I like writing reviews, but considering how many people may review one and the same magazine I thought I'd go beyond my personal picks and give you an overview of the garments that can benefit from couture construction.
So, here are my picks:
|109A, Burdastyle magazine 11/2014|
|112, Burdastyle magazine 11/2014|
This skirt has an unusual yoke, front pleat and a beautiful belt. BurdaStyle version is made in silk crepe-de-chine, which can be challenging because the seams that connect the yoke with the skirt are off grain. You can see puckering in these areas on the picture. In addition, the yoke looks somewhat droopy. Underlining the yoke, and the skirt, would help. In addition, careful handling of fabric and hand basting is necessary with this style. Finally, I think, if you are reluctant to sew with silk, wool crepe is an excellent choice for this skirt as well, especially for the colder season.
|105 A, Burdastyle magazine 11/2014|
The following six dresses are a Burdastyle take on iconic gowns from the Hollywood classics. There are only a few occasions in life when you can wear a dress like one of those below, but if you are in need of a wedding or prom dress... Making them using couture construction would be the only option for me. It would be impossible to squeeze in the techniques that you could use so I will just limit it to a very few notes about the garment.
|107, Burdastyle magazine 11/2014|
|118, Burdastyle magazine 11/2014|
|119. Burdastyle magazine 11/2014|
|120, Burdastyle magazine 11/2014|
|122, Burdastyle magazine 11/2014|
Phew, the final and favourite one. This five-meter duchesse dress is inspired by the piece worn by Merilyn Monroe in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953). I could also make a simpler version for an evening dress, shortening the length and removing the overskirt/train. I love dreaming, you know) Boning is a must here too, but overall it is not really difficult to make.
Ok, finally, after talking so much couture, I have an instant (!) gratification project to add. This coat is just that. Very easy to make, I would probably go for boiled wool with a print, no need to finish the seams beyond stitching close to the edge (just in case). It's an easy style for a casual stroll in the city. Love it.
|116, Burdastyle magazine 11/2014|