Burda 8/2009 121 – FO 21/2011

This skirt reminds me why I love Burda patterns and why I’m glad I’ve lost enough weight to use them again.

Top is Phase Eight RTW – on sale at the moment

I had to make minimal alterations to this skirt…just added a little to the waist and a couple of inches to the length, and away I went.

The fabric is from my stash.  I bought it from The Cloth House about 4 years ago.  Hazarding a guess I’d say it’s an 11oz denim. I wish I’d bought more of it as it’s just lovely.  Both to sew and to wear.  After all the tricky fabrics I’ve been sewing of late, this was an absolute treat.

I love the details of this skirt:

The first waistband I’ve ever made that actually matches up – result!

Fabulous shaped seams and fly zip

Back pockets shaped along the yoke
Arrowhead top-stitching at the top of the rear vent
A flash of Tilda cotton print at the fly and also lining the pockets

Whilst this looks like a fairly complex pattern, it’s actually really quite straightforward to make.  If you take your time.  But I’ve already covered that topic this week!

I referred to this book for the fly zip instructions:and it’s the most professional zip I’ve ever inserted.  These are just fabulous directions. I heartily recommend them.

I know both the skirt and the new top are a little snug…but I’m back on a healthy eating kick and the weight is slowly coming off again, so this was a deliberate decision to ensure that I can wear these for quite some time to come, even as I get slimmer.

So, all that’s left to say is that I’m thrilled with this outfit and really enjoyed wearing it today.  It seems all that slow sewing really paid off.

8 Responses to Burda 8/2009 121 – FO 21/2011

  1. Jane says:

    I love that skirt, I wish I had your skill! Great outfit, perfect for the summer

    • PendleStitches says:

      Thank you very much. I do think you’ll find that your skill is equal, if not greater than mine. But I appreciate the compliment.

  2. You’re looking very svelte there lady! Gorgeous skirt, am in awe of your professional looking sewing! I have all the pieces cut out for a top and not the first idea how to follow the pattern to put it together!

    • PendleStitches says:

      Thank you, thank you. I could invite myself over to yours one evening, scrounge a cup of coffee and walk you through your pattern. I’d really enjoy that, if you’d like it.

  3. sandysewin says:

    Oooo, beautiful skirt, I love all the details and it’s very flattering! Congrats on the weight loss, I know how much work it is.

    How did you do the arrowhead stitching at the top of the vent? Was it a special stitch on your machine?

    Happy 4th of July!

    • PendleStitches says:

      Thank you. I’ve still a way to go on the weight loss but feel so much better already! The arrowhead stitch is on my machine, but you can sew them by hand if your machine doesn’t have it. It’s just a simple satin stitch.

      Happy 4th July to you too.

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