I'm happy the plaid mostly lines up.
The pleats are cute and really very easy. The Burda instructions did help me a bit here.
The back with invisible zipper.
The green lines are the actual things that I copied from the pattern. I added the seam allowances with my sewing machine. I read a tip from Debbie Cook where she talked about just sewing around the pattern lines using her sewing feet and the seam allowance lines on here sewing machine. Duh! Why didn't I think of that? I can sew faster than I can trace with a pencil and ruler. The extra white paper is for the kick pleat and the bottom hem. The white paper should go all the way to the right but I didn't have any more paper.
Here is the front pattern piece. I traced the pocket piece but, in the end, decided not to have pockets in it. The Burda directions say to flair the bottom hem and I could figure out what they meant. But then I started looking at my pattern. You have to flair the bottom piece so that when you fold it up, it fits next to the skirt.
I used an extra long zipper and cut it off. I finished the end with this extra fabric. I may end up taking it off because it is bulkier than I want. It adds a weird bump at a place where you don't want a weird bump.
A few questions to answer:
- Paula- Don't be scared. But I would start with something easy first. Once you get the hang of finding the damn things on the packed piece of paper, it is easy. I didn't realize but the sheet of paper is color-coded. So my skirt was on section D and it was blue. Once you know you are looking for a certain color it just seems to pop out at you.
- Kasizzle- I have a large, South-facing window that I use to trace. I hang up the Burda sheet with masking tape and then tape a sheet of newspaper over it. I get roll-ends from the local newspaper here. I just use a pen to trace out all the peices. Next time I will make sure I leave more space between the pieces to add seam allowances later. I added the seam allowances with my sewing machine but there are numerous ways to do it. There are lots of tips on patternreview.com. And interesting one I may try is using two pencils taped together. You just make sure they are 3/8" or 5/8" (or whatever) away from each other.
- Lindsey T- Do it!