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Marina von Koenig

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25 March

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    Mar 25, 2013, 07.30 PMby Janelle Poon

    Hi Marina, I saw your post on the Burda Style Layered Lace 116B dress. I’m planning on doing this pattern with black lace for the top, with black chiffon on the skirt, and a kelly green satin under dress. Is that possible? Also, what did you use for interfacing, or what suggestions do you have. Thanks! Janelle

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      Apr 15, 2014, 03.02 AMby Marina von Koenig

      I believe this is possible. It all depends on your color preferences. With silk satin, however, I would first check for seam slippage, especially if your satin is more light-weight. Underlining would help to certain extent, or, you could go for a light-to-medium weight, or medium weight satin. Sorry, by the way, for the late reply. It’s been a while since I checked my wall

9 March

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    Mar 9, 2013, 02.40 AMby kknight

    Hello Marina, I have been using several of you couture techniques on a jacket I’ve been working on. Your guests posts here, and your personal blog, have been SUCH wonderful resources; I hope you don’t mind me tracking you down to ask a specific question. My question is about linings. My jacket is burdastyle’s ‘crossover blazer’ (I’ll post a link below), which has a contrasting lining, which is visible if it’s buttoned a certain way. My jacket has three layers: the outer layer (black cotton gabardine), an invisible middle layer that I sewed along with the outer layer (muslin), and the visible lining (a gorgeous black and blue ikat). I’ve been catch-stitching all the seem allowances of the outer/black fabric to the invisible middle layer. My question is this: Should I also catch-stitch the seem allowances of the lining? Or just prick-stitch around the outer edges (neck, sleeves, etc)? I’ve been working on this project for months, and I really want to make sure I do it right. Your advice would be much appreciated! Thanks, -Katherine …and here is the link to my jacket:

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      Apr 15, 2014, 02.55 AMby Marina von Koenig

      I haven’t checked my wall for a while and probably this answer comes late. The middle layer is underlining I guess?.. You don’t need to finish the seam allowances of the lining, just make sure that they are wider than standard 5/8 inch. I would definitely understitch (prick stitch) the neck area, and, maybe, sleeves, depending how you insert lining there. I hope that helps!

25 August

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    Aug 25, 2011, 03.10 PMby pamelajmihalovits

    I am a member or Pattern Review and Burda Style. I have sewn for several years but now because of all the information on the internet have discoverd Couture Sewing!! I have done a lot of research, purchased many books etc. I haven’t really took any classed but I am willing. I did take a pattern drafting class, and a Kenneth Cole class but that’s it. I would love to follow your blog. I’m new at this blogging stuff though. You did respond to one of my post on pattern review. I started a blog called — Please send me a note so I can respond and follow your blog.

    I can’t wait to start blogging!!

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      Apr 15, 2014, 02.57 AMby Marina von Koenig

      Hi there! I would love to see your blog, but the link doesn’t seem to work.