Thursday 24 October 2013

BurdaStyle 06/2008 - 109 Zip Top / Jacket & Patrones 272/48 Skirt

It seems that taking photos of myself is the bottleneck for this blog, I need to schedule more vacations!

Here are two pieces I made recently, not necessarily to be worn together.

First is this top / jacket from BurdaStyle 06/2008 - 109.  I had a remnant of black doubleknit and a fun patent zipper that needed using up and this pattern seemed to be the perfect match.  This isn't the kind of thing I would normally make or wear, but this was so much fun to put together and looks very RTW sportswear.

This is a very easy pattern to make, although to get Burda's results a coverstitch machine would be nice!  I made a size 38 with just one alteration.  The instructions are to simply turn the neck edge, but I decided to draft a facing which I topstitched down - my fabric is probably heavier than the one they used and I felt I needed something with more structure.  Although my zip was the perfect length in total the teeth come a bit short and the neckline on this top was already pretty low so I wanted to use the whole zipper length.  Alternatively I could have shortened the hem band I suppose.  The opening at the neckline does look a bit unfinished, I might look out for an interesting closure to fill the gap.

Confession time - after I had carefully sewn on the exposed zip, feeling rather pleased with myself at my straight stitching I zipped it up only to see that my pockets were horribly misaligned!  Unpicking the zipper would probably have left holes in it and I didn't fancy unpicking one of the pockets in this fabric either so I cheated and put some tape over the seams, offset to look they they match and added another row of topstitching where needed to make the two sides look the same.  

The neckline on this top is very low and loose fitting, there is no way you can wear it without something underneath it which is a bit annoying, but overall I am glad I used up fabric, zip and got to try something completely new (to me).

I'm still figuring out ways to wear the - what, top, jacket, cardigan?  I think it will work best as an hoodie alternative to throw on over workout clothes although the short sleeves probably rule that out for half the hemisphere at a time!  For the purposes of killing two birds with one stone I'm wearing it here with a simple stretch jacquard pencil skirt.

This was a remnant of some stretch fabric I picked up on a recent jaunt to HK's garment district (the rest of the fabric is a simple sheath dress, in the blogging queue).  The two sides of the fabric are different and I decided to play this up and use alternate sides on the centre and side panels, although the effect is quite subtle and can't be seen in my lousy modelling photos at all.

The fabric is so stretchy that I omitted the zipper and just did an elasticated faced waistband, using the exact method shown here.  You can see my chalk marks on the elastic below that I used to divide it into quarters and match to side and centres of the skirt.

The pattern is a panelled pencil skirt from Patrones issue 272 - #48, but it is such a basic skirt shape there are plenty of similar patterns around.  You really can't see the skirt details at all below, but here is the whole outfit.  I'm predicting this will be a workhorse skirt in my closet and I'm even starting to look forward to cooler weather so I can wear it with boots and a sweater.


  1. I think you and I have quite similar taste. You make a lot of Burda items that I have circled as 'must have a go at that one day'. I really like this casual styling dressed up as suit.

  2. I really like the jacket. I like the casual edge to it and the zip detail. Your skirt is so me as well!
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  3. They look good together. Cute jacket.

  4. Great save on the misaligned pockets - I thought the trim looked really good and then I read it had a purpose which makes it even better!

  5. It looks great just the way you're wearing it. Great save on the pockets. I'll have to remember that one!

  6. so cute! I love how you paired the top with the brocade skirt, chic but stil comfy.

  7. I´m all for casual items and your jacket is the kind of thing I would be making if the cold wasn´t around the corner right now.
    It amaze me how good it looks with the more formal skirt. Lovely combination!

  8. Great little jacket! May have a go at it myself...

  9. I love the jacket! it looks so wearable & like a really useful wardrobe piece

  10. Great outfit! I love how you used the different sides of the fabric and the zipper to make a unique outfit!

  11. Is the zipper here the type you were looking for when we shopping last?
    Love that little jacket! Great save!! And thanks for the link on the elastic waistband tutorial, too :) When are we going out again?

  12. Super cool looking! Love it!

  13. I love the subtle variation in the panels on the skirt! Definitely a workhorse piece.

    Love your fix for the uneven pockets. Brilliant, and the tape is a nicer embellishment than just the double rows of stitching.

  14. Great jacket - and a good use of braid to hide a snafu. Well done!
    I love the brocade skirt too.