ooobop! review: Burda Style January 2013

Burda January 2013 cover

One might be advised to take the following review with a pinch of salt. I am ill and grumpy and should never have ventured out on this cold, wet miserable day to get hold of my belated issue. Belated, not because of any neglect on my part to pick it up sooner but because Smiths clean forgot to put it on the shelves. I think I might have got a poor sales assistant busted as a result.

My glee turned to gloom when I flicked though the first section, before I got to the checkout. The ‘Party’ section. Really? Not my kind of party. What no LBD? No slinky numbers, save the Bacofoil one. Maybe overload of purple has left me unable to think outside of the box. mmmm…. what do you think?

Burda January 2013 partyThere were a couple in this section that left me a little more hopeful. Gosh I am being so negative, soz! Strange though because I don’t really do strides or leggings but quite fancy a pair of leather ones, Given my determination to grow old disgracefully! Still not very partyish though.

Burda January 2013 party in purpleBut hang on. Here we go. This is far more up my street. A section entitled the Aenne Burda Collection. Five reinterpreted dresses and a coat from the 50’s and 60’s. And I love each and every one of them! Though I really want the button band on the pink dress to be narrower. I don’t need my midriff highlighted quite so much!

Aenne Burda collection dresses and coatLoungewear, leisurewear, sporty home knits, whatever… not really a fan of such garments. Even though I could be accused of hypochrisy as I sit here, sniffling in my sloppy pjs and age-old baggy T!

But never say never. These patterns do come in handy from time to time and they whip up quick so long as you don’t have an aversion to stretchy jersey fabrics. I’ve made a few peasant tops but I think one in a lovely drapey viscose jersey with long sleeves might be a more glamourous casual addition.

Home story loungewear

So was the glamour saved for the Plus Section as per usual? Nope! I like the green dress and the waterfall fronts of the jackets. In fact I quite like the layering and the colour palette but I might give the huggy bear waistcoat a miss!

Burda january 2013 plus section

And just in case you need a fancy dress costume…. there is certainly a mixed bag going on here!

Looks like a lot of work to pull of a Hungry Caterpillar costume but wouldn’t that be a hoot?! I always gloss over patterns like these but on closer inspection there is always a bodice or a sleeve pattern that could be borrowed. Not forgetting random dressing up days at school!

Burda January 2013 fancy dressThere are lots of lovely little crafty projects in this issue too, like detatchable collars, a bead-embroidered neck band, bejewelled bangles and shoes plus these adorable teddies made from recycled jumpers and blankets. No actual pattern for these but the instructions and inspiration is all that is necessary.

bunnies from recycled jumpersWell in case I don’t touch base before the new year, here’s wishing you all a fabulous 2013. Thank you for faithfully sticking with me and for all your wonderful comments. It is already so difficult to remember life pre-ooobop! I’m hoping to get more stealthlike in my attempt at stealing sewing time in the new year and so be much more productive. But what good would that be without having you lovely lot to share it with.

Truly Grateful.

Much Love

Janene x

ooobop! review: Burda Style December 2012

Burda december 2012

Was beginning to get a bit anxious about the late appearance of this issue on the shelves of Smiths! But was it worth the wait?…. In my humble opinion, if there is just one great pattern in there it’s worth the cover price. Two and I’m laughing. Three and it’s definitely Christmas. But more than three? Oh yes, yes yes!!

Party Fashions opens with  a great fitted jacket in black and gold. Sling it on over a pair of jeans and a T and you are so ready for the party. And check out the detail on the ‘Master Piece’ dress. Hurts my head a bit wondering how that is created. And it has 3.5 ‘difficulty blobs’ out of a possible 4  but as luck would have it, there is a step-by-step sewing course included, to help you on your way.

party fashions

I love this ‘Black Power’ dress. Shame it is obsured by the jacket in this shot but the line drawing highlights the simple lines. Would be gorgous in silk. In stark contrast, not really a fan of ruffled layered bottom halves. Only because my bottom half doesn’t need bigging up. But this little skirt is pretty with the metallic tulle lace overlay. And incredibly easy to make.

party fashions

Party Fashions wouldn’t be complete without an adornment of sequins but I can’t help but think how spiky they must be to wear. The skirt part on the black dress however is made from imitation leather scales. Now your’e talking! I don’t tend to do trousers anymore either but stretch nappa leather ones like these are luring me back!

sequins

More sequins and shine…

…. and then we are on to Christmas!!

Boy am I excited about this coat. I was given a decent length of a lime green/chocolate shot silk/wool mix fabric. Quite heavy. Probably intended for furnishing. Certainly not dressmaking. But I instantly had visions of classy and totally original coat. Have been looking for the perfect one. And now, as if by magic, I think I have found it! Just praying there is enough fabric!

burda 12 2012 coat

Not sure if I am suited to the following look, though I think the skirt is very interesting. Perhaps its the distraction of the 1D lookalike in the photo. I do however, reeeaaallly like that little girl’s shift dress. And love that it is actually in my daughter’s size. More often than not, the kids patterns are either too small or too large and I’m far too lazy busy for pattern grading!

girls shift dress

Again. I’m not feeling the puritan look but the jacket with the retro peplum and the little girls coat is totally up my street!

puritan look

The whole sweet angel and tweed look is maybe pushing the boundaries of sweet. Verging almost on sickly, I’d say! I can hear Mr  and Master Ooobop! roaring with laughter as LMO and myself prepare Christmas lunch in such puritanical stylee. The fact that LMO would howl with protest if every I tried to dress her like this is a sure thing too!

angel dress

A good teddy bear pattern always comes in handy as a gift for a small person. Or even a grown up! I do enjoy sewing toys just as much but so far haven’t strayed from the path of Tilda makes. Burda have even included the corochet pattern for the lovely shawl they are sitting on. Oh please don’t get me side-tracked!

teddy pic

I keep coming back to this dress. It’s not instantly my thing but I love how the seam joins have been highlighted in white. Definitely a conversation piece. I quite like the waiscoat too but they can keep their billowy sleeves!

waistcoat

There’s a Master Piece jacket and coat pattern for the smalls too. Very classy. I’m sure I could talk LMO into that jacket, if it meant she could keep her Doc Martens on too!

kids coats

There’s a fun Street Style section with some clever twists on casual using wool. Makes for a more quality look than with the usual jersey. But I have glossed over that because I don’t really do casual street!

This dress certainly makes a ‘Grand Entrance’ when you turn to this spread. Works great as a short dress but soooo elegant as a full length evening dress. It’s made in silk crepe here. Imagine how luxurious it would feel too!

grand entrance dress

In stark contrast I fear the blue shiny combo on the left is a bit wrong! Luckily there is a pleasant distraction opposite! I really like the simple cut of this dress. A variation of the black dress at the beginning. But with the addition of long sleeves and an overlay of floaty chiffon it is transformed into  and enchanting swoosh of loveliness! I do have a little issue with how the neckline seems to be pulling though. Anyone know why this might be happening?

chiffon dress

Here’s a couple of real simple to put together outfits. Well, Im sure the jacket is a little trickier but I do  think it would be worth any amount of hassle to be snuggled in wool velour. The gathered collar and three-quarter sleeves are gorgeous features. Rose and gold is quite a sophisticated colour combo too.

easy patterns

Oh and here we are. My favourite bit! The Vintage pattern. A very stylish French couture look. Though I like a nice bouclé fabric, especially one with a metallic thread, I think that gorgeous design feature at the front bodice is lost. If or rather when I get round to making this beauty I will definitely be employing a plainer wool fabric and keep it closer to the original.

vintage pattern

There’s  a few treats in the plus section. Not least of all this hot LBD. Flattering sweetheart neckline and some glamourous gathering at the hip. Oh to have those curves!

plus section

Well that just about wraps it up for the clothes section but there are lots of extra crafty projects too, just to get you in the spirit of the season!

Thanks for swinging by. Hope you get some sewing in over this busy time. Till next time, toodlepip! xxx

ooobop! review: Burda Style November 2012

Burdastyle magazine november 2012

A little later than usual but I do hope that November 2012’s Burda Style magazine serves to whet your appetite and make your sewing list longer all the same!

I’m going to jump straight to the Vintage pattern because that is exactly what I did in the shop and it is so totally my favourite and my best! I do like it in black but I also like its original floral form. Such style in the fifties! Bring it back, I say!

burda november 12 vintage

Lots of lovely misty neutrals in the first section this month. I am quite surprised to see a floaty batiste dress (top left, below) considering the chill factor but I like it all the same, especially styled with boots and the faux fur waistcoat. I am also tempted by the blouse, centre bottom row. Batiste with a metallic print…. not sure I will stumble across that fabric choice in the Goldhawk Road, but always worth an ask! It’s got 3/4 raglan sleeves and bust darts so its simple but not completely shapeless.

The trousers (bottom right) are nagging me to attempt my first pair of trousers. These ones have hip yoke pockets and are ankle length to display some fabulous show-off shoes!

art of fashionNext up is the Gem Colours section. You may have already have seen some of these patterns on the Burda web site. They were quick to go up this month.

This jacket or ‘blouson’ as its called here, would present such a rewarding project. Having just completed my first proper jacket I’m itching to employ some more tailoring techniques and this one looks like it could present a few more. Its got some beautiful hand stitching going on which gives it such a professional finish.

Gem colours

Undertones of the 70s with oranges, purples and browns are the order of the day for Gem Colours. I’ve not worked with crèpe de Chine before but I think the first dress (below, top left) would be a great place to start. It’s semi-fitted and has a wide neckline, with broad sleeves that taper into slip on cuffs. Perfect for those bloaty days or when you just want to throw something over a pair of leggings or sturdy coloured tights before flying out the door.

gem coloursTwo Sides of Me is an interesting section this month. I like the dress!

Two sides of meNot too sure about the boyish looks. Bit boyish for me to be honest! But I’m quite drawn to the blouse on the left. Not my usual style but I like the idea that this could be whipped up a couple of hours before a theatre date! It is made of stretch silk satin here. Much like my pin up pants, so I bet it feels gorgeous on!

Two sides of me

I kind of flicked past the Knits section to get to the Kids. Nothing against knits, honest, and I feel bad now for not including them. But they just seemed like staple loungewear. And I need to avoid making stuff that everyone is going to think is from ‘Primani’!

But… there is some totally cool kid stuff as usual. Keeping the neutral theme and mixing up metallics and matte. Lovely textures and fun, chic designs that will even fit Little Miss Ooobop!… hoorah!!

Burda Kids november 12And a Burda mag would never be complete without some hot plus-size gorgeousness. My picks this month are very vintagesque. Creature of habit, moi?! Very elegant and sexy and perfect for a hot wintry date!

plus sectionAny faves? Any dislikes? Feel free to share your thoughts!

ooobop! review: Burda Style October 2012

burda october 2012

Octobers issue of Burda Style presents many a contrasting style with some drastic variations on a theme. Lots of snuggly autumnal makes, some very stylish shapes and of course the usual couple of red herrings that make you wonder if you’ve missed the point!

First up are the pastels. Not my bag really. Far too girly and considerably more suited to the fairer beauties among us. But the fifties-style-cuts are always a winner.

On first glance this purple dress doesn’t look dissimilar to many that Burda has published before but then I noticed the bodice has side fronts for princess seams AND darts at the waist. Not sure about the point of that. And also I am really not sure about all the gathers being concentrated at the belly of the skirt. I have tried this before and really, it’s not a good look on me! Pretty though.

burda october 2012 purple dress

This lurex t-shirt is an easy little number. And there is a great step by step tutorial for it too. I quite like the subtle shimmery look but not how it’s styled here. Gathering issues again!

burda october 2012 lurex top

This next dress could be really stylish in the right fabric. It has “reversed pleats that open at the waist to release the fullness of the skirt.” Far classier than gathers!

burda october 2012 cocktail dress

Now as I sit here shivering, holding out from turning on the central heating, for the first time this year, I can imagine being wrapped up in this gorgeous mohair jacket. I love the asymmetric draped collar. It doesn’t look to be that complicated either… no lining… and unfinished hems… though in real life I might not be able to leave them as such!

burda october 2012 cashmere coatAnd as luck should have it, I have just inherited some wonderful heavyweight silk which might be a contender for this lovely 50s style coat. It’s not a pastel colour I hasten to add!

burda october 2012 50s coat

Now I can’t decide if I like this dress or not. I don’t mind the high waistline. In fact that look is kind of flattering on me but those bust darts/pleats scare me. Perhaps a softer fabric would make them sit more comfortably. Striking though… all the same.

burda october 2012 dress

I do love a little bouclé jacket and though you can’t see it here, this one has a deep reversed pleat on the back to add swing! Would look better in red or black 😉

burda october 2012 boucle jacket

The ‘Faux Fur’ section delivers all number of snuggly things. This wrap, made of faux mink is genius and sooo incredibly easy. Kind of a lined tube with a horizontal slash within which you put your arms! I would have to make the matching bag too!

burda october 2012 wrap and bag

I will let you be the judge of the remaining furry fellas!

burda october 2012 faux fur coatsThe ‘Refined’ section is just that. Some unusual yet clean lines. Minimilistic styles both modern and classic. This blouse has folded yoke pieces which transform a V-neck blouse into something a little more dramatic. Looks great as styled with a simple A line skirt. Not sure how practical the kangaroo pouch is though!

burda october 2012 blouse

This asymmetric waistcoat looks comfy and pretty simple to make but I’m not too keen on the open neck for some reason. Not the most flattering but it’s got a certain je ne sais quois!

burda october 2012 waistcoat

But this ensemble really does hit the spot. Really flattering. Quirky and comfy and certainly not frumpy. The hip wrap is fascinating. layers of wool, leather and felt. The faux wrap top is made of fine jersey and the pencil trousers are very slim fitting with a side zip which would be a style to tempt someone like me back to wearing trousers. Honestly, I can’t remember the last time I did!

hip wrap and trousers

The following two garments incorporate a cowl neckline. which looks a bit half baked to me. Maybe it’s the fabric. Not sure. Doesn’t look intentional enough to me. Could end up looking like a dodgy mistake to the untrained eye!

cowl necklines

Now I love a vintage pattern and I always look forward to this section but this swing coat isn’t my favourite. Looks a bit maternity to me. But I like the sentiment!

vintage swing coat

Oh but this one is…A special designer pattern by Gabriele Strehle. Burda you are spoiling us!

gabriele strehle coat

I’m afraid the plus-section isn’t very imaginative this issue. Not sure what happened here. Previous issues have had stunning plus size dresses so I was a bit disappointed by this section. There were a few goodies though…

burda plus size

Fast forward past some strange toy animal craft to some cute folky styles for kids. Not sure they’d get away with wearing that look in West London but it’s cute all the same!

folklore style for kids

Well I do hope I haven’t come across too negative. I really do appreciate the effort on Burdas part, to break out from the norm with some of the asymmetric styles. Always inspirational and still well worth the cover price.

ooobop! review: Burda Style September 2012

burda magazine september 2012

I seem to be a bit light on ‘likes’ in this month’s issue of Burda Style magazine. But I’m not grousing. There is certainly enough inspiration to be getting on with. For starters, the cover photo presents this lovely lace dress. Slightly fitted at the waist with those deep curved darts that are mostly to be seen on vintage patterns.

burda magazine september 2012

Giant dogtooth print is something I most definitely want to seek out after seeing this dress.

giant dogtooth dress

I can totally see myself in this dress. Never fancied a Mod parker (which also features) or even slotted into the Mod scene to be honest but I do approve of the above and the following ensemble. It too is made of giant dogtooth print by the looks of it…. but in wool velour… how lush would that be?!

jumper and skirt

I’m not so sure about the light brown version of this top (below). Much prefer it in the crazy jersey print but loving the contrasting shoulder yokes. It closes at the back with a small loop fastener which would be cute. A great top that doesn’t look too tricky to make and perfect for those days when you don’t want to think too much about what to wear. Might give the ‘ankle flappers’ a miss though

tops with shoulder yokes

Now I havent ever entertained the world of shiny crazy satin dresses but I think the following dress is all I need to get started. I love the empire waistline, the contrasting black bands and the way its been overall styled with leggings and substantial heels. Yes I do believe I could strut my stuff in this dress as confidently as she can!

huge impact dress

If I had the bod, I would certainly go for this ‘Matrix’ style dress. That tiny leather bolero adds a lovely ‘don’t mess with me’ touch!

power dress

I love that there is always a vintage inclusion. But not 100% sure if I’m in love with this one. That particular 1950s silhouette is all that condones bad posture. So slouchy and round shouldered. Nope, not for me.

vintage suit

But this one is far better. Everything about it. The double breastedness, the check, the contrasting collar, pocket flaps and sleeve bands on this box jacket. I love the skirt it’s paired with but it would look equally good paired with a pair of jeans (not that I wear them) or any other classic styled skirt.

box jacket and skirt

I think the following dress is more geared for the ‘Twiggy’ figures among us but I’d quite happily give it a shot. Cute shirtwaist dress with Peter pan collar, teamed with some solid tights and boots. Yep. Like it!

shirt waist dress

Perhaps with a control body and a few days of fasting I might be able to carry off this gorgeous number! British designer Matthew Williamson is the designer and inspiration for this dress. Overcut shoulders, intriguing seam lines and… wait for it…. incorporated front pockets too!! As the mag says: ‘this sexy style leaves no fashion wishes unfulfilled’!

matthew williamson dress

As always there is always one or two sexy plus size patterns. And this one is my September favourite. It is perhaps a little too ‘Milk Maid’ but I think that could be rectified by removal of the frills at the end of the sleeves… simples!

milk maid dress

And just to round up, gorgeous things for little girls, as always:

little girl section

Being short on ‘likes’ is probably a good thing for me this month. I’m really struggling to find the time to sew over the holidays. Well, that is finding time to sew things for me! But I hope to post news of Mr Ooobop’s new shirt in the making real soon. Thanks for paging in!

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