As most of you will know, I use Burda magazine patterns a lot. I haven’t counted but I think that around 2 out of 3 garments I make are (based on) a Burda magazine pattern. They do have consistent sizing, I know what to change for my figure. I know I’ve had my share of posts/rants on their photos (hiding what the pattern is about), complained about the diy projects or not having nice patterns any more and stopping my subscription. But they certainly have interesting patterns again and I renewed my subscription, because often after a while I saw a pattern made up and finding out I didn’t have that particular issue. Apparently I sometimes have to get used to a style/trend and am a late adapter.
There is a change though in the instructions apparently. Yesterday evening I was browsing the November issue and wondering about yardage and the way they placed the pattern pieces on the fabric for a specific pattern. To my surprise and dismay: there are not cutting layouts in the November issue!
I checked and the October issue still has them.
Yet another thing they are saving on? The pattern sheets changed a few years ago and there are less sheets and more lines on the remaining pattern sheets. Being used to tracing sheets I still think Burda has one of the most comprehensible sheets and compared to the time when all lines were a complete mess, the current sheets aren’t that bad. But strange enough I miss the cutting layouts. I might not always use the exact way of placing the pattern pieces, but they are great for checking whether you have all pieces, didn’t miss a “cut on the fold” instruction, have all pieces that you have to draw yourself, a cuff or pocket flap for example. And they always indicated where they intended where interfacing is to be used. I don’t use the written instructions much, but the drawings of the pattern pieces and those cutting are very helpful. And I’m convinced they help sewists with less experience.
What are your thoughts? Do you use cutting layouts or not?
For fun: part of a pattern sheet from a 1973 issue .