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Steel silk top and wool pleat skirt for a winter walk

Added Dec 29, 2013

by Irina Schwab

Aylesbury, Unite...






I saw the oversized sleeved top pattern in Burda magazine 12/2013 and I had to make it!

The advantage is that it is so simple, you can easily complete the project in a few hours. I have not applied a bias cut band round the neck, instead I folded it back a few mm and applied steel co-ordinated sequins.

The fabric has no stretch, so I decided to cut the pattern at largest size. It fits me perfectly, so I would say it would easily accommodate a size 8 – to a size 12 uk.

The skirt: This is another story. I bought this size 22 skirt in a big M&S sale. It was a plain miniskirt, however I loved the fabric and the leatherette appliqu. The skirt was initially dead straight. I have made two folds at the front and two at the back and secured them in place with four co-ordinated buttons. CArefully calculated pleats reduced the waist size to 72 cms.

The skirts reminds me so much of the Karl Lagerfeld project published in Burda magazine.

Other accessories: Bag (clothed) – hand painted by Camelia – shop lavinexclusive on
Angora hat; suede boots – purchased in Romania. Swarovski heart necklace.

Material Notes

top: silky two-faced, heavy fabric




Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Classic
Silk, Taffeta

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    Dec 29, 2013, 09.40 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    Lovely outfit! :-)

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    Dec 29, 2013, 08.26 PMby schnui

    You look amazing in this skirt and top.

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      Dec 29, 2013, 08.59 PMby Irina Schwab

      Thank you so much! I wish I could add more photos, but burdastyle will not work…

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      Dec 29, 2013, 09.57 PMby schnui

      Burda has been having photo problems for weeks now. It took me ages to load my hat photos.

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    Dec 29, 2013, 05.53 PMby MojoHollz

    Love love love these items! Beautifully made and your styling is really great :) Your clutch is awesome :)

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    Dec 29, 2013, 05.19 PMby Mary Athey

    Fabulous outfit irina and you look lovely in the photos. You made a lovely blouse and the skirt is simply fabulous. Well done you for creating such a skirt to fit you perfectly x

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      Dec 29, 2013, 07.53 PMby Irina Schwab

      Good old M&S can’t go to waste!

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