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
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,