Thursday, 10 April 2014

How to access Burdastyle magazine archives

Dear Sewists,

I have Burdastyle magazines dating back to 2002 which is when I first started buying them and they were known as Burda world of fashion. I don't keep all the magazines, just favourtie ones and even now I rarely subscribe but just buy the odd one here and there. However the ones I do keep have favourite styles that I like to revisit. Basic lines can be updated with contemporary details. In fact some whole issues feel like deja vu. But when they get it right, they get it right..the perfect pencil skirt, a really good T shirt, a classic coat are all among my Burda favourites.

How to access line drawings and original photos of old issues online? I have found a way! The Burdastyle Russian site is one of the best out there because it is hugely popular in Russia. Now, this is an open secret in the sewing community but navigating the site is tricky unless you are fluent in written Russian.

Enter Google Translate. I found a way to get pages translated when I was looking for archival line drawings from 2006.

Google burdastyle ru link and the first site that comes up is the Russian burdastyle website
Clink on the 'translate this page' part within that link and you end up here
Click on the 'archive' button which is situated at the top and it brings you here

The archives at this time go back to 2004. Click on the appropriate year and search for your garment pattern number and right click your image and save to desktop. Note:  You can only get the line drawings of the individual patterns featured at the bottom of each issue's page. Link the image to your blog from blogger when writing a post by clicking the  'photos' icon then choosing 'desktop' from your menu that comes up, then on the individual photo. Because they are from the site they are already resized for the web.

Unfortunately, it is not every model from every issue, only the ones featured when you scroll down to the bottom of the issue's page.

For example this is the line drawings and one of the photos for January 2006 skirt pattern 114 and shirt 112

My daughter asked me to make a simplified pull on version of the skirt for work out of black viscose, above knee length, without pockets and a wide elastic waistband.

Photos lightened to show seam detail

Burdastyle 1-2006-114

The only option at the moment for pre-2004 issues is to take photographs yourself then upload them, but for the others it's nice to be able to get the originals.

I hope this is helpful,



  1. Thanks for that info! I've just resorted to going through my old magazines. This will make it lots easier!

  2. This is very helpful, I use the french burda site (some schoolgirl French helps!) but the archives only go back to September 2006 there.

  3. Thank you so much for the Burda info, I keep loosing it but not any more.

    I really like the lines in your daughters skirt!

  4. Thanks for this Valerie! If you want to see all the line drawings back to 1993(!), check out this Russian blogger P-a-nda - i think her name is Diana. She's often the first to have the new issues up, too. Yes, it's in Russian, but the pictures are universal!

    1. Lyndie thanks for letting me know about this site. I do read Russian..slowly, but when I practice it all comes back :)

  5. Thank you so much! What a great resource! And the skirt is gorgeous!!

  6. Thank you for this information Val, and I'll follow it up when I have a spare minute. As time goes on, I appreciate more and more the older patterns which come with better details and instructions, imo. I'm having great fun with my vintage Ralph Lauren shirt pattern.

  7. Thanks for the info! I love my Burda mags, but it is nice to see the designs online.

  8. Clever girl! This is great. I don't have the magazines, so it is just fun to look at the styles.