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The BurdaStyle Skirt

December 19, 2012

I finally got around to making something from one of the many pattern books I have!

It was about 20 degrees F outside that morning, way too cold without my coat on!

It was about 20 degrees F outside that morning, way too cold without my coat on!

When the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook first came out I was a little skeptical because I was really not liking the U.S. BurdaStyle people at that time (it was morphing away from it’s original user driven content, super lame) and I didn’t like any of the original pattern designs shown. But eventually as people in the blogosphere started getting their contribution creations back from BS and I saw all the cool things they did with them, it looked like a fun book.

The reason this book is successful is probably because one of the BS founders, Nora Abousteit, co-authored it (although the introduction talks a lot about open-source bullshit that doesn’t exist anymore). The book is geared much more towards beginners, which I am not. There are so many beginner sewing books out there, if I was just starting out it would be overwhelming, but there is nearly a paragraph describing each tool recommended and descriptions of how to do basic things with a sewing machine or trace patterns.  And lots of nice photos and quotes from BS members, so that’s nice (even if they’re all extremely stylized and cherry-picked). Honestly I just skipped over most of it, my favorite part is the pictures of all the different member variations. I wish they’d given more instructions with those, or at least posted the tutorials online.

Pattern: “Our Skirt”, from the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook

Pattern Description: Basically it’s a knee length, a-line, panel skirt with curved waistband, but if you want to be fancy about it:

Our skirt is all about the details: Whether you’re super femme or not, this pattern will work for you. Go girl with a lace panel over silk charmeuse like ours, or cut it from that great print you’ve been saving. Embellishing is key here: Try adding a fun trim, rickrack, or tulle to the hem

Pattern Sizing: 32-46, I traced my usual Burda skirt size of 38

Giant pockets!

At this point I was telling Mr. Husband to hurry it up!

Fabric Used: Cotton duck I think, it’s hard to remember when I buy the fabric for projects months before I can ever get to sewing them.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Kindof, I made some design modifications, but I also think my skirt sits lower on me than the model’s skirts (which I like better).

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Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t really follow them because they were too detailed, but there are also some line drawings which I mostly followed. I’m sure for someone who doesn’t know much about sewing a skirt, the instructions would be great because of how detailed they are.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it’s simple enough for lots of different variations and there are lots of ideas for modifying the pattern, but it’s also a great basic design. The fit is really good, Burda patterns are usually good so I was hoping the book patterns would follow that theme. This skirt is the best fit I’ve ever gotten on any skirt I think.

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Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did not make the outer skirt layer and added some pocket panels on the front sides. One of the variations shown of the skirt pattern made by BurdaStyle members had pockets like this, I think nikkishell made it, and it was my favorite variation. All I did to make them was cut an extra side panel but cut it off at the shorten/lengthen line about 2/3 of the way up, lined the pockets with some novelty cotton, and proceeded like usual. The extra fabric on those panels makes the front stiffer than the rest of the skirt, but that’s ok.



How awesome is this novelty print?

How awesome is this novelty print?

Would you sew it again? Yes, this could be a great pattern for recycling old jeans or similar (I have a pile of Mr. Husband’s khaki pants with holes in the knees that he can’t wear to work anymore) because of the fairly small pieces.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes, it’s a great pattern.

I’m much more excited about the newest BS book Sewing Vintage Modern now that this skirt fit so well, but I probably shouldn’t get it until I sew more out of my other books… Heck, I might even post this review on my old BS account.


10 Comments leave one →
  1. December 19, 2012 7:27 am

    Nice! I haven’t sewn anything from this book yet, but the skirt and possibly the dress was on my list. I was going to do the overlay but I like the look without as well!

  2. December 19, 2012 8:12 am

    That is really cute! I love the print inside the pocket, but I can’t believe you’re outside in 20 degree weather without wool tights on!

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    December 19, 2012 9:26 am

    Great skirt. I love the inside pocket material! I always try and use an interesting print for insides of pockets/pocket flaps, etc. A bit of whimsy. I was interested in buying the Burda Style Book but so far have not, although I did just get the Burda Sewing Modern Vintage – yikes! I need to get sewing.

  4. December 19, 2012 9:36 am

    That keyboard fabric is awesome! And the skirt looks great too.

  5. December 19, 2012 1:52 pm

    Thanks for the review and cute skirt!

  6. December 19, 2012 4:47 pm

    I love the shape of the skirt. And the pockets are genius!

  7. December 20, 2012 12:08 am

    Those pockets are just genius! That keyboard fabric is such a great secret, and the shape of the skirt is quite flattering. I was just complaining about it being 45 degrees F outside; I can’t even imagine 20! You are a brave lady!

  8. December 20, 2012 12:54 am

    I really like your pockets, even before I saw the lining fabric.

  9. December 20, 2012 2:43 am

    Hahaha love the fabric you’ve used for the pockets. I’ve had this book for a year now and done nothing with it. Obv. time for a giveaway XD

  10. December 21, 2012 8:29 am

    What a cute skirt! I love how you turned such a frilly pattern into something functional! And that pocket lining… I love little secrets like that!

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