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|Burda: Classics 2012 0003 (3/4 Circle Skirt) - Type:Skirts |
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Misses skirt is somewhere around 3/4 of a circle. Sits at waist with waistband, side zip.
32-44. The advantage of the Classics magazine is that while it has fewer patterns than a typical Burda issue, each one comes in a huge range of sizes.
I cut a 36 at the waist, transitioning to a 38 at the hip (not that it was really needed).
Two layers of silk chiffon from http://theslapdashsewist.blogspot.com/2008/09/carol-collection.html, lined with a silk/rayon from the Fabric.com Vera Wang collection at $1.99/yd.
Total cost, not including travel expenses to Portugal where I purchased the magazine: about $4.
Time to Make:
This doomed skirt had not one, not two, but three different waistband treatments before I sent it to my niece. I spent way too long on this, probably 10 hours.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I had been wanting a not-a-full-circle skirt for a while, but was too lazy to draft my own. It is a good, bikeable wardrobe staple.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I did not use them.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
-I cut the skirt lining with a CB seam, so I could put the zipper in the center back. I have had enough stiff, sticky-outy side zips that I go to the center back whenever possible. I didn't want to cut my chiffon layers with CB seams and interrupt the flow, so I created an opening for the zipper.
First, I pinned my two layers together and marked the center back opening line.
I stitched barely on either side of the line by first clicking the needle to the left and running the center of the foot down the line, then turning around at the bottom of the marked line and doing the same thing on the other side.
I clipped down the marked line, fray checked the cut edges, and zigzagged them when the fray check dried.
Finally, I rolled the edges under in the narrowest possible hem, and pressed well.
The resulting opening is really nice looking.
-For the Petersham waistband treatment, I used the iron to press it into a curve. I put in a line of stitching in a contrast color 1/4" from the top of the skirt's waist, then used this as a guide for placing the petersham against the right side of the skirt. Rather than line up the edges, I offset the petersham, so that when folded to the inside I would have only one layer of ribbon.
The 3/4 circle skirt of the Butterick 5315 Peter Pan Collar Shirtdress I made over the summer is cut in 4 pieces with a seam at center front and center back, so that the grain is bias at CF/CB rather than straight. I think that is a better cutting layout for my body, as a straight grain at CF with extreme bias at the side seams can stick out at the hips rather than flow over them.
However, I need to try this pattern again in a more suitable fabric (my lining fabric was too stiff) and a longer length before I know whether it will work for me.
This review leaves out a whole lot of drama irrelevant to the pattern, which you can read about in the blog post if you'd like. Suffice it to say, it ended up with my niece!
All photos are here and the blog post is here.
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