Jenny Basic Skirt

Added Dec 1, 2009

By burdastyle

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This is BurdaStyle’s classic pencil skirt with two front darts and two back darts to attain a great fit. And this pattern download has perks:

The Jenny pattern download includes instructions & supplemental pattern pieces for 4 projects: The basic skirt (featured above), the skirt with bow, the skirt with suspenders, and a dress! See the extras below:

Variation B: Add Suspenders

Variation C: Add a Bow

Variation D: Make it into a dress!

Material Notes

Printed light wool crepe, Interfacing 36” x 16” (EU 90 × 40 cm), Zipper 12” (EU 30 cm)




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Preppy, Rock, Romantic, Vintage
Corduroy, Blends, Velvet, Wool



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    Dec 2, 2009, 07.09 PMby fiogob

    I’m with the folk that think $7.50 US is far too much for this – why don’t you show all the variations at once? it would make it look like better value.

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    Dec 2, 2009, 07.03 PMby starryeyes11

    Wow, $7.50 US for this??? Frankly, it’s not much different than this Burda pattern: which I can buy in a store for $4.99 CDN (and it goes up to a 46!), and not have to print it out and tape it together. Not to mention I am sure I could find something similar in a back issue of BWOF – it’s just a basic pencil skirt. Pricing is way too high on this one, IMO, rather disappointing.

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    Dec 2, 2009, 07.02 PMby maqdesign

    Personally, I think the wide waistband is revolting and would be uncomfortable to wear so high.

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    Dec 2, 2009, 06.54 PMby sewgurlwmu

    I think this skirt looks nice, but the price is ridiculous. I could find a pattern just like this that has variations for a lot cheaper at JoAnn’s. I would probably buy this pattern if it were $4 or $5. WHY in the world is this so expensive???

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    Dec 2, 2009, 01.28 PMby barbaraagatha

    I have this pattern in so many burda magazines, I do not need to purchase it. And if I didn’t, i’d simply make it myself. I am not an advanced pattern maker, and even i can figure this one out. So, exactly why does it cost $7.50? Especially when it requires me to print it out, cut it and scoth-tape the whole thing?

    Here is an example…

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    Dec 2, 2009, 12.59 PMby josefina

    Nice skirt, specially the fabric. But I agree with the other members, it’s an expensive pattern for such a basic/ simple draft.

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    Dec 2, 2009, 09.29 AMby hcbouma

    $7.50 for a basic skirt? Are you nuts, Burdastyle? That’s more than a magazine with lots of patterns costs. If I can’t see the other 2 skirts and the dress, I will never pay this amount of money.

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    Dec 2, 2009, 01.22 AMby erdronen

    What a gorgeous skirt, and a great basic pattern! I love the shape. I too think I will wait to see the other variations before purchasing, but I can’t wait! I don’t need more skirts anyway, even though they’re my favorite pieces to make and wear! ;-)

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    Dec 2, 2009, 01.18 AMby wzrdreams

    I’m confused about why we can’t see the design sketches for the other variations of the pattern. $7:50 is a chunk, but not unreasonable for a pattern with some mileage. Can we get a full pattern description ASAP? Thanks!

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    Dec 1, 2009, 10.07 PMby ginasophia

    The fabric is amazing, is there anyway the textile sources can be posted with the photos??

    ps I can’t wait to see the variations as well!!

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      Dec 1, 2009, 10.33 PMby alisondahl

      We were just talking about that in our meeting actually- it is something we’d love to incorporate into the site. In the meantime, this fabric comes from B&J Fabrics in Manhattan and they have a website: where you can purchase fabric online.

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    Dec 1, 2009, 10.06 PMby sandrasews

    Very nice. Love the fabric choice, really makes this skirt pop. I love the inspiration BurdaStyle provides each week!

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    Dec 1, 2009, 09.12 PMby nehmah

    Well, I actually would keep this pattern, but since it only goes up to size EU 44, that puts me beyond the pale. There will be many “regular-size” (46) members who won’t buy it. At $7.50 a pop, I’d expect a pattern to fit with minor adjustments. Minor doesn’t include drafting up to a 48-50. Sorry we got short shrift, again. Nehmah

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      Dec 2, 2009, 01.15 AMby wzrdreams

      Nehmah, I sympathize…. I know it sucks to feel left out, but if you actually wanted to make it this a basic skirt is the easiest type of pattern to grade fully. It’s practically a rectangle.

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      Dec 3, 2009, 09.29 AMby juliam

      And here you are again!! I’m in agreement over the price (and size range though a 44 fits me) and the simplicity of the pattern but would hold off final comment until maybe seeing the other patterns in the set.

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    Dec 1, 2009, 08.08 PMby lunatepetal

    what a versatile pattern! love this variation, and look forward to seeing the rest :)!

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    Dec 1, 2009, 07.46 PMby ghainskom

    I guess you’ll be presenting each variation separately over the next 3 to 4 weeks? Oh well… I agree with abucketfulofheather that I’d definitely wait for the other variations to decide if they’re all worth this price. Don’t get me wrong though, the skirt looks okay.

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    Dec 1, 2009, 06.03 PMby abucketfulofheather

    I’ll certainly wait until the other variations of this come out to see if it’s worth forking out this much for a basic pattern. It does look lovely, though, I like the really high waist. Those shoes the model is wearing are pretty awesome, too!

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