Since I already had teal thread in the serger, I decided that it would be a good time to take a break from the tops and tackle the skirt I’ve planned for my Wardrobe Sudoku. I’ve been wanting to make this skirt since this magazine came out over a year ago, and I’ve been pondering it so hard this pattern even made it to my Instagram Make Nine for this year. Happily, I’ve finally gotten around to it!
This is actually a pretty easy skirt to construct, comfortable to wear, and I find the shape very flattering.
You can tell I had the skirt folded because of the creases. I’ll have to iron everything before I do my sudoku photo shoot.
On the left is a view of the inside – you can see the partial lining that hides all of the yoke seams and the fold-over facing that forms half of the skirt front.
My only issue is that I planned one of my wardrobe looks to include my teal striped top and the skirt, but I think it is way too much teal. I may have to reconfigure my sudoku board a bit, because I’m not really loving the top and the skirt together. Tucked in it looks very blah, and untucked it just looks kind of sloppy. I’ll have to ponder this.
Here is my official pattern review:
Pattern Description: Women’s knee-length skirt with overlapping front panels and top-stitched yoke detail.
Pattern Sizing: Burda sizes 36-44. I made a size 44 with no alterations.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, the instructions were really easy, especially for a Burda magazine. As is common with most Burda magazine patterns, it doesn’t really tell you how to do things (ie, you get to decide how you want to finish your edges and how you want to attach the lining and waistband to the inside), but the construction order at least was quite logical and very straightforward.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the envelope once you were done with it? Yes! It is a very nicely drafted pattern, and the result looks great – just like the magazine photo.
What did you particularly like or dislike about this pattern? Likes: The overlapped front is a nice detail, the yoke accentuates the waist nicely, and the shape is very flattering. Dislikes: there was a lot of hand sewing for the lining, waistband, and facings. Normally this would not be a problem, but I’m feeling the time crunch because of my Wardrobe Sudoku plans, so this was a bit more time consuming that I would have hoped. There weren’t a lot of pattern pieces though, and the rest of the construction only took a couple of hours, so I guess I did make up time there. Also, I don’t know if this is a dislike, or just more of a commentary – the overlap in the front is only connected at the waistband, so depending on how active you are this skirt may not provide the most coverage, but for normal activities (walking, sitting, etc.) it should be sufficient to allow mobility and provide enough coverage to prevent indecent exposure.
Fabric used: Leftover teal ponte knit from Fabric Mart. I had used this same fabric on a previous project, and thought the color would be great for the wardrobe contest. I still have a tiny bit of this fabric left… don’t be surprised if it makes another appearance!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: None. I traced the style directly out of the magazine and it was pretty great without any alterations. I could probably have taken the waistband in a smidge, but overall it fits great.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I don’t wear many skirts, but I would definitely sew this again. Actually, I’m sort of thinking about doing one out of sequins in the longer maxi style because there is one in the magazine like that and I adore it. I would definitely recommend this pattern – it is really comfortable, really flattering, and really easy to sew.
Conclusion: Love it! I am looking forward to incorporating this garment into my Sudoku Wardrobe. So far I have been really happy with the garments I’ve been making, and I am so pleased I decided to sew this skirt for the contest!