Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Burda Skirt - Part 3

....or how to turn a simple skirt into a major production! *LOL*

This afternoon Marji sent me another drawing to emphasize her lining point....and she got me thinking...and since I have the fashion fabric cut out, I decided to baste it up and check the fit...here's the unlined front (without the waistband):





and here's the unlined back (again sans waistband):




This is why I used my TNT pattern for this skirt...I have 4 small darts across the back to gently emphasize my behind.  I know this works well for me and I'm liking how it looks.  I even like how the drape looks in the front.

After basting this together and seeing the pics, I've now got another idea for how to make this skirt my own! *LOL*  This version will be made up as Burda suggests...but I AM making this again.  I will use my regular skirt back and add an invisible zipper.  For the front I will pin the drape and baste it down.  Then I will add my regular waistband so that I can unzip and step into the skirt.

The reason for the change is because I like the drape on the front of the skirt, it's different from your normal pencil skirt.  However, I'm not sure that I like the way the Burda skirt closes especially on me...and since I NEVER tuck anything in you won't see the button finish at all.  I think the revised version will work better for me.  So this will be the last update...the next post on the skirt will show you the finished skirt(s).

I have to admit that this has been an interesting adventure.  I have a better idea of what I'll face making the Burdastyle dresses...and I really think I'm going to make at least one of the three...now that I can face the tracing out!

...and as always, more later!

27 comments:

  1. Carolyn, it's looking good! I can see why you used your TNT for the back - it fits beautifully. You have a very good idea about keeping the drape in place and getting in and out of the skirt using a zipper. I

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  2. I think it's going to look great when it's done. I really like the idea of the back zip. I don't generally do wrap skirts, and the last
    one I did I used the "tack it down and add a zipper" approach and it worked much better for me.

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  3. This skirt is obviously contagious - I took a night off from making gifts last night and cut out and got it pretty much together. I wish I had your comfort level with the Big 4, but that's where I am with BWOF - I know what my size is, I know the standard changes I have to make. And after getting about 2/3 of the way there before stopping for the night, I decided that if I made it again, I would put either a side zip or a back zip into it and tack that drape down rather than doing it their way.

    Looking forward to seeing your finished skirt.

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  4. I love how you are methodically making this your own!
    Thanks for so transparently sharing the process!

    It will be a beautiful skirt! And bless friends like Marji!

    Brenda

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  5. Lovin how your skirt is turning out. Great idea to change the waistband.

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  6. Love, love it. Very flattering.

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  7. That drape makes the skirt look so slimming on you, and using your TNT for the back is a great idea. I can't wait to see the finished product, by the time you've finished writing these very detailed posts it will be well before this issue lobs in my mailbox (in about 3 months sadly!)

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  8. This skirt is looking fantastic. I am going to try it too. Who knew that drape would be so flattering?

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  9. This skirt makes you look so absolutely svelte that I'm thinking you should rethink the never-tuck-in thing. ;-) It's been fun watching your process and progress.

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  10. I love it! I didn't like this skirt when I first got my issue, but yours is fabulous. I'm going to have to make this one... I can't wait to see the finished product.

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  11. Very slimming from the back and pretty from the front. Nice work!

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  12. That skirt looks great on you!!!

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  13. I love it!! Now I need to ask a embarrassingly simple question. Burda sizes....did you go with your exact measurements? I am relatively new to sewing and have found that if I use a pattern back and my measurements, I am drowning in the finished product. I ususually search for the finished measurements, which work better for me. I was just wondering if you found the Burda measurement/size chart accurate or if you made adjustments? Thanks in advance - absolutely LOVE reading your blog. :-)

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  14. Looking good! I'm so glad you made this skirt. I don't have any plans to make it but I'm plus size and there have been other skirts I've liked in BWOF but they weren't my size. I might use your technique and see if I can "make it work." Thank you Carolyn.

    CarlaF-in Atlanta

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  15. It loos great so far! That skirt didn't call out to me at first, but now I've seen yours and some other versions I'm sold!

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  16. Looking very impressive so far. Can't wait to see your results.

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  17. I think this skirt is looking really good. I agree with Karin, I wasn't too interested in this skirt at first but now I've seen your version I might just add it to my never ending 'must sew' list.

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  18. Geesh- you guys have me really thinking about making it up in a light tweedy wool now! I think the muslin looks pretty good, and I agree that I would modify it with a size zip, seems like it would be easier to wear.

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  19. That's it. I'm tracking this issue down...for this skirt. The back looks good, but the front is fabulous!

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  20. Carolyn, even unfinished this is one of the most beautiful and flattering garments ever! Can't wait to see the finished product and future versions.

    SherryV

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  21. It looks great so far. Now you have me wanting to make another right away. ;)

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  22. Contagious is right! I made it in to work late today because I needed to find my tracing marker and paper. I'm tracing this skirt out for lunch!

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  23. That's looking really good.

    Hmmm...good idea about the zipper. Since mine is still in the stack waiting to be sewn, it's not too late to add one to the side seams.

    I was thinking that the whole drape with the buttons thing would work for my (hopefully) decreasing size, just by moving the buttons from time to time (putting a hook on the inside).

    Hmmm....

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  24. Found the issue on eBay last night. Hopefully it will be in the mailbox before long. Bonus--no shipping. Carolyn, you have solved many issues about the skirt. I, too will use my TNT along with the pattern, will save many hours of frustration. You are the best!!! Everyone needs a break - your blogs are tutorials.

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  25. Sorry about the ANON - must have hit the wrong button (or something).

    Lydia

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