Sunday, 11 March 2012

Tulip skirt

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.

10 comments:

  1. Yay to having your camera back!! Boo to the rain and crappy material. Although if it was a test run at the pattern, you wouldn't want to spend proper money on fabric, really. Still, it looks good despite the issues with the material!! Can't wait to see you on Friiiiiiiiiiday!!!!!!

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    1. Exactly, the fabric wasn't really meant to last. Still, it would be good if it had made it through a single washing cycle!

      Yes, see you THIS WEEK!

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  2. Huzzah for having your camera back!

    The skirt looks like a very nice shape on you - just the right style for work or for something fancier.

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    1. Thanks Katie, I was literally waiting by the mailbox to get my camera back! The skirt makes me feel a bit more dressy than usual, which is definitely a good thing.

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  3. This is such a great pattern. Now I'm thinking about picking up some fabric and taking it and this pattern to Fiji with me and getting a seamstress to sew them up. It looks great Kat.

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    1. You can actually download the pattern from the Burda Style website - Issue 12-2011

      I find their patterns are generally less 'stuffy' than most of the ones you can buy in fabric stores (i.e. McCalls, Butterick)

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  4. I love this skirt! I've been wanting to make it, and seeing yours confirms that! I just love the pleats and and and... well, everything!

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    1. I definitely recommend it. And I know you have better taste in fabric than me - yours will look beautiful, I'm sure!

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  5. This is so flattering on you, not a style I could pull off though.

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    1. Thanks! Maybe it's worth trying out different styles - that's one of the reasons that I choose to sew. I probably wouldn't have looked twice at this style in a store.

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