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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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