Friday 29 July 2016

BurdaStyle Maxi Skirt & Tank Top on me!

I finally got around to taking photos of me wearing the maxi skirt and tank from my last post.  I don't really like taking photos of myself at the best of times, but I had a bout of bronchitis that made me feel even less like doing it.  It took a month to fully get rid of it and today I did a big photo session so I am covered for this and my next 2 projects!

As much as I don't like doing it, I have to admit I always learn something and see things differently through a camera than in a mirror.  I also know that if I only need to take a few photos to get a decent one then that outfit is a winner.

What I learnt with this outfit is that I much prefer the top tucked into the skirt so I am really glad I lengthened it now.   It also confirmed that I did a horrible job on the neckline, but I can live with it.

As a reminder the patterns are both from BurdaStyle:

Skirt - 01/2016 - 106
Top - 04/2015 - 103

Top untucked....

vs. top tucked in...

I did attempt a twirling photo, but it was a total disaster so this will have to do, it's a lovely swishy skirt!


Wednesday 13 July 2016

BurdaStyle 01/2016 - 106 Maxi Skirt

Thanks everyone for the comments on my faux wrap dress, I definitely want to make that one up again.

I had this lovely lightweight cotton, again purchased in China, in a sort of mosaic / bohemian print that I really wanted to use to make a floaty maxi skirt.

It took a while to find the right pattern - this maxi skirt is hidden in the January 2016 issue (I associate maxi skirts with summer, but maybe that's just me) and was made up in a rather dull / odd colour blocked jersey.

However the pattern lines were exactly what I wanted, fitted yoke with lots of drape below - actually it reminded me of the Sewaholic Gabriola skirt pattern which would certainly have better directions than Burda if you needed them.  That said this is an easy skirt to put together.  I did take a bit of width out of the bottom of the side panels so that I could fit them onto my fabric and it's still plenty full enough.

Of course in this print, you can't really see the yoke seams at all except close up, but they do give the skirt a nice shape.  You can see one of the side panels here.

 I just about had enough offcuts left over to squeeze out a tank top.  This one is from the April 2015 issue, those side pieces make it great for using up odd shaped offcuts of fabric, you could even use contrasting material.

The neckline was extremely low so I raised that and lengthened it so I could tuck it in easily if needed.  I completely messed up the neckline and mine is more of a scoop than a v, oh well.

Again in this print you can't really appreciate the details, but the little shoulder tuck is a nice touch.