Wednesday 17 October 2012

Stop Press! Another Burda Peplum

Well, before you cut out that Burda peplum posted right below this posting, and go to all the trouble of mixing and matching bodices and waistlines, Burda 'heard the word' and gave us an alternative top without the sloping waistline and droopy butt.
Boy, is that action!
Some of the items from the November preview are  just up on the Russian site here but what I discovered by poking  on the red list at the bottom of this page is the full selection feature by feature and the newer peplum style below, which is just a cut-off version of their cocktail dress in satin.

Next up, my new red ruched dress from the October Burda, all traced fabric preshrunk and now I have to cut it out.

Tuesday 2 October 2012

Adjusting the Burda peplum dress waistline (August model 113)

The August Burda version
Some of you may remember that Burda's Lanvin-look-alike caught my eye weeks ago, but some indefinable niggle held me back. Finally, I realized after looking at it for far too long that I was bothered by the mismatch of waist and belt line on the cover model. The belt fell too obviously well below her raised waist seam, in effect ruining the drape of the front peplum piece.
 I think its looks dumb.
Now it turns out I'm not alone.
The Lanvin Original

The original waistline is too high to add a belt.
I've been cruising the great Russian Burda site, admiring what those eastern babes do with Burda and stumbled across a lady who solved the problem with the fine results here. She could win a Knock-off contest, hands-down. And if I read (actually I can't! I'm trusting Google's translation,) the secret to getting that peppy peplum, she borrowed the bodice of No. 133 in the same issue and got on with the rest of No. 113, using the long-sleeved version.

The "Russian" solution

So far, I've cut out all these pieces and am looking for fabric, but I think it's worth a muslin as the sleeve and neckline seams vary considerably. Normally, I hate muslins. I publish this photo with a major apology: as I don't read Russian, I've lost her name and the original post and if any Russian Burdists out there can help me give her credit, please comment soonest!