterns for a men's tuxedo?!|
|And *whew*, if I have a male SHB I can still dress him.|
And lastly, Modellina Facile, which was also new to me. Going by what I know of Italian, this translates to Easy Tiny Models? Since the suffix -ina means a smaller version of the thing?
|A whole set of patterns for going to the beach/pool! It's too bad the fabric they chose is so busy...it obscures the cute style lines of the swimsuit.|
|I really like the look of that blazer.|
|The directions don't have illustrations like the easy/teen magazine does. Still, if you either had a similar pattern in your stash, or you were really good and winging it, you could probably figure it out.|
|The whole collection, unfortunately displayed on models, instead of technical drawings. That is, it's unfortunate that there isn't a page of all the technical drawings, and not that the modeling itself is unfortunate.|
Okay, now here's the fun part -- one of you gets to fake-visit Italy with me by winning your own copy of the last magazine, Modellina Facile! Just specify in your comment that you'd like to enter the giveaway, and tell me what's the most you've ever spent (per yard or per meter) for fabric...let's see how close we get to that ridiculously-priced cotton-viscose blend in my last post! Also, if you live in Italy, you probably shouldn't enter this giveaway :)
|In the spirit of full disclosure, this is what the pattern sheet looks like for the Modellina Facile magazine. Happy tracing!|
I'll choose a winner on Friday night. Speaking of things that end on Friday night, have you voted on your favorite knit stashbusting project yet? Go check out the link party; there are some pretty spectacular makes!