Some Sewing for Me

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Now that I have jumped into the deep end that is sewing for me, I've decided I might as well keep swimming. This skirt came together over the New Year's break. The pattern is burda style 7346 and I just love it. The details call it a balloon skirt - imagine a puffball, but without the 80's.

I have made some adjustments to it. The hem has been lowered by 4" Call me prim, but I like my stirts to finish at the narrowest part of my leg. Consequently the side pleat is not as dramatic as in the original length. Perhaps next time I will leave the balloon length and add on straight-ish panel below to get to the length I want. The other adjustment was to include some elastic in the ribbed waistband. After having maternity clothes that stretched as I grew but never quite shrunk back, I don't fancy having to constantly hitch my skirt up and have learnt my lesson. before you ask, no, this is not a maternity skirt, just a nicely comfortable one.

I have managed to take it on an outing. It is delightfully swishy to walk in.After a day at the office, commute and all, I can confidently say this skirt is comfortable and perhaps I am tempted to make another one in the near future.

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  1. Super cute skirt. As a rule of thumb when it comes to Burda I lower the hems, and raise the neckline. I have been to Germany so I can say that yes, the young women DO walk around with crazy short skirts and plunging necklines but the older ones are more reticent and are dressed beautifully but more demurely. (actually, in Eastern Europe, the necklines are very high, but there is no shame in flaunting some butt cheek, which I found very strange!)

  2. I'm with you on the lengthening of skirts! I like to comfortable and at 41, I certainly don't need to flash the flesh :-) And you've achieved a lovely balance of fullness but not heaviness on the waist. Very classy!

  3. Very nice skirt, and shoes for that matter. And might I say how nice it is to see you feature on your blog! You look just like I imagined.

  4. I know you really want comments on the skirt but I can't help myself from saying... look at your pretty shoes.

    A girl at work had a similar skirt today and she called it a tulip skirt. Maybe that's a more helpful name.


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