Monday, February 28, 2011

BWOF Pencil Skirt with pleat detail

Burda World of Fashion 09/08 - Skirt 119

Pattern Description:

Burda World of Fashion - Sept 2008 - number 119 - Pencil skirt with pleat panel at lower center back. I cut a size 40 which, according to the measurement chart, should have fit but it was a bit too tight. I ended up sewing an approx. 3/8" seams instead of 5/8" seams. Having not sewn with BWOF for quite some time I'm not sure yet where I fall in the sizing.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it looks like the line drawing.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Instructions are limited, but not much instruction is needed for this simple pencil skirt. The design calls for an invisible zipper and there is a small illustrated section included on how to insert an invisible zipper. The skirt is lined with a facing finishing off the waistline.

Burda World of Fashion 09/08 - Skirt 119 pleat

The back pleat is just a pleated piece of fabric sewn onto the back of the skirt covering the walking slit - so you could easily add this detail yourself to any pencil skirt.

I eliminated the topstitching on the darts, the belt carriers, and cut the center front on a fold rather than seam it.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I'm a skirt girl. Check my reviews and I'm certain you'll see many a skirt pattern reviewed. I liked this particular one for that simple pleated detail at the back hem.

Lightweight stretch wool with Bemberg rayon lining - both purchased from Treadle Yard Goods, a fabulous independent fabric store that specializes in natural fiber fabrics. Sorry, no website but if you're in the Twin Cities (Minn) it's well worth the trip.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Aha! I just discovered why the pattern was a bit too tight! The suggested fabric is wool gabardine with crosswise stretch and I thought perhaps I didn't choose a fabric with enough stretch. Well, just now as I was writing this review, I checked the basic instructions in the magazine and discovered that the patterns do NOT include seam allowances. Oops! Turns out I ended up tracing on the sewing lines, not the cutting lines.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, now that I have the fit done it's a great basic pencil skirt.

Simple and stylish pencil skirt to build your wardrobe basics.
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1 comment:

  1. What a great take on a pencil skirt! If you don't mind, could you share more info on how the pleat is made and attached to the skirt!



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