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Burdastyle pleated skirt

Added Mar 28, 2018

by Johanna Lu

Göteborg, Sweden






Pattern Description:
60’s style pleated mini skirt from the fantastic Burdastyle August 2017 issue

I did a 38 and found it to be true to size.

Things I like:

The detailing, especially the button straps at the waist and the topstitching. I also like how the yoke of the skirt is flat and that the pleats start further down and only in the front (the back has no pleats). That creates a flattering silhouette. Also, the fit is very good, with the perfect amount of ease.

Could be improved
Since the seam hits mid-bum and is supposed to be topstitched, it creates a slightly bulky seam mid-bum, which isn’t optimal. Also, the pleats are very widely spaced which looks a bit off, I think having them closer together would have created a more balanced look.

Pattern alterations
Buttons on the straps: I didn’t sew buttonholes on the straps because it is hard to achieve nice buttonholes on such bulky fabric with the buttonholes also being very close to the seam allowance. Instead, I added metal snaps and only have the buttons on for decoration

Machine sewed the blind hem. The instructions tells you to sew the blind hem but instead I used the blind hem on my sewing machine.
How to machine sew a blind hem on a flared skirt

It has already become one of my favourite skirts (and I have sewn many!). The attention to details really make this skirt a stand out and it is so timeless that you will probably want to wear this skirt forever.

Material Notes

Dark navy italian wool flannel with some Lycra




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