Sunday, December 6, 2009

Burda Style 12-2009-122 skirt - a work in progress

I have finished the McCalls top from my last post but have just washed it, so have no photos to show as yet.

I decided I desperately need more casual clothes, so first up, a denim skirt was in order. I had some denim at home bought to make jeans but I really would use a skirt more right now so decided to use it for that instead. I have a piece left which I am thinking may make a good slouchy bag.

The pattern I chose was from this month's Burda Style (bwof) 12-2009-122. There are some lovely items in this issue and I thought this skirt looked a bit of fun.

There's was made with a pin-waled corduroy, but because of the styling I though it would be lovely in denim too.

From the magazine - 'This short skirt of comfortable pin-waled corduroy sports jeans styling with flat-felled seams, slanted front pockets, and seat pockets. A semi-circular panel set into the back adds shape and room to move. '

I have not finished it but felt I made good progress today. Next week-end I hope I get time to finish it as I will be on holiday at the beach the week after that and really want to take it with me.

I have yet to finish the top stitching of the back flounce seam (ran out of top-stitch thread - I hope I can get this same thread, as I have had it in my cupboard awhile). I also need to add the waistband and stitch the hem.

Here is the front (I think it fits me better than Diana)...

I used the fly instructions from Threads by Sandra Betzina. I have never really made a fly I was happy with so I thought these instructions are great and I am adding the link to my sidebar so I can find it easily again. I did make a trial first to work it out as I also wanted to add a shield as the zip is a metal one and I don't want to pinch skin!

Side front....

I didn't add the welt pockets to the front. Because I am on a time-line I decided to leave them off. I was also concerned the fabric was a tad too heavy and would show pocket lines when I went to press it.

and side-back

Once the top stitching is done on the flounce seam it will be a really cute feature I think.

I am away in Brisbane this week on a training course and so hope to finish this next week-end and maybe I will show a photo shoot of my new McCall's tunic and this skirt taken at the beautiful beach resort we are going to for our holiday.

Have a good week....


  1. I love how your skirt is looking. Have a great vacation!

  2. I totally love it! Your pockets have come up beautifully! What a fun, fun skirt.

    For the longest time I used Sandra's zipper method and then I bit the bullet and knuckled down with Burda's instructions and figured it out.

    To me, there are 3 advantages to the Burda method - one, the pattern has been drafted with facings to fit a fly shield so you don't have to alter the pattern, two, there is a 5 mm overlap so the zipper is always hidden, three, the fly shield is a nice touch and as you say, extra protection from nippy teeth!

    I made a tutorial here.

    Using a wash out pen to mark the front fly sewing line helped me get a nice looking fly.

    Well, I'm not saying of course that you should deviate from what works for you.. I'm just saying there are advantages in being able to skin the goose a variety of ways...

  3. I am planning to make a cord skirt soon and I also looked at that zipper tute by Sandra Betzina. But it left me with one question: what does she do with the zipper head which she leaves extending beyond the end of the seam? And what did you do with it? I am mystified! Please fill us in on the secret!


  4. The skirt is coming along nicely and fantastic job on the pockets.

  5. I have one question regarding your December Burda issue. I live in Melbourne and subscribe to Burda throught the Australian importer (in Sydney, and I am still only up to the October issue!! How did you manage to get your hands on the December issue so soon??
    Appreciate any tips on this!

  6. Love that skirt design, Sue, esp that flippy bit at the back!

  7. I love your pockets! The topstitching looks really nice.

  8. It looks great!! I can't wait to see it once it is finished!!!


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