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High waisted red wool skirt

Added Apr 13, 2012

by G-A-

Oxford, United K...






There’s never enough red in one’s wardrobe. At least, I wanted more colour in mine for winter so I made this skirt in a very soft and drapey red wool challis. I underlined it for structure and opaqueness with red viscose cupro lining. I realised I love underlining :)

I modified a pattern from Burda 08/2011 (great magazine, one of my favourite burdas) by adding a waistband, changing the front to one piece and adding a zipper at the back. I used a great technique for finishing seams and underlining at the same time. The underlining and the fashion fabrics pieces are first sewn right sides together with a 1/8inch (3mm) seam and then pressed and turned before basting and sewing the seams. It ensures a finish similar to French seams, and not bulky at all. But it can become tricky if you have to make alterations so I recommend it if you already know the fit of your pattern. I used a zipper from my stash instead of an invisible zipper, and centered it at the back.

Material Notes

Red wool challis (wrinkles a bit too easily), red cupro viscose lining (also called Bemberg lining), 1 red zipper, one mother of pearl button and one skirt hook for the waistband, stiff interfacing for the waistband.




Winter, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Preppy

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    Apr 15, 2012, 08.22 PMby infinite-plus-one

    Love it (:

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      Apr 15, 2012, 08.50 PMby G-A-

      Thanks :)

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    Apr 13, 2012, 03.16 PMby sunnilj9

    I adore the side pleats! What a great touch! Lovely colour and style too! xoxo, Suni

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      Apr 13, 2012, 05.19 PMby G-A-

      Thanks Suni. The pleats decided me on this pattern, I have to say. And so easy to do as well.

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    Apr 13, 2012, 02.21 PMby burdastyle

    Lovely skirt and a perfectly bold color choice!

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      Apr 13, 2012, 05.18 PMby G-A-

      Thank you, it will cheer me up during these long gray winters of England.

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    Apr 13, 2012, 01.44 PMby zsyzu

    I like the alterations you made to this pattern. It’s such a nice, pretty skirt. Well done!

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      Apr 13, 2012, 05.18 PMby G-A-

      Oh thank you very much, zsyzu.

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    Apr 13, 2012, 01.05 PMby erin

    Really nice, love the colour!!

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    • Bulles-bleues_large

      Apr 13, 2012, 05.18 PMby G-A-

      Thanks, I am glad you like it

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    Apr 13, 2012, 09.27 AMby Miriamsyr

    What a pretty skirt! And that underlining technique sounds great. I’ll definitely have to try that soon!

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    Apr 13, 2012, 08.35 AMby laracrj

    Fits perfectly and I love the colour! Gorgeous skirt

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    • Bulles-bleues_large

      Apr 13, 2012, 05.16 PMby G-A-

      Thank you so much!

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