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I have recently made a toile of the Jorinde blazer and found the instructions (especially for the pockets) to be awful. I noticed that most of the other people that have made the jacket have also commented on the incoherence of the instructions. I am considering doing a photo tutorial and rewriting the instructions for the trickier parts of the pattern as I think it’s a nice jacket and I don’t want people to be put off of making it based on crappy instructions.

My first question/suggestion is that perhaps there could be a feature whereby if a set of instructions is marked by a few people as being incoherent then it gets flagged for review and perhaps a list is created so that anyone who thinks they can do a good job of explaining the process can do a tutorial.

Does anyone else think this would be a good feature?

My second question is, if i do my own tutorial for the Jorinde blazer, where can I put it so that it has the full potential to help anyone who downloads the pattern? I know I can link to it on my own project page but someone downloading the pattern won’t necessarily also look at my related project.



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    May 7, 2011, 07.45 PMby Sapsorrow

    I agree, I have bought 4 Burda patterns now and I find the instructions for all of them just awful. I’m a novice and without my mum’s sage advice and assistance I would have wasted a lot of money attempting to make anything with them (in Ireland the crappiest cotton starts at E6.99 per 45" wide yard and there is no where to buy second hand fabrics here), luckily she has usually been able to save the day using her 30 odd years dress making experience.

    The instructions are far far to vague for novices who are trying to teach themselves pattern cutting, I think digital diagrams that you could browse on the site to make it clearer would be a great idea without needing to do any extra printing.

    I also find it very annoying that the seam allowance doesn’t seem to be included in patterns, I made the peplum blouse today and realised after cutting that the seam allowance wasn’t included. After using lots of vintage patterns lately I took it for granted (stupidly, I know) that it would be included, Again, luckily, my mum has figured out various ways for us to make it fit using the fabric scraps and bias binding but it has taken nearly a days worth of mucking about! I think there should be a big bold statement at the top of each pattern to warn people that they need to include it themselves or include it in the instructions.

    Although honestly, if I pay a fiver for a pattern I have to print out, assemble and then cut out myself the last thing I really want to do is go around with a ruler for half an hour adding the seam allowance! Surely it would be easy to include it on the pattern pieces that aren’t free??

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      May 8, 2011, 11.15 AMby bekaem

      You’re right, the way the instructions are done for – especially – the download patterns on this site is more than confusing. You wouldn’t think someone has actually thought about it before issuing them. – But regarding the seam allowance, I have used patterns from different magazines, not just burda, from different countries and different decades and none of them included seam allowance. Burda keeps it the same way on the download versions it seems. If you have cut a few patterns it is really easy to add the same seam allowance around the pattern by eye, without a ruler. I only measure hem allowances or similar where the dimension is different. There is also a little tool you can get to fix to your scissors that helps you keep the same distance while cutting. On the sewing machine you can then use the lines on the plate to align the edge and make sure you stick to the same width seam allowance. Because I started with them I prefer patterns without seam allowance, I find it easier to ‘see’ the finished garment in them, and better to measure from, change them etc.

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      Jun 11, 2012, 07.53 AMby smallpaws1

      Good morning from Rainy London

      Yes I totally agree with the very bad instructions. I paid $5.40 for a pattern for a very simple wrap around blouse which when I cut out the chiffon simply did not fit me – and also the instructions were so vague and like you I did not realise that the seam allowances were not included. Yes why can’t Burda just make the pattern pieces include the seam allowances – like you it was a waste of the pattern price and also the price of the fabric and my time. I will certainly not be purchasing any more patterns online from Burda.



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    May 8, 2011, 06.21 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    i have to agree but the worst instruction are coming from the burdastyle magazin. if i compare these with lets say kwiksew ore vogue patterns or simplicity, i have to say, that these are so much more clear for people like me (who never learned sewing on a profi base). my biggest help have been two books (one from german burda and one from vogue) explaining all kind of things in a step by step way and with picutres. that is the only way, how you really can do things, especially, if you pay for each of the pattern seperatly!

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      Feb 24, 2013, 06.16 AMby warsawgirl

      I agree that instructions given by Burda are often very hard to understand. When I am completely lost, I look for help at youtube.com and often find it. Also, I often use a book “Complete Guide to Sewing” by Reader’s Digest.

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      Aug 19, 2013, 06.28 PMby Abigail Ball

      Warsawgirl: I also have that Reader’s Digest book. It is the most comprehensive and helpful guide that I’ve had. It was passed down by my mother.

      On this post’s topic: My grandmother had the same complaint regarding pattern directions about Burda in her day so I guess that this annoying habit of theirs isn’t going to get better soon.

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    May 8, 2011, 10.47 AMby superalicat

    I have just bought a burda pattern number 7555 and am trying to sew the A pattern. I am very confused, can any one help me with this please. I must be very stupid but I cant seem to see what goes where. Please help,

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    May 8, 2011, 11.53 AMby Sapsorrow

    Thanks Bekaem, good tips there, I won’t make the same mistake again (hopefully!). I didn’t realise it wasn’t standard to add the seam allowance, it must be one of the plus points of using the vintage patterns! That’s interesting that you prefer the patterns without the allowance added, I must keep an eye out for that in the future myself and maybe I’ll be converted too :)

    Regarding the patterns, I also find the lack of notch marks a bit annoying, it’s much harder to get all the pieces to line up without them, especially for people without dress makers dummies. Again such a small thing wouldn’t be hard to incorporate when the patterns are initially being drafted. This in itself would put me off paying for any more Burda patterns in the future, at least until I’m much more confident at dress making.

    I’m a bit suprised at how badly designed the patterns are overall, I appreciate one can’t expect too much from the free patterns but when you pay so much (between the download fee and printing) I would expect a much better product for my money.

    On a more positive note though it is great being able to see the photos of other peoples finished projects before you buy a pattern and the potential support in the forums and on site is brilliant.

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      Aug 7, 2012, 06.26 AMby Livonet

      I agreed about the lack of notches,and that brings to another problem, some pieces do not simply match, I have tried 3 times to sew this bustier, I thought I was doing something wrong, but no, it doesnt simply match the pieces, and of course, there is not notches at all, to use as guide in assembly the piece and Burda said that this bustier is for novice, I cant believe it.

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    May 8, 2011, 05.02 PMby anajan

    Nice idea, candyjoyce. I think the best place for your tutorial would be in the Learning section, since I guess some parts of the instructions would be applicable for numerous patterns. Another issue is how to relate the technique/instructions with the pattern. Maybe making a comment on the project page of the pattern, that links to your instructions?

    It would be great if BS included a feature for members to link the pattern to the tutorial, even if the pattern and/or tutorial weren’t made by the same author/member…

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    May 17, 2012, 03.02 PMby Gem-of-Cali

    Many years ago I bought a handy tool burda put out that used chalk to add the seam allowance on the fabric. But I don’t know if they sell it any more. . I never got why they didn’t add the seam allowances either.

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      May 20, 2012, 09.13 PMby katexxxxxx

      Patterns are drafted without seam allowances. You can add as much or as little as you need depending on whether or not you need to build in size adjustment, how much the fabric might fray, and how much you prefer. Sometimes it’s better to add the seam allowances after transferring the stitching line to the fabric. You then sew along the marked stitching line rather than relying on a possibly inaccurate cutting line. Cutting lines don’t need to match up with anything. Stitching lines need to be accurate to get a decent fit.

      I usually mark the stitching line when transferring a commercial pattern to dot & cross (I tend not to cut the original pattern), but where you mark the seam line is sometimes guesswork when extrapolating from a cutting line, especially as some patterns have differing widths of seam allowance in different places. When drafting a pattern, I add the appropriate seam allowance to each seam, depending on the type of garment, the type of seam I’m making, and the the stability of the weave of the cloth.

      These days there’s a handy chalking gadget by Prym that will allow you to chalk in various widths of cutting or stitching line, and Clover produce a double wheeled tracing wheel that can be adjusted to different widths.

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    May 24, 2012, 05.49 PMby jenss-1

    Generally, I think that Burda patterns are quite accurate compared to other big pattern makers. (Had a nightmare Simplicity pattern awhile ago that sticks in my mind). By accurate I mean the precision of the pattern pieces. I agree that the Burda instructions are often vague and confusing. They also do not include any seam finishing techniques, and I think that this indicates that they are intended for sewers that already have a fair amount of skills. Also, finishing techniques (just to continue my example) are one of those things that can be quite varied — it’s personal choice often. Realistically, Burda magazine patterns are incredibly cheap (in the U.S.). I have the subscription and this works out to about $10 an issue or less, and includes 30+ patterns (usually at least 2 of which I may use).

    Lately the magazine has had a feature focusing on a particular “easy” pattern in the issue—with more detailed instructions and pictures. So I think that is how they are dealing with this complaint. As for the downloads, they are really just copies of the BSM patterns, so they use the same instructions as the magazine, i.e., vague and geared towards experience. Different expectations in the U.S. versus Germany, I guess.

    I usually suggest that beginners do not use Burda patterns at least until they’ve made up a few of the “easy” category patterns from the big 3 pattern companies and the like (McCalls, Simplicity, Butterick, etc.). Expand your skills and technique base. If, for example, you’ve never installed a zipper, learn how to do this first with a standard Big 3 pattern. Then move on to the most beginner level Burda patterns if you like. I mostly use the magazine’s patterns, and so I typically trace them with a large piece of pattern carbon paper and the Clover double-wheel device that Kate mentioned above. It’s great because I can make a smaller (1/4-3/8") seam allowance for knits instead of the usual 5/8." For downloads I used to mark the seam allowances with one of those compass devices from geometry class…

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    Jul 17, 2012, 07.57 AMby alura

    Hello everybody

    Last weekend i’ve been busy making the “sailor pants” But my zip (22cm) doesn’t fit. Has anybody encountered the same problem or am i doing anyting wrong? regards laura

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    Jul 24, 2012, 10.11 PMby JillStraw

    I’m working on http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/flowy-vest-042012 (burda flowy vest). I’m nearly finished but am hung up (a lot of things on my mind right now is not helping) with the last steps: the hems and facings. Has anyone finished this project, or possibly explain to me what I may be doing wrong? I’ve hemmed the front facings forward and back (to right sides) but now as I think about the next step the instructions are just going over my head! Any help or EXPLICIT made for a child type of assistance would be welcomed! As I said I’ve got a lot on my mind right now and I know I’m making this more difficult than it should be. Thanks in advance for any help that can be offered.

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      Aug 2, 2012, 06.26 PMby wzrdreams

      Hey, I took a look at those instructions and without pictures or pattern peices I can’t tell what the heck the instructions mean exactly. The style looks fairly basic though so I would advise you to use your set judgement and make it work. Good luck!

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      Aug 6, 2012, 03.57 AMby JillStraw

      Thank you wzrdreams! i appreciate you taking the time to look at this project. I have had it set aside for a while. I think I’ve figured out where I am taking it next. As you said – it is a basic style, but for some reason those are often the ones I have the most difficulty with! :-) Anyway… having decided how I want to finish the vest, your post just gave me the confidence to actually pick the piece up and finish sewing it! Thank you again so much!!!! (another UFO out of the pile – whew!)

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    Aug 7, 2012, 06.22 AMby Livonet

    Hello, I bought a bustier pattern in Burda, I also found the instructions not very helpfull, I ended up doing it by myself, and using my logic thinking. I wonder if any of you have experience that some parts of the patterns tend to be bigger, I cut 3 times the same pieces thinking That I probably was doing something wrong in my sewing, but no, some pieces do not match. and I felt frustrated, Does someone have experiences the same problems as me?

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    Aug 25, 2012, 05.34 PMby xxyyzz

    No matter how accurate a pattern is, always remember to crosscheck your size measurements and do some adjustments if needed after tracing out on fabric; bust, waist, hip, etc Especially for full figured women whose body parts usually don’t fall into a particular size!!!

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    Aug 31, 2012, 06.14 PMby Sallyanne Smith

    I have several patterns from Burda and have found the instructions to be simply awful. They are vague and leave out steps. I can’t believe they don’t give you all of the pattern for $5.40 plus the cost to us, for printing. I like the styles they offer, but feel the end product (pattern) is poorly put together and eventually you will have little to no business. Wake up folks! Give us something for the money we are paying. Find employees who know how to sew and complete a pattern! Thank you.

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      Oct 23, 2012, 08.45 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      Hello Sallyanne,

      I apologize for your frustration with our service and product.

      All patterns by burda style magazine are created in the Burda Fashion Factory in Germany. We are recently collecting customer feedback on their behalf regarding the instructions. With all of the comments gathered from our forum we hope to make an impression.

      As for patterns previously published on the site, please feel free to contact us if you feel a pattern’s instructions need to be reviewed and redrafted. Two out of three members of the BurdaStyle.com staff sew professionally and are willing to offer assistance (and or point you in the right direction).

      Unfortunately, we do not have the resources to go through all previously published patterns at at time. As requests come in, Meg is personally reviewing and redrafting instructions.

      Please feel free to e-mail us at Answers@burdastyle.com with the name of any pattern you feel has inadequate instructions and we will do as much as we can to rectify the situation.



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    Aug 31, 2012, 09.54 PMby debycoles

    Sadly I have to agree that I find Burda terribly hard to work with. I’m a novice sewist and have only used self drafted patterns untiI bought a recent Burda magazine. I made a dress where the pattern was clearly wrong – I cut out and sewed all day, only to find the straps for the full halter that went from under the bust to the top of the back of the bodice were 6 inches too short. I checked again and again, and I had cut them correctly – they just no where near fit the design. All that time, effort and money scrapped. No spare fabric to cut them again.

    So then I followed the ‘easy’ project to make a shirred top. I cut the fabric, shirred, followed the measurements exactly until I had two pieces 25 inches wide after shirring, sewed up the side seams to make the bodice 48inches round. So how on earth then is this supposed to fit my 36 inch bust? I checked the instructions again and again – its a step by step beginner project. And they clearly give instructions to make a top 48 inches round for a 36 inch bust ! Another piece of fabric scrapped.

    Both of course partly my fault as I don’t know what I’m doing and so simply followed the pattern and instructions exactly expecting the end result to be as described. I’m too new to sewing to see things aren’t right until they are nearly finished.

    Sorry Burda, I love the styles but I’m gonna think more than twice before I waste my money again.

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      Aug 31, 2012, 10.44 PMby katexxxxxx

      Two things to take away from this:

      When you draft a pattern, you don’t have instructions. Treat the Burda pattern as if you drafted it. Identify all the pieces, think about the order they need to go together in, and the processes needed, and go from there.

      And before cutting, CHECK that pattern pieces fit each other! ‘Walk’ seamlines round to check that they fit and have the correct ease where ease is needed, and make a toile to check that it fits you… Just today I finished drafting a pattern, and on checking that the sleeve head fitted the armscye, I discovered that the formula is a little off and I needed two more inches in the sleeve head. Easy to correct on paper by adding a little width to the sleeve (it’s for a LARP costume doublet: LARPer blokes tend to have muscular arms. More is always better!)

      With the shirred fabric… Were you supposed to shirr the fabric and then cut the pattern piece out? Or shirr down to a particular size?

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    Oct 17, 2012, 05.05 PMby Bonita Bon Bons

    I just bought coat pattern ‘Short coat #112A’ and I thought I could figure it out despite the vaguest instructions (the instructions also have random typos popping up all over the place- anyone else had this problem adding to their confusion?) but now im looking at this its a different coat ..the one pictured online doesn’t have a split or even a back seam in the technical drawing but the pattern I have is for a coat with a split in the back…I would have thought the drawing or the photo should include the split detail. http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/022011-short-coat this is the coat anyways..maybe I’m just getting confused ..I never brought a pattern like this before that I had to asemble, I was thinking so far so good and now this has thrown me off. Has anyone made this coat? please help me I have a ton of questions!

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    Oct 30, 2012, 10.55 PMby xxjen454xx

    I purchased several patterns at once. Once I started working on the first pattern I quickly noticed the instructions were inadequate. I felt like I had to try to guess when the insturctions were saying and found it so very frustrating. I couldnt get a refund either so I am stuck with a bunch of patterns with inferior instructions. Its sad :(. I really love the style of Burda’s patterns however, unless you enjoy pulling your hair out I wouldnt recommend them to others. Cant Burda just add some more detailed instructions and pictures for goodness sake? is it that expensive? Other patters cost relatively the same and they include adequate instructions. Some pics and more details would make this process functional.

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      Nov 14, 2012, 07.51 PMby BurdaStyle Support

      I apologize for this frustrating experience.

      I will pass your frustrations on to the appropriate department.

      Thank you for voicing your opinion.


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      Jun 20, 2013, 07.16 PMby Louiseoflondon

      Had the same problem, I’m not a beginner but the instructions make no sense. I’m very angry at having spent a lot of money on magazine, tracing paper, fabric and will now not get the dress at the end of it. I will only buy a proper pattern from now on.

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    Dec 30, 2012, 04.33 PMby Claire Sommer

    I recently started sewing after a very long break. My first attempts at sewing patterns I’d purchased and downloaded from Burdastyle.com have left me feeling frustrated and humiliated. I will not purchase any more of these awful patterns that lack reasonable instructions and sensible guidelines.

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      Dec 30, 2012, 08.52 PMby mskelly

      Claire I would if you have not already invest in a good sewing book that could help guide you along. Try this one it worked really well for me and helped when I get into tight spots with Burda patterns, as I agree sometimes they really are not clear but you can get around it with patience and a good book to guide you.


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      Jun 20, 2013, 07.14 PMby Louiseoflondon

      Yes I would never have started to make this dress had I known the instructions were so awful! I’m now looking at a lot of expensive fabric which will probably now never be sewn! They are totally incomprehensible.

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    Jul 11, 2013, 04.28 AMby mhmcpherson

    After spending many hours browsing the Burda Patterns site, I was excited to finally settle on a pattern to try. I have been sewing for about a year and a half, and I have made dresses, pants, shorts, handbags, etc. I still consider myself a novice, but I’m not a complete beginner and I know basic techniques like setting zippers, hemming, creating bias tape, etc. I downloaded a pattern for a spagetti strap camisole, labeled as a novice pattern. I have not yet cut the fabric, but in piecing together the pattern and pre-reading the instructions, I am very worried about the success of my project. The actual sizes are not marked on the pattern, so you have to count in from the smallest size to figure out which line to trace. The pattern pieces are not labeled with what they actually are (ie. Top front, top back, etc). I can get a basic sense of how the pattern will go together, but no thanks to the instructions, which, like others have noted, are confusing and vague. I was so excited to start using Burda patterns because there are so many to choose from and they are a great price and I love that you can download them, but my initial experience has been very disappointing and I’m wary to take on a more challenging project.

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    Aug 19, 2013, 06.38 PMby Abigail Ball

    I like the fact that there are Burda staff replying in this forum. When I first joined Burda style last year I had the impression that this was a behemoth without regard for its users. Now I see that they do care but it’s impossible to change such an ingrained habit “overnight”.

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      Aug 20, 2013, 09.02 PMby MegH

      Thank you, we try our very best to be present in these forums and see what our community is discussing. A note to everyone in this particular forum:

      I know many of our older uploaded pattern instructions are missing vital information and or are vague. If you feel like your instructions are missing information or are hard to interoperate please email answers@burdastyle.com or meg@burdastyle.com and we will work through your pattern problems. A lot of the older patterns are not in our new instructions format that is more functional to navigate and read. So please email us if you want an updated pattern instruction. Thanks!!

      It is hard for us to go back and update all our previous pattern instructions at once, since we are a small team. It is a process and one day we will get there.


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    Nov 8, 2013, 09.16 AMby cgeiden

    There’s really no excuse for how poor the pattern instructions are on these commercial patterns. I did the same thing as another reviewer and purchased several patterns before I used any, so am now stuck with them. I am an experienced sewer and would think a beginner would be completely lost with these. I have found that Kwik Sew has superior patterns compared to other manufacturers. Their instructions are very good and the paper they are printed on is of superior quality. You can also download them. While I like the style of Burda patterns, which is what attracted me in the first place, I won’t be buying any more. This is shamefully poor quality and frankly a rip off.

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    Nov 27, 2013, 04.40 PMby d617

    I am glad I read the reviews on Burda download patterns. I too am confused by the instructions and spend quite a bit of time trying to understand them. It takes my time away from sewing, which is my greatest pleasure! I love the burda patterns and hope that the customer service is taking note of the comments offered here and will continue to improve the instructions and most of all, inform all of us of the improvements on the front page of the website. That is my biggest wish!

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    Apr 28, 2014, 11.26 PMby raeborough

    I’ve had some trouble myself, but with my second try at a Burda download. My first thing I sewed came out okay, though a bit tight in the sleeves. It is this pattern: Ruched Sleeve Blouse 09/2010 #111A. I traced out the pattern to include an increase in the size in a uniform amount all around, plus added seam allowance. This has fairly good instructions for my intermediate sewing skills. The sleeves where tight, but for me that’s normal. I have that problem with RTW. (I’ve got broad shoulders and larger arms than most women.) So no biggy. Next time I sew it I’ll add in more there. But the second Burda download I sewed came out way to wide, I have to go back and trim. It’s this vest pattern: Fur Waistcoat 10/2011 #130. This one was very confusing because it’s a coat pattern. I had to look at it very closely to see the cut (or seam line) for the vest. But the instructions don’t say anything about this. It was assumed I’d just know this. I did not just know this. I ignored the instructions completely after this and just winged it, because these directions had other things left out like how to make the long pile bands. So what I did was draft them myself. This might be why the vest came out so wide. I’m glad I only basted the parts together. I still have to go back and cut down the pieces. Then re-sew. I added the increase in size and seam allowance just like I did with the previous pattern. But it didn’t work the same this time. As is it is it turned out to look like a Mongolian fur vest. I might want that in the future. But I do have to say, if I didn’t have much sewing experience I wouldn’t have even tried to make this vest. That one is not for beginners, not without the instructions being re-written with more detail and clarification of the construction.

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    May 5, 2014, 03.46 AMby jenss-1

    I’ve had a BSM subscription now for some time, and so I am quite used to the patterns. Mostly I don’t even bother following the instructions. Now, for the first time in a long time, I’m working on something a little bit different and actually need real instructions…and unfortunately, the ones I’ve got do not make sense (130-8-2013, btw). There are a few problems that I have identified about Burda instructions in general, so I hope Burda is listening:

    1) The instructions seem have the character of being run through a translator program. They should be re-translated afresh by, preferably, a native/fluent English (or pertinent other language) speaker who also sews.

    2) The instructions often do not use proper sewing terminology, which adds to confusion. A simple example, is the use of the word “neaten,” i.e., “neaten the long edge.” The word should be “finish,” or perhaps something actually explanatory, like zig-zag, trim, pink, overlock, or serge.

    3) Sometimes diagrams really are necessary.

    I really think that Burda makes great patterns, and beyond my own occasional annoyance, I’m worried that new sewers will be turned off of Burda forever by one frustrating experience. That would be bad for everyone. I hope that Burda will take some serious looks at this aspect of their product, and consider crafting all of the instructions as precisely as the patterns.

    Well, that’s my opinion. Thank you.

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    Nov 20, 2014, 10.53 AMby jaya22

    I always loved Burda patterns, because they would cut for women with bust and derriere, and not sticks. But yes, I hated that allowance thing. That’s just dopey. And the notches. Like they just don’t care about their product.

    As for instructions, luckily I have Reader’s digest, McCalls, and Anne Ladbury’s sewing guides, and ten years experience in basic construction. Wouldn’t want to tackle it without that. Again, it makes them seem careless. And lazy.

    Since other brands have made more efforts to include adjustments for curvier women, I never buy Burda patterns anymore. Just too time consuming for the modern world.

    Burda are like everyone else now, they want to get the dollars for no effort, and refuse to catch up with modern life… they can’t seem to realise that people have no time for pfaffing about, anymore.

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    Nov 24, 2014, 12.27 AMby Kristin Harmon

    I’m not a novice seamstress and only need to consult the instructions if it’s something I’ve never done or have not done for a while. What irritates the fire out of me is when the big 3 pattern companies make mistakes with the actual patterns. For instance, I’m making the robe from Butterick 5963 and I had to redesign the back band/facing…it was WAY too short. It was 5 inches too short! The front band was too short as well. I find errors in the actual patterns and in the instructions from the Big 3 ALL the time. I can’t even imagine being a novice seamstress and trying to put together a pattern nowadays. Thank goodness I know how to redesign the patterns…it’s not that hard. Just trace off the facing from the actual garment. I also needed to widen the back band/facing to match the front band because the curve was not taken into account in the original pattern. I’ve become so tired of my time being wasted by these companies mistakes, that I’ve decided to make all of my own patterns, or plan to remake a pattern from the big 3…I’ll never trust their patterns or instructions again. This has happened too many times to count. Once I’m through with some projects I’m sewing up, I’ll start on my basic pattern from which I’ll be able to draft master fashion patterns. I’m using Vogue basic patterns. There’s really no need for me to design a basic pattern even though I can do it. It’s already done…only adjustments need to be made. There’s no point in reinventing the wheel.

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    Nov 30, 2014, 12.54 AMby Clarissa Lewis

    I am totally confused by the instructions on my Burda pattern. The patter for the front of the skirt says to “extend length to 75 cm”. This I can do, but there are no instructions on where the pleats are to go – if I follow the instructions as given, all the pleats will be on the left hand side of the skirt . Thankfully, I haven’t cut my very expensive fabric and will now go and look for a new pattern with complete pieces and instructions.

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    Nov 30, 2014, 08.12 PMby aago

    Their used to be a double wheel with one of the wheels a chalk marker, that worked great for adding seams of different widths, but now you cannot even find the loose chalk anymore. That worked great.

    The instructions are very poor and I have invested in a vogue how to sew book that helps a lot in the basics.

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    Dec 6, 2014, 07.42 AMby Mary Jacob

    They must improve their Instruction list for sure. I mean, what’s the use of having the best material when you’re gonna spoil it afterwards by following wrong instructions. It’s like wasting your money over few wrong words, not work..!!!!!

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    Sep 16, 2015, 12.03 AMby dennhunt

    I’ve bought two patterns from Burda and never again. The instructions are awful at best but more likely no instructions at all. Not even a hint as to what side is the front facing piece of the sleeves on a shirt. No alignment notches. Random instructions for increasing seam allowances by an inch for certain areas of the pattern with no explanation why. JUST AWFUL.

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    Jan 9, 2017, 03.47 AMby VelvetRiver

    I’ve been reading all the responses since 2012 about poor instructions etc and the last post is Sep 2015. I recently sewed the metallic baby doll dress – forgot the instructions and just worked it out myself because it didn’t make since or you didn’t know which piece they were referring to in the pattern. The outfit also ended up not being lined as the instruction or lack there of was a nightmare to understand. I also made the dress with half the fabric stated and both zips used in the pattern were miles too long.

    I find it incomprehensible that we have all spent a lot of money on patterns, complained for years or back as far as 2012 and receive an answer from Burda " sorry for your frustration, we will pass the message onto the relevant people". They either haven’t passed the messages on or the customers are being ignored.

    This is unsatisfactory customer service and what Burda is actually doing to their customers is merely “flipping the bird” to us all.

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      Mar 14, 2017, 03.57 PMby yiayia49

      I too am frustrated. My granddaughter wanted this Burda dress and I am almost done and the instructions for the ruffle do not make sense. I hate disappointing her, not to mention wasting time and money on the pattern and material. I have written Burda an email but they have not responded. I will not purchase anything from them again.

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      Mar 28, 2017, 10.27 PMby TyMarie

      Hello. I would like to help you both. Can you please send me a detailed email of exactly what you need to ty.tradelius@fwmedia.com and I’ll get back to you ASAP. Thank you

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    Feb 28, 2017, 11.53 PMby TeenyUK

    If Burda only released as many patterns as the other big three or four, it would probably have more time to produce quality instructions. But Burda releases new patterns constantly.

    Personally I prefer to have new patterns every week, even if the instructions do seem to have been rushed, than wait for the small, rather boring selections of seasonal styles with detailed instructions and diagrams that the others offer a few times a year.

    It’s swings and roundabouts, y’know.

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