To kick off the start of May’s Burda Sew Along I am inviting you to share your Burda collection with us.
Perhaps you just purchased your very first issue especially for this challenge or you have been collecting for a while. Did you inherit your Nana’s collection? Do you own a really really old Burda? Show me that retro goodness!
Do you have a favourite issue that has waaay too many post it notes sticking out of it? I know I’ve got a couple of those! Haha
How did you first find Burda magazine? How many Burda Projects have you made or is this going to be your very first?
Tell us EVERYTHING!
Me? Well my Burda relationship has had its ups and downs.
I sort of think of my sewing in two separate stages – my first “sewing life” includes my very first sewing attempts under Mum’s instruction as a very small child right up until University. I think my friend H introduced me to Burda during our second year studying together, she had one out from the local library and I was amazed!
A fashion style magazine where I can make all the items and it was free to borrow? Give me some of that!
So I started to get one magazine out each week painfully tracing my most favourite styles in my size. I. Was. Hooked! I still have a few of those original tracings although fashion, and my fashion taste, has moved on significantly since 2001/2002, it’s still fun to look at what patterns I chose way back then.
After University sewing and I took a break when Boyfriend-yet-to-become-NH and I moved from Wellington, New Zealand to Perth, Western Australia each with just a suitcase full of clothing. It wasn’t until my Mum came over to visit 4 years later, bringing with her the trusty Elna 2130 of Indestruction, in her suitcase, all the way across the Tasman and the rest of Australia, that I was reunited with sewing. So my second and current “sewing-life” began and continues today.
The first thing I did was find a local library that stocked Burda (there was only one) and get an issue out each week until I’d seen the libraries entire collection. Then I set up a rolling reserve so that I could get my hands on the newest copy (usually 3 months behind) each month. I still thought it was AMAZING. My “tracing” got a little bit quicker and a little bit more high-tech with access to a large format copier, although it only did black and white which was a challenge solved by highlighters!
After about a year of doing that I found issues in a local newsagent and began to buy the copies that I liked. Then I found out how to subscribe, it was exciting, my first regular magazine subscription, I was like a grown up! I even got each month on time for a change, no 3 month delay for this little kiwi.
I continued to re-subscribe each year until one day I noticed that I was flicking through each new issue without seeing a single item I liked. I was even starting to see repeats and I’d only been subscribing for 2 years! By now I had also discovered Manequim and Patrones and I loved their fashion forward approach, they made the Burda content look dated and boring. So I pulled out all my Burdas that didn’t inspire me and I realised that Burda was falling into a slump. I put my “boring” Burda issues on eBay and sold them off for fabric money. Then, coincidentally, my re-subscription reminder letter arrived and I put it in the bin. My Burda joy was over…
Then one day Burda hauled themselves out of the slump and I began to get interested in what I was seeing on other blogs. I was back living in NZ and found individual issues at Whitcoulls and other news agents for only NZD$13.00 – now I keep a list of issues I like the look of and buy them when they finally arrive. So I am back to my 3 month delay but I don’t care. The most recent issue I purchased is December 2012, I only own 3 issues from that year.
So here is my current collection as it stands today, oldest to newest:
The instructions for my “traced” copies used to live in a clunky binder until I got my hands on a binding machine, now they are nerdily kept like so:
It’s not very obvious in the first picture but there are many, many, many post-it notes sticking out of each magazine, marking some of my most favourite patterns, 99% of which have never been made.
This then is my not-so-short list and I will choose from these for this challenge. I’ll share those with you soon as well as some Burda “instructions” demystification and a semi-tutorial post about tracing. Next post I’ll introduce you to my I’ve-made-more-than-thought Burda items.
Happy pattern choosing!