I’ve been entranced by the autumn/winter Burdastyle vintage special as it’s devoted to styles of the 1950s.
I must admit I was a bit cynical on first picking it up, expecting just *a load of frocks* which whilst beautiful eye candy, are probably already in some form in my pattern stash. But, look, there’s 5 dresses, 1coat, a jacket, a skirt suit, plus casuals – two other skirts, a playsuit and a button back top.
But not only are the patterns pretty attractive, I have to admit it’s the presentation that captured me. Each pattern is showcased with the original Burda pattern artwork ( these alone are worth the cover price to me, as I could be tempted to cut them out and frame them!)
Then each pattern is revealed ( true to the original) after a page of styling options – accessorising ideas.
There’s Rosa, a ‘balloon jacket’ which when you see Audrey’s side pose, could win you over! (But I’m unlikely to prioritise it personally)
The little black dress, ‘Coco’, has amazing lines and interesting piecing to give it that curvaceous ultra feminine silhouette. One to remember for a future ‘do’.
The ‘Grace’ princess dress is the dress in the cover, made up in beautiful pink lace, but it’s got more everyday potential too. It’s got long narrow kimono sleeves.
When I saw ‘Lola’, a ‘job suit’ I sighed a deep appreciative sigh. I have no idea whether I will ever make such a thing of beauty but it’s that silhouette that’s got me again. The sections at the waist look unlike anything I have ever sewn and give it interest and *that shape*.
There’s a drop waisted dance dress, ‘York’, which has a fitted bodice and lots of bow options. I can’t see myself making this one up, personally, it’s more of a youthful style! Clearly it’s got nothing to do with the numbers of occasions I’d never have to wear it!
By the time I reached The Balmain inspired Paletot coat, ‘Kim’, (after Kim Novak I am guessing, who features as one of the stars wearing such a coat) I was practically convinced that I must have this publication. It is not a mag full of dress patterns.With the onset of autumn, I can’t be alone in ogling coat patterns & this is made up in the current day fabric in a wondrous hairy white fabric that make it look super desirable, if not rather unpractical. And then I saw this….
The modern take on the ‘Full skirt’, Gina, looks as if it’d be awesome in the right fabric, but is it because I always fall for for a twin set? The sash is separate, it’s got box pleats & patch pockets with what I call handkerchief flaps, but that could be a totally incorrect term! It’s made out of satin here & due to the sash takes a whopping 6.5- 7.0m of fabric!!
I’d like to think that the Sofia cocktail dress might feature in my as yet to be realised glamorous champagne sipping lifestyle on the Côte d’Azur.
That’s all the patterns in this special. But I have resisted from showing all the pattern art and film star photos. This was £5.75 and more expensive than the usual Burdastyle magazine, which I buy if there’s enough in it of interest. The quality of this magazine is a cut above. I have never bought Burdastyle Specials before, so this is my first. The paper quality is better – it’s all matt white- even the instruction section. The original colour pictures head up the instructions which may/may not be in the same level of detail as usual Burdastyle – I can’t say. I would also hesitate to suggest that from an initial scrutiny, there may not be quite so much crowding on the pattern sheets- due to there being less patterns perhaps? but don’t quote me on that. This vintage special however is more than a pattern book, and if you are a fan of fifties styling, it’s a lovely collection of inspiration and a snapshot of the stories behind them.
Now I’m not on a commission for this, I just thought it was worth sharing, as I was really delighted by this, can you tell? Have you been captivated ? Or am I just a sucker for a pretty picture??!