- There are no finished garment measurements so pull out patterns that already fit you and flat measure. Remember that Burda may have no SA depending on how you trace.
- There are no bust points, hip, or waist marked on the pattern. ETA: There are waist markings on some of the patterns! I am working on a jacket that has them.
- In each issue there is a "Sewing Class" section where they go step-by-step (like one of the big 4) through a certain pattern. This time it is Top 109. Those patterns are shaded pink to help the beginner find the pattern on the sheets. It is probably the best way to tackle your first Burda pattern.
- This last time when I traced the pattern out I used two pens taped together. Even though it doesn't look it it, they are 5/8" apart at the tips. When you trace, it ends up looking like this. Next time I'll use two different colors and one will be the seam allowance and one will be the edge of the pattern. Fewer puzzles next time. These pictures enlarge if you click on them.
- Before you take that giant Burda paper off the window (or however you trace) double check each pattern piece with the Burda sketch. It shows all the important notches and markings. If you forgot a marking it is easy to re-trace something. But it is a pain in the tookus to hang everything back up to mark a single notch or the center front or button placement.
I'll keep adding to this list as I think of things to help others. Hope it helps.