|Pattern Description: Burda calls this skirt Trapezoid Skirt. It's an A-line skirt, has front slanted pockets, back single welt pockets, contour waistband. The waistband sits 2 cm below waist, skirt length is 64 cm. |
Pattern Sizing: Burda sizes 36-44. Based on my measurements, for Burda patterns I would need a 44 for bottoms. After measuring the pattern pieces I decided to cut a 42, and the fit was perfect!
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, only it was shorter.
Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn't look at them, except for the part for the belt carriers, where the instructions made sense and I followed them. Luckily, I knew how to construct the rest of the skirt and didn't need to decipher Burda's instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? There was a similar pattern not very long ago, in Burda 11/2012, but I like this one better because it has slant pockets and a contoured waistband which I prefer to a straight one. I'm glad I didn't rush to make that one, as it was on my list.
No dislikes regarding this pattern, but glad I realized in time that I needed to cut one size smaller, it saved me some extra work with fitting.
Fabric Used: Printed stretch denim.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I intended to omit the front center seam in order to keep the fabric print intact, but after looking at the pattern pieces I saw that the front flares out toward the hem, at that center seam. So I thought I would loose some shaping if I omit that seam, and I used it as it was designed.
- As I said above, I cut one size smaller. Anyway, I left 2 cm of seam allowance all over, just in case, but I didn't need it. The stretchy fabric helped, I think, but I would have chosen the same size even if it wasn't stretchy.
- I shortened the skirt by 5 cm at hem, and I am tall (178 cm)... It rarely happens to me to shorten bottoms, but it was an awkward length for me.
- I skipped the back welt pockets because my print was so busy I doubt they would have been noticeable, anyway. I wonder if someone can spot the belt carriers, LOL.
- the front pockets gaped (like in the magazine picture) and I solved it by including 3-4 mm of the top of the pocket seam in the waistband seam allowance. I basically shortened that slanted seam 3-4 mm.
- I added a layer of silk organza at the waistband in order to prevent the fabric from stretching out.
- I interfaced the pocket opening - the instruction don't tell you to do that, but since the fabric was cut on bias there, I thought it would be a good idea. I didn't interfaced the zip opening, though, (this is not in the instructions neither), but my fabric was quite stable length-wise and I didn't think it was necessary.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I am keeping this pattern as I think this is simple and basic and I've got a good fit. I recommend it to others.
Conclusion: This is the second pattern that I sew from the June issue of Burda, so I think that's a good issue I like how the skirt looks in the magazine worn with a belt, but I wonder if I am going to be able to wear it with a belt, as I am pretty curvy in that area (unlike the model in the magazine, apparently )
Here is a picture of the back of the skirt, front (hands out of pockets), and here is the skirt flat on the table, where the details are better seen: front/ back