Kwik Sew, Burda Mode Magazine?
Would be interested to hear your opinions of either/both the Kwik Sew patterns or books and and the Burda Mode patterns (the ones in their monthly fashion magazine.) Easy to work with? Quality of directions and drawings? All thoughts appreciated. Thanks!
I've been working with the Burda WOF patterns for about 9 months now. I've made a blouse (4 times), two jackets and another blouse. All went together reasonably well and any small difficulties were with parts that are always a challenge for me (for example, putting on a collar by encasing the neckline in the finished collar, then topstitching).
It's fun to find something that looks completely new long before it shows up even in Vogue patterns. The construction is very no-nonsense with an emphasis on machine rather than hand sewing.
It helps to enjoy puzzles. The pattern pieces for multiple garments are printed in different colors on a single sheet (or section of a sheet). It can be dizzying to try to find all the pieces needed. Tracing and adding seam allowances must be done, but I don't find this too difficult. The instructions are stripped down, with a minumum of illustration, but most of the construction is lining up fairly straight edges.
I'd think that this would be a little overwhelming for a beginner, but so far none of the construction techniques have been excessively complex. I'd recommend starting with some fabric that is not too expensive. I do find it liberating to open a monthly magazine and have such a range of choices, right at home without having to go shopping.
Kwik Sew patterns are very easy to use, I've made too many items to count. The paper is heavier and lasts forever it seems. The instructions are clear and simple to understand. They are multisized which makes it easy to alter them. I particularly like thier fleece patterns, especially since the tissue patterns tear so easily. I have made clothing and outerwear for babies, children, men, teens, and myself with many patterns, these seem the easiest by far to work with as far as the commercial big pattern companies.
For several years now, I have been buying patterns from designers online. Since retiring, I have really gotten involved in art to wear. You might want to check out Revisions, Sewing Workshop, Kayla Kennington, Nancy's Notions, and others to name a few. I discovered these because of Threads magazine to give credit where it is due!
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Can you elaborate on the'Wearable Art' you sew Linda? Would love to see pictures of your acomplishments!
I have been using Burda magazines for more than fifty years and I think they are great.Very well done .They have patterns in many sizes ,even for children and plus sizes.Following the instructions if you know a little about sewing is easy and some issues have sewing courses for one of the models with sketches on how to do.
I love love love the burda magazines and one of the features that I really like (Esp. in the semi annual plus size issue) is that these designs are often from manufacturer's lines rather than designed for the home sewer. I find that the fit and styles are more up to date, and any potential problems with construction have usually been worked out long before Burda publishes the pattern. I also find that I like that there is no seam allowances. I makes it easier to alter and mark the pattern peices. Also I much prefer the Burda pant cut which has more of the crotch length on the back pattern peice. I find that it really helps prevent the pants from pulling down in the back when I sit and usually cures the "they fit fine, except when I move" problem.
I find Quicksew to be the best pattern company for undies etc. and they have the best selection of active wear and stretch knit patterns of the major pattern companies. Unfortunately, I find their patterns to be quite stodgy in the design area and it is not often that I am inspired to invest my time and stash in one of their designs.
Hope this helps
Pam - it does help! Thanks to everyone who shared their experiences, it helps me get a better overall picture. Talking with folks who've actually worked with the patterns is wonderful. Thanks again for taking the time :)
I have been working with Burda WOF mag for about 7 or 8 years and I love the magazine even if I don't make anything from an issue. The clothes are wonderfully designed and quicker to respond to fashion and the runways. The instructions are certainly lacking, but if you have a few books such as Taunton Presses series and Sandra Betzina's Power sewing and if you are lucky enough to have a collection of back issues of Threads you can find any tricky bit you are having trouble with. They are really well drafted and I have never found a mistake. I use the instructions as a starting point and generally copy and enlarge them to make it easier to read. I love that they don't have sas as it is easier to fit at the seam line. I also can customize the sas sizes. I use 3/8" for collars and enclosed seams that I won't be adjusting and larger for shoulders and sideseams. I have never sewn Kwik sew because they always seem so dowdy. The other thing that I like about burda is the darts and multiple seems that make it easier to alter for a full bust etc.
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