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Thursday, 13 December 2012

Burda Style 07/2012 - 120 Pencil Skirt

There wasn't much to interest me in this July's Burda, but I did find the darts on this pencil skirt interesting.  Still, at the end of the day it is just a pencil skirt and the two versions I made are in prints that means you can barely see the dart detail!  The fit though is great and if you don't already have a TNT pencil skirt pattern you might want to consider this one.


This is my first version, in a blue/green/brown/cream woven fabric I purchased a few years ago from Metro Textiles in NY while visiting.  I love the colours and texture in this fabric and there will be lots of options for mixing it with different tops.  Maybe not with my existing wardrobe of course......



I can't remember for certain now and all my Burdas are packed away for the impending house move, but I think this pattern was originally unlined, it's easy enough to add a lining although I cut my front lining a bit big and added in a couple of pleats to take up the excess.  I used a grey silk satin from my lining stash, it feels so nice to wear.



The instructions said to clip the curved front dart along the centre and press it open which I duly did and then worried about this fabric fraying so I fused a piece of interfacing over the raw edges.  (In my second version below and in both linings I didn't clip it, just pressed it and it was fine).

Gee I sure hope I can take better self timer photos in my new place!





This is version 2, in another multicoloured fabric, this time a metallic brocade fabric that is brown, gold and a bit of orange and impossible to photograph.  There seem to be a lot of glam fabric pencil skirts around at the moment, often paired with simple relaxed sweaters and t shirts which I think will be a good look for holiday nights out.  Again, my wardrobe needs to do some catching up to match the ideas in my head!


You can see the side front dart detail here.


This fabric is a little bit scratchy so instead of using the facings I reinforced the top of the skirt with fusible tape and fully lined it, understitching the lining to stop it showing on the right side.








28 comments:

  1. I really like your skirts! Not just the unusual darts - I think the raised waist is very chic and trendy. You look great in them!

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  2. Those have a really good shape. Lovely fabrics as well!

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  3. Hi Allison,

    I nominated you for an One Lovely Blog Award a couple of days ago and forgot to inform you! Oops. I realize it’s a bit of a chain letter thing that not everyone want to participate in. But as I do enjoy you blog - you inspired me to buy quite a few patterns I wouldn't have bought going by the pattern photos alone, I thought at the very least by nominating you more people might find and get to enjoy your blogs too.

    Anyway, should you wish to participate, you can find the One Lovely Blog Award rules and the award badge at my blog: http://overflowingstash.wordpress.com/2012/12/10/and-the-award-goes-to/

    And I do love these new skirts of yours. Again a seemingly bog standard pencil skirt made exciting by you. Love the orange version especially. But then rich orange like this is my current favorite color! :-)

    Pia

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  4. Very beautiful and I love the fall colors.

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  5. What a great skirt pattern may have to give this one a try. Also love your fabric choices!

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  6. I'm pretty sure I have that exact blue brocade in my stash, though it was purchased online from one of those fabric outlet places. Both skirts are lovely and the fit is perfect!

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  7. Both of your skirts are beautiful. Something else for my long list of projects...

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  8. Lovely skirts! The natural waist suits you. Good luck with your house move!

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  9. I love those skirts! The fabric is so gorgeous and they're so versatile. You'll get lot of wear from them!!!!

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  10. Both skirts look good. I know what you mean about scratchy though....
    I hope you get to wear these loads!

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  11. These both look so fabulous! I love your fabric choices. I bet you will get a lot of use out of both of these.

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  12. Cute pencil skirt pattern and your versions are b=very attractive. Great fabric.

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  13. Really like the nice shaping with the curved/angled dart. Love a good pencil skirt. Your's look great!

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  14. Both skirts are lovely. The position of the darts is a nice touch.

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  15. Very interesting! I didn´t pay attention to this particular pattern, but now that you mention the darts they might be the answer for a little fitting problem I have with skirts.
    Yours are great and you, as usual, look fantastic.

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  16. The fit is perfect and the fabric you've chosen are perfect for your wardrobe and styling.
    Burda styling is so individual and edgy. Good choice.

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  17. Wow, the fit and the construction of the skirts is top notch :-)
    I love the fabric you picked and I'm sure a true connoisseur will notice the darts!

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  18. Great skirts! I love that first fabric.

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  19. Love the skirts and the fabric choices! you look amazing and the look with the denim jacket is fab!

    xoxo

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  20. Great skirts - thanks for bringing my attention to his lovely pattern.

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  22. The fabrics are stunning. I'm looking for a skirt pattern to make a new plain black pencil. I keep waivering, but I might follow your lead.

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  23. Love these skirts! The lux, glam fabrics really step up the style factor. I was curious how those horizontal darts would look. I like them.

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  24. These skirts are lovely! The fabrics are fantastic and so versatile -- will match many tops. Have a wonderful holiday season!

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  25. Beautiful as always, Allison. I've nominated you for a Lovely Blogger Award.
    Thanks,
    Cennetta

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