Burda Style 06/2011 Skirt with front pleats #117A
Welcome to my first pattern review! I've noticed that most pattern reviews have for real pictures, and not poorly lit cell phone pictures of clothing hanging on a door. So I had to wait until I could con someone into taking my picture (thank you Kelly!).
I had gorgeous gray silky fabric covered in black lace. I bought a tiny bit to make a clutch for my sister's wedding back in January and put the leftovers away. But I kept thinking about it....I wasn't happy with just a clutch. A broken clutch (hint: super glue will NOT hold fabric to a metal frame...). I first thought of a lace panel front pencil skirt, but my curves aren't very pencil-y. So then I started thinking pleats and ran across a pleated skirt sew along that Gertie did for this Burda pattern.
According to Gertie, this was a super simple skirt to put together and the pleats could easily become a contrast fabric. I immediately downloaded the pattern and rushed out to buy some solid black fabric. I ended up with a silk dupioni from JoAnn's.
I think it turned out pretty well! I'll get into the details shortly, but the skirt is extremely comfortable and I love it.
Please ignore my super white legs, but feel free to admire my hair. I actually did something to it for my photo shoot in my mom's sunroom. I don't even fix my hair for work. Or my boyfriend. But I did it for you, dear readers.
Ok, now for the review!
This is a skirt with two pleats in the front and two in the back. There is a side zipper and the waistband is grosgrain ribbon.
I downloaded it from Burda Style so I don't have an envelope. But the pattern picture shows an extremely thin model in a see through skirt. I didn't opt for the sheer white fabric. No one wants to see that.
Ha! Apparently I am "Extremely Plus Sized and Therefore Not Suitable for Normal Burda Patterns". I had to grade the pattern up by 3 sizes. Three! This is the first time I've ever enlarged a pattern so I did make a muslin. Fortunately, this pattern is almost all straight lines, so it was extremely easy to do.
Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing it?
I think so. Except for the see through part. Hope it doesn't rain wherever she is. I did hem mine a little lower, but the pattern comes in short and drag the floor long. I went in the middle.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I have no idea. I never touched them. I used Gertie's old sew along instructions and it went together like a breeze. I would assume that her instructions followed along with the pattern instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I loved how easy it was to make my size and how smoothly it went together. It is labeled as a "novice" pattern and it really is.
Would you use it again or recommend it to others?
Yes and yes! I already have the fabric for skirt number two using this pattern. I got a white fabric covered in lobsters for summer. I plan to wear it out to eat at Red Lobster while singing the B-52's "Rock Lobster". Good plan, huh?
Love the pattern, but I might need to rethink some of my future fabric choices. Nah, no I don't. I've already bought the lobsters!