Many seamstresses have been critizing Burdastyle magazine for a number of reasons. After readying the great monthly review Paunnet wrote on the October issue, I thought it was time to act and create an online petition.
Can you sign the online petition? Can you help me spread the word?
I really hope we reach our goal.
Below is the full text with images I could not include due to space constraints.
Dear Hurbert Burda Media and Mr Burda,
as seamstresses we love burdastyle magazine and we have appreciated how it has
evolved over the years to remain a landmark publication for sewing enthusiasts.
However, there are a number of issues that often discourage us from buying the
magazine or taking up a subscription.
Below are the most important:
1. Poor photoshoot that hide important garment details (e.g. covered sleeves for a
2. Poor instructions that increase hand sewing and are hard to understand, e.g. Burda
08/12 #133 and #113 (See Fehr Trade for much better construction process)
3. Lack of detailed technical drawings that make us understand how the dress is
4. Repetitive patterns with non-existent or minimal variation either within the same
issue or after few issues (e.g. 08/2012 #133 and 10/2012 #127)
5. Pattern choice that would be suitable for Burda easy (e.g. most of issue 07/2012
or the scarf on 09/2011 #105)
6. Dubious style choice in terms of fabric (10/2012 127)
7. Dubious design choice ( Leg warmers 10/2011 #150 or Dirdnl designs 09/2011 or Pants with a hole right at the wront spot 07/2012
8. Pattern sheets all on one piece of paper: what a tracing nightmare! Are you trying to test our eye sight? (I could not include this point online)
And a suggestion:
9. In addition, given that Burda nowadays creates all patterns electronically, wouldn’t it be great if patterns were offered in a customisable downloadable version? We
could print out at home our favourite Burda patterns designs by inputting our actual measurement and generate a fitting pattern.
We really hope that you will take into account our requests and offer us an improved
21 century Burda magazine.
The worldwide sewing community
photo credit: Burda Media