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Posted on:6/6/14 4:08 PM
Project Photo:BurdaStyle Magazine: 01-2011-114 by the_caroler

BurdaStyle Magazine: 01-2011-114 by the_caroler  
Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 1 people   
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Fabric:Wool Crepe  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description: Flared, gored skirt with petersham ribbon waistband

Pattern Sizing: Burda 36-44, I made a 44 based on my then 32.5" waist. It was too big, falling down to my hips. This is not the first time that I have had this problem with making a size 44 skirt from Burda, but I have a hard time tracing the 42, worrying that it will be too small.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yeah, but longer.

Were the instructions easy to follow? ::laughing:: Not worth the time to look at. There is nothing useful about applying the waistband. The only useful part I got from them was the reminder that three side skirt pieces sewn together constituted the full side panel.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It is a good match for my fabric. The pattern pieces were sort of a very, very, very shallow crescent shape, which was odd considering that they didn't have specific seams to match up to, but hey, it worked out okay. The picture of the model shows a mid to upper calf length and it's called "Retro Look", so the length makes sense, but it's INSANELY long. I took out six inches, and it still doesn't hit me at the same spot on the calf that it does on the model. I'm short, but not *that* short (5'2", 31" inseam and this was drafted for someone 5'6"). I've never had to take out this much length on a project before.

Fabric Used: Wool crepe from Hancock Fabrics.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Shortened the length and made my own straight waistband following directions from one of my sewing references. The pattern pieces as drafted line up, but taking out the length perpendicular to the grainline left my side pieces 1" longer than the skirt back pieces and 1/2" longer than the skirt front piece. I was convinced I had finally found crap drafting from Burda, but no, guess it was just me. I took out the same amount from the same three spots on all three pattern pieces, so I can't say that this pattern is especially amiable to changes.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Honestly, no. This isn't a skirt style I gravitate to, though it will be really useful in my wardrobe with its neutral color. My best friend loves it though and I suspect this fall it will be a favorite piece, so I may have revisit my feelings later.

Conclusion: This isn't a bad pattern, even if I am somewhat unenthusiastic, but I wouldn't go out of my way to seek it out as it's not a unique design. I do wish I had something heftier in the waistband than just interfacing, but that's not the pattern's fault. More at my blog.

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the_caroler said...
Thanks everyone! Now that it's been hanging out in the closet I want to wear it (it's too hot though) and I even picked up fabric to make a blouse for it.
6/16/14 10:07 AM
petro said...
An elegant skirt, it will definitely earn its place in the wardrobe.
6/11/14 7:59 AM
BlueSkysAhead said...
Very nice skirt. Love your 'action' photo in your blog.
6/6/14 5:01 PM
marymary86 said...
It looks great! Those basics can be boring to sew but when fall gets here, my bet is you'll love this skirt.
6/6/14 4:25 PM
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