Thursday, 14 June 2012

Burdastyle Sewing Handbook review

I was very excited to flip throught he pages of the Burdastyle sewing handbook. The very first glance I fell in love with most of the patterns in the book.This is just a short post on what I feel about this lovely book. All opinions are 100% mine. I am sorry to say that I do not have any photos to publish(somehow I feel it is not right to click photos of a book and post it here. But the book can be previewed here so thats a good news.
Getting Started:This is about basic introduction to sewing machine and tools required.Also there are some colorful pictures of some sewing studios.How I wish I had such sophisticated sewing spaces.
Using Patterns:Describes how to use the 5 patterns that arrive with the book. They are printed on same paper. Tells how we have to trace (your size) separately and use it.There is an A-Line skirt , A 3/4th sleeve blouse, Sleeveless dress, A coat and a bag. Each of the projects have 2 variations each. So all in all 15 projects:)
Let's Start Sewing :Describes the basic stitching techniques and finishing techniques. Not many illustrations here so i feel it cannot be a complete replacement to a reference book.But this book is on patterns and not a techniques book. So thats fine. Also explains about different fabric types.
The Skirt , The Blouse ,The Dress, The Coat, The Bag :1 chapter on each project.
Glossary:This is good as a beginner I could refer to terms which I did not know
My Experience :
I have used the blouse and the dress pattern. The jacket pattern is on my list too.While making the projects I did not find any difficulty in reading the instructions. Not all sewing steps have visuals . But it was okay for me.
I shall keep updating the patterns i sew from this book (many in queue.. guess the jacket is on top in list) you can keep visiting here.
A little bit note on the patterns :
Multisized 34-42(BurdaSizing) We have to trace out our size from these. So your patterns stay intact and you can trace it when you want :) Thats like a bonus.
Every pattern has 2 variations so all in all 15!!
The variations are fun to do as we get a feel of almost drafting a pattern.Steps of these are in continuation with the main project. So you need to look back at times.
Look and feel:
Hard Spiral bound. Looks Sturdy and since its spiral bound we are bound to like it when we keep it open while sewing.
Each project has only one clear and big photo of the Front view. This is the one which a model is wearing so we get to know the fit and style. There are no other detailed photographs of the projects.
The steps are well illustrated. Steps are well written and multiple steps are combined in one illustration. I personally feel the illustrations are not very easy at the first go for a beginner.But no need to loose heart read it twice and its all understandable.
If you like the patterns in the book then its for you..
Have you bought a copy yourself ? How was your experience using it:)?


  1. I don't have this book, but it looks fantastic..It is on my "want list" now.ha
    I have the sew serpendity book. I love it..
    I love to just sit and read/look at the photos of sewing books and magazines..
    So proud you dropped by my blog. and I found yours. thank you.

  2. My order from Amazon just came in, and I have a great amount of sewing books from Japanese designers to Sarai Mitnick from Colette Patterns (great book btw), I'll be doing a review on my books soon though.

    P.S. I had my eyes on this book from Burda, but didn't buy it, NOW I'M REGRETTING IT =[


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