Wednesday, April 11, 2012

My Couture Challenge: the first project completed!

I keep on talking about my Couture Wardrobe Challenge with BurdaStyle, but have never posted any details about it here, on my blog. I have been guest blogging for BurdaStyle for a while now, mostly covering couture-related topics, and one day, while we were discussing upcoming posts, the idea of creating a small couture wardrobe based on BurdaStyle patterns was born. One style a month, from the most current issue! If you have been following my blog for a while you will know that I am a Burdastyle fan, and have been for looong time. So, it was time I start using all those pattern magazines piling on shelves.

AND, I was very happy that Susan Khalje agreed to be a couture mentor in this project, giving me a few tips on how to handle some challenging parts of each project. These tips are published in a preview post, including some details on planning, fitting and materials. The final garment, as well as an overview of techniques used to complete it, is featured three weeks later.

Image: Emmy Rengfors, Burdastyle
The April project was based on a skirt and a blouse from BurdaStyle Bella Donna feature. Couture techniques in this first post include faced waistband boning and working with Chantilly lace - here are some details (also featured in my Burdastyle blog):



It took me more time than anticipated and so, this time, I have already started working on my May project. Meanwhile the finished April project, including detail shots and techniques, has just been posted on Burdastyle Blog.

BUT before you head over to BurdaStyle to check out the post, I wanted to tell you that I got couple of tutorials and some extras from this first project lined up for you, readers! So, check in the next few days for a detailed how-to and couture tips!!! And thanks for all your support!




23 comments:

  1. you looking stunning... 

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  2. Debi_myhappysewingplaceApril 11, 2012 at 1:52 PM

    I saw this over at BurdaStyle and can I just say how much I am enjoying this series? You did an amazingly fabulous job!!!  That skirt is to die for! And the blouse is so beautiful!  Well done!

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  3. marina, i loved your post on burdastyle.  the work you put into the pieces really shines through and makes them feel special.

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  4. Just beautiful Marina!  The high waisted skirt looks perfection, and the colour is to die for!  Off to check out your Burdastyle post now...

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  5. That skirt is stunning and I've read your Brudastyle post too so I know the work that went into it. Absolutely wonderful.

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  6. Great article over on BurdaStyle.  I loved reading all about the methods you used and why.  Bravo!  I look forward to future months.

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  7. The outfit look amazing and the extra work in the skirt (boning etc) makes it looks so polished. The fit is also spectacular. Looking forward to the next project.

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  8. I am speechless.  It is just magnificent!

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  9. You did a great job!

    Greetings from far away!

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  10. Loved the article and your outfit! You look really gorgeous and I am really impressed it only took you 5 days for that beautiful skirt. I've been working on my couture dress for months now :(

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  11. Wow! So gorgeous. You look amazing and the craftmenship is simply stunning!

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  12. wow beautiful!
    thank you for posting the Behind the Seams photos!

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  13. Amazing, fantastic skrt and blouse.  Your pictures and post are wonerful virtual sewing lessons.

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  14. So gorgeous! What a terrific mentor you had - and what a great result.

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  15. The skirt and the lace top are an absolute sucess. Thank you for sharing the couture tips.

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  16. I love your outfit. You look gorgeous in it. I have been admiring that skirt ever since you posted it and I will really look forward to all your tutorials. You're great.

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  17. I've passed the Versatile Blogger Award on to you because I so enjoy your blog. Of course, there are rules. You'll find them here:
    http://versatilebloggeraward.wordpress.com/vba-rules/
    Thanks so much for sharing your sewing experiences.

    Best,
    Denise

    http://thebluegardenia.typepad.com/the_diary_of_the_blue_gar/

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  18. How gorgeous you look!  I bet the Num Nums agree!!

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  19. What a stunning outfit , and to meet SK in real life wow ! 

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  20. These are absolutely stunning. What a perfect choice of garments from this issue. Thank you for inspiring us!

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  21. That is beyond fabulous!!!!

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