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|BurdaStyle Magazine: 08-2009-107 (Trench Style Skirt) - Type:Skirts |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Fabric:||Polyester Woven [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Knee length pleated wrap front skirt with trenchcoat styling, self fabric belt with buckle, welt pockets.
Pattern Sizing: I am inexperienced with Burda sizing, so at first glance I was thinking that all of the patterns were sized too small for me. When I looked closer I reallized that where I am an 18-20 in most patterns and a 14 or 16 in ready to wear...I am 12-14 in Burda sizes!
So I had graded this skirt up to a 48 thinking I was an 18, and it was way too large! Silly silly me.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Not especially. I used welt pocket instructions from a Simplicity coat pattern I had in my stash. The rest was pretty easy to figure out if you have sewed something similar.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This is a fabulous skirt, very flattering! I love the trenchcoat styling. Love love love love love it.
Cheapo poly twill for my wearable muslin. I will make the second version from a gorgeous Super 100 wool I got from PA Fabric Outlet - yes on their 99 cent table if you can believe that!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
None on the skirt after I figured out the Burda sizing.
I made the belt straight instead of curved, because I am lazy. The curved shape would work better because this skirt sits just below the waistline
Issues I had with the pattern.....
1. FRONT SELF FACINGS:
The front self-facing is not wide enough (by about 2 inches) if you are putting all of your buttonholes on one side and all of your buttons on the other, which is how I did it and evidently not how Burda intended. It is a couple of inches shy of where it needs to be to reach to the second row of buttons and buttonholes. My buttons are now spaced too close together because I tried to keep them all in the facing area.
Next time I will add to the facing - even if I was placing the buttons and buttonholes as they do, I would still like that whole area to be faced for strength and stability.
Update: Did this on the second skirt, and it is much better!
2. WAIST FACINGS:
The waist facings are weirdly shaped. I am just going to use petersham next time around, or draft my own.
Update: I did use petersham ribbon for my final wool skirt, and it worked beautifully
3. WRAP FRONT:
I don't really enjoy wearing wrap front garments and always worrying that they will blow open at some inopportune moment (most likely when you are walking up to those big glass doors in front of the church and half the congregation is standing around in the vestibule ready to greet you as you come in)
SO, long story short, I sewed front facing pieces together below the buttons. This is completely invisible from the outside, and forms a wide pleat on the inside. Problem solved! (Sorry folks, no show from ME this Sunday).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I have got the second version cut out and I am ever so excited to sew it again because it is absolutely an adorable design!
Update: The second version is complete, and I have worn it several times. I get compliments on this skirt every time I wear it. My pictures do not really do it justice. It is an adorable skirt. Very very flattering and sharp and distinctive!
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