|Pattern Description: Pleated front A-line skirt with curved waistband and side invisible zipper.|
Pattern Sizing: Burda sizes 36-44. I used a size 40 at the waist, a 42 at the bottom of the waistband, and a size 44 at the full hip. I think because of my size choices the skirt sits a bit higher on me than on the model, but I am ok with that.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Well, they weren't terrible, but I also feel like they weren't the best. Luckily this skirt is fairly simple to figure out, so you probably don't need instructions that are too detailed. I think this wouldn't be the best pattern for a very new seamstress because the instructions aren't very clear, although the skirt itself is very simple to make. An experienced seamstress should be able to make this without much difficulty. Also, as a side note, is it me or does it seem like the more recent Burda magazines have better translations than the older ones do? Just something I have noticed when I go back and make patterns from the older issues.
Did it look like the photo/drawing when you were done with it? Yes, I think so. The print makes it a bit difficult to see the pleating detail, but the overall shape and fit look very much like the magazine images.
What did you particularly like/dislike about this pattern? Likes: I like the style, and I like that it was very easy to make. I find that the diagonal pleat makes this more flattering than a lot of other styles that add unwanted poof over the stomach area. It also used very little fabric (I had barely a yard, and I managed to fit this pattern onto what I had), so that was a great bonus as well. Dislikes: The instructions weren't the best, but since this was pretty easy to figure out that wasn't too much of a negative. Otherwise this pattern was great.
Fabric used: Cotton sateen print with slight stretch. I bought it from the clearance section at Hancock's, so all told this skirt probably cost me less than $6. You definitely want a fabric that will be able to hold the pleat well, so a slightly heavier cotton works great.
Pattern alterations or design changes you made: None.
Would you sew this again? Would you recommend this to others? I might sew this again, but I have a lot of pattens I want to try, and I don't know how many skirts with this pleated front style I really need in my wardrobe. I might consider making one in a solid, just so the design detail is a bit more pronounced though. I would recommend this pattern to others - it is easy to make and the A-line shape is usually quite flattering. This skirt is also a nice way to have a pleating detail without adding too much bulk around the stomach, so I think it would look great on a wide variety of body types.
Conclusion: I am very happy with my skirt! Because of the print I don't know that it will be a wardrobe staple, but it is a fun piece to have, especially for the spring and summer. I think a version in a solid fabric could be very versatile, so I might consider making another one in the future, and I think it would be a great pattern for others to try as well.
You can see more pictures and details on my blog.