I thought I would start with answering the questions about my relationship with Burda patterns.
My wonderful mother used to make all her childrens clothes as was common at this time. Money was tight so she often remade garments from handme downs and cast offs - at this time this was not chic and fashionable but rather a necessary part of survival! When there was money available she would purchase fabric and reach for a Burda magazine and sew us beautiful dresses, trousers, shirts and tops. My sisters and I spent hours pouring over the magazines, often handed on by our grandmother, dreaming of the outfits that might be created for us. I fondly remember a bright red corduroy jacket and electric blue and red plaid bell bottoms with cuffs. I was fortunate enough to have a pair of red patent lace ups given to me to wear with this outfit! I thought I was the bees knees wearing this getup! It was a sad day when the outfit had to be passed down to the next sister. I do not have any photos of this but here are two wonderful dresses that my mother made, I am wearing them to show off at Calf day.
Fast forward to the 1980's and I am sewing with Burda myself. I still have a few of these magazines but they are very much of that time with big shoulder pads and dropped shoulders - I am not sure that they are really much use for anything but interest.
At this time Burda produced a variety of pattern magazines, Miss B had fashion for the young woman and was often very fashion forward - this was a fav from this time. Sewing made Easy was also another favourite as each pattern was illustrated with step by step photos. My sewing skills were greatly improved by these magazines and I still have a large number of them.
At present I have a large collection of Burda and as previously mentioned was gifted most issues from 2000 to 2010. This is a great timewaster as I often spend time pouring through the magazines to find that perfect shirt or blouse, shades of my childhood! I also have a large collection of Burda Plus magazines and have made numerous garments from these. In addition I also have paper patterns which I have purchased when the thought of tracing the design was going to hinder the creative urge.
I have often thought that I needed to be more organised and file each magazines black outline section in a folder to make searching the right pattern easier but then...no that would destroy some of the process for me.