Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Burda 05-2012 #113 Stretchy High-Waisted Skirt

I think I’m in love with the May Burda. There are so many cute things in this issue. I think it may also be that it’s spring in Alaska and I really love this time of year. This has no zippers or anything so if you’ve got a waist and hips, use a very stretchy fabric. I used some ITY from Fabric.com. The waist is loose on mine because I’ve got ample booty-bottom to get through that hole. I didn’t want to make it fit my waist but then pop seams to get it on.

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Some fun chevrons on the one side.
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I think the tucks on the side are very flattering.
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I decided to make this first pattern because it looked easy and fast and that’s what I’m all about these days. I didn’t really realize how quick and fast it would be. It’s only one pattern piece front and back and no closures of any kind. It’s just a pull-on skirt. The only difficult thing is all those tucks in the side seam. There are six front and back on the same side.
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To mark all the tucks, I like to use my tracing paper and tracing wheel. I stick the tracing paper between the layers with inky edges out (that way I can do both sides at the same time) and roll over the lines on the front of the pattern piece. Here you can see the marking lines on the WS of the fabric.
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Making sure you actually sew on the correct lines is hard to do sometimes. I usually stick a pin through both layers at the end of the pleat. Then I “pin baste” it and go through the front and back two more times like below. Each time I go through the fabric I can check to make sure my lines really match up.
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Then, because this fabric likes to get sucked into the machine, I sew differently than I normally do. I start in the middle, take a few forward stitches, go back to the beginning, and then go forward to the end. At the very end, I take a few backstitches to secure the stitches.
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All that works gives you perfect results every time! Or, wait, no it doesn’t it. Maybe my “pin basting” didn’t work after all. Hmmmmm. Look at the bottom two tucks in particular. Yeesh.
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I love it. It’s cute and springy. I’ll have to move on to another pattern in this issue. Although, I need to make a duvet for my bed. Where do you guys go for affordable, nice flat sheets? I think I’m going to go for some color in there. Right now, it’s a lot of brown. I need spring!!!

20 comments:

angie.a said...

But look at the snow! :D Your spring and my spring are different springs.

CUTE skirt, that's one of my favorites too (as you already know). I don't think I have any knit stretchy enough for this bootylicious though.

Kat said...

I love your skirt! I doubt that the tuck-misalignment would be apparent from a normal distance - it looks amazing, anyway. The vibrant colours make it even better!

Sue said...

Cute fabric for that skirt. I don't think I have that issue yet, I must start stalking the postman!

tigergirl said...

Wow - that looks great. I'm tempted to give it a go myself.

Anonymous said...

Beautiful, I have to try that pattern. I from northern Sweden where we have a snowy spring so it will be another month or so before I can actually wear it.

Merche Martinez said...

Hello! I think this is the first time I post a comment in your blog, though I follow it for almost a year. Love your sense of humor!
Anyway, I really like your skirt, and I was thinking of making it in a double knit..Do you think the pleats would get too bulky? Yours looks so great! Thanks for showing the "how to" to those pleats!

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Lisette M said...

Great looking skirt! I'm going to trace pants out of that issue next. If you need just flat sheets, Home Goods or Marshalls has nice ones at good prices; Costco had nice sets a couple of months ago when I looked.

Kathi G said...

You can't beat Wal-Mart's prices for flat sheets. I use flat sheets for me quilt backs.
Love the skirt. I was considering making it and I'm glad I got to see your version first.
So nice.

Anonymous said...

I've found nice sheets on ebay and on etsy - great for duvets. Love the vintage cotton sheets, they are so nice and thick.
El

Raquel from Florida said...

Love it! And all that snow... oh my! Marshall's, TJ MAx and so have the most variety of flat sheets here in my town. You can find good brands and nice colors at reasonable prices.

lakaribane said...

That's my fav from the May issue too! I can't wait to get mine. I think I'll use my left over "Persimmon Orange" knit I just made in S2369.

MySummerTouch said...

I can't wait to make this skirt! You have a lovely version!

Lisa said...

That is a great skirt , the side tucks look so flattering. I can't wait to make this one.

velosewer said...

This is so spot on for summer and looks great on you.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a great use of the striped fabric! This is a lovely skirt on you.

Texan said...

Very nice! It fits super and the fabric is just perfect.

Meagan said...

I love the way your skirt turned out! I've been stalking the burda site for the pattern and they've finally posted 113C, which looks to be the longer skirt. Do you think I could just modify from that pattern for the shorter version?

ArtAttack said...

Wow...love this on you and now have to make it!!

irem said...

I'm about to sew it now! Thanks for the instructions. They helped a lot! :D
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