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I got my first Burda recently and got dizzy trying to figure out the pattern I wanted from the printed pattern sheet. Do these patterns include a grain line? I couldn’t see any obvious grainlines and thought if they do they may be difficult to make out. Any help from expert burda magazine pattern doers appreciated!


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    Feb 27, 2011, 02.30 AMby d617

    I just looked at my first Burda blouse pattern that I downloaded. The straight of grain on the sleeve has a line with an arrow, just like patterns you purchase at a store. The front and back have a straight of grain, however, you have to look very closely. The front of the blouse has the straight of grain printed on the fold of the facing. There is not a straight line with an arrow. The straight of grain on the back is printed (again, no line with an arrow) on the fold line. Hope this helps.

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    Feb 27, 2011, 06.48 PMby sewingfan1

    Don’t worry, it does get easier the more you use them. You can refer to the outlines of the pattern pieces that are printed in the magazine next to the sewing instructions and it shows it on there too if it’s not on the fold line of a piece. I often refer to those images while tracing the pattern pieces to make sure I look out for and don’t miss any of the markings.

    If the grainline is on the fold or on the edge of a straight piece, then it writes it on the pattern piece somewhere along the line (eg “centre front straight grain”).

    Happy sewing.

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    Feb 28, 2011, 06.34 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    Usually there is a long arrow down the pattern piece but I have noted Burda often mark the grainline along a straight edge of the pattern piece, like along the centre front/back, sometimes it can be quite hard to find.

    They used to have twice as many pattern sheets so it wasn’t so jumbled, that’s changed now, it’s a shame you haven’t experienced the pre-squished version for practise.

    Sewing fan gives good advice, I refer to the cutting layout too, it also helps when tracing to get all the markings by looking at the mini pattern piece :)

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    Feb 28, 2011, 10.28 PMby Denim Skirts Etc

    Thanks for the advice girls. Yes it just needed some careful looking and concentration and I’ve now found them. Great tip about looking at the mini pattern sheet too. I outlined the pattern I wanted with a felt tip first to make tracing easier.

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      Mar 1, 2011, 09.41 AMby sewingfan1

      I like your felt tip idea! I might try that to save my poor eyes a bit (-:

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