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Helena Skirt: A New Pattern Download!

Added Sep 17, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






The Helena skirt is a brand new pattern download created by BurdaStyle member Sarah Magill. This adaptable skirt pattern would drape wonderfully in denim, cotton, twill or tweed. Take Sarah’s cue from her sketches and try the skirt with front pockets and buttons, or for an easier project eliminate the front button placket and cut the front of the skirt on the fold.

Perfect for the weather right now, you can wear this skirt with tights or leggings, with your favorite rock t-shirt, a vintage blouse or a cute jacket. We find this skirt pattern so versatile, that depending on the fabric used, the shape really works for a lot of different fashion personalities and styles. Have fun with it!

Material Notes

1.25m 150cm OR 1.5m 115cm (1.3 yds 65” OR 1.6 yds 45”) fabric
• 6-8 buttons
• Thread (matching or contrasting)
• Interfacing (for waistband)

Cotton twill, denim, chambray, medium to heavy linen, corduroy, needlecord, plaid, tweed




Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Bohemian, Casual, Classic, Goth/Gothic Lolita, Mod, Preppy, Rock
Cotton, Blends, Denim, Suiting, Velvet


Pattern Creator
Creative Director of BurdaStyle Featured Projects

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    Oct 16, 2016, 07.11 AMby Tagada

    Hi, I can’t find the Helena skirt pattern to download, it is not included in the instructions and can’t see it anywhere. Please, could you help me ? Thanks a lot and have a nice sunday.

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    Apr 15, 2014, 07.13 AMby alex24601

    So I’m making this gorgeous skirt and i just cant figure out the waistband, I’m not adding a zip or anything, I’m following the instructions but im not entirely sure how to sew it on. Do i pin both layers or only one layer of the waistband, how do i turn it in so the inside is hidden and neat? Can someone dumb it down for me?

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    Apr 15, 2014, 07.13 AMby alex24601

    So I’m making this gorgeous skirt and i just cant figure out the waistband, I’m not adding a zip or anything, I’m following the instructions but im not entirely sure how to sew it on. Do i pin both layers or only one layer of the waistband, how do i turn it in so the inside is hidden and neat? Can someone dumb it down for me?

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    May 22, 2012, 03.54 PMby Rachet04

    This skirt is actually perfect for my GCSE textiles project, I am going to make a blouse and add it to the top and make it a dress !!!

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    Oct 30, 2010, 01.50 PMby wwdiana

    Well, I just realized (which should have been obvious!) that I will have to add a zipper. I think I am sleep deprived. I am trying to make something that more or less looks like the top right hand version in your illustrated sketches. I will go buy some notions and let you know if I’m still having problems!

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    Oct 29, 2010, 04.25 PMby wwdiana

    Hi! I love this pattern, but I’m having a bit of trouble figuring out how to attach the waistband. Perhaps it’s because I’m not using the buttons and have it as just one whole front piece. Waistbands get me every time. Any way you could dumb it down for me?

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      Oct 29, 2010, 06.56 PMby Sarah Magill

      Hi there,
      How are you fastening the skirt and is it at the front/ side/ back. You need to remove the button stand from one end of the waistband, so that you remove some of the overlap. It’s difficult to know what your design looks like- maybe you could give me more detail?

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    Oct 17, 2010, 05.54 PMby mspeirs

    but a cute little skirt! can’t wait to sew it up :)

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    Oct 3, 2010, 11.46 AMby shelley .

    Could somebody please help me wich numbers of the pattern belong togheter, becuse this pattern seems to me like a puzzle??

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      Oct 6, 2010, 03.42 PMby Sarah Magill

      There is a chart included in the instructions showing you how to lay out all the pieces.

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      Oct 17, 2010, 06.39 PMby mspeirs

      check the layout grid. you place them numbers 1-4 first row and so on.

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      Oct 22, 2010, 11.53 AMby shelley .

      Thanks a lot :)

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    Sep 25, 2010, 03.12 PMby monibug

    I still can not download this pattern…It won’t download

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    Sep 23, 2010, 07.12 AMby Sarah Magill

    Come visit my blog!!! goldfinchandeagle.blogspot.com

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    Sep 23, 2010, 05.27 AMby yao

    very cute

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    Sep 21, 2010, 08.38 PMby amyadoyzie

    I’m scrolling through the pattern before I print it to see what page that little “4-inch square” or similar square is (so that I can measure to make sure my printing has not shrunken or enlarged the pattern). I don’t see it, does anyone know how I can tell if I’m printing it correctly?

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      Sep 22, 2010, 06.52 AMby Sarah Magill

      Hi there,
      I’m sorry, I forgot to put one on! Print with no scaling and check the waistband measurement against the chart, if you want to double check. I have printed and checked the pattern and it was perfect. You could also just check the distance from the seam allowance to the cutting line in your size, which should be 1.5cm or 5/8 inch.


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      Sep 22, 2010, 06.54 PMby amyadoyzie

      I’ve printed it! Thanks! I’ll let you know if I run into any issues!

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    Sep 21, 2010, 07.27 PMby holasoylulu

    cute, cute,cute!!!!!

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    Sep 21, 2010, 04.11 PMby strawberryorange

    aw, this is so sweet, I really do rather love it! may have to make some free time to make it in!!

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    Sep 21, 2010, 11.00 AMby sallyleigh

    P.S. I am using Safari and have downloaded it perfectly. Thanks again, Sarah! :)

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    Sep 21, 2010, 10.56 AMby sallyleigh

    I love it! This looks like a great project for me to try out and is definitely something I would wear. Thank you so much for sharing! :)

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    Sep 21, 2010, 03.44 AMby sandrasews

    Fabulous!! Great shape and thank you Sarah for being so generous to make this pattern available for us.

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    Sep 20, 2010, 07.39 PMby hellagabrielle

    This looks remarkably like the Wiksten Tulip skirt pattern.

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      Sep 21, 2010, 06.55 AMby Sarah Magill

      Thanks for your comment. This skirt was inspired by a variety of sources, including Wiksten, Steven Alan, APC and countless others! This skirt style has been so popular I wanted to make my own version, so hand pattern-drafted and graded it for users on BurdaStyle! I hope you enjoy it! :)

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    Sep 20, 2010, 03.45 PMby escorpio

    I like this pattern, but I would probably modify it to sit a bit lower. I must love this pattern, as it has a very lovely name :)

    The download worked for me, I’m also using Firefox.

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    Sep 20, 2010, 03.36 PMby Sarah Magill

    I can download it now- on Safari. Hope you enjoy it! Any probs with the pattern, please email me: sarahmagill@yahoo.co.uk

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      Sep 20, 2010, 06.13 PMby nehmah

      Thank you Sarah for taking time to upload the pattern for us. You are Grade A in my book. Nehmah

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      Sep 20, 2010, 06.44 PMby Sarah Magill

      Thanks Nehmah!!

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    Sep 20, 2010, 02.02 PMby rachelnyc

    Hey guys,

    The download is working for me, I wonder if it’s a browser problem? I’m using Firefox. Let us know if you guys are still having an issue, it’s such a cute pattern we’ve got to get it working!

    -Rachel @ BurdaStyle

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    Sep 20, 2010, 11.29 AMby Sarah Magill

    I’m sorry everyone! I worked with the creative director to get this up on the site, so don’t have access to edit it. I have contacted her and hopefully we can rectify the situation. Thanks for your positive comments so far.


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    Sep 20, 2010, 10.54 AMby susanafer

    I can’t download the pattern… the instructions ok, but not the pattern

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    Sep 20, 2010, 10.41 AMby laurakinsperger

    same problem. failed to download it.

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    Sep 20, 2010, 09.39 AMby leeloe

    Can’t download it! :(

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    Sep 20, 2010, 07.42 AMby zumurruda

    Lovely Skirt! I will be making a long version of it though!!

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    Sep 20, 2010, 05.33 AMby laurats

    Same problem with me – I got an ‘unsupported file format’ warning in Acrobat. Looks like a cute skirt, would love to download it once you get the files working.

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    Sep 20, 2010, 05.19 AMby nehmah

    Me Three! I tried removing the link and re-downloading. No such luck. It looks like the dreaded “weekend-lost-file-” curse has struck again. Ms Magill, I know it’s a chore, but would you please see if you can download the pattern once more? It’s a clever bubble skirt. And thank you for the multi-sizes. I appreciate the extra time and effort that you took to make the pattern available to more members. Cordially, Nehmah

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    Sep 20, 2010, 04.37 AMby wafada

    I loved it!

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    Sep 20, 2010, 03.00 AMby denise2003

    I downloaded it, or at least I tried. Every time I downloaded it I got nothing— not even a blank PDF.

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