I grew up under communists – which means that there was not much in the shops and because of it I grew up with Burda Mode Magazine. As far as I can remember we used this German magazine which has been named after her founder Anne Burda. We couldn’t buy it, but if someone we knew travelled abroad (to the West) we would ask him to buy it for us. Later it was published in Russian language and sold in Slovakia too.
Whenever I am sewing I use patterns from this magazine. The patterns are on sheets like the one on the picture and I transfer them on a thin paper (like tissue paper), cut them out, use and store for the future. Nowadays every pattern is usually in sizes from 38 to 46, there are several patterns for petite, several PLUS and a few for children in each issue. Apart from this there are some craft ideas and again description how to realize them. The patterns are marked according to thir difficulty and fit very well. I have been sewing for more than twenty years now but I remember only one or two occasions when they wouldn’t fit together.
Besides, I think it is a good value for money. One issue costs about 5 £ and I get a good selection of patterns for trousers, skirts, dress/es, tops and jackets/coats – according to a season. There are fashion news and some info about beauty and hair styling in every issue as well.
I am using this magazine again now. After I finished January Take it Further challenge I need to finish a skirt I have promised to make for a friend…