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American BurdaStyle Magazine Review 🙁

Apr 11, 2014 | Other | 4 comments

Hi All,

I’m no longer on dog sitting duty since my parents have returned from the sunny California! And of course with them they brought me some lovely gifts:

A little clutch wallet, matching panties, california dates, and -drumroll- the new american BurdaStyle magazine- This is their second ever issue. Spring 2014

I absolutely love the european BurdaStyle magazines, so I instantly started to go through and pick out all of my favourite patterns and think about the ones that I want to make.

I also noticed that over half the patterns in the magazine were not in the traditional pattern insert in the magazine- but that they were ‘available as downloads’ to which I thought – great printing them out might be easier than tracing them.

So I picked out a pattern- went to the URL they listed in their pattern instructions and… it brought me to the page where you can buy it on their website…

What they failed to mention in this magazine is that the “+ 23 more styles to download” are NOT INCLUDED – So rather than getting all 43 patterns in the magazine like you expect from a BurdaStyle, you only get 20- whichever 20 are included in the pattern insert.

As Murphy’s law would dictate- most of the things I wanted to make were not included like:

this top

this jacket/cardigan

this top

this jacket

or this dress

There are a couple patterns I like that are included like:

this t-shirt

these shorts

and this dress

But I can honestly say that I feel so ripped off- this magazine is SO MISLEADING- nowhere in there does it say that the patterns aren’t included or that you have to pay for them. Apparently their first winter issue the downloadable patterns came with a passcode so you could get them included, but they didn’t do that with their second issue.
You can only imagine the absolute shit-storm happening in the comments on their site right now- and rightly so! I was all ready to print out that jacket/cardigan pattern (the blue bomber style one) – I had my fabric all chosen and I was like “YAY- first american BurdaStyle make!”- and then when I found out that I have to pay $5.99 for the pattern- after buying the magazine (which is no cheaper than any other BurdaStyle, despite offering less than 1/2 the patterns)- I felt so ripped off.
I considered for a moment just buying the pattern, because I have my fabric picked out and the finished project in mind- but I am so angry about this that I thought “forget this!”. 
So to anyone considering buying the american BurdaStyle magazine: DISCLAIMER- PATTERNS NOT INCLUDED. – If you look through and think there are enough patterns included that you like- then totally go for it- I still like the patterns themselves- this is just such a misleading rip off! 
Is anyone else feeling this way about the new american BurdaStyle?
Let me know in a comment!
xo erin


  1. lsaspacey

    I think the loss of the passcode this issue is because so many people who did not buy the magazine, looked at it in the store and downloaded the patterns anyway. (I may or may not know someone personally who did just that.) So, i don't know how they are going to solve that issue both for their finances and for the their fans. I will say, I think the pattens overall for this issue pale in comparison with that first issue. Also, the dress pattern which is included is the same as that bustier top that you want, so perhaps you can still make it. Good luck!

    • EmeraldErin

      Yeah- I understand that including a passcode is a bit of a free-for-all, I just wish they would have been a little more upfront about not including them in the magazine. I think they should use one-time-use passcodes (that's what all my university textbooks did for their online resources)- and have all the codes in a little sealed pack in the magazine. I hope they figure it out soon! And thanks for the tip about the top!! 🙂

  2. Ltinuviel

    Hello, Erin =)
    I live in Europe and I have a long love-hate relationship with Burda =) I'm collecting magazines with patterns since 1998. I have so many of them, so the older ones are stored at the attic, and I have only the newer editions from 2010 till now. Last 2 years I buy only if I like more then 5 patterns, which happened twice.
    In the past, Burda was very interesting pattern-magazine, with lots of different patterns in one issue. The instructions never been their strong part, always lack of information. Also, it came in German language. It could be in Chinese with same success. German language is not popular at my country at all. They've never interested why are people buying their magazine, or anything else. I always have to guesstimate how this dress or coat should be done. Big number of projects failed cause I've messed up.
    In the years, the number of patterns in one issue were reduced. Every pattern has 2 or 3 variations. And if there were 30 different patterns in one issue in the past, after that change there were 50 patterns, but actually they were 10-15, everyone with few variations. Also they decided to reduce the pattern sheets. In the past they were 6, clear to understand. Now, there are only four, and it's mess..
    Last years Burda is disappointment after disappointment for me, and I think I'm gonna stop buying it. Indie patterns are so much well made and with way better instructions which lead you step by step to finished garment.
    Have you tried to make some garment from this issue? I'm interested if you have opinion, if you already sewn something from this issue =)

    • EmeraldErin

      Hi! I completely agree with you. Burda used to have some nice patterns, but lately I haven't liked much from their magazines, and there are very few basic patterns with obvious variations. I don't think I will buy them again. Indie patterns are much more interesting and do have way more to offer than Burda Magazine patterns as far as clarity and instructions go.

      I did make one top from this magazine, it turned out alright, but I never finished it fully or did a post on it. It was a summer top and I didn't finish it by the end of summer so I left it with other uncompleted projects. I might finish it next spring so I have it- and if I do, I'll write a post on it!

      Thanks so much for your comment!! 🙂


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