Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Looks can be deceiving

Just because it looks like denim doesn't necessarily mean it is denim.

After all, wouldn't you say this skirt looks like a denim skirt?

Sure it does, but it's actually a lightweight wool - cool huh? The look of denim without the bulk.

Enough about the fabric - let me tell you about the skirt pattern!

It is skirt number 105 from the January '09 issue of Burda World of Fashion. Isn't it fabulous? I was drawn to the uniqueness of the design.

The waist is shaped by large angled pleats, which are topstitched in place with the fullness released below the hipline. A decorative zipper, with the zipper tape partially showing, is secured in place topstitching.

The back has the same two angled pleats with the topstitching. The stitched down pleats give the skirt a slight tulip shape.

The double rows of topstitching hold the hem in place. The hem really is that deep!

In the BWOF instructions the skirt is not lined. However, I added a lining because the wool skirt would have been too sheer to wear without a slip. And who wants to wear a slip with a semi-casual skirt?

To draw a pattern for the lining, I used the facing pattern pieces for my waist edge and used the side edges of the skirt pattern to get the correct width.

For an extra 30 minutes of time the skirt will be much more comfortable to wear.

With the left over wool, I think I'll sew myself a looks-like-denim-but-its-not jacket. Pin It


  1. Oh Sharon it's lovely. Again, can I ask for modeled shots? I want to know what those released pleats look like when it's on. g

  2. Love that skirt - the fabric really is nifty!

  3. Great skirt with great details.

  4. Very nice! I hope my BWOF subscription starts coming soon... getting jealous of all the Jan/Feb stuff I've been seeing around the blogs!

  5. Anonymous1:02 PM

    cute, cute, cute! I really love the decorative zip on this too!

  6. That's a really cool and unique skirt.

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  8. I love the skirt! I like it better in a solid color like yours. I love your fabric, did you acquire it locally or online?

  9. I love this. I really need to start buying fabric that isn't cotton and trying this stuff - I love wearing skirts and a wool skirt would be great here on the frozen tundra of New England. I love the zipper too - where did you get it?

  10. What a beautiful skirt!!!! Love all of the details and the lining...can't wait to see the jacket.

  11. Anonymous8:35 AM

    Hi Sharon, That is a very trendy looking skirt, I agree with you on the lining, but then I'll line most everything I Did you purchase the fabric online?
    I think it would also make a nice pair of 'winter' jeans pants.

  12. That is a very unique and pretty pattern. Your skirt came out so well! Those pleats are such a nice detail. I have a question, do you trace the pattern in the magazine, or is it already ready to cut out for use? I hate having to trace patterns. I know it's better for the life of the pattern, but I like to just plunge in and start using it.

  13. Anonymous10:53 PM

    FABULOUS!!! You did a great job and it's so fashion-forward - rock it, girlfriend!



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