I haven't sewn a Burda pattern in a few years. I had some success with both the magazine, online and envelope patterns back then and even have a small pile of Burda magazine issues in my stash. I've lost 70+ lbs a year and a half ago and wanted to figure out what size is best for me these days. I wanted some easy practice since I re-subscribed to BurdaStyle this week. I dove right in with a simple dress pattern with some princess seams for easy adjusting purposes. It's from the 5/2010 issue (it's downloadable on their site here.) I cut a size 44. And it was quite large in many ways. But I tweaked it and it's a fine wearable muslin for the summer.
I used the most unsuitable material for winter, cotton batiste. I'm over winter anyhow. It wrinkles and rumples like heck, and the wrinkles show up beautifully in photos! I pressed that dress like it was my job before taking photos but it sure doesn't look like it. Oh well.
The fit isn't spot on but it's a million times better then when I first finished sewing the major bits and bobs. It was pretty massive and very matronly. Like I said I cut a 44 (that is the smallest size they have in this design since it's a "plus" pattern) and I could have done with a 40. The bust was massive, the hips were outta control and the length was dowdy and hit at the widest part of my leg, the mid calf. I nipped off 5+ inches off the hip and waist in the seams and about 2" from the top then hemmed it up about 5".
I wanted to belt this dress so badly. I belt everything. I stood back and said "No, stop that. Enough with the belts for today." It looks pretty good without the extra nipping in at the waist because of the princess seaming. Now doesn't this pattern look a lot like Colette's Oolong? I was never terribly interested in that pattern but just happened to see a resemblance after trying this one on.