Friday, 29 January 2010
Burda World of Fashion 08-2009-121 skirt
Just ignore the blouse. The garment I have just made from the August 2009 Burda magazine is the skirt. (technical drawing from Burda website) It has a side zip and a back walking ease opening not shown above, I think the most fun thing about this pattern is the front shaping and hip pockets.
I had some trouble with this skirt. The reviews for this skirt at patternreview seem a bit lukewarm to me, reporting a very narrow fit at the hips and some other fitting issues. However my difficulties with this pattern were quite different.
I found the hips on this skirt to be huge. I took fully 2 inches from the hips and more from the waist for size 38 on my daughter. To be fair, my daughter has slim hips but a generous backside, considering her BMI of 18, but 2 inches is a lot more than I usually need to remove. It is not so unusual for me to take in the waist for my daughter's clothes, but after removing 3 inches, the waist is still rather large.
I think I may have made a mistake in my tracing of the front waistband. Even after removing 2 inches from the hips, and 3 from the waist of the skirt body, it was too short.
I had trouble making the front pockets sit nicely. Dawn's review of this skirt suggests that the front pockets should be caught in the center front skirt seam as a stay, but the pockets on my version were not close enough to the centre seam for this to occur.
Possibly my fabric choice is not wonderful. I used cotton twill (gabardine) from Michael's fabrics, and it may be a little too light, and a little too stiff, for this skirt.
My other fitting changes included adding darts to the back yoke. Unfortunately this fabric shows the outlines of the tucked in blouse. Maybe I should have lined it.
However, worn with a blouse over the waistband, this is quite a flattering skirt, and having no lining makes it cool to wear.
I am tempted to make this again in denim for a more casual look.
One new thing I have tried with this project is the addition of a stretched out metal eye to the top of the walking vent. I thought I saw this in either the most recent issue of Threads or of Australian Stitches, but a brief flick through these magazines is not showing me this tip. The story is that it will prevent the back seam from undoing. I will see how it works.