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|BurdaStyle Magazine: 01-2009-112 (skirt) - Type:Skirts |
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|Fabric:||Cotton Twill [See other projects in this fabric]|
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High-waisted pencil skirt with corset-style wide waistband.
36-44. Previously I had sewn the 44 (review here), but this time I graded up to a 46 as I was using a non-stretch fabric.
Fairly heavyweight cotton twill. Plus lighter-weight cotton twill for the "stay" layer with the boning channels, quilting cotton for the waistband facing, and some of my endless yellow probably-poly-lining.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, pretty much, although the internal structure is rather different.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I didn't really follow the instructions in the magazine - the basic skirt is very easy to make up. The more difficult bits were the additions I made, so I found various tutorials and inspiration on the wonderful world wide web.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the corset styling of the yoke, I think it is very flattering for a wide range of body shapes. I've found it to be very well drafted and very simple to put together. Their use of a narrow facing for the waistband/yoke is bizarre, but it's simple to face it completely using the yoke pieces.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I pegged the bottom of the skirt by a total of about 6cm, and added a vent at the back for walking ease. I would highly recommend doing this for the larger sizes at least as otherwise it ends up being ridiculously wide and square. I used an exposed zip instead of an invisible one. As per my previous version, I fully faced the waistband - adding just a narrow facing as per the pattern seems really odd to me. However, I also decided I wanted to bone the waistband. This brought up a whole lot of... joy... when making it as I decided I wanted to somehow make the boning removable so I could machine wash it (dry cleaning here is stupid expensive and very slow, and I'm not forking out that much for a cotton twill skirt). I sort of winged this - there is a detailed description of the construction (with photos) on my blog.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'm not sure I'll sew another version as there's many other skirts I would like to sew. Having pegged this at the bottom, I much prefer the shape to my first version, so I'm definitely going to go back and redo that one. I would definitely recommend this pattern to others, although I'm not sure I'd recommend as much fiddling as I did! Without all the boning palava, it's actually pretty quick to sew.
To be honest, when I finished this skirt, I wasn't sure that the amount of wear I envisaged from it would actually be worth the time I spent on it. However, having worn this today, I feel much better about it. The skirt is surprisingly comfortable to wear and I felt good in it, although I need to get used to wearing tops tucked in. I am also pleased with the new skills and techniques I learned making this: using spiral steel boning, lining a skirt with a vent, and making bound buttonholes; I will definitely be using all these again.
There are more photos on my blog.
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