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.