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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).


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    Sep 9, 2012, 05.37 AMby delama

    Like the jacket

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    Apr 25, 2012, 01.28 PMby Itsbeensewlong

    Love your chosen pieces Marina!!! And Burda please note that the Chanel Style Jacket would definitely be suitable for Plus … And the gorgeous Black Insert Lace dress… Just omit the waist and make it with a princess seam / or the longer darts without the waist…. Totally flattering… And one I would definitely love to make…. The straight thru sequined dress is another that would work well for plus figures….. Just add a little capped sleeve… As most larger people don’t like to expose their arms…. And that particular dress is very fashionable ATM… A few designers have released dresses very like this one…. And the slim line skirt also extremely flattering with a longer style fitted jacket….. Would produce a great silhouette …. Just a thought considering the interest that has been generated in the Plus Size Article…… Bigger girls could comfortably wear all of these if they were offered in larger sizes…. Personally the only one I wouldn’t like to make is the blouse, but that is just taste… And figure … However Marina I can’t wait to read and see your next blog post on couture sewing! :-)

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    Apr 21, 2012, 04.05 PMby Allison Page

    Its a tie…the peach jacket (with blouse pretty please!) and the black dress with the lace inset. Such different looks, each so perfect! Allison

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    Apr 20, 2012, 08.48 PMby turtlegirl00

    i love it all! The back of the green dress is gorgeous and the pants that are worn with the top with scarf are lovely… i too love the black pencil skirt fabric.

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    Apr 20, 2012, 05.12 PMby sasamandic

    i´m so in love with peach blouse under the chanell jacket

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    Apr 19, 2012, 03.12 AMby nouvellegamine

    the top with front scarf is one of my favorites!

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    Apr 18, 2012, 09.53 PMby laurakis

    loved the sequined dress

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    Apr 18, 2012, 01.47 PMby spnkymonky

    that green velvet sequin dress is absolutely TO DIE FOR! i just want that green velvet fabric to look at, i dont wanna chance messing it up by sewing with it lol…i’d drape my whole room in it. not to mention the back of the dress is so lovely

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    Apr 18, 2012, 03.41 AMby julib

    I agree – love that lace dress! Very chic. The fabric used in the pencil skirt photo is very pretty as well.

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    Apr 18, 2012, 12.41 AMby servareginae

    The black dress is very chic…with lace or more silk, a versatile pattern.

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