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|BurdaStyle Magazine: 08-2005-102 - Type:Skirts |
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|Fabric:||Boucle [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|********UPDATE 23 JUN 2013********|
I recently completed a second version of this pattern and love it. The general construction was the same as the first version. The only thing I did differently was block-fuse the fabric first before cutting out the pieces. My fabric was a very shifty cotton/acrylic boucle and I wanted some stability (and peace of mind) during construction. A full discussion of this project can be found here.
**********END OF UPDATE**********
Pattern Description: This is sort of a pencil and A-line skirt hybrid. The upper half of the skirt fits close to the hip, while the lower half (cut on the bias) flares out beneath the seam out to the hem. The curved seam joining the two halves make for nice visual interest and embellishment opportunities (topstitching, decorative stitches, piping, or trim).
There is an attached rectangular waistband and side seam zipper. All pieces are cut on the fold; the bias lower half is cut from a single layer of fabric.
Pattern Sizing: The pattern ranges in size from 34 - 44. Based on my hip measurement, I started with size 44. In April, I was measuring size 40 in Burda. Hmph. I digress...
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Chaos Theory is easier to understand than deciphering some of Burda's instructions. As such, I didn't use them. The skirt is fairly simple to construct. There are only three pieces (four if you include the rectangular strip for the waistband) and anyone who has made a simple skirt will not find this pattern difficult at all. The only possible problem may be with attaching the lower bias half to the top. The curves are rather extreme, but easily tamable if you use a small seam allowance (described below).
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the design of the skirt. It's cute and can be played up or down depending on the fabric.
Fabric Used: I used about a yard and half of wool tweed with strands of metallic thread throughout.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I don't think I've ever NOT answered this question.
1. I made a full seat adjustment of 1.25".
2. I lopped off 1.25 inches from the hem as the skirt is drafted for someone six inches taller than me. I could have taken some of this length out of the upper half, but decided against it. While the proportions don't appear to be off, I will take an extra inch out of the top half should I make this again.
3. I added a full lining.
4. Instead of including a waistband, I faced the waist with petersham as described in this blog post.
5. I used an invisible zipper.
- I used half-inch seam allowances along the side seams and waist. I used a 3/8" seam along the edge where the lower and upper halves are joined. I found it much easier to sew this seam and didn't need to do any clipping.
- The cut edges were finished on my serger and all seams sewn on my machine. After allowing the skirt to hang for 24 hours, I hemmed the skirt using the rolled-hem feature on my serger. I thought about pressing up a narrow hem, but I didn't want to the distort the edge too much since it was cut on the bias.
- I also cut the lower half of the lining on the bias but now realize I probably could have cut it on the straight grain.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I may or may not sew it again; I have many skirt patterns that I'd like to try. I think it's a great addition to any wardrobe.
front close up
back with jacket
bias lower front
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