Wednesday 5 September 2018

BurdaStyle 05/2017 - 108 Oversized Pocket Skirt

You often read about sewing bloggers saying that a fabric "spoke to them" when deciding what to make with it.  That happened to me here when this printed cotton sateen, which was always going to be either a pencil skirt or a shift dress, shouted very loudly that it wanted to be this skirt.  The funny thing is I was never particularly attracted to this pattern and I still think it is kind of a crazy design, but I could not get it out of my head and had to search it out on the Burda site.

The talkative fabric - printed stretch cotton sateen from Pattern Bee in Sham Shui Po as mentioned in my previous post here.  I think it was HK$60/yard, really nice to work with.

And the crazy pattern.  Yes the giant pockets do take up the whole length of the skirt!  I think to make them usable you would want to add a line of stitching otherwise you will have to fish your phone or wallet out from down by your knees!

5/2017 - 108

(Edited to add :  Oh!! Now I see the line drawing online it is supposed to have front pleats, this isn't obvious in the line drawing in my magazine and clearly I paid no attention to the directions either!  My pockets are attached the whole way down and looking at view B in the magazine, I think I prefer my wrong way better!)

It is an easy skirt to make, the only slightly annoying part is that you finish hemming the layers partway through construction.  I much prefer to do it at the end when I can properly try it on, but I think it would be a bit bulky if you try and do it altogether.  You also end up with slits in the underlayer (oops, no I sewed it wrong see my edit note above!) , but how much this helps with walking in it I'm not sure.  Fortunately I like the finished length although it looks better on me with heels.

Also if you follow my instagram (@allisoncsewing) you would have seen that the zip pull came right off just as I finished the skirt, so for now (and realistically probably forever) I have a ribbon pull.

Here are pictures of me wearing it - I realise I could have saved myself a bit of work and just made a plain pencil skirt, but it's fun to try new patterns and this one was really interesting to make.  Still haven't used the pockets yet....!


  1. Lovely, and the ribbon pull is a really cute detail. Fabric speaks to me too!

  2. That's some pocket!!! And glad you went with the ribbon pull. Great slim skirt and the fabric has a life of its own!

  3. That’s come out really well; the shape is beautiful. Weird about the pockets. I mean, I guess you could get something like a wine bottle or umbrella in but why would anyone want to?

  4. looks great. I'm really liking making Burda patterns these days although I will agree, on some of the trickier patterns the instructions are ?? mysterious and you just have to puzzle through on your own.

  5. Is that the 8/2018 Burda top I spy?! :)

    I love the skirt - the print is fantastic and those pockets are so typical of crazy Burda. But Burda manages to do crazy so well, LOL!

    1. Thanks and I can see why your spy skills thought that, but no! I have finished the 8/18 top, but I've decided I prefer the modifications that you and Audrey made so I am going to tweak it. Then it probably will looking like this old favourite of mine which is the top of dress 8/2011-126. (I should just make it again!).

  6. I love your fabric! I remember seeing this pattern and thinking the pockets were crazy. It looks great on you.

  7. Cute skirt. It is always fun to try new patterns.

    I have given up reading most instructions these days...not because they are not good, more because I don't seem to have the concentration anymore. I would have missed the front pleats too.

    Have fun with those pockets. They look like you could stash a whole bottle of wine in each. Probably handy to be able to pull out a bottle of wine some places :)

  8. that is a really cute skirt and print! and yes it is fun to try something new. I was about to comment you could hide a coupla wine bottles in there, then saw that katherine h above beat me to it!!

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