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My BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Polka Dot Skirt

Added Nov 12, 2011

by wzrdreams

Brooklyn, New Yo...






This is my skirt for the BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook. I love the way the dark chiffon polka dots show the light crepe de chine polka dots underneath. It looks great when I’m twisting and turning.

I made a size 44 so I could wear it when I got it back. I also modified the pattern a bit. I wanted my waistband to be a cummerbund style with pleating so it needed to be a straight waistband at the real waist, rather than a contoured waistband as the pattern. So, I brought the waist up to natural waist and created the new waistband piece. I also lengthened the over skirt and added a ruffle to the underskirt. I meant to lengthen the skirt overall (the pattern is rather short) but I don’t think that I did enough. It is VERY short on me (I am VERY tall). Micro mini party skirt. The next time I use the pattern I will most like add a few inches.

Construction notes…. I used the selvage edge of the fabric to make the bottom ruffle. I just turned the selvage under and stitched it. I was working on a deadline so I thought that was very efficient. I overlocked all my seam edges. I fought with my sewing machine over the thread tension for a bit… I am not entirely satisfied with my thread tension, but I am satisfied with the overall results.

Also… I was delighted that 2 of my sketches made it onto the skirt inspiration page in the book.

The 3 pictures taken against the brick wall are from before I sent it in to BurdaStyle. The studio looking shots are from the book launch party.

Material Notes

Silk Chiffon, Silk crepe de Chine, YKK invisible zipper, hook & eye




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Chiffon, Silk

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    Aug 16, 2013, 02.23 PMby cupandpenny

    Those fabrics are so pretty! You did a great job pairing them.

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    Dec 13, 2011, 11.26 AMby anajan

    I love your variation! Polka dots and layers in contrasting colors are a great idea! Also, I agree with Carotte, short skirts look nice on you.

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      Dec 13, 2011, 05.57 PMby wzrdreams

      Thank you, thank you! :)

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.47 PMby magdamagda

    love your smile! the skirt is so much fun!

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    Dec 4, 2011, 01.28 PMby carottesauvage

    Ssssasssy! Short skirts suit you!

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    Dec 4, 2011, 09.44 AMby Denim Skirts Etc

    Cute. The contrast edging looks like lace!

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    Dec 4, 2011, 12.18 AMby caramia-made

    Adorable and you look amazing!!!! ANTM material :)

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    Dec 3, 2011, 11.04 PMby Mari Np

    I hadn’t thought of coupling twice the same pattern but in different sizes, it’s a good idea, it looks very nice here!

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