Monday, October 20, 2014

burda 12/2014 talbot runhof tasarımı

As I've mentioned in my previous post, this is the first time that I've tried (and actually heard about!) Talbot Runhof designs. Following the comments left on my Turkish language blog, I see that many readers have also overlooked the pattern published in Burda Style Mag in 12/2013.  
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No matter how weird they can turn out, I love trying out designer patterns. In a way, they are the best tool for me to try on new methods and details. As a self-taught seamstress, figuring out new techniques can be quite tricky sometimes. 
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My favourite part in this project was the top that looks like a separate, but is actually sewed onto the dress. 

But before getting more into that, let me share with you the initial steps and some tips for the apple shaped! ;)

I wanted to use two color combination for this dress. So I had to sew a lining below the top part. The dress looked like this before I stitched the top:
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Actually, if I hadn't used separate colors, I wouldn't had to add this extra bit on the waistline. But I didn't want the lining be visible from outside I didn't want to use my skirt fabric on the bust section as it was a bit itching. 

Moreover, since my top was in white, I thought having a white lining would look much better underneath. In the end, it looked like this:  
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Apart from that detail, everything else was like sewing a basic dress. 


The crop top had gorgeous tucks on the neckline. 

As BurdaStyle had a very poor way of presenting the patterns (gee... we sewing enthusasts are more interested in the dress details than how cool the model poses!), it was almost impossible to understand how these tucks are supposed to look. I made a quick search in the internet, looking for others who have used this pattern and finally came up with my own version on the neckline :)

I finished sewing the crop top easily and attached it to the lining from the neckline only. I then had to machine stitch the armholes; since it was a casual dress, I didn't care much about hand-stitching it from inside. If it were an evening dress, as it was attempted to be by the designers, then I would care more about not showing any seam lines from the front. 


So, let me tell you about my addition to the pattern.  
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Since I'm using white for the crop top and since both the zipper and the lining will be visible, why not emphasize them a bit more with contrast colored organza ribbons?!

I loved this idea so much that I then added the ribbon onto the top as well :D
Why? No reason... I thought it would look much cooler like this. I wanted to show the details explicitly to you in the above photo. Normally, the contrast colored ribbon details are vaguely visible, like this: 
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If you want, you can stitch the top and the lining parts with the zipper 10-20cm (5-8 inches) long. If I had a heavier fabric, I wouldn't have stitched them together at the back. But since it was a lightweight cotton, I thought the back would look better like this. 

"Why bother with all these details on the top and not stitch it directly onto the dress?" one may ask... The answer is simple: there are a lot of advantages of having a seemingly separate top on a dress. For example your ability to move increases distinctively! You can raise your arm like this without any limitations... :D 
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Well, what can I say? I'm just another sewaholic who simply couldn't resist trying on new stuff :))


The pattern has a gorgeous high waisted skirt.  
sewing projects for the apple shaped
Apparently, I'm a pear shaped! Also, my back has a natural puffiness :) So, on paper this project would look like a suicide mission for my body type. 

Nevertheless, I couldn't resist sewing this skirt and altered the pattern (hopefully) to my advantage. 

First thing I did was to sew the pleats approximately 20cm.s (8 inches) down. This also helped my tummy dissapear a bit, too ;)   
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As for the puffy bits at the back, I kept on sewing the pleats together until the ballon skirt looked even from both at the front and at the back.  

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In order to have a flattering look, I also avoided adding the pockets this time. The heavy pleats and the ballon-like look would have tripled if I had added the pockets as well. Of course, when I look at other seamstresses, for other body types this skirt looks much better with the pockets.  
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In the end, I did have a gorgeous dress for work. In fact, I did wear this dress for the first time for an interview of a post that I've been chasing for a while... And guess what? I did get the job instantly :D

See you soon!

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