Pattern Description: high waisted below the knee slim fitting pencil skirt
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?no given my changes
Were the instructions easy to follow?yes. This is the illustrated sewing course pattern for this issue, and like most Burda's, those patterns tend to have pretty decent directions. It's a simple basic skirt and very appropriate for a beginning sewer.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This pattern has got really pretty lines, but I am not a fan of the high waisted AND below the knee length. There was a lot of chopping before this looked right on me. Thankfully I did make a muslin before I cut into my good fabric. I shortened it by 3" in the body and then because I was making an elastic waist, I used the excess length in the high waist to simply fold over the top of my elastic. No more high waist!
Fabric Used:Cotton/poly pale peach and white striped knit from Needle Nook Fabrics in Wichita. This was lovely lovely to work with. There was no lengthwise stretch in this knit, so I was able to match stripes while I was serging. I've never worked with a striped knit that was better behaved than this one. I lined this with an old rtw slip that I repurposed.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I added a little extra width in the side seams so that I would have enough play to gather into the elastic waistband. I also inserted 6X10" godets into the bottom of each seam. This changed the pencil silhouette to more of an a-line, but it allowed me to play with the direction of the stripes which was fun.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I do not need another skirt like this, but this is a great basic skirt that's adaptable to any number of things you could think of.