I knew that the Burda skirt was hot but I never realized how hot! Sharon, who authors the blog, "Adventures from the Sewing Studio", has already completed her version of the Burda skirt. You can see it here! Also Elizabeth, who authors the blog, "Sew A Beginner", also has her muslin of the skirt up on her blog.
First a progress report, I have only cut the skirt pieces out of the black wool crepe. I haven't cut the underlining pieces out yet, that is the next step. I know everyone is wondering where my finished skirt is but I was feeling under the weather this weekend and spent most of Saturday and Sunday sleeping. The alterations to the pattern and cutting out the fashion fabric are as far as I got.
However, there were a couple of questions and comments that I wanted to address. One, I understand that there are lots of words in my posts, but I did state that this is the first time in YEARS that I have sewn with a BurdaStyle (WOF) pattern. This entire construction process is an adventure and totally out of my comfort zone.
I am perfectly happy sewing up those Big4 patterns. I have no problems making the adjustments to them because I've been using them since I was 11 years old. On the other hand, if you are more comfortable using the Burda magazine patterns...if tracing them and grading them up is no problem for you I think that's wonderful. Me, I'm stumbling around here, getting my footing and trying to locate some normal landmarks.
That is why I elected to use my TNT pattern as a starting point. I know that this fits. I know how to manipulate it and make it work for me...and frankly this is just how my brain works...how I get from Point A to Point B. And can I add here as politely as I can...that I don't mind constructive criticism especially when I can see a garment that you've made. Then I know where you are coming from...however, if I can't see anything you've made, yet you elect to "instruct" me on how to do something, I'm a little skeptical of your advice.
MeredithP asked about the pegged hem
...girl I removed that! *LOL* I straighted the side seam out and added some width to it at the same time that I added some length to the pattern.
BeeBee said: I always take time to outline my BWOF size line in a Sharpie. I'm anal enough that I have to use the color of that pattern (green for green, red for red, etc. I tried using black once and almost had a meltdown).
Seriously! I never thought of this! I will have to remember that - I mean if I ever take this adventure again! *LOL*
easy method to trace out a Burda pattern: Lay newspaper under the pattern sheet. Financial Times is good because it is very thin. Place both of these on a tracing wheel friendly surface. Use a tracing wheel to trace out the pattern. The tracing wheel will make marks into the newspaper which you can use for adding seam allowance and markings with marker directly on the newspaper.
Ohmygoodness - that would have just about done me in! *LOL* I was having a hard enough time seeing the lines and using a black sharpie! And I don't mind people using the anonymous section if they just put their name at the bottom of the post, please!
To everyone who wrote an encouraging word and are waiting to see the finished result ~ thank you! Ummmm, I am sooooo flying in the dark here! *LOL* I am taking a huge leap because I really like this skirt. And to the awesome Marji, thanks so much for the instructions and the picture (wait until you see how she marked up the pattern piece to show me how to add the lining!) I probably won't have the chance to work on this again until Saturday...so stay tuned!