Well, after the labour involved in the coat for DD1, I thought I’d do something simple. I had planned to make a knee-length bias skirt of the very dark chocolate brown (darker than the picture) fabric on my dress form, but Burda 09-2010-109 had been sticking in my proverbial creative mind, and I kept coming back to it. I invaded my stash, and pulled out all the ivory silk that I own, purchased from who knows when. It included about 1.3m of bridal charmeuse, two pieces of a mid-weight silk crepe, and yards and yards of a blush-ivory crepe that I thought was silk until I did a burn test: polyester.
I originally wanted to do all of this blouse in the silk crepe, but I cut a 90’s Karl Lagerfeld short-sleeved blouse (still working on it, but I’ll review it next!), and there wasn’t quite enough left to put this Burda tunic together. So I opted for the tuxedo look, using the charmeuse on the cuffs, plastron and collar. (Btw, the word “plastron” was new to my vocabulary!)
I didn’t really want the “tuxedo” look, but that’s all there was left to work with. The poly crepe was not a colour match to the silk crepe, so I couldn’t use that, and I couldn’t cut the entire thing out of the poly crepe, because I have other designs for that – a second 1980’s Karl Lagerfeld blouse that will fit in with the HepburnHepburn project nicely.
I will state that the opening of the blouse is a bit of an issue. I did notice that the model’s bra is visible in the BurdaStyle picture….. Oh well, I’ll just work with it. Like my DD1 suggested, “Why does your bra have to be skin-toned? Make it contrasting so it’s pretty to look at!” Uh….. right.