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Sep 13, 2010

Cathy models the Burda tunic dress!

 

Readers, it's done.

What fun Cathy and I had yesterday during our Burda tunic dress photo shoot!  As I mentioned yesterday, you'll see a brand new Cathy in this slideshow: youthful, carefree, today.
I was surprised at how readily Cathy -- ever the chameleon -- was able to morph herself into something so different and yet so very...Cathy.

So here it is and I hope you enjoy it!



As always, to see these photos full-size, please click on any image and then, in Picasa, choose "View All" in the upper left hand corner, and "Slideshow."

So what do you think?  Do you prefer country mouse or city mouse, rope sandals or cork wedges?

Should Cathy record some Peter, Paul & Mary covers?

We're all ears!

39 comments:

  1. That colour looks smashing on Cathy! Although I will say, I prefer city mouse to country mouse (although maybe that's due to the rope sandles), even if she does look pretty hot with long hair.

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  2. Cathy's tunic is absolutely gorgeous - I love that exquisite Liberty print and all those beautiful button loops. The dress shows off her shapely legs so well too. (I hope they are insured for a sizeable sum?)

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  3. Peter, Cathy really scared me for a second. She was looking really comfortable as a hippy. I was so glad to see her snap out of it!

    Cathy ROCKED the tunic, the color was very flattering, and the wedges dressed it up. Cathy has gorgeous legs and should always wear heels. Flats do not do her justice.

    Kisses to Cathy - she's stunning. I can't wait to see her in your next creation!

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  4. The tunic is perfect, really nice work on the details. Cathy looks beautiful both as country mouse and city mouse, but I think she should skip the rope sandals.

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  5. The tunic is beautiful and looks stunning on Cathy. I definitely prefer the sophisticated, silver cork sandal Cathy, rather than the 'granola' Cathy.

    Well done, Peter!

    PS: Can I have Cathy's autograph?

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  6. Swoon . . . why must we choose? Perfect styling either way. And put me down for the album AND the calendar!

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  7. The dress is extremely flattering on Cathy. Love it with the silver cork sandals rather than the rope sandals. I do like the long hair too.

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  8. Now I want the "Cathy" tunic! Love the cork sandals. They really make the tunic work.

    I completed TWO projects this weekend. A pieced hobo bag and a black t-shirt dress. Go me!!!

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  9. Peter, I live in Tennessee and Nobody here even wears rope sandals! Cathy looks great in the cork wedges. I admit I've had my doubts about this dress the whole time but I should have known Cathy could pull it off. She did!

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  10. Granola as I can be, Cathy strikes me as a City Mouse. And I'm not sure those rope sandals have ever flattered anyone.

    The dress is fabulous, and Cathy's legs are to die for. Would she consider a shoulder-length haircut for her peacenik days? Something a little Mary Tyler Moore?

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  11. What a photoshoot! And, naturally, I'm in favor of the wedges. Either way, though, that color is smashing on Cathy.

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  12. Who knew that anything could save that dress? But granola Cathy makes it look great!

    No dis to you, Peter -- you did a beautiful job on the dress. Let's face it, though, the style is perfect for the ninth (or tenth) month of pregnancy. Or as a nightgown.

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  13. Another great photo shoot! It's amazing, Cathy can make any look work, but I think I prefer the city look.
    I really thought that dress would be more sack-like so I'm pleasantly surprised at how cute it looks on. Great job Peter!

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  14. Love the dress! It is pretty. Too me, who has lived through the folk rock era, it doesn't look hippy, though. I would have accessorized it with calf length tights and flats. But I do love the silver sandals! Lose the rope sandals: they aren't right for the dress, or Cathy.

    I want to restate that the dress is really, really nice. You did a good job on it. The fabric and the pattern are suited to each other, and your workmanship just shines.

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  15. The dress is lovely. I think Cathy should polish her toenails, to really dress up her feet. My vote goes to the wedge sandals.

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  16. Jesus called and wants his sandals back. I think the dress is more fitting for a bohemian/hippie presentation, but I guess your stylist had the day off.

    I need to do more calf raises.

    Again, congratulations on finishing it, and so quickly!

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  17. Peter,

    I believe you've worked with "real" Liberty of London -- you made Michael a shirt, I believe -- and Westminster Fabrics Liberty. How did the Tana Lawn compare to the Westminster, which I assume is more of a quilting cotton?

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  18. Oh Peter, Cathy can pull off any look! She looks so fabulous in that beautifully made and very cute tunic dress. I think Cathy should be heading here to London, where she can dazzle and inspire the shoppers in the fabric department of the Liberty store with her super-cool Liberty print frock!

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  19. The Westminster is considerably heavier. Lawn would result in a much more flowing dress. The tucks in Cathy's dress don't softly "melt" into the skirt, for example. That said, it's very nice fabric.

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  20. i think this is my favorite Cathy dress! can I say that? I think the color looks simply fantastic on her and love the casual boho chic and the more sophisticated silver sandal look. I just love a dress that can do anything! Great job Peter! Cathy is one lucky girl!

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  21. Cathy looks fantastic in the wedges - shows off her legs much better!!

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  22. I'll cast my vote for the city mouse, too. Love the wedges, the rope sandals not so much. I did really love the long hair and the purple hat though. Above all... great job on the tunic!

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  23. Oh! I love long-hair Cathy! But shame on you for giving her such crap "hippie" accessories. Hippies are way more stylish than that. Yack on both the dress and the old lady purple hat.

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  24. Patchouli? Blah! I am definitely all about Cathy the city girl! Although, the long tresses do highlight Cathy's youthful glow. Great dress and great shoot!

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  25. Oh thank you Peter! I love that dress. Cathy brought it to life!

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  26. Cathy looks great! I think I'd stick with the silver sandals but go with the long, luxurious black hair without the purple hat. ;-)

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  27. I love Cathy in long hair! I think she should rock that more often. terribly envious of her calves too.
    Great Job on the dress Peter. Did Cathy like it? What's her favourite so far?

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  28. Beautiful job on the dress, Peter.
    Although I am partial to hippies, having been one in a previous life, I have to vote for Cathy as City girl. She rocked the long hair, but the rope sandals just don't do her gorgeous legs justice.
    You really did a great job on the dress.
    Mermie

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  29. Thanks, Peter, for the info re the fabric.

    Just in time for your return to the project:

    http://www.englishcut.com/2010/09/13/709/

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  30. The dress is gorgeous and Cathy looks lovely, but please do NOT ever let her wear those rope sandals again.

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  31. My goodness, such a to-do over a pair of rope sandals. Those happen to be MINE, btw! LOL

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  32. We know. We were being polite.

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  33. I have to chime in and say that those rope sandals are probably much less likely to be seen in a small town or "country" setting - small towns don't go that bohemian. (-: Great dress!

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  34. The dress looks great especially the loop buttons. It fits her really well, and I prefer the city Cathy. Those rope sandals are bad.

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  35. Love the dress! Not sure I like the rope sandals, though. And the long hair needs a bit longer bangs, I think, for Cathy to pull it off...

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  36. No, no, no!! No flower power for Cathy! She is way too glamorous, sophisticated, and elegant to be going about in rope sandals! (Shudder!) While her dress was the cutest, please, glamor Cathy all the way!

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  37. I think I reckognize this dress as the model 102 from Burda 5/2010. I have considered making this dress for myself, but I dropped it because of the loops for the buttons on the front opening. After seeing this dress sewn up in paisley fabric, I really want one, and I think I have the perfect fabric for it. So I was wondering if you could provide some tip on how to make the front opening? Particularly: How to find out the length of the small straps that make the loops.

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  38. Scarlet, you're correct. I wrote on my blog about how to make the button loops here:

    http://malepatternboldness.blogspot.com/2010/09/how-to-1-mesmerize-dog-and-2-make.html

    The size of the loops will depend on the size of the buttons. Since you're making your loops out of bias fabric, they'll have a little stretch. When you lay them out, before stitching them to the yoke, experiment with a button: can you pass it through the loop? It should be roughly the same size as the button, so the loop can stretch over the top without too much trouble.

    Hope that helps!

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