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Burda Style 08/2013 #130 – Striped Skirt

Yes it’s more horizontal stripes!  I made this little guy in December I think.  I’ll be able to wear it year round.

Fabric: I was on the hunt for blue/camel fabric and found this lovely piece of textured woven cotton at Emma One Sock. It has two shades of blue, tan, black, and white so It will work with a variety of outfits. I think it was a roll end or something as I only bought a yard. I actually didn’t have enough fabric for the back facing which worked out fine as the fashion fabric was a bit bulky.

Pattern: I wanted to make a wrapped skirt and found 08/2013 #130 on the Burda Style site. I would never have selected this pattern based on the website photo which looks like it’s done in a wool Melton, but the line drawing was calling me. This wrap skirt has a zipper in front.
Almost forgot, I ditched all of the pockets. No need for any extra bulk on the hips.


20140321-172253.jpg(I only tucked the sweater in so you could see the snap detail at the waist.)


Fit: I took the waist in by an inch and pegged it 3″. I also shortened it by about 3″, and stitched the pleats down a bit as it was too puffy in front.


Construction: Hmmm….let’s start with the fact that I didn’t bother to get a separating zipper per Burda instructions. This would have made the construction much easier! I also lined the skirt which was not in the instructions. As an architect I’m pretty good at figuring out how stuff goes together, but between the zipper and the lining and the wrap I was stumped for a while there. Note that the slit for the wrap starts at the bottom of the zipper which was too high for me.
Also, notice how the wrap edge is at an angle? I wanted the stripes to be perpendicular to that edge but just couldn’t make it happen with my tiny yardage. This edge is not on grain and you can see where it’s sagging a bit as it pulls at the edge seam where the zipper is. I should have interfaced this part.

Lessons learned: Careful with any fabric even remotely cut on the bias. It should be interfaced if you don’t want it to sag.  The skirt has been back to the sewing room several times to fix this, but I keep sending it back to the closet without making the change.  Argh!


Burda Style 02/2013 #129 Pleated Shorts

20140321-172057.jpgShorts in winter?  Not really.  These shorts were a quick make done last fall so I only got to wear them a few times before the snow came.  I’m always a season behind!

Pattern: Burda Style 02/2013 #129 Pleated Shorts.  I  moved the zipper from the side to the back to allow for future adjustments, and I reduced the waistband to a 5/8″ finished width.  They seem to run a bit large as I had to take them in by a few inches.  They have some generous pockets for pocket fans.

Fabric: Cotton?  I had been looking for horizontal stripes and found them at the ASG convention last year in DC.  The waistband is a scrap of Ultrasuede left over from a jacket.

Construction: I used the tutorial by The Sewing Lawyer to match the stripes and it worked like a charm.  They are not lined.

Hmm.  They look better with lighter colored tights than these brown ones.  The outfit needs something bold on top to balance the print on the bottom.  Maybe an orange scarf.

20140321-172117.jpgLessons Learned: Make more!