Sunday, 15 April 2012

Awesomest skirt ever!

BurdaStyle magazine 01-2012-104 is now officially my favourite pattern ever.


What's to love?
  • It took no more than 3 hours from tracing the pattern through to wearing the finished skirt
  • It uses less than a metre of fabric, which makes it incredibly cheap
  • Or alternatively, you could use really expensive fabric and it still wouldn't cost much
  • It can be made with stretch sateen - my favourite fabric
  • I didn't have to make any pattern adjustments
  • It's easy! Even if you have never sewed before, I think this could be your first project
What's not to love?
  • That I don't need a wardrobe full of awesome pencil skirts!!

There's really nothing to it - it's even the special 'learn to sew' pattern for the month, so it comes with really REALLY detailed instructions. Basically - sew darts, sew pieces together, sew elastic trim on top, sew zip, hem. That's all. The only change I made was to have a much deeper hem (I made the skirt sit just above knee level) because the length as shown would have been mid-calf... not flattering for me. I'm not short, it's just a long pattern.


I used a slipstitch so that the hem is only minimally visible from the outside. It's been so long since I hand sewed anything that I'd forgotten what slipstitching was called! You start from the wrong side, do a TEENY stitch through the hem to the front, and then run the needle inside the folded hem until your next little stitch to the outside. That's a terrible explanation. Sorry.

Note: tiny stitches holding the hem up.
Anyway, even hemming by hand only took a few minutes. You would never be able to get such a nice finish using a machine hem.

I can't recommend this pattern too much! I really love it. The review is here. And I can't believe it fit perfectly on the first go. I put zero thought into the pattern placement, so it looks a bit stupid. But never mind, I plan to make about a hundred more of these with various remnants so I'll make it better the next time...

15 comments:

  1. It looks fantastic! I love the colours in the material you chose.

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    1. Thanks - yes, I love those colours too. I don't normally wear a lot of patterns, but I think this one is stunning.

      I was so lucky, there was only a metre of this fabric in the remnant bin. This 'scrap' has been sitting on my shelf for more than a year, so I'm even more excited to have used it!

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  2. Such a great pattern and fabric. And that the weather looks great and you're without shoes on the grass makes me quite envious! And slip stitch is actually my favourite stitch :)

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    1. Shhh... it's a secret... I hardly ever wear shoes when I'm home! But yes, I'm making the most of what is (probably) the last of the sunshine.

      Slipstitch may just be my favourite stitch now, too! It's funny what you remember - I probably haven't sewn this stitch in 20 years (since I was a Brownie). But it was obviously a lesson well learnt!

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    2. I learnt the slip stitch during my time as a Brownie...then a Guide...A Queens Guide, A Ranger...ohh the memories!

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  3. Great fit, awesome fabric and I LOVE YOUR NAIL POLISH!!! :)

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    1. Thank you!

      The nail polish is OPI Austin-tatious :-D

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    2. gorgeous skirt. looks stunning on you!

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    3. Thanks Kate - a bit of colour definitely feels good to wear!

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    4. Oh well that explains why I like it so much - I already own it :)

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    5. lol - nothing like coveting something you've already got!!

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  4. Great skirt - love that fabric. I always like to slip stitch the hems on wovens - looks so much better that even my abhorrence of hand sewing loses out on that one.

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    1. I'm not a hand-sewing fan either! But I agree, sometimes it's well worth it.

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  5. love the print - looking good Kat.

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  6. I completely overlooked this pattern, but seeing yours made up is making have second thoughts. Funny how seeing a real garment sewn up changes my mind a lot of times. And your nail polish is perfect!

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