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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....!






11 comments:

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

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  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!

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  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?

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  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.

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  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!

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    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!).

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

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  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 :)

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  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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