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Tuesday, 23 August 2016

BurdaStyle 08/2016 - 128 Pencil Skirt

This is skirt 128 from the August issue, another great release in 2016, I am just loving Burda this year having hated 2015!  There is also a view (129) with a deeper waistband and a curved hem that I may try.

http://www.burdastyle.com/pattern_store/patterns/panel-pencil-skirt-082016



I made this in a stretch denim and for some reason I really wanted to make it midi length so I just lengthened it from the hem.  This should work well in cooler weather too.


The curved panel seams are topstitched with a grey topstitching thread so they stand out, but regardless the seams give the skirt a great shape and fit.  That said, I've only just noticed on seeing these photos that on my dressform you can hardly see the upper yoke pieces in the front view.  I think this is because I cut a 38 at the waist and a 40 below and then adjusted the side seams to fit me.  Somehow on me the side seam is at least in the right place, but I guess I have lost a portion of that upper piece which is the same pattern piece for all sizes.  I think I will retrace the front and side front in a size 38 and only add a bit extra at the side seams.  

(Funnily enough Burda, in its own unique way, calls these wandering panel seams and mine do appear to have done just that!).



Those upper yoke parts are the only slightly tricky bit to sew - I stitched a line just inside the seam allowance on the yoke and then clipped into the seam allowance.  You can then straighten out that curve and easily join it to the side front panel.



The back is comparatively plain although I did also topstitch the seams there.  

It turns out that dark denim is as hard to photograph as black so despite lightening these photos it's still kind of hard to see anything, sorry!!  But don't let that put you off making this one up, it's a great pencil skirt pattern and I will definitely be making it again once I've retraced those front pieces - I'll let you know if my theory is right!




14 comments:

Sharon said...

I love this on you! I'm really liked Burda this year also after considering not renewing my subscription. I plan on sewing this skirt, but I hadn't thought of making it a midi - it really works!

SewCraftyChemist said...

This year has been SO GOOD.

And I just love Burda's odd translations. They always make me smile even when they're really head-scratching!

This looks fantastic on you and the topstitching is such a perfect highlight to the seams. Very nicely done.

Vicki said...

Over the years Burda has had a lot of interesting pencil skirts and this one is a great one. Love how you made the wandering seams stand out.

Doctor T Designs said...

Cute! Love the top stitching detail.

Lisa R said...

Love, love, love that skirt!!!! So cute.

Amanda S. said...

What a fun pattern and skirt! I'm loving all the different skirt lengths out now.

Clio said...

Love this skirt - what a great pattern and I love how you really made the panels pop with top stitching!

I felt the same way about 2015 Burda - at first I thought that maybe I was just over Burda in general or that now that I had a baby... But, no! Turns out that Burda was just in a big rut. Thank goodness! I've really loved the last few issues - I have one of the blouses from this one traced and ready to go.

theperfectnose said...

OMGOMG I love this skirt, it looks awesome on you ! Those panels are beautiful and really draw the eye in a very feminine silhouette.
I spent two hours hunting around to see if they have an envelope pattern for it (they don't. Burda France said will take 6-8 months for that to happen IF it ends up happening) so I bought the mag on ebay ��
As always, great make.

Gail said...

Burda is the little girl with the little curl. When it is good...you know the rest. LOVE your skirt and with these design lines, it is a must sew for me.

Camelia db said...

Great skirt! First I thought that the light topstitching was piping...It really stands out. Very nice!

Tracie said...

Love the fit and the topstitching - and it looks great on you, of course!

Jane M said...

Burma really knows how to take a pencil skirt and make it so interesting. Wonderful fabric and topstitching and you wear it so well. I've been snoop shopping in some little chic boutiques in a resort town and this would be perfect in their lineup. So glad we sew and can make something others won't get to see;-)

Nancy K said...

This is a fantastic outfit. Love this skirt on you. The topstitching is perfect and the fabulous top makes it even better. You clearly know what works for you.

Sharon said...

Love the lines on this skirt and it looks very smart. Love the topstitching.