BWOF receives a lot of praise these days, and as you know, I love BWOF patterns. When I started browsing the internet and found Pattern Review and the first sewing blogs, BWOF was not mentioned a lot, as I remember it.
On Dawn's blog I left a comment, saying that when I started sewing again for myself, I was a bit envious of all US ladies who could get their "big 4" patterns so cheap. The envy has faded away after a few disappointing results. Mind you, I'm not saying I'll never use a big 4 pattern again (I've got a few in my stash that I want to try), but am more critical of whether the extra money I have to pay for these is worth it.
I'm happy I learned to sew tracing patterns, adding my own, in general smaller, seam allowances and using their short instructions (or just doing it my own way). BWOF and similar magazines like Knip Mode were the only patterns you could get here in the Netherlands when I learned to sew in the early 70's.
Is there nothing to dislike about BWOF? Cidell said in a comment on my previous post, that the ease in coats is not large enough. That could be true, and I remembered I observed in my review for a jacket from the November 2007 issue, that I found it strange that the same pattern was used for a jacket and a coat, because of the jacket being close fitting. That's why I traced my BWOF coat a size larger than my usual BWOF size. I never actually have sewn a coat from BWOF yet.
My main dislike are the magazine pictures. Regularly the pictures just don't show what the pattern is about, you must use the line drawings to see that.
The line drawings are the most important part when deciding which patterns I like and want to make (usually more than I can actually sew). My BWOF subscription is worth every Euro I spend on it. I predict a lot of BWOF sewing for me in the next months (and 2 Jalie tees I'm expecting in the mail, my experience with these patterns is great too).
But: I would like the pictures to be better. A few examples.