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How-To: Sewing a Built-In Bra with Cups

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I’m a huge fan of clothes that simplify my life. It was a revelation, over a decade ago, when I tried on a store-bought tank top with a built-in shelf bra — it was so comfortable, easy to wear, and it never showed tacky bra straps! Inspired by some of my favorite yoga tops and vintage bathing suits with built-in bras, I’ve been experimenting with building shelf bras with cups (for more support and shape) into tanks, t-shirts, and bodysuits (here’s one of my first maillots from last summer).

June Couture Challenge: Behind the Seams with Marina von Koenig

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If you, like me, are counting down the days until the impending release of the new The Great Gatsby, you can probably guess what project I picked from this month’s burda style magazine. Jazz Age-inspired Ralph Lauren, Gucci, Etro, and Marc Jacobs designs this spring have been filling the air with the spirit of excitement and liberation of the 1920s. No wonder that once I saw the flapper-style layered lace dress in the June issue of burda style magazine, I knew I had to make it!

Behind the Seams: The Making of a Couture Dress

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Another project accomplished – a beautiful ‘optical illusion’ dress from the May issue of burda style magazine. This makes it the third garment for my couture wardrobe challenge that I started back in March.

May Couture Challenge: Behind the Seams with Marina von Koenig

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What happens when you take on a self-imposed monthly couture challenge? I completed the April project and here I was, restless, waiting for the next issue to arrive so I could choose a sewing pattern for the May project. Remember what this was all about? Here’s a refresher:

Sewing Project: Summer Dress

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Get a head start on creating your summer closet. Here we have selected our favorite summer dress patterns on the site. Which one is your favorite? Read on for inspiration…

Behind the Seams: The Making of a Couture Skirt and Blouse

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After 60 yards of thread-tracing, 30 yards of catch-stitching, 30 yards of basting, and 10 yards of fell-stitching, I am now the proud owner of a couture skirt and blouse. But let me recap what this is about first. Back in March, I challenged myself to create a couture wardrobe picking one style each month from a current issue of Burda Style Magazine. With the help of my couture mentor in this project, Susan Khalje, I plan to complete each project before the next issue is released.

April Couture Challenge: Behind the Seams with Marina von Koenig

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This week, guest blogger and couture aficionado Marina von Koenig gives us a sneak peak of April’s BurdaStyle couture challenge using two handpicked sewing patterns from our upcoming issue of Burda Style Magazine.

DIY Your Swimsuit

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In case you didn’t know, July is National Bikini Month in America, so I’ve put together some patterns and tips for DIY-ing your own swimwear— read on for the patterns + tips!

A Classic French Jacket: 70 Hours to the Dream!

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Ok, let’s start with a cliché: Chanel jackets are one of the most coveted garment pieces for women all over the world. Check! Their Haute Couture versions reportedly sell for some $30,000, while a ready-to-wear version sells for around $5,000 and up. Check! It inspired countless imitations, by runway designers as well as home seamstresses. Check!

Pictured: The jacket that spawned a thousand copies – a Chanel tweed next to jackets by the likes of Marc Jacobs, Milly and Tory Burch which have obviously been inspired by the original.

The Wonderful Apron: Utilitarian Couture

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While an apron-like garment can be traced back to ancient Egypt, aprons, as we know them, evolved from the middle ages and their use by tradesmen – blacksmiths, cobblers, butchers, etc as protective gear. As other trades began to adopt the apron in their practice, they began to be made from cloth (versus leather for the rougher trades such as blacksmithing). And, as cloth began to establish itself as the material of choice, colors began to appear, denoting specific skills – barbers wore a checked pattern; butchers and porters, green; masons, white. The word “apron,” in fact , is a more modern word coming from the French word “naperon," meaning napkin or small tablecloth.

5 New Basic Patterns + How to Embellish Them

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The five new patterns featured in this article are simple yet elegant, chic and understated. They are perfect patterns for beginners, but experts could be equally inspired to embellish them further, like all of my examples featured within this article. Read on to see them all!

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