Hello again! I just finished my Burda skirt, and I am really happy with it. This skirt is from the March 2009 issue of Burda magazine, and it is design #105, in a size 36, with one inch added to the waist. Ever since receiving this issue I was intrigued by the hip yoke pockets, and there are illustrated directions for how to construct them on page 25. Bonus! While I didn't choose a fabric that lets the pockets stand out, I am still satisfied with the fabric I chose. It is a printed, medium-weight, cotton lycra, woven with a fairly stiff drape from FFC. I think this type of fabric works perfectly for the deep pleats which provide the waist shaping.
There are 3 pleats in the front and 3 in the back. Here are close-ups of the details:
Three deep pleats. I also added belt loops to the skirt which are not included in the pattern.
Hip Yoke Pocket
I cut out View A,B of this skirt, but I ended up taking 5 inches off the bottom before I hemmed it. I also inserted an invisible zipper. To give myself the extra inch needed in the waist, I laid my front and back pattern piece 1/4" away from the center fold. Overall, this is a fairly easy pattern since Burda provides clear instructions for the pockets. I love the stiff fullness of it. I do want to make a long sleeve white top that billows over the waist to go with this is as well, but I am currently modeling it with the top I made in 2010, blogged about here.
The cool weather knits I ordered arrived this week, so I think I will put design #106, a blouse, on hold and sneak in an outfit or two that I want to make from the knits. I also have a vest in progress that I am working on for a dear friend. Hope your weekend is off to a great start!
My name is Shannon, but my siblings call me Mushy... I am a 44 year old wife and mom. I started sewing in junior high or high school on my mom's Viking. I had an amazing Home Economics teacher who taught me solid techniques. By my junior year, I had sewn a Vogue Bellville Sassoon dress, rated "advanced" for prom. Sewing runs in the family. I was bound to catch the "bug". I hope to inspire you to pursue your sewing interests as I have been inspired by others in the sewing community to pursue mine. Thanks for visiting!