Tuesday, 27 October 2015

A Skirt for Autumn

i fell into the dressing up box

Earlier in the year, I added a new goal to The List:
089. Make three items of clothing from patterns
As I explained before, the idea was to challenge myself to put more effort into sewing, as usually I'm very lazy, and avoid patterns if I can help it.

After making a dress for winter using a pattern from Burda Style magazine, I intended to use some of the remaining fabric to make a skirt from the same issue.
Now autumn has arrived, I finally made that skirt! (It's only taken me nine months to get around to it!)

The pattern is from Burda Style issue 01/2015, style 109:

burda style skirt 10/2015 109

As with the dress I made previously, this skirt was presented in two 'views' - one in multiple colours, as shown above, and one entirely in white.

I was inspired to make one using patterned and plain fabrics:
  • Thick paisley cotton left over from making the dress (purchased at a charity shop).
  • Liberty fabric. Possibly left over from somebody's interiors project (also charity shop).
  • Red suit (I think) fabric, left over from a project so old I no longer own those trousers. (Tip: triple-check how much fabric you need, else you end up with masses left over!)

burda style skirt 10/2015 109

Despite my goal being to stick to the patterns, I did make some tiny changes:
1. Lengthened pattern
The original was too short! Also, the Liberty fabric I used was a skirt I'd made previously (and never wore). So I used the length of that as a guide!

2. Different fabric
In the view I was inspired by, the magazine had used suede. I used what I already had.

3. Adjusted the waist. Massively.
I will always have to adjust the hell out of garments I sew, because the bust-waist-hip ratio in pattern sizing never matches my body!

4. Different zip placement
The zip was in a weird place on the magazine's version, and the skirt I was cutting up had a zip at the back centre, so I used it! 
burda style skirt 10/2015 109

Time Taken:
1 day. I'm rather impressed with myself for that! 
Good Things:
1. The fabrics
I love patterns, and I love reds. This skirt combines the two
2. Coordination
It goes with other stuff in my wardrobe! Including the green waistcoat I never wore because nothing matched it! Yay!
3. Waistband interfacing
I have never heard of this stuff until now. It's amazing. The waistband turned out so neat!
4. Two down, one to go
Only one more garment to sew from a pattern before I've completed this goal!

burda style skirt 10/2015 109

What's Next:
I have no idea what will come next. A skirt? A dress? Trousers? A top of some kind? Maybe by next autumn I'll have made it!

1 comment:

  1. Oooh, I love the fabrics that you used. This looks so nice on you. I am so impressed that you are able to tweak a pattern. I cannot even follow a pattern, lol.