Once upon a time, Sewingelle fell in love with a handsome skirt pattern
And then this came along from her favourite RTW store, Veronika Maine
How could she choose between these two loves?
As the initial infatuation wore off, she started to see faults. Why didn’t the RTW version come in navy? The wrap part looked a bit tacked on, like a straight skirt with an extra bit.
Luckily she remembered she was a seamstress and that she could combine all the things she loved into one garment.
This dream skirt stayed in her virtual wardrobe together with all the other garments she’d already sewn up in her mind. It’s a large space.
Finally her wish was granted.
Why did it take so long from inspiration to realization?
She isn’t a very fast seamstress.
A trial version of the pattern was made last summer. It never made it to the blog because Sewingelle always meant to go back and take better photos. Ones that she looked less like a zombie in.
She loved this skirt and wore it a lot. Too much. It got quite shabby. It was time to make the real version!
Pattern: BurdaStyle 12/2013 #109
Size: 34-44, I made a 42 (waist) + 44 (hips) with a 1.5 cm sway back adjustment.
Changes I made:
The trial version was just like Burda instructed, except I didn’t use petersham for the waist. Instead I cut a waistband from my fashion fabric as a simple rectangle, with a finished height of 3 cm.
I also didn’t trim the zip edges with petersham, but left them as they were. I didn’t have a separating zip the right size, and it wasn’t two way. What I did have was one of those chunky plastic separating zips that was a bit too long. So I cut it to size, zigzagged the edges (horror, yes I really was that slapdash) and added a cute silver zip pull.
The two toned version was similar, except I drafted a separate yoke piece. Yes I reused the snowman!
I decided on the back yoke depth by how long the darts were. I closed up the darts and smoothed out the curve.
There’s a little bit bubbling were the end of the darts should have been but this seems to have worked well.
The front yoke pieces were then drafted to the same depth as the back for the left side, and angled down parallel to the hem for the right side. I closed up the darts for these pieces too.
I cut the facing in the reverse, because I could. Satin bias tape was used on the hem.
Those of you paying attention will know that the last time you saw this yellow top, Felicity was wearing it. She rejected it. Now its mine, all mine!
Narrator: Sewingelle and her skirt lived happily ever after.