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Jenny Basic Skirt

Added Dec 1, 2009

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






This is BurdaStyle’s classic pencil skirt with two front darts and two back darts to attain a great fit. And this pattern download has perks:

The Jenny pattern download includes instructions & supplemental pattern pieces for 4 projects: The basic skirt (featured above), the skirt with bow, the skirt with suspenders, and a dress! See the extras below:

Variation B: Add Suspenders

Variation C: Add a Bow

Variation D: Make it into a dress!

Material Notes

Printed light wool crepe, Interfacing 36” x 16” (EU 90 × 40 cm), Zipper 12” (EU 30 cm)




Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Preppy, Rock, Romantic, Vintage
Corduroy, Blends, Velvet, Wool



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    May 5, 2012, 07.45 PMby Tabatha Lettuce

    Have the instructions for this skirt been made any more user friendly? I’d love to have a go but find following a pattern somewhat tricky, especially Burda ones. Anyone tried it recently? I’m a novice with ambition!

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    May 4, 2010, 03.44 PMby pinksalamander

    I’ve just started this skirt and can I just say that the instructions are awful. I picked this pattern because it seemed like a nice easy project but its been driving me up the wall with its dire instructions. I’m going to stop using burda patterns altogether very soon as your instructions aren’t worth the paper they’re written on. Sort it out Burdastyle.

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      Jun 17, 2010, 03.51 AMby chadrific

      I agree, but I just don’t read the instructions…though if I didn’t know how to throw this dress together I’d be pissed…the instructions are HORRID. I don’t even understand why they’re so poorly written…it’s Burda’s pitfall I think :-(

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    Dec 13, 2009, 10.49 PMby clairegeit

    Are pictures of the other options up as yet? I would like to see them before I download and I though they were meant to be up last week?

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    Dec 13, 2009, 10.49 PMby clairegeit

    Are pictures of the other options up as yet? I would like to see them before I download and I though they were meant to be up last week?

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    Dec 13, 2009, 10.42 PMby clairegeit

    Are pictures of the other options up as yet? I would like to see them before I download and I though they were meant to be up last week?

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    Dec 13, 2009, 10.41 PMby clairegeit

    Are pictures of the other options up as yet? I would like to see them before I download and I though they were meant to be up last week?

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    Dec 13, 2009, 10.41 PMby clairegeit

    Are pictures of the other options up as yet? I would like to see them before I download and I though they were meant to be up last week?

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    Dec 9, 2009, 11.38 AMby swingtag

    Nice design, easy to make and alter. I think $7.50 is a good price for 3 skirts and a dress, but I would also like to see the technical drawings of the other patterns in this set.

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      Jan 18, 2010, 10.21 PMby alisondahl

      The technical drawing for ALL 4 OPTIONS are live by clicking the underlined phrase.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 07.37 PMby thirtydaysseptember

    Wish I could see line drawings of the other variations. As it is, the price seems WAY too steep for a skirt, especially considering the cost and time investment of either printing it at a copy shop or printing out so many pages at home and tiling them together.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 04.48 PMby starrbegley

    I bought this pattern and it’s next on my list after the pair of trousers I cut last night. I’m looking forward to the other variations and hoping I’ll be able to grade the pattern to fit my figure. I’m 27.5" waist and 34" hip. Any recommendations? I’ve only been sewing about a year and have not adjusted many patterns besides shortening for my 5’2" frame with mixed results.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 09.36 AMby swingtag

    It’s a nice simple design, easy to make. I think $7.50 is quite reasonable for 3 skirt variations and a dress but there should be technical drawings of the other variations.

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    Dec 8, 2009, 09.33 AMby swingtag

    It’s a nice design and easy to make. I think $7.50 is quite reasonable for 3 skirt options and a dress, but it would be nice if there were technical drawings of the other variations.

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    Dec 4, 2009, 11.18 PMby sarabclever

    I like, but dont’ think I have the figure for it!

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    Dec 4, 2009, 03.32 PMby sewverytall

    I wonder if the other variations will take a week each before we see them. If so, it practically guarantees that no one will buy the pattern until they get to see all the versions. Odd way to do business.

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    Dec 4, 2009, 02.28 PMby joanrobinson

    I’m curious about the other variations, too— this is just an incredibly basic pencil skirt with a wide waistband, no? I am, by no means, an expert sewer, and I drafted up something like this myself recently, based on a skirt that fit me well, in about 10 minutes. (If anybody is curious about how to do this, I’d be happy to explain.) Anyone who has sewn a waistband before is capable of coming up with this pattern themselves.

    Again, curious to see the other variations.

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      Dec 7, 2009, 05.14 PMby quiltedgiraffe

      Actually— yes!! I’d love to hear how you drafted your skirt. I’ve drafted full skirts before (the easy kind— basically, two gathered rectangles sewn to a waistband, with a zipper in there somewhere), but a pencil skirt seems more intimidating, because it’s so fitted.

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      Jun 26, 2010, 05.13 AMby smartalex999

      I would love to know how you made your pencil skirt! I am a curvy girl so I think it may be easier to make a pencil skirt to fit 30in waist and 43in hips and petitie 5’0 tall frame then to buy one for a bunch of money! I would really appreciate it <3

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    Dec 3, 2009, 09.03 PMby ladykatza

    To ADD: I saw the post that the pattern is for FOUR different variations, so four-in-one and it is a lovely skirt. I’m a combo 44/46 for Burda sizing, so this is pretty easy to grade. However, I just blew all my money on some old vintage patterns from the 40’s. OOOOPS

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    Dec 3, 2009, 07.45 PMby kristinjg

    I just want to say one thing here. I often see complaints on this site about prices. Have any of you ever bought a pattern at a fabric store? I just bought one the other day and I think it cost me about $15 and that was at the stores everyday 40% off. So now, I realize that most people get into sewing because it saves money. However, when’s the last time you got a well-made, tailored skirt made in a fabric that you like for less than $20? NOT IN THIS CENTURY! And if you did, you are a lucky person that fits clothes off the racks. I think you can spring for the $7.50 for the skirt pattern if you don’t already have a pencil skirt pattern. You will still save money at $7.50.

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      Dec 16, 2009, 07.14 PMby dschudie

      you`re so right! thank you!

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    Dec 3, 2009, 02.19 PMby kallers

    Does this pattern actually include the variations (maybe someone who’s downloaded it can chime in??), or do we have to purchase the variations (ala the Fatina pattern)?

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      Dec 3, 2009, 02.50 PMby nehmah

      Adding the variations with a separate price tag is what BS did with the Sidonie skirt pattern. It’s final tag was $6.50, $3 for the basic skirt, and $3.50 for the variation. While the major companies release equivalent patterns with at least two variations, it the package, BS writes up the variation as if it is an entirely new pattern. As for the cost being less, few customers pay full price for a pattern any longer. Even Burda is found on sale as a download for less than the suggested price. Cordially, Nehmah

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      Dec 4, 2009, 08.28 AMby nikkishell

      It does include all the pattern pieces for all four versions.

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      Dec 5, 2009, 03.29 AMby bitsandbobbins

      i just downloaded it; it appears to have all the pattern pieces for several versions, but as of this date, only the instructions for the version shown above…guessing the others will be revealed in coming weeks, as was posited.

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    Dec 3, 2009, 11.13 AMby polychromatin

    7,50$ … ? Kidding?

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    Dec 3, 2009, 09.17 AMby barbaraagatha

    Somehow I have read a lot of comments lately about sizes. Quite frankly, I believe that just because the average size in America is 14, this doesn’t mean that all patterns should go up to that size: normal for the US, but Burdastyle is international and around the world sizes above 14 are definitely PLUS sizes. They are plus sizes, and therefore should fall under a different section. I understand if the sizes were only from 0 to 4, then that would not be representative of the population. I live in Italy, and even stores do not carry clothes in sizes 14.

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      Dec 3, 2009, 10.29 AMby sing0202

      14 is not a plus size in the Uk, in fact thats national average. Most plus sizes start at around 18 here.

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      Dec 3, 2009, 11.12 AMby bandgeek

      Why should size 14 be a plus size? As a former size 14 myself, I think that there is no reason that people who are a size 14 or any size should be told they are fat and made to feel bad about themselves. Sizes are sizes, if for some reason a person needs to be in a different size category to feel better about being smaller, then that’s the problem. There is no problem with making patterns larger! I’m almost 6 feet tall and large boned, I went down to a size 6 and looked sick, some people need to be larger than others. Some people need to not comment on things that make absolutely no difference whatsoever! Here’s to everyone who can rock this skirt in the “plus sizes!!!” Oh and I worked in a plus size clothing store for several years and we had international customers because other countries didn’t carry larger sizes, they were so pleased to find clothes that fit at reasonable prices. I guess that’s just one more reason to make larger patterns. People will make what they can’t buy!

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      Dec 3, 2009, 01.37 PMby alicelee

      Sorry, don’t mean to be picky, but size 14 in the US is the equivalent of a Size 18 in the UK, so that probably is classified as a plus size here.

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      Dec 3, 2009, 03.13 PMby ladykatza

      PLUS” size people are people too.

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      Dec 3, 2009, 03.29 PMby ncn6

      I hope we can all agree that size classifications like “regular” and “plus” are arbitrary AND hurtful to the people who occupy the wrong side of them, so please let’s not argue that anyone should be on the wrong side of a stigmatizing line (spoken as someone who’s been straddling that line for ages). Although I’m inspired by seeing plus size models and designs because they give me an idea of how something will look on my body shape, I doubt that we’ll ever find a size range that will make everyone happy, because we’re all so different in body shape (and I would hate to see BurdaStyle go broke trying, because I love this site!).

      What I would like to see on BurdaStyle is some features on doing things like grading and alterations, so that we can learn how to use basic patterns to fit more body shapes — in short, instead of waiting for plus patterns to come out, I’d rather learn how to fish :) I’m happy to contribute my own rather measly knowledge on full bust alterations for anyone else with similar fit issues to mine…

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      Dec 3, 2009, 06.11 PMby barbaraagatha

      Hey people: I didn’t mean to say anything about people of different sizes! I don’t care if you’re a size 14 or a 2. It seems you do, instead.

      All I’m saying is that a plus size is a plus size, regardless of how the term “plus” makes you feel. It’s just a definition. And you simply can’t expect to buy a pattern that goes from 4 to 14, you need to make 2 different ones: average and plus.

      You all are quite touchy on this subject. I don’t hear petite people complaining: and yet Burda Magazine usually goes down to size EU36 or sometimes only 38!

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      Dec 3, 2009, 06.58 PMby bandgeek

      I believe all I’m saying is there’s no reason to pick on people. Patterns should be made to fit any size, by the manufacturer or otherwise. Large people aren’t from another planet and some negative opinions can remain unstated. No one likes to be picked on so as for being touchy, yep, you poke a snake and it gets a little upset. Plus size is a definition, so is rude, regardless of how it makes you feel! Multi size patterns cover the 4-14 range of sizes sometimes, and I believe we already determined that 14 is average.

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      Dec 4, 2009, 09.35 AMby barkcloth

      I agree with barbara.agatha. The definition of ‘plus’ size may be abitrary, but the average in the US is not what we in Europe think is average. Let’s remember: this is a pencil skirt! I’m a Burdasize 40 and I think I should not wear this kind of clothing anymore. Makes me look ridiculous. Everybody should of course wear what she likes, but I do understand the choice not to make pencil skirt patterns for people over size 44.

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      Dec 6, 2009, 12.58 PMby barbaraagatha

      As I wrote to ncn6 (that nicely pointed out I was a bitch – I paraphrase, of course), the fact that my comment hurt a few people indicates that there is indeed a lot of mixed emotions around the issue. I should have been more understanding – I suck at tip-toeing around things.

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      Dec 15, 2009, 11.12 AMby thecuriouskiwi

      I don’t want to wade in on the whole size thing (I’m a Burda 42 and sometimes feel pretty blah about being the last size in the bracket before they roll into “plus”, but I love my body and this is just how it is) but I just wanted to mention that I had this conversation (“why do they call it ‘plus-size’, why even have that definition at all?”) with a professional sewing friend of mine and her comment (which makes sense to me) its that the reason why there is a different bracket (with the unfortunate tag of “plus”) is more to do with how measurements change on the body, the rules for grading (as I understand it) differ when flesh starts to be further from the bone, so really the “plus” label is more about correctly sizing for the figure.

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      Feb 3, 2010, 12.27 PMby ichigogirl

      Ah, I wish I lived in Italy, where you can find clothes that fit REAL petit women…
      I agree with Barbara.agatha that it has to be taken into consideration that this is an international size, and that a size 14 is hardly the average size in the world.
      It’s a shame sizes are such an issue, and that so many on the larger side are so ashamed (or, do I misunderstand it all?) of themselves that they feel the need to call thin girls ugly names such as “sticks”. I don’t see why there has to be such a divide between thin and not thin women, we all struggle to get the fit right, but in different ways. I can assure those of you who complain about the plus-size issue, ALL women have body-issues (well, there are always exceptions to all rules). And it’s hard to find minus-sizes too (below a size 4). And I don’t say that to insult anyone.
      Btw, I think ncn6 had a great idea about the need for instructions on how to change patterns to achieve a better fit, that could help those from a size 0 minus to plus plus (I don’t have a clue what would be the opposite of a size 0, so I won’t even try).

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      Jun 26, 2010, 05.09 AMby smartalex999

      Honestly, no woman wants to hear “PLUS” size or 2X or however many X’s, you may have trouble understanding the emotions evoked from those words because you may have never been a “PLUS” size. When I used to work at a boutique, I was taught to never call out dress sizes above XL and instead to use hand motions between employees because it truely does hurt women’s self esteem. I went up far more than a couple pant sizes because of my medications and that alone was frustrating, I stopped getting modeling gigs cause I was considered a “PLUS” size (which in that world is anything above a size 3) UGHH. Anyway, women of any size should be able to buy a women’s pattern without feeling put into an “above normal” category! So to all the volumptuous women out there- take pride in your curves! People pay big money to get our big boobs and wide hips! They do! The fashion world needs to start representing REAL CURVY SEXY women- seriously whatever happened to the 50’s babes?!

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    Dec 3, 2009, 06.05 AMby Ana B

    Love the empire waist; I would purchase this pattern; cept for the small technicality of me being a lot of bit on the bigger size. Luckily I have a pencil skirt pattern that I have already altered; therefore all I gotta do is add the empire waist. (Thanks for the idea) Maybe after I see the other skirts and dress I can decide if its worth the trouble of taking the time to alter the pattern. Don’t mind the price for 4 patterns; just mind the size. My motivation to loose the next 30 pds. ha ha!

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    Dec 3, 2009, 05.28 AMby nikkishell

    I LOVE IT!! I have been wanting to make some basic pencil skirts for a while. It’s like you posted the pattern just for me :) I’ve downloaded the pattern and will be making this for my work Christmas party. I’m looking forward to the other variations of the pattern too, $7.50 for 3 skirts and a dress, bloody bargain if you ask me :)

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    Dec 2, 2009, 10.08 PMby frkbustad

    As others have said before me, I haven’t seen the other variations and won’t prejudge the price. I think, nevertheless, I would prefer altering the Kaisa-skirt instead of using $7.50 on this, especially since the Kaisa waist-piece is very flattering.

    I hope the variations of this skirt are nice, it looks promising indeed!

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    Dec 2, 2009, 10.07 PMby zickzack

    Looking forward to seeing the other variations! The first one is lovely…

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    Dec 2, 2009, 10.05 PMby gertie

    I love it! I’m always on the look-out for a good retro-styled pencil skirt. One question: if we purchase the pattern now, do we get all of the variations at once? Or are they released each week? Between this and the Tivka trench, I’m loving your latest patterns.

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    Dec 2, 2009, 09.26 PMby sigrid

    Three skirt patterns and one dress pattern sounds great, BUT I would really like to see a technical drawing before I would decide to purchase it.

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    Dec 2, 2009, 08.44 PMby alisondahl

    Perhaps some of you are mistaken: This pattern consists of 4 patterns. When you buy 1 you get 4. If you divide $7.50 by 4 you will see that this is indeed a good deal. The 3 OTHER variations will be presented in the following weeks but the pattern consists of all 4 variations. I know as a Fashion Designer that these 4 patterns are invaluable and full of endless variations- and frankly find $7.50 to be quite a steal.

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      Jan 1, 2010, 12.23 PMby Dani Restercher

      But this pattern came out a month ago and we still haven’t seen any of the variations, not even the technical drawings which are enough for most people.

      Edited to add: We have seen one variation but I don’t really consider it because it doesn’t show a real difference, simply a bow. Perhaps that photo shoot for the variation should have been the dress because thats what the users are most interested in and will pull in a bigger profit because then we actually get to see what the dress looks like before we buy it. A bow added on to the first variation doesn’t interest us :/

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    Dec 2, 2009, 08.42 PMby carpenox

    I have a skirt exactly like this (only made from a black knit so it figure hugs) that I bought off Pinupgirlclothing. Maybe the bigger girls can look into that? as they do carry sizes all the way up to 22 for most garments.

    I find $7.50 to be very expensive for what is basically a skirt block with a big waist band and a few darts. In defence of the girls that can’t make it due to size restrictions- if someone is skilled enough to grade this pattern up four sizes, chances are they are good enough to draft it themselves without buying the pattern- using a pattern drafting book and these photos as a guide. . It’s a VERY easy skirt to draft as well.

    For such an easy skirt, the huge price tag doesn’t really seem justified. I love the skirt, otherwise I wouldn’t already own one almost identical too it- but I can tell you, there’s no way i’d be shelling out $7.50 for a block.

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    Dec 2, 2009, 08.18 PMby barbesj

    I’m in agreement with everyone else-$7.50 for a plain skirt pattern is way too much. YOu offer the Tivka Trenchcoat for $6.50 and its WAY more involved sewingwise. What gives?

    I love Burda but I feel let down by this site alot of times because of lack of choice. A big question I have is why are all the patterns sized so small? The AVERAGE size in America is a 14 or burdastyle size 46 and a 1/3 of American women wear a size 16 or larger. Most patterns on this site barely go to a sz 12 let alone 16.

    There is a HUGE market of normal sized women who wear 14, 16 and 18 who can’t use this site and thats a shame. I"m 6ft tall and sz 18 and there is almost nothing on this site in my size. I’m used to having to add inches in the torso/ length of a pattern, but shouldn’t have to attempt to size up a pattern 4 sizes. It would be really great to see more fashion forward patterns in a variety of sizes.
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      Jan 1, 2010, 12.21 PMby Dani Restercher

      I agree with most of what you have said but just a note: I consider it rude to imply that someone who is smaller than a US size 14 is abnormal.

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    Dec 2, 2009, 07.49 PMby alysonvic

    I agree, $7.50 is way too high for a simple novice pattern. I’m only willing to pay that much if it’s an “advanced” pattern with some sort of couture detailing.

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