I love a magazine – pretty much any magazine really, I’ve been known to peruse a golf or car magazine if there’s nothing else at the doctor’s surgery. My favourite magazines, though, are sewing magazines, along with The Knitter, and my first sewing magazine love was Burda. I have a healthy collection going back several years on my shelves, and I have a lovely spreadsheet indexing all the patterns I’ve earmarked as ones to make. I like the fact that there’s usually something a bit different or quirky, and I find an hour or so with a cup of tea and the latest issue really inspiring – even if it’s just fabric combinations or styling ideas, there’s always something that fires me up. I even enjoy tracing off from a jumble of lines, and interpreting the minimalistic instructions.
This skirt was from the August 2015 issue and is described as an ‘Asymmetric midi skirt‘. It’s cut on the bias which gives it a lovely drape and swing, I’ve always loved bias-cut garments. It also has an interesting detail at the waistline – the front of the skirt is finished with a facing, giving a nice clean look, whilst the back has a waistband which I always prefer with a zip. What with the minimalist instructions it took me a little while to work out why the front seemed to be longer than the back…..but I got there in the end!
The fabric is a gorgeous, springy, wool crepe which I bought on honeymoon in Italy 18 months ago. This teal shade is one of my favourite colours, and at €20 for 2 metres from a market stall it was really good value as well. I did pre-wash the fabric, using the wool setting on my machine, and there was a little bit of shrinkage which affected how long I was able to make the skirt. I took some length out anyway as Burda patterns always run really long on me – the ‘midi’ length would have been more of a maxi for me – by drawing a line across the skirt at 45° to the grainline. The bias cut is pretty fabric-hungry, so I had to take out a little bit more length than I’d planned, but I think much longer on me and this would start to look a bit frumpy.
Here’s the asymmetry – a high/low look from front to back. It’s something a bit different for me, which is what attracted me to the pattern. You can see the lovely drape here as well. I cut the size 42 as per my measurements, and as usual it’s turned out slightly too big. I think it’s that squishy-belly-syndrome again, and I would always rather have something too big than too small. With the dipped hemline, I couldn’t take anything in at the side seams, but I did take in a couple of cm at the centre front seam. It’s still a little roomy to be honest, but at least it means I’ve got a nice smart-ish skirt that I can eat a massive dinner in….always useful….! I quite like it with the belt as well which helps. This belt was another Italian honeymoon purchase – it’s a gloriously soft, buttery leather which smells fabulous.
The zip insertion isn’t my finest work, but it’s liveable with. I did interface the zip edges which helped prevent too much stretching out. I’ve only noticed the slight puffiness in these photos, it wasn’t obvious in real life so it can’t be too bad. Excuse the wrinkles at the bottom which come from me having worn this all morning sitting at my desk – this was another lunchtime photo shoot where my trusty photographer (thanks Nic!) and I snuck into the empty office suite next to ours.
Here’s a closer view of the front, including some lovely wearing-wrinkles – you can just about see where the facing ends, this is slightly more pronounced from being pressed by the belt than if I wear it without. The facing is handstitched down on the inside, and the hem is handstitched too. It’s a pleasure handstitching this sort of fabric, it’s very forgiving.
And here you can see the waistband at the back, along with more close-up views of sitting-wrinkles. I really like this waist treatment, it’s not something I’ve come across before and adds a certain je ne sais quois I think. I like the dipped hemline as well – although with the skirt being slightly too big, it’s quite disconcerting walking in it and feeling the hem swish around lower than I’m expecting, I keep thinking it’s falling down…..
I’d like to make this pattern again – one of the examples in the magazine is made up in a striped fabric, which creates a lovely V-effect at the seams thanks to the bias cut. I’ve got some pretty blue striped linen which would make a lovely summer skirt. There are several dozen more Burdastyle patterns that are on my list as well though – if only I could stay at home all day and sew, I might get through them all then! Have you tried any patterns from the magazine?