My first Burda magazine pattern! Ever since I started blogging, I wondered where to find these elusive Burda magazines with dozens of patterns that other bloggers talked about.
It’s true what they say about Burda magazine patterns. The pattern sheet is a roadmap of overlapping lines. The instructions are text-only with no diagrams, and quite brief. (Except for one ‘featured pattern’ that includes detailed diagrams and extra tips.)
The pluses outweigh those minuses for me. The designs are cool. And I sort of like the challenge of deciphering the directions. I don’t mind tracing, and I like the price. For only $10 you get 16 patterns. The patterns seem well-designed, and I like that they’re modern and fashion-forward and not too cutesy.
Back to the skirt! This is the flared skirt from the September 2014 issue of Burda Style Magazine. Here’s the original image.
I used red plaid from Caroline’s shop, Blackbird Fabrics. (Originally I was helping her test the checkout system, but also wanted to buy this fabric! So it’s a win-win.) It’s a 78% Polyester / 19% Rayon / 3% Spandex blend, and I lined it with black bemberg rayon lining.
It’s 19″ long so it’s not quite a mini-skirt. The plaid is well-matched, I took my time!
It was a good choice for plaids because there are only a few pattern pieces, and plaid-matching lines are marked on the pieces so they line up across the seams.
The original design has a raw edge at the hemline, which I hate, so I added hem allowance and sewed a narrow hem.
I added a label, and lined the yoke with bemberg rayon lining. To finish the yoke seam, I bound the edge with bias tape.
Close-up of the binding:
It is less poofy than I thought it would be. It’s probably because the model is moving, because the skirt hangs down straighter when you hold still and doesn’t have quite the same full shape. I actually prefer this look as it feels more sophisticated, less like a teenage girl’s skirt.
(This was a very quick photo shoot, as it was minus seven outside!)
It fits nicely over the back.
It’s kind of widening though. The flat part over the hips really does add width, I think. And it sits low on the waist, about where my left hand is in the photo below.
- The flare! It looks flattering from the side view, where it hugs the body.
- The fabric. It’s just the right type of red plaid, not too Christmas-y, not too private-school uniform. It feels a lot like wool even though it’s synthetic and it hangs nicely on the bias.
- The plaid matching. I’m pretty pleased with how well it worked out.
- If I were to make it again, I think I’d make it sit at the natural waist next time. It’s so comfortable this way but I’m used to having the option of tucking my tops in. It feels like it’s falling down rather than being intentionally low. (It sits about 2″ below my natural waistline.) And if I wear it with tights, it feels funny to have tights worn all the way up to the natural waist with a skirt hanging lower than that.
- Perhaps a skirt that flares from the waistline would be more flattering overall. (Like the Hollyburn Skirt.) Especially in plaid fabric. The flared part has movement and the plaid lines peek through the folds, but on the flat yoke part, it’s like a grid of lines drawn across the hips.
I like it, and think it’ll be cute worn in a casual way, with a thick grey cabled sweater perhaps. Because of the low rise, it has to be worn with something over the waistline that hits at the high-hip or mid-hip.
My lesson of the day: if your preference is to have skirts hit at the waistline, then a lower-rise skirt could be out of place in your wardrobe if the rest of your clothing is meant to wear with skirts with higher waistlines!