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Burdastyle pleated skirt

Added Mar 28, 2018

by Johanna Lu

Göteborg, Sweden

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Description

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

Sizing
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

Conclusion:
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

Difficulty

Intermediate

Categories

For
Women
Garment Type
Skirt

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