Now that I have my camera back, you'll see some more photos. It's a shame, then, that the ones I took of this skirt are so appalling. I'm the only one home, and it's dark, and I'm not good at taking mirror photos. Sorry.
Anyway, I've been looking for a Burda Style skirt that could be either an evening skirt or a work skirt, depending on the fabric. I liked the shape of 12-2011-105 - a tulip skirt. It seemed a bit more forgiving than a pencil skirt, or anything made from a knit!
The only review I could find on Pattern Reviews was from a lady who shortened hers (she is 4 inches shorter than me), but basically she didn't have any problems sewing it. That sounded like good news.
The instructions weren't too bad for this one. At least, I could make sense of them after reading through several times. I got the sizing a bit wrong... despite using my measurements. Basically, the waistband is the right size but I should have taken in the side seams. Because the skirt is wrapped and pleated, it's hard to tell if you have the size right before you insert the zipper. Live and learn.
I also learned how to do a faced hem. I thought it would be harder than it is, but it leaves a very neat finish and I like the extra weight on the hem too.
This fabric, by the way, is terrible. It's worth all of the $3/m I paid. It frays like I've never seen before, and being polyester, all the little threads cling to everything. Terrible.
I do really like the style. I'd make it in silk dupion for an evening skirt, and twill or heavy suiting for work.
Also, it's raining again. Boo.