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Any one else feeling jipped? I used to get so excited for the Burda magazine to come. There were always way more styles that I wanted to make then I could actually sew. Now I feel as though they are using multiple variations on the same pattern over and over. Repeating old patterns from previous issues. Not to mention the styles are getting baggy and downright lazy! Im already short and not totally skinny! I don’t need balloon shapes of anything. I feel as though Burda needs to step up a bit or im canceling my subscription! Is anyone else feeling this? Or am i totally alone?


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    Apr 5, 2011, 02.12 PMby victors

    Thats why I didn’t renew my subscription. Now I just buy a month when its contents catch my eye.

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    Apr 10, 2011, 06.54 AMby libbysharf

    I feel exactly the same and even posted about it two months ago… but the “activity” pane didn’t work so I couldn’t see if anyone replied… It’s soooo disappointing, and sadly enough I can’t cancel my subscription because it’s through the Israeli distributor. The thing that most frustrates me, and after seeing the May preview, is that the ONLY cute two dresses on the magazine are in petite sizes. And it’s always been like that. And I’m 1.73 m :-(

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      Apr 13, 2011, 02.49 PMby sewingfan1

      Hi Libby,
      it’s pretty simple to alter the petite sizes to taller sizes. I’ve done it lots of times without a problem and i’m no expert with sewing but I guess it’s annoying if you’re paying for a subscription and the only ones you like need to be altered.

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      Sep 25, 2011, 09.29 PMby flowergirl22

      i found that they are getting less too,, I love burda,, but for all the money I spend,,,

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      Jun 24, 2012, 09.33 AMby buddingnaturalist

      Burda petites are pretty easy to resize to normal height- just add the missing cms at the waist/ hip depending on where you need more length. You’ll have to figure it out once and there on it’ll be the same due to their pattern-drafting consistency. However, I do agree with you on the lack of cool patterns. The last one I bought was Sept 2010 I think.. The previews just don’t excite me anymore..

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    Apr 12, 2011, 02.51 AMby thecuriouskiwi

    I just got my renewal letter, two months to go and I am not renewing it. Lazy drafting, no fitted styles any more, repeated and boring patterns, very disappointing. Manequim and Patrones are way better and cheaper.

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      Apr 12, 2011, 03.58 AMby Eli Z

      Do you mean the brazillian magazine? I live in Brazil and I really don`t like that magazine because they repeat patterns a lot and there is only one pattern I can use from a magazine, if most. I really would like to try Burda to see if there is really a difference. Can you tell me where can I buy it in stores in the US?

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      Apr 12, 2011, 04.06 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      I agree you have to know a bit of drafting to size up the patterns in Manequim but I tend to love every style in the magazine. I’m near the end of my first year and haven’t noticed any repeats. I find their patterns very fashion forward. I guess it’s each to their own :)

      I have no idea where to get Burda in the US, I don’t live there. You can subscribe through this site though: http://www.burdastyle.com/blog/subscribe-to-burda-style-magazine

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      Apr 18, 2011, 09.57 PMby cooi

      To Elita Z: You can’t really buy Burda on newsstands in the US. Instead I’d recommend using eBay to find lots of the magazines. Someone is always usually carrying the current issue. :)

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      Aug 31, 2011, 08.45 PMby everysitch

      I haven’t seen Manaquin or Patrones on the newsagent shelves. Where do you get them (in NZ)

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      Feb 10, 2012, 09.28 AMby buddingnaturalist

      EliZ: Check on Amazon they had a years subs for $80 the last time I checked…

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    Apr 13, 2011, 09.35 AMby Judy Garland

    I also think that Burdastyle magazine is getting less interesting, the models are repeting itselfs and are often in styles that I don’t like. A while ago I was so lucky to discover that my local library ledns out Burdastyle magazines from the past ten years! I can thereby pick out the issues that I like to borrow, I get to keep them for two months and it’s for free! I only buy the magazine if I like what I’ve seen in the library so much that I think that I want to make many of the patterns. So thats my tip: check out if your library has Burda and check the new magazines before you decide to buy them. And if you don’t care if it’s totaly new: borrow old burdas as well : )

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      Apr 14, 2011, 09.25 AMby sarsaparilla

      I discovered Burda magazines in my library too! I was so excited :)

      I’ve definitely noticed that they’re repeating the same styles – the pleated trousers & gathered skirts keep popping up. I do like many of the patterns, but not enough to spend $18 on a copy every month.

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    Apr 13, 2011, 02.57 PMby sewingfan1

    Burda used to follow styles that were up and coming on the runways. I don’t check out the runway models much these days but are the designs mirroring those and maybe it’s baggy, shapeless outfits that are ‘in’ at the moment so that’s why they have a lot of those sort? I certainly agree that the last few months have had variations on the same pattern though rather than much variety but I still find them inspiring seeing them made up in different fabrics. I think for under a fiver, even if there’s only one pattern in there that you’d use it’s good value. Was looking at the May preview and thinking I won’t bother, but there is one dress in there I love the look of and figure it would cost me a fiver or more to buy a similar pattern so I may as well have the whole mag :-) Then again, I’d love to have a copy with LOADS of patterns that I’d want to use (as well as the time to actually make them).

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    Apr 14, 2011, 06.42 AMby libbysharf

    I just wonder if someone in Burda Magazine is aware of the overall disappointment from the mag lately…

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      Apr 14, 2011, 08.13 AMby sew4my3

      Hello libbysharf,

      The Burdastyle Team has been updated on this.
      Thank you all for the information to pass along!

      Happy sewing!

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      May 4, 2013, 08.57 AMby clairele

      I hope so too !!

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    Apr 14, 2011, 03.36 PMby LipaDalmacija

    To get Burda in US is veeery hard. I found it twice by luck… and only at the airport magazine shops Washington D.C. and New York. Perhaps ‘Amazon.com’ could be a possibility to get it as subscription. I live in PA and was never lucky to find it anywhere.

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      Jun 24, 2012, 09.36 AMby buddingnaturalist

      You can subscribe to burda in the US on Amazon. Last I checked it was $80 for the year. Which is why its sh*ts me that it costs around A$215 in Australia AND is 3 months behind!

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    Apr 14, 2011, 07.37 PMby petester

    Yes i agree and what happen to the mens patterns they use to carrry sometimes now nothing?

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    Apr 15, 2011, 09.24 AMby takenotice

    My question to burda is why does it take so long for me to get the magazine in Australia. It takes 2 months for the local newsagent to get it in. . only just got 2/2011

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      Apr 16, 2011, 11.37 PMby sarsaparilla

      I agree! I’d also like to know why it isn’t distributed widely. Borders is the only place I’ve found selling Burda (in Russian, though), and it’s shutting down :(

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      Aug 31, 2011, 08.50 PMby everysitch

      I’ll second that takenotice, NZ is also several months behind (although, of course, our seasons are also six months out)

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      Aug 31, 2011, 09.42 PMby thecuriouskiwi

      My guess is they do it to align the seasons..?

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      May 2, 2013, 04.52 AMby avjames

      I only just found it in one of the cbd newsagencies in Brisbane for the first time. It’s not easy to get hold of!

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    Apr 15, 2011, 07.25 PMby sew4my3

    UPDATE: The burdastyle team has forward this link to the Burda magazine.

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    Apr 17, 2011, 04.47 AMby jenss-1

    I’m not so unhappy with BSM as some here, but I agree, more variety is needed. I really don’t like the bell bottom pleated pants look and there has been an excess of blazer patterns. However, the “wedding issue” was really useless for me, so that was really a disappointment. In generally, I find a few things I like in each issue. I just got the May issue in the mail today (oddly early!) and I do think it is a pretty good one – some nice dresses and summer tops. I’m planning on giving it another 6 months and then making a decision…

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    Apr 17, 2011, 06.42 AMby Ralf Schmitz

    in the last six (6!!!!!) month they had one single mens pattern in (in this issue we can find one pattern for a mens shirt!) and even i emailed german burda directley about that fact, i did not even got an answer. going through old magasins from my mum, i could see, that in each and every issue, burda had several men’s and teenager-patterns. if that is not going to change soon, they will loose me as a client as well!

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      Sep 25, 2011, 09.31 PMby flowergirl22

      I think as with the burda plus they schould do a mens burda,,, come on guys,, come up with some ideas, and we can all chip in to make a burda selection between us

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    Apr 17, 2011, 05.52 PMby jenss-1

    Another 2 cents in case an editor is reading…I (for one) don’t really like the crafty articles too much, such as the gluing lace on a purchased straw bag. It’s not something I’m going to do. I’d rather have more info on how to construct the patterns or sewing techniques – maybe even decorative sewing techniques.

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    Apr 17, 2011, 08.04 PMby ruthw

    I am very happy with Burda Magazine but I have to admit that I might be less happy if it cost me 18 dollars a month as Sarsparilla pays. Here in Turkey it only costs 6 Turkish Lira – about 4 dollars. I guess it must be something to do with circulation and Burda thinking that the US market can bear such prices.

    But I always find at least one pattern from each magazine that I want to make and often a lot more. Obviously they have reduced the number of styles per issue since they reduced the number of pattern sheets in the centre. But I still find lots to make. I have about 20 magazines and I have made at least 25 garments out of them. I think the magazine is quite fashion forward (and I am not) so often my first impression is quite negative but then the styles “grow on me” and I start to see them in the street and shops and then I work out how to wear them and I am happy to look back and find those styles in past magazines.

    I don’t find the drafting lazy at all, it’s excellent. And lots of really great little features, as well as being very quick and easy to alter because there are no seam allowances. (That also makes cutting interfacing much quicker and easier.) The Plus Size patterns and children’s patterns are excellent.

    Also, even if I don’t like a style, one of my friends might and I sometimes sew for friends. (At the moment I am making a ‘maternity’ coat. For me it’s really good value for money.

    I find the crafty stuff a bit yuck, too, but at least it gives me a bit of a laugh…. . It DOES need more men’s patterns. I am sure they would bag a lot more fans in the US if they could add more of those.

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    Apr 18, 2011, 02.42 PMby josephina

    I certainly thought long and hard before deciding to renew my subscription this time too. I do find that there are a lot of basic patterns which are good long term additions to my collection, but my children are about to outgrow the children’s patterns, and there is nothing intermediate for them. (And, as many others have pointed out, no regular men’s patterns for my husband or my son as he grows further) Living in Australia, the magazine comes late, but since our seasons are reversed, the patterns are usually right on trend, and in time to make them up. As Ruthw said, I start to see them in shops later than I see them in Burdastyle, which gives them time to ‘grow on you’. I also noticed a pic of a blouse on this site, which someone has listed as being a pattern from a 2009 issue. I didn’t buy the magazine in 2009, but I’m certain the same pattern was in one issue last year, which is fine, but clarifies to me there will be little value in renewing further subscriptions since patterns will be repeated.

    So, in short, I’m happy with the women’s patterns (if not immediately, then at a later date), but would like to know I am not paying for patterns that were also in last year’s issues. I would also prefer patterns for older children and men. I can’t say I’ve ever paid much attention to the craft pages either.

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    Jul 28, 2011, 05.22 PMby nouvellegamine

    i’ve been loving burda lately. the retro inspired patterns are dreamy and just my style. i don’t usually like their summer patterns but this year they provided styles that are totally in my taste.

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    Aug 2, 2011, 09.12 PMby lisali

    I would like to add to the conversation here on the patterns. They do seem to be a variation on a theme, and the variations are not different enough to delight me… Please, my wonderful Burda editors, please give us MORE of those delicious goods! Your humble sewer, Li

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    Aug 2, 2011, 11.40 PMby missgemini

    I was really thinking about getting a subscription but you are not the only knew who feels this way the sewing blogosphere have been saying the same so I think I will hold off for now and stuck with burdastyle

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    Aug 3, 2011, 03.12 PMby superpurr

    The Easy editions are also really disappointing lately. I have an Burda Easy magazine (in Dutch) from 2004 and both the patterns and the instructions are really good. I still use those patterns. The current issues were really disappointing. The free patterns from members here on Burdastyle.com are much better: the cowl neck dress/top from Ichigo Girl or the Hope wrap dress, to name two examples. That is what I call easy and they look great on every figure. I would gladly pay to have more of those kind of patterns. I totally agree with the older posts on men’s wear (more) and the crafts part (waste of paper). Check out the post of the selfish seamstress, she really hit the nail on the head earlier this year: http://selfishseamstress.wordpress.com/2010/12/02/burda-1-2011-early-preview-maybe-if-youre-tall/

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    Sep 10, 2011, 01.47 PMby ink

    I agree with all the posts above.

    My husband just picked up the September 2011 issue of Burda. There was a pair of pants that were decent but I really wonder what is happening with the level of taste. In the pursuit of more out there design, they have lost sight of ‘good taste.’ Honestly, this most recent issue is really a hot mess. I also agree that it seems like most issues are re-hashing patterns.

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      Sep 13, 2011, 03.49 PMby ichigogirl

      Oooh, I just saw the 09/2011-patterns here on the website, and I must say in my eyes they are very fashionable, and I want to make quite a few of them! I’m going to pick up a copy today, actually. I consider myself lucky to like them ;-) (the pants were one of the ones I thought “oooh, perfect!” about).
      Too bad I never seem to be able to finish anything I sew lately… hm.

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    Sep 11, 2011, 07.57 AMby rberge

    Burda magazine is available at multiple locations in Seattle…the Read All About it Newsstand in the Pike Place Market, the University BookStore and Nancy’s Sewing Basket have all carried it recently. As to the other comments- I am much more sad about the web site change than any differences in the magazine. I just thought that it was still following the fashions and that the fashions are not very interesting. There was an issue back in the 90’s that featured reusing patterns from previous issues and showed them in updated styles. I thought that was nice and inspiring. The newer web site (the one we are on) is still very disappointing to me- we can no longer even see the magazine content.

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      Sep 17, 2011, 04.11 AMby doompancakes

      We’re lucky in Seattle, re: finding the magazine. Bulldog News carries it too, and University Bookstore often keeps old issues out until they sell.

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    Sep 12, 2011, 10.06 AMby ichigogirl

    I recently got this offer to subscribe to Burdastyle Magazine at a special price, great I thought!

    When I checked the price (cost for subscription + postage) it would add up to 60 skr an issue, compared to 70 skr if I get it at the Newsagent (about 6 euro and 7 euro), and I would have to write a LETTER to cancel the subscription if I ever wanted to!

    Now, I think that may have been a translation error, that letter and e-mail are called the same in German (?), but to be caught in a deal I can barely escape, at a price only just lower than the price in shops, without the freedom to buy only the issues I like, it’s just not worth it. So I decided not to subscribe.

    Another note: the magazine seems to be translated into Swedish by germans. There are often mistakes a native speaker wouldn’t make, that make the text difficult to understand (somtimes it just sounds a bit funny). How can that be? Why not hire a Swedish native to proof-read, or simply translate to English only if our market is too small for the cost of a proper translation? Most Swedes understand English well enough, I think.

    About the fashion, well, it’s German. It’s a bit different. But I do think more baggy clothes are back in fashion here as well, definitely. I keep finding everything in my closet too tight! And no, I didn’t gain weight :-)

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    Sep 14, 2011, 03.11 AMby n45

    I have to agree Burda has taken an odd direction. I do enjoy their new cute how-tos, but I miss the reader designs and just more designs/patterns in general. The new pattern sheets are a terror too (lol I did conquer them somewhat). I do give Burda credit though. I have Burdas going back to 2004 and I’m glad I keep them because there are patterns in there that age incredibly well! These new Burdas I’m not so sure about. I compromise by getting the short 3 month subscriptions, but I have no desire to renew on a year basis like before. I do think shapeless is in. I learned the hard way via a Cynthia Rowley pattern that anything that requires a belt to look good is not for me. I’m petite but busty and those shapeless dresses tent unattractively over my bust and make me look pregnant .

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      Sep 22, 2011, 10.18 AMby ichigogirl

      The reader-designs seem to be on their way back!
      I just noticed they asked the readers to submit designs in the German 08/2011-issue.
      I’m really glad the designer features are back, they were the reason I started to buy the Magazine back in the day (ages ago… as a poor student, so I didn’t get many issues, but I still keep them).

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    Sep 20, 2011, 05.48 PMby mickeygirl

    Some things I like about it: 1. the fashions are really new new new. 2. they have larger sizes now for most styles. 3. I can adjust the pattern to fit me and then put in the seam allowances

    what I do no like 1. some translation to English is just odd 2. getting a subscription is actually more expensive than my husband picking it up for me every month at a store. I just hope it is not sold out but usually the owner puts aside a copy for him. 3. some of the fabric descriptions are just strange, maybe due to translation but I want to be able to find similar fabrics where I live.

    what I would like more of: 1. more dresses and skirts 2. more lingerie and leisure wear, sports tops etc

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    Sep 25, 2011, 09.35 PMby flowergirl22

    I think we should have more “whats out ther” fashion,,

    every country is differend,, I find due to the fact its a german magazine, there are typical Dirndles,, where else then germany do you wear them?? can we not do differend countrys? we should have representatives in as many countrys as possible,, who are a team of people ,, a designer, dress maker, fashion watcher,, keep up with each countrys style,, then to make them into wearable fashion for the latest issue/
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      Oct 17, 2011, 09.59 PMby TurtleToggs

      The Dirndl usually turns up in the August or September issue, that’s when the Oktoberfest is taking place in Munich(in September, not October).
      So as everything goes crazy with traditional clothing then and beforehand, I think Burda just wants to throw in their view on things.
      (This year there even was a dog in leather pants…..)

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    Sep 28, 2011, 03.09 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    The Dirndles were cute, but yes, I won’t be making any of them! I do think they should go back to putting 2 pattern sheets in the middle, I end up tracing the wrong lines way too often! I would be happy to pay a little more for this! As to the designs, it has always been hit and miss, sometimes you can make loads from a mag, other times there isn’t anything, but I agree that this is happening more often. There are too many styles that are only marginally different. I am not into the craft bits either. I did like the section where garments from different magazines were put together for different looks, it makes you go back to older mags and think differently about what was there.

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    Oct 5, 2011, 09.42 AMby blueshoegal

    I agree – Burda does seem to have become a bit stale in the past few months. I too used to panic at how much I wanted to sew from the mag and how I’d fit all that sewing into my life. the last three issues I’ve not wanted to sew any of it.

    I’d like the odd challenging piece in there as well as the really easy stuff (woollen dress anyone!) – maybe a few couture techniques as well.

    I don’t mind the crafty stuff as long as it’s not naff – once of twice the crafty bits have been really cool (the leather belt with the unusual centre)

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    Oct 10, 2011, 05.24 PMby Ankara

    So many of us agreeing on direction they should take, hope Team Burda is noticing. I and girlfriends agree on the a summary of all above: 1) Bring back reader designs 2) bring back designer feature (especially the quirky less well known names, I loved those stories and designs) 3) love idea of global fashion trotting (for example what’s hot in Shanghai, or Santiago, or. Istanbul) per Flowergirl’s suggestion (above) – yes! 4) to show hold old I am, what about reviving the Burda Int’l issue once a year?? As it featured only designer patterns. Refreshed It could actually be paired with 3) above trendy younger designers in Cairo, Moscow, Barcelona Istanbul, Rio, Hong Kong etc…..

    Burda, you’ve been amazing in creating this web space, thank you. You’ve got a fairly loyal fanbase, can’t you now create refreshed magazine using information from this incredible global hub of your fans saying what we want?? Please.

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    Oct 12, 2011, 07.55 PMby chloet

    I have to say that this month I have been pleased with them, but I always find im more inclined to make things from the year before. Lucky I keep them all. Recently, I have been less than impressed with the release times. Previously it has come through around the 5th of each month and now it has got so late that it was the 19th!

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    Oct 19, 2011, 12.58 AMby LSKR

    I have read most of the posts above and must say: what is raised and suggested on this page of the Burda site is quite similar to what Russian ladies discussed a while ago! Just amazing!! :) we, sewing folks, are the same regardless of language we speak and fashions we favor! -:) I should say that it looks like some suggestions got to the publishers:) we have a bit better magazine lately. Also, they complained about advertizements; Russian edition has more adds actually compare to English (but I prefer Russsian version as they have more advices on some make up and some recipes ( really not make them much but like to read-:)) ) I think we should continue indicating our “likes” and “dislikes” so the magazine can suit out sewing’s interests better :) good luck to all of us!!:) -:)

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