ooobop! review: Burda Style August 2012

Burda Style August 2012

Ooo… is it that time already?! Yay for the August issue of Burda Style magazine and all the autumnal loveliness that’s inside!

From the opening spread I am hooked right in. This silver brocade dress is gorgeously fitted and has those trendy neck pleats that I’ve been noticing in a lot of boutique windows.

Burda Style August 2012

And this little vintage style top is an easy make that comes with beginner instructions. I love how that tie drapes over the shoulders and creates a gorgeous detail for the back.

Burda Style August 2012 tie back top

I’m not so sure I could carry off an imitation patent leather cape at my ripe old age, it would have to be the wool, but what a fabulous simple design to throw over any outfit, to add instant glam!

Burda August 12 cape

Now I’m not sure I’ve got my head around drop-hems yet. Call me old fashioned but they just look like the bottom of the skirt has been cut wonky to me. That said, this is a very pretty dress creating a ‘very feminine silhouette’. I think I like those ‘Bermudas’ too but it’s just starting to be summer here and quite difficult for me to get too wrapped up in Autumn gear!

Burda August 12 dress and bermudas

Though this woolly number, I know would be so useful. It is sewn together from bulky knit fabric but the front edges are finished with crochet and the hem is bound off with a knitted edging. So the whole thing would look impressively hand-knitted! Looks fab teamed with that cotton print dress.

Burda August 12 wooly coat

Love these skirts… the shapes, the pockets and the colours but can you imagine the response of Mr Ooobop! if I were to sport the wrinkled down knee socks too!

Burda August 12 skirts

Oh, oh, oh… just when you’ve seen every style of gathered skirt dress. The little cap sleeves on this lovely fitted bodice creates such a gorgeous shape across the shoulders. This really is a ‘must-make’ for me!

Burda August 12 dress

As is this three quarter sleeve version of the silver brocade dress. In tangerine wool this would be soooo deliciously classy!

Burda August 12 dress

And whilst on the subject of class. What’s not to love about this ‘Work of Art’ dress. ‘Shoulder pads give the slightly puffed sleeves a little support. Bodice and sleeves are all doubled with knit lining’. The high-waisted midriff section is so flattering. Another most definate ‘must-make’.

burda august 12 lbd

A little ‘out there’ perhaps but this imitation snakesknit coat is described as an ‘homage to the poised elegance of Parisian women’! Who am I to argue?! I love it teamed with that opulent faux fur collar!

burda august snakeskin coat

There’s always a great crafty section to rustle up your own designer accessories and this month’s issue focuses on belts. I love the cinched in corsetted look. And I’m sure no one would believe you if you said you’d made one of these yourself:

burda august belts

There are of course always a couple of pages of ‘strange’ on offer. But beauty is in the eye of the beholder and who am I to judge?!

Full pyjama style trousers teamed with a wedge sleeve jacket, heavily embellished on the sleeves with a weightlifters quantity of rivets. Mind you I guess the training paid off… that brolly must weigh a ton!

burda august rivet jacket

Now this little visitation to the 60s is described as a ‘wonderful look – both then and now…’ assuming they mean for the ‘yoof’ of today!

burda august frilly bikini

I’m afraid the plus section didn’t grab me this time, or the kids so hey, it’s all about me this time!

As per usual, I haven’t even scratched the surface for all the patterns that are included. The above are purely the ones that excite me the most. And so I will leave you with a collage of some (but not all) of the other pics that might be more your cuppa tea! I think you’ll agree that there is pretty much something for everyone this time round.

burda august others

ooobop! review: Burda Style July 2012

burda style july 2012
I knew it was coming… and I knew I wouldn’t be able to lay off the office cakes and biscuit stash… and, as a result… I AM NOT A STRAIGHT LINE! 😦

Otherwise I would truly embrace the opening section of July issue of Burda Style magazine.

Just take a peek at this 20s inspired loveliness!!…

burda style july flapper style

burda style july flapper style

I’m confused when the above dresses feature in the ‘Dresses for Everyone’ section with a tagline of ‘Stylish  – for all figure types’. I am short and my hips are wide and my legs really don’t go up to my armpits… go figure!

This one is pretty cute though with its ‘dramatic waterfall neckline and widely swirling godets’.

burda style july 2012 coral dress

I am none too wowed by ‘The Call of the Caribbean’ either to be honest. But that is purely because I am ever so slightly miffed about not getting a decent holiday this summer. There are a whole bunch of easy makes here. Mostly made from square fluttery chiffonness as dreamy as one of those far away tropical holiday dreams. I will hold that thought, perhaps for next year!

burda style 2012 caribbean

But oh… here we go. I’m sure those Burda ladies chuck a vintage number in to appease the moaning minnies, like me. This is a lovely classic summer dress. And it is truly earmarked.

burda style july 2012 vintage dress

Summer blouses are back again, apparently… did they ever go away? Or did I just refuse to comply? There are a few ‘light and lovely’ ones in this issue, mostly shapless (again) but defo worth a try.

burda style july 2012 blouses

A little more shapely… this blouse is very versatile. Slightly transparent, both casual and refined.

shapely blouse

And this one is firmly on my list. Probably none too different from the peasant blouses I have made (here and here) but with a gathered tie instead of elastic round the neck and bound sleeve edges instead of elastic. I love the colour combo and fabric choice in this example.

peasant blouse adaptation

Lol… I am defo of an age whereby I am scarred still from the memories of knitted cozzies. Weighed down with sand and swinging ungainly at the rear. So as pretty (and tiny) as these crocheted bikinis are, I might have to give them a miss!

burda style july crochet bikini

This month includes a section on cool summer classics. Made in linen and silk, there are some stylishly simply ideas here.

summer light clothes

Some interesting dart placements on this skirt…

burda style july 2012 skirt

Another take on the peasant blouse? It’s made up here in a double layer of chiffon which sounds a bit scary and immediately changes my first impressions of a simple quick to run up little top! But I do like a bit of a challenge and so this little cutie makes the grade too!

peasant blouse adaptation

Not a fan of the strides. Or moreso they are not a fan of mine. I can never find a style that works for me. But I think the drawstring feature is certainly an interesting one on these linen pants.

drawstring linen pants

And these tight, ankle length trousers with cuffs are brilliantly paired with a loose fitting blouse.

tight ankle length trousers

Love this dress. Also on the list.

seersucker dress

The Plus section comes up trumps once again. No squares or straight lines here. (apart from one tunic) Mostly shapely and sexy as usual…

Plus size dress polkadots

plus size top

plus size dress

plus size sexy dress

But highlight of this issue for me is the childrens’ section. Alas I don’t have a child small enough any more but I will make sure to find one. These are sooooo adorable and French and vintage and classically classy, wouldn’t you say?!

childrens sailor clothes

childrens sailor clothes

christening robe

childrens clothes

Ok. Inspiration overload. List as long as my arm. Why do I do this to myself?!

ooobop! review: Burda Style June 2012

burda June 2012 magazineI guess we were spoilt rotten with last month’s gems so much so that  the June 2012 issue of Burda Style seems a little anticlimactic. (lol… I didn’t realise it was spelt like that!) I have studied each page again and again, determined that I have missed some goodies but they are not popping off the page I’m afraid. I don’t ever want to be negative about my beloved Burda magazine because of course what’s ‘sauce for the goose…’ and all that.

It opens up with some funky beach attire. I guess I’m finding it a little hard to relate to this kind of get up whilst my heating is on and the rain is splattering on my window. The little girl’s tunic is quite sweet, though better in the plain white fabric… and I like the bag!

burda June 2012 beach attire

burda June 2012 white tunic

Cute little kini too and I this dress would make a very easy beach cover-up,

burda June 2012 bikini and dress

Almost every issue features a fashion designer and this month all eyes are on Luisa Beccaria and the Floral Dream dress. I’m not sure this is quite my style and I don’t fancy my chances at all those little pleats, but it certainly is a very pretty floaty and flattering dress, made all the more elegant in crepe chiffon and georgette.

burda June 2012 Beccaria

What I will say is that this issue is hot on textures and layers of gorgeous fabrics, some of which I have never heard of! The wild west section displays some fine examples:

‘A chiffon skirt adds elegance to a pure batiste dress, then a separate lace top brings a touch of glamour’ Great with the leather boots too.

burda June 2012 white dress

‘Enchanting linen lawn with an embroidered border, sweet 3/4 sleeves and ruffles on the skirt.’

burda June 2012 white dress 2

Loving this pretty little top but more likely to create it in black… blame the goth roots!

burda June 2012 white top

Now despite my lack of enthusiasm, this jacket means that everything else in the mag could be rubbish for all I care. This is right up my street. Shapely, quirky, yet timeless and classic all at the same time and I love how the buttons run down at an angle. Fabric suggestion is of Linen twill. Not come across this before and I have a sneaking feeling I wont find it in the Goldhawk Road either but I will find something similar. Something with good complimentary colour choices so the inside is as good as the outside.

burda June 2012 jacket

jacket diagram

There are of course always, the strange pieces that beg the question…

burda June 2012 fringed waistcoat

burda June 2012 bubble skirt

The shorty that I am can only dream of wafting around in floaty maxi dresses but in reality they would only serve to ridicule me. Im not sure I’ve got enough up top to hold up that halter either, but check out the back of this dress. Pippa Middleton, eat your heart out!

burda June 2012 maxi dress

I skipped the Pink and Grey section as an overdose in sweetness. So not me…

… and arrived at the City Lights! More up my street. stronger lines, bolder colours but still a little shapeless. Would be good on a ‘bloaty day’ though!

burda June 2012 black dress

Theres a detailed sewing lesson for the red dress.

burda June 2012 red dress

I’ve been on the lookout for some simple top designs for a good few months and I think I might have found it here. Still shapeless though and would need tucking in for it to be flattering… so I guess I’m still looking!

burda June 2012 blue top

The waistline on that skirt…. the mind boggles sometimes!!

Digging the simplicity of this LBD but I think I am a bit delusional to even consider this an option for my present shape, even on a non-bloaty day!

burda June 2012 lbd

This top is a variation on the red dress. Bit eighties for me but I do like the mini wrap skirt

burda June 2012 mini wrap skirt

and this sixties revival number is a strong possibility, though I may be inclined to ditch the pleats.

burda June 2012 sixties dress

Now this next dress could be really hot on the right figure. Just don’t forget your fashion/lingerie tape…. tit tape to the lay person! It’s made from crèpe satin in the picture and sports a beautiful godet at the back of the skirt too.

burda June 2012 sexy dress

Now usually the plus section has me stroking the pages with envy and a grouching for not having sufficient grading skills, but even these didn’t oooze their usual pzazz.

burda June 2012 plus size

Not to worry. The jackets in the bag! And there is always, so totally, a next issue to look forward to!