Tuesday, 11 September 2012

Burda style 4-2012-118 skirt for work

Although my daughter started her work week with a RTW black skirt, the plan was to make her two more skirts to wear with her blouses. I finished one of them in time for day 2 of work experience, but the other one does not exist.

I will have to return my sewing halo.
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You have seen this a few times already ;). In fact I am pretty sure that I have made several versions of an identical skirt  pattern from a Burda issue a year or so earlier, however, this one was traced in a size 36 from Burda Style 04-2010-118, as for some reason not unrelated to chocolate consumption I do not trace out a size 36 for myself.


My daughter loves the high waist on this one, but  I have a post construction urge to somehow squeeze some boning in the upper side seams. I used a great crisp interfacing, but it is not quite sufficient by lunchtime.


The adjustments to the skirt pattern were minor. I added a lining, using the outer pieces, and did my fitting from the lining. Unfortunately this led to a slightly overfitted waist, as I had somehow forgotten that cotton batiste (lining) has less bulk than 2 layers of Viyella (skirt fabric, facing)  and a layer of interfacing. Fortunately I had started to bind the seams with wide strips of bias cut cotton quilting fabric and was able to use most of the seam allowance to correct my fitting error. I then hand stitched the bias strips to the lining and mitred the corners at the back walking slit.

This fancy finish left me feeling rather smug, but the hem cured that nicely. I sewed it by hand whilst watching television and somehow made it crooked, so had to re do it in the morning, which is not a good idea, especially before the second cup of tea. It must have been payback for the smugness. Sewing does that.

I have recovered from this now, but it may be why the second skirt is still in the pipeline.

14 comments:

Dilliander said...

Your daughter must be the best dressed work experience student in the office, great job with all the tops and skirt!

katherine h said...

I wouldn't give the halo back...just a quick shine up should do it!

Lucky girl...bet her new wardrobe was the best bit of work experience.

Carol said...

I am quite fond of these high waisted skirts and I haven't used boning, but maybe I should try it. Some fabrics almost curl at the top after I've been sitting all day. I think you should hang on to that sewing halo, you've made some lovely things.

Karin said...

You have your daughter looking lovely. Work appropriate, pretty, still figure revealing and young, but utterly professional. She is so lucky!
The high waist suits her. I know what you mean about the boning. But, RTW skirts all bunch up like this and worse, so I don't think it is a disaster, just a chance to do it even better next time.

Carolyn said...

I think you get to keep your halo! This skirt is adorable as are all the other lovely items you have made for her. I had admired it in the previous posts but didn't realise this was also an example of your brilliant handwork. Bravo!

countrygirlcouture said...

I'm sorry, but you aren't allowed to give back the halo, you earned it and then some, even if you didn't finish everything you had hoped. This was a pretty small window of time you were working with after all! The skirt is cute, I've got a pattern for a similar one, but somehow I'm not sure if it would work as well for me...that might not be unrelated to my love of almost anything bread. ;-)

shams said...

Dressing your beautiful daughter for work must be fun, too. Like dressing a Barbie doll in grownup form. :)

Bernice said...

I'm sure she was the best dressed work experience student in town. Definitely deserving of a halo.

SewRuthie said...

Looks great! A size 36 is a distant memory for me :D

velosewer said...

Yay. You're sewing some really lovely clothes and your daughter looks very smart.
I love the style you've developed with her too. It really suits her.
You're so talented.

Gail said...

I hope she'll want to go back to school. The clothes are much nicer than a uniform.

ejvc said...

Really charming. This is a great skirt type for her figure. And of course your work is top notch.

pdiddly said...

you certainly are running this stuff up quick - I am not sure if I am more jealous of the speed of your sewing of the tiny figure your daughter has (oh to be young)

Sharon said...

The halo is still in place, you deserve it. Lovely skirt for your daughter and thank you for the note about the high waist as this one is on my never ending to do list.