First off, Gaylen, just because you asked .... the skirt on a real, live person. As you can see, the released pleats are surprisingly flattering. And very comfortable. But I do think you need to choose your fabric carefully or they could flare out.
By the way, I'm freezing in this shot as the short sleeves and no hose look is better suited for June than it is for February, even though temps did almost climb to 40 degrees today (whoo! hoo!)
Carolyn, I'm actually thinking of sewing Sandra Betzina's jean style jacket - Vogue 1036 I'm not certain if it will work with the skirt or not, but who needs to be matchy-matchy all the time anyway? The fabric will look great in that jacket with white topstitching.
Becky, I know exactly how you feel. I eagerly awaited the arrival of my subscription every time someone would review one of the patterns on their blog.
Tracing the pattern
YaYaOrchid - yes, the patterns from Burda World of Fashion need to be traced. I admit that is my least favorite part as I'm a bit of a lazy sewer and love the instant gratification of cutting into a pattern and sewing it right up. However, to make it less of a chore, I pop in a DVD , choose all the garments I want to sew, and trace them all in one setting.
I use tracing paper that I purchase by the roll from Dick Blick. There's a Dick Blick fairly close to where I live so when I pick up art supplies so it's convenient. A 50-yard roll of 36" wide costs around $20 and I can trace quite a few patterns with it. I then fold the patterns up, insert them into a large mailing envelope (purchased in bulk from Office Depot), mark the BWOF issue, pattern and size and the pattern is all set to go when I'm ready to sew!
Stacey and Beth both commented on the zipper. The zipper really helps make the skirt unique and I was fortunate enough to have a few decorative zippers in my stash. I had purchased a bulk assortment two or three years ago from (where else) Fabric Mart. You could easily make your own decorative pull with some jewelry making supplies if you couldn't locate one.
Linda and Heather were curious where the fabric came from. This piece - over three yards and 60" wide - came in a wool bundle that was purchased from Fabric Mart Fabrics - which means it's long gone from their stock. I admit this online store is by far my favorite and I've always enjoyed the surprise of the fabric bundles. I have yet to be disappointed.
That being said, I immediately deleted an email announcing a 20% off sale on everything on their website .... and oh! there were a few pieces of wool I would have liked to acquire. But, just because I choose to pass on the sale doesn't mean you have to. The sale is currently underway. I'm just sayin...