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Constructing Sidonie á la Chanel

Added Mar 20, 2008

by sewextreme

Atlanta Area, Ge...




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This is the second of three mini-tutorials on making Sidonie á la Chanel, my variation on the free BurdaStyle Sidonie pattern. It is a very simple skirt to make, and this tutorial will walk you through every step. Though easy enough for a beginner, this tutorial assumes that you know how to construct a basic skirt with a zipper. Please consult the sewpedia for details on sewing terms.

In the first tutorial, you learned to modify the Sidonie pattern. You ended up with six pattern pieces: three front panels and three back panels. The finished skirt appears below.

You will also learn how to shorten a zipper that is too long. You will learn some tips on avoiding “wobbly” and “buckling” zipper seams and darts using stabilization techniques.

Material Notes

Fabric with a contrasting right and wrong side such as moleskin or crepe-back satin


Stay tape (ribbon)


1" wide grosgrain ribbon (waist size plus 1")

Remnant of fusible interfacing (to stabilize the zipper)

Twin needle (optional)




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    Sep 4, 2009, 09.32 AMby giffengood

    Is there a part 3 to this how to? Thanks

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