This week, BurdaStyle guest blogger and couture aficionado Marina von Koenig shares her top five sewing pattern picks from our site and gives us some fabric inspiration for her favorite styles.
What can be nicer than picking patterns for yourself! Yet, for me, it is often more challenging than sewing a couture garment. This selection reflects only a few of my favorite styles on BurdaStyle. These pieces are very versatile, in regards to both styling and execution, and I hope you will see the potential as well.
1. Chanel-style bouclé jacket (#109 Burda Style Magazine 03/2012)
I love bouclé, especially as a layering piece in spring and summer. This style will work great with jeans, or a light shirt dress. Consider using silk blend bouclé and crepe de chine (as lining) for a lighter version. The combination of wool bouclé and charmeuse will give you a warmer version. Quilting the lining, as in the original couture version by Chanel, is laborious, but absolutely worth it to achieve the look.
2. Top with front scarf (#114 Burda Style Magazine 07/2010)
This twenties-inspired top is my absolute favorite. I would love to make it in silk and experiment with color blocking, or combining opaque and sheer fabrics. Eye-catching colors will brighten up a skirt suit. How about a hand-rolled finish on the scarf?
3. Sequined dress (#126 Burda Style Magazine 12/2011)
Another Jazz Age-inspired piece – very nice for breezy summer nights. The dress can be made in many different variations – subtle or flashy, hip or elegant. For this version, attaching the sequin panel will require some patience, but the rest is relatively easy.
4. Tulle pencil skirt (#107C Burda Style Magazine 02/2011)
This skirt looks great as-is, but imagine it as well in a luxurious fabric and floor length – a great anchor for a simple black top, white shirt, or a tux jacket. Experiment with lace, jacquard, brocade, large oversized prints, etc. Match prints and patterns to emphasize the workmanship! Add boning to the waist and tummy area to provide more support, especially for a longer version.
5. Little black dress with lace inset (#125 Burda Style Magazine 10/2011)
Such a feminine dress and I love the cute lace inset, which can be replaced with organza, of course! Silk is lovely for summer, and wool crepe would work great for colder days.
Marina von Koenig shares her couture learning experience on her blog Frabjous Couture (also available in German).