I made my first Burda Magazine garment. I had been hearing so much about Burda World of Fashion (oh sure, change the name of the magazine once I get a subscription) that I had to subscribe. I wasn't sure I would like it, so I subscribed for 3 months and also purchased some prior issues over at Pattern Review. When I got June, I was ... well, underwhelmed. But I just put it to the side and waited for July.
The minute I got this issue, I got happy feet and decided that I had to do something right away. I chose Skirt 111, which was described as being 60's inspired. I also recognized the fabric from vintage suit refashion I did for a friend (the fabric is not a lot of fun to work with -- a Jacquard that acts like a double knit), but I digress. I traced the pattern and graded it up to fit my hips and viola!
This is a vintage cotton twill from my stash that I got on Ebay years ago. One of those -- "now why did I buy that?" fabrics. I don't gamble, but I do like beer and pretzels, so maybe that was the allure.
I forgot to make the "petite adjustment" to shorten the torso area, so I had to increase the length of the front darts closest to the seam in order to get rid of the extra fabric that pooled in that area.
I still get a little pooch when I move around and guess how much fabric I can pinch out to make it go away? Yep, the one inch I needed to remove when I cut out the skirt. Ah well, it still works even though there is a little "indent" under tummy.
I love the little pockets -- especially the fact that they cover the darts!!
I didn't want to use the serger because the twill is bulky without serged seams, so instead I opted for a Hong Kong finish (that and the fact that I had a bag of charmeuse scraps close by).
The thickness of fabric made it necessary to reach for a vintage covered button kit with serrated edges. I was able to clamp the pieces together with the modern set.
Just like the picture
I had the pull between the first and second buttons, so I added a hidden snap to keep that area closed. I also had to move my top button to the right in order to tighten up the waistband.
I even make a statement from the rear. I'm not sure what statement, but it's a statement.
All in all, I love this skirt. Primarily because of the fabric, I'm sure. Hopefully, I'll find another quirky vintage fabric in my stash (I'm sure I will) because I really want to make another skirt like this -- perhaps with a more appropriate theme. I'm not sure this is the skirt for "polite society", but it suits me just fine.