Wednesday, 22 September 2010

September 22, Burda Style 8-2010-127 skirt

Taking these photos, and trying not to repeat the same clothing combinations for a month has given me a much better idea of what is missing from my wardrobe. I recently threw out several worn out straight skirts, and there are several tops that I like much better with a straight skirt than an a-line.
This is one of them - Vogue 8305, in a lightweight rayon jersey. (Reviewed here)

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The skirt is new. It is from the September 2010 Burda. Both 127 and 128 have the same pattern pieces, so I am not sure which number I should use to identify it.

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This was a very useful pattern for me, as there are 12 pattern pieces for a pencil skirt - not including facings or linings. The usefulness relates to my difficulty in throwing out any fabric scraps that may come in handy one day. This fabric, for instance, was the odd shaped pieces after cutting out a long, a line skirt, that I wore threadbare. I kept the scraps, making a disproportionaly large pile in my fabric cupboard, thinking I might make something - there was possibly enough fabric for a child's size 4 pinny.....
It has been out again several times (there was not enough for a child size 4 pinafore), but there has not been sufficient suitably sized pieces for any chosen garment -until now.
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The pattern is OK. Personally I find 12 pieces overkill for a pretty ordinary skirt.
The multiple seams in the back allowed me to easily add backside room. I added 1/2 inch horizontally to the back seam, and 1/2 inch vertically to the two central back seams. This was a bit too much, and I had to take in the hips at the side. I also shortened the skirt by 5 inches when cutting out, and another inch when hemming. I foolishly tried a side lap zip, as suggested by the pattern, but as has happened on every occasion when I attempt a lapped zip over my curvy hip, this was a dismal failure, so I unpicked and returned to my standard invizible zip. I added a button tab to reduce strain on the top of the zip - this is a light rayon denim, but pretty heavy for an invisible zip.
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This skirt is all about the back (side).
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Which makes me wonder why there is a horizontal seam right where most women are widest - including me. Fortunately, this seam does not show up at all well in my embroidered denim fabric.
I will not be making this in a plain fabric with topstitching. I think you can work out why.

12 comments:

neighbourhood.gal said...

Great skirt! I don't have my subscription anymore, but that issue might be worth picking up! (or at least purchasing that pattern)

Gail said...

Sensational fabric! I like the lines of the skirt very much.

Handmade said...

Great outfit - it's actually very hard to see 12 pieces - but I understand what you mean about doing it in a plain fabric.

Carol said...

I love it! The fabric is lovely and if the Sept Burda every turns up, I may actually make this skirt!

Karin van D. said...

What a great skirt. I love the fabric, it's beautiful!

Sue said...

Your skirt has turned out well - but I am in the camp of may not be bothered with so many pattern pieces!

Marie said...

The skirt fabric is gorgeous. Looks great with the pattern you have chosen.

MareeAlison said...

Well those 12 pieces do fit you well though. Perhaps if you tried coordinating fabrics, while being careful not to appear like a quilt :), it would show up some of the pieces more. That said, I reaaaaaaallllly like it just like it is. Maree

Carolyn said...

Wow, that IS an amazing number of pattern pieces for a deceptively simple looking skirt!! It sounds like a bit of a hassle, but your resulting skirt is beautiful. Complex pattern proved a great way to use up leftovers. And your top is reeeeally lovely, a very flattering cut, and the draping across the front is both feminine and glamourous.
Fab outfit!

Uta said...

The skirt is very pretty; I also like the seam lines. This combination shows very well (imo) that neutrals do work when they include stronger/darker shades.

KID, MD said...

LOVE everything!! The top is fabulous - I'm always leery of tops that wrap above the bust, as I'm afraid that they'll make the girls look lower than they are, but this looks wonderful on you. Adding that pattern to the list... The skirt is completely amazing. That fabric was worth hanging on to and it is perfect for the skirt.

RuthieK said...

Very very nice! The skirt is great and made fabulous use of the leftover fabric pieces.