The preview for the July BurdaStyle Magazine has been posted.  I feel like I should be underwhelmed with this month’s selection, yet, somehow, I’m not.  True, there are probably only 2 or 3 stand out patterns that have me close to swooning, but I’m actually pondering quite a few of the other looks in this issue.  Granted, it may have something to do with the intense temperature hike in the past few weeks (though it’s now grey and gloomy as I write this, go figure), but a lot of these skimpy summer looks are starting to have some appeal.  At worst, this issue is full of looks that could be considered for a beach vacation; at best one would become a master at making tiny rouleau cording for use as drawstrings.  Are we ready for some Burda summer styles?  Let’s take a look:


Burda traditionally has quite a few dresses for the summer months, and this year is no different:

I’m sort of intrigued by this dress.  The neckline and cross over top is really interesting.  I’m not sure how practical it would be, but it does win on the visually interesting front.  Plus, the slit in the back makes it much more functional for movement, which is a nice feature.

I’m also liking this dress.  I’m pretty sure Burda has given us similar styles in the past, and it is a smidge shorter than I’d be comfortable wearing, but I do love the way Burda used the black/white contrast to dramatic effect.

Another dress that looks fairly derivative, but quite cool for the hottest summer days.  The neckline looks a bit low, but I could totally see this as being a great swimsuit cover-up, and I’m really loving the drape of the skirt.  Might have to frankenpattern this a bit.

Another dress that looks pretty basic, but could be a good staple in a summer wardrobe.

Seems like there is at least one of these every summer.  I don’t really have a need for this drapey caftan style dress in my life, but Burda always seems to find dramatic fabric and a willing breeze to show them off to best effect.

This knit dress is pretty basic, but I’m actually rather liking it, especially the styling with the belt.  I’d probably choose a color more exciting that then basic grey, but I could totally see this being something easy to wear during the summer’s hottest days.  Essentially, this is just a super long giant t-shirt; the epitome of wearing secret pajamas.

I haven’t been too on board with the ruffle trends, but I actually sort of like the sleeves here.  It’s ruffles, but not too overdone.  The dress itself is a bit short, but that’s easily adjustable.

Another t-shirt dress.  I do like the back here, but from the front it looks a bit shapeless.  I expect a belt could help with this.  It’s not something I’m overly excited about, pattern-wise, but it is something I’d want to wear.  It’s growing on me the more I consider it.

Aside from the summer dresses, there are also quite a few good separates in this issue:

Rompers continue to be quite popular, and this one capitalizes on the ruffle trend with the hem detail.  Definitely a bit too cutesy for me, but I could see other bloggers (and a younger crowd) rocking this as a summer look.

Bomber jackets also continue to be popular.  This isn’t my favorite bomber style from Burda, but it does make sense to include this style with the summer looks, and the pockets are a nice detail.

I’m oddly intrigued by these pants.  I sort of love the black/white version – stylish, yet relaxed.  I’m even sort of digging the crazy print ones in a weird way.  Not that I’d want yellow pants, but I do think it could be nice to have a relaxed summer pant that is lightweight and comfortable to wear.

These shorts aren’t exactly what I’d call stylish, but they are a perfect beach cover up.

This skirt!  Swoon!  LOVE the graphic lines and shapes.  So classic, but still interesting.  It would have fit in well with my Sudoku Wardrobe that I made earlier this year, actually.

On the one hand, these are pretty simple skirts.  On the other hand, these seem to be really popular, and they let you play with fun print fabric, so…. trade-offs.  I’ll take it.

I’m oddly obsessed with this blouse.  It’s a bit boxier than what I’m normally drawn to, but the translucent fabric gives it a really light feel that I’m enjoying.

Great athletic top for swimming.  Love the extra long zipper pull in the back – super functional!  I’d even be tempted to lengthen the top and make this as a non-swimmer workout shirt.

The top version of the grey dress from above.  I’m still loving it.  Burda’s choice of print isn’t hurting my obsession with this pattern either.

I think I’m liking this as a top more than as a dress.  Nice use of a boarder print as well.  I’m thinking this might make it to my to-sew list.  I’m really enamored with this top.

The dressy top version of the swim top.  I’m really liking the lines; definitely something I’d consider sewing in the future.

The Burda Plus section continues to provide many of the highlights, as has been the case in many recent issues:

LOVE this dress!  So pretty and flattering.

Another standout.  The ombre is gorgeous.  Also liking that this echoes one of the regular sized Burda patterns from last month – it’s nice to see Burda giving all size ranges some really trendy options.  The proportion of the ruffle looks amazing on the model too.

I’m also loving this off the shoulder top.  The elastic looks super secure, and the style is really lovely.  The trousers also look really nice on the model.

Another version of the top.  Love the styling with the belt.

I’m not as excited by this ruffle dress/top.  But I can see how this loose style could be appealing for the summer.  It does seem a bit similar to styles Burda has given us in the past though.

There are also a few knitting patterns this month:

The hat is fine, but I’ve never really understood the appeal of these types of knit tops?

We also get lots of questionable yet entertaining toys and crafts:

The octopi are possibly interesting dog toys, but I’m not understanding the fabric beach balls.  I mean, what?  Like, best I could think of was making a super giant one, stuffing it like a bean bag chair, and using it as home dec in a beach themed room, but otherwise, what?  The fish backpack is sort of cute though.

The kids clothes this month are rather unremarkable:

The shorts could be practical; the dress is not that exciting.

And that’s it!  There aren’t a lot of what I would consider to be stand-out looks this month, but to me the most striking piece should be awarded the Best of BS for July 2017:

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The skirt!  Though, really, I want this whole outfit.  I love how they paired it with the cold shoulder asymmetric top, which I also really want to make.  It looks classy, yet cool and summer appropriate.

Choosing the BWTF this month was much harder.  Despite not having a lot of stand-out looks, there also isn’t anything truly objectionable.  I normally exclude the non-sewing patterns, but looking through it all I had to give the BWTF for July to:

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The knit (crocheted?) top.  The design it actually rather pretty, I think, but I just never really understood wearing a top that had such large holes in the material.

Overall, I think this is going to be one of those sleeper issues.  I don’t see a lot of things that people are going to go nuts over, but I do see lots of things that people would want to wear.  The Burda Plus section continues its recent streak of being totally awesome, and there are certainly a few styles I’m wanting to try for the summer months.  What do you all think?  Do these simple styles have enough details to get you interested in summer sewing?  Or is this a snoozefest that makes you itch for the fall styles we’ll start to see in August?  Feel free to discuss in the comments!


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