Pattern: Jenny from Burdastyle
Size made: 36
Fabric: 1.5 yds of cotton print jacquard from Joann’s, beige bemberg rayon to line.
Notes: This is the first time I’ve used a Burdastyle pattern, and it was a bit of a mixed bag – great skirt, lousy instructions! Let’s start with the good: this pattern fit very well in a 36, which is the size I am instructed to make by the size chart (I’m a 36 below and a 34 on top.) On the final skirt I did take smaller size seams on the hips, as this fabric doesn’t stretch even a little, and I was worried it might be snug. I think that was probably a good choice. The waistband fits fine, though my waist is not quite as small as the size 36 calls for. I did cut the waistband on the bias, as the pattern asked.
Let’s talk about the fabric first: it was really great to work with! I was worried it would fray, but that action was really minimal. I was careful with my print placement – I knew I wanted the largest pink part of the print to be off center in the front. I didn’t try to match any seams, which I think is totally fine in this print. I was attempting to make my own version of the J.Crew Impressionist skirt, and luckily I like mine even better – take that, J.Crew and your hundred dollar skirts!
The directions were not great. So I made them up, which was probably good experience for me anyway!
I made a few changes from the way the skirt was intended. I interfaced the waistband facing rather than the waistband, and I hung the lining off that facing instead of attaching it to the skirt. I did not topstitch the waistband together as the pattern instructed – to do so caused the bias band to stretch, but not the interfaced facing. I hemmed the lining with the serger because I’m lazy, but I did the skirt hem by hand. I slip stitched the lining to the zipper tape and to the slit, which gave me quite the aching pain in my hands – apparently my hand sewing technique is not so ergonomic! I need to go back and tack the lining to the skirt, as occasionally it shifts down so that you can see it just a tad. My skirt is about an inch longer than the pattern – I just took a more shallow hem. I like it mid-knee, because it doesn’t feel short, but the proportions look better than just below the knee on me.
Oh, and I’ve decided that I love invisible zippers – they go on like a dream with no basting or pinning! I think I may use them in the future whenever I can.
I do love this skirt, and I’m interested in making the other 2 versions it came with (a suspender skirt and a dress.) I might also make a black version, as I have several extra pieces of black fabric lying around, and who couldn’t use a black skirt? It’s more comfortable than I expected – I wouldn’t try to run or anything, but the slit is sufficient for walking. It was very quick – I cut the fabric on Wednesday and sewed it up on Thursday. Highly recommended, but be sure you won’t need hand holding from the instructions!