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Sep 27, 2011

Leah Models the BurdaStyle Halter Dress!



At long last, readers, my BurdaStyle sew-along halter dress photo shoot!  If it seems to you like I've been working on this dress for, like, forever, imagine what if feels like to me. 

This shoot, my first without my cousin Cathy, is bound to invite comparisons between her and Leah.  Please remember that Leah is not a professional model like Cathy, though I think she acquits herself quite nicely. 

Of course, while Cathy requires the merest dusting of powder to look picture-perfect, we had to literally spackle poor Leah with heavy cream foundation to get the results you'll see here.  (It's so important to take care of your skin, readers, and that means never going to sleep in your pancake.  Learn from Leah's errors.)



I don't think Leah knew what she was getting herself into when she agreed to participate in this project: the endless fittings, the drama of disaster averted, or being forced to parade around town in opera-length gloves carrying heavy, actually packed vintage luggage (I wanted her to feel the role, so I used bricks).  Modeling is not for the timid.



Without further delay, the photo shoot.

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."   



Seriously, how adorable is Leah -- and how about that dress on her?

Enjoy!

PS - You can read my final sew-along post over at BurdaStyle here.

25 comments:

  1. HAHAHAHAHAHA! I loved it. Five stars. Out of four. Air kisses all around.

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  2. Leah and Pia have the chops.

    Suddenly open casting for "The Beatrice Lane Story" is going to become crowded, and someone is going to be angrier than two hens.

    The dress is perfection, and she worked it so well that I'm reconsidering everything.

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  3. Leah looks divine in the dress...fabulous creation Peter! I really hope Cathy doesn't feel intimidated by Leah's fabulous photo shoot.

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  4. Honestly you are too funny. Enjoyed the drama, it made me giggle over my coffee:)

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  5. Bravo! A fabulous show to show off a fabulous dress! Well done, Peter! You are a man of many talents. Hope Cathy and Leah do not get into a cat fight. They are both amazing models.

    It looks like all the pain was worth it. The dress looks amazing and fits Leah perfectly. I think your version looks richer and classier than the Burda photo. I also like your version of the bodice better than the flapping wings on the original.

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  6. Just too funny, I was REALLY laughing out loud in front of my computer. Leah is radiant and the dress is beautiful. Seeing the final project I'm glad that the contrasting fabric didn't work out. I bet a lot of other followers feel the same way. Bravo!

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  7. Stop please! I'm sneaking at peek at work and laughing loudly in the office is going to get me into trouble LOL! Fantastic! x

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  8. Hi Peter,

    I have a question for you, the sewist. If I look at the photo's I get the idea that the dress is very low on the top (the boobs) I am not the proud owner of a big rack and if a dress is too low, it just looks if I don't have boobs at all. Especcialy, when I know that the upper flap had to be sewn different to the dress, if you did it like in the instructions it evebn would be more lower than now.

    Kind regards Borduurmuppet

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  9. The story to go along with the photos is HILARIOUS! I nearly died laughing. haha. The dress turned out beautifully, Peter--worth the effort and hair pulling? ;)

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  10. SO great. I laughed too loudly and woke up the family.
    Story - genius!
    Photos - inspired!
    Dress - excellent fit!
    Actress - pretty, poised, and the perfect collaborator!
    Thank you for this excellent wrap-up for that long, painful episode.

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  11. What a lovely dress and model. As always Peter, your posts delight and entertain. Thanks so much for being you and sharing with us.

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  12. You put BRICKS in the luggage? Peter, you are mean!

    Delightful photo shoot and adorable model. The dress suits her so well, and as someone who is built similarly, I think the way you did the top of the dress improved the fit. If you had done it the way Burdastyle wanted, it would have been too low for Leah. Just MHO.

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  13. Oh Peter! I LOVED that slide show. I had to snicker behind my hand so no one would hear me.

    I think Leah better watch her back. And the dress is so cute. Well done.

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  14. Bravo! Very fun and cute dress...I think Leah is prettier than Pia...I see a problem there. Just so they don't take any work away from Cathy!

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  15. Okay, I have not even seen the photo shoot, but I am laughing hysterically at your post.

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  16. Identical twin sisters? Identical cousins? Wow! New York is an exciting place to be! Wonderful story and the dress is beautiful. You are a truly accomplished sewist! Or as was just informed *sewist* is passe' and now we are to be called seamsters! Who knew?!

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  17. Peter: loved the dress and story/photos! I'm beginning to suspect you're a film director/producer in your "day job." Leah looks great in the dress. Thanks so much!

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  18. Loved this photo story Peter,Leah looks great, the dress looks fab, and the story was hilarious! I was very impressed with the photo where Leah(or was it Pia) was looking at herself in the mirror...

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  19. Great dress and photoshoot! It's so great to see the amazing final product after reading about this dress on your blog. Leah looks fantastic in it.

    (Also, you mentioned getting rid of your vintage luggage set in the previous post. I would definitely be willing to take the round suitcase off of your hands if you're going to get rid of it anytime soon! I've been dying to do a Desperately Seeking Susan thing with a round suitcase. Remember that movie?)

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  20. Be very proud of that beautiful dress (and of the funny story)!

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  21. The slide show is So funny. I laughed, I cried...mainly laughed. Very cute dress.

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  22. Beautiful! Leah and Pia look divine! I really love the strapless version. Very flattering!

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  23. Too funny! Great problem solving on the dress, it turned out really attractive and well finished.

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  24. I just found your blog, and I'm glad I did. You are hilariousness and do a great job

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