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Added Jan 26, 2009

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






The Judy skirt is our take on a classic pleated skirt. While making the fabric choices for this skirt, we asked you, our dear BurdaStylers, for feedback, and we collectively decided to use the orange wool with purple accents. Originally, we thought to use a lovely tweed for edging the pleats, but we realized that would be too thick, so instead we used silk charmeuse. However you decide to personalize this pattern, have fun!

Material Notes

Orange wool suiting, purple silk charmeuse, zipper, fabric covered buttons



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    Feb 11, 2011, 10.47 AMby dottty

    My eyes have fallen out of my head :) that is just lovely :)x

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    Feb 10, 2011, 09.40 PMby loyl8

    Still have this pattern to do. Its printed and taped together just can’t find the right fabric combo I want.!!! Patience

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    Feb 10, 2011, 06.50 PMby dilshadburman

    Oooohh!! I LOVE IT! I JUST finished a skirt that has a similar feel but it’s all one piece and wraps around and pleats. Will post it soon, but I am VERY tempted to try this one!

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    Feb 10, 2011, 05.15 PMby sewinl0ve

    Ooh, I like it! If I had a pleater I’d be all over this!

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    Jan 14, 2010, 07.41 PMby melissaann-1

    This is a beautiful skirt and it brings up a lot of good design points.

    Just by default, I would use some type of thermoplastic or thermoplastic blend fabric for the pleated panel. Something like polyester or nylon would do the trick and keep those pleats washproof.

    I love the idea of purple and orange together, as they are nearly complementary colors, but isn’t it interesting how brown the purple reads when it is paired with the orange, especially from far away? I wonder if a fuschia or turquoise would have stood up a little better.

    The Finished Projects for Judy are really terrific.

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    Feb 9, 2009, 07.50 PMby goatfriend

    I like this creation. Could this work in a heavier cotton? In Florida, cotton is a must! I’m thinking a solid color with floral fabric for the pleating. Definitely adding a little length to both pieces.

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    Feb 2, 2009, 02.19 PMby benedikta

    I discussed a few options of using the pattern if you don’t feel comfortable with the fullness of the pleats in my comment above. If you use the right material, sitting down does not matter with it, just like any other pleated skirt. The silk wool that I used keeps the pleats well and looks great even after a full day in the office.

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    Jan 31, 2009, 07.41 AMby meganisfulloflove

    this is cute! I made my husband a kilt a while back and am not so into pleating :( Although I love the shirt shes wearing :) can you post a pattern for that?

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    Jan 30, 2009, 05.04 PMby pattricia

    I love this. I bet its nice and warm and wonder what it would look like on a longer skirt. But I would dread wash day and pressing all the pleats back in.

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    Jan 30, 2009, 03.06 PMby benedikta

    I just uploaded my Judy with a slight twist.

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    Jan 30, 2009, 02.26 PMby benedikta

    Hi Everybody, Thanks so much for your many comments. It is so much fun to receive all this feedback and it really creates a better sense of what you are looking for. Here a few comments: For one, if you feel that it is not flattering and too bulky, you can either choose a very light fabric, keep the pleated part flat or not use that panel at all. If you decide to flatten the pleated part you can choose many different ways of decorating it. I for one made a variation that kept the pleats, but I decorated it with lace instead. I will upload it right now! Yay, go BurdaStylians!

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    Jan 30, 2009, 05.42 AMby mmmrphs

    Very strange, but rather cool. I am surprised to say – but – I like it. I like how the flap works its way around from the front to the back. This is a really cool idea.

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    Jan 29, 2009, 03.39 AMby merioma

    i love it but the women who put it must be slender

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    Jan 28, 2009, 04.29 PMby joshlynwhite

    Too Cute!

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    Jan 28, 2009, 01.12 PMby shapiruparme

    It’s amazing. I like it.

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    Jan 28, 2009, 08.39 AMby maureenridley

    This does not look flattering, particularly if you of the fuller figure. Notice this comes in larger sizes, cannot imagine what the fuller figure would look like in this!

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    Jan 28, 2009, 07.19 AMby dadysewcool

    Looks really free and sexy. I even like the orange color

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    Jan 28, 2009, 06.59 AMby lucelu


    This is a good article about making pleated skirts.

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    Jan 28, 2009, 06.52 AMby lucelu

    I forgot to mention. Pressing pleats, make a cardboard form that will hold the fold when you press over it, and use steam. It can be time consuming but works. I have used a couple at a time to make it go faster. Mostly, wool skirts with pleats go to a dry cleaner if they get dirty. Otherwise hang out side, air out, spray a little water with some lavender or other refreshing herb and let air dry (or hang in bathroom with great steam from your bath and let it dry). Make a little slip to wear under it! It is removable lining and protects the skirt from body oils and from getting stretched.

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    Jan 28, 2009, 06.44 AMby lucelu

    Hi, I really like it. Even if you are not a model size, I think it could be made to look flattering and edgy. It seems that you can play with the proportions and colors. If I make it, I might make the pleated detail in a sheer fabric. You can also determine the level the pleating will start as well as end. The base skirt looks to be simple A-line. The waistband can also be easily adapted as well. For those who think their waist is too large, this is a skirt! Just add some more length. This is a versatile pattern that can be made more “grown up” for mature ladies and crazy trendy for the young party girl. I like the color. It made me want to make it into a jumper somehow. The blouse, well, the fabric reminded me of the 80’s. I’ll buy it.

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    Jan 28, 2009, 05.51 AMby meose

    I like the skirt. The only problem is it draws attention to the hip/thigh region, so if a girl is above a size 4, it may make her look hippy.

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    Jan 28, 2009, 05.27 AMby dasoulsista

    The skirt looks great! Especially the combination of the colors. I was wondering about the blouse. is it a Ute variation? love it!

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    Jan 28, 2009, 04.50 AMby crazyc

    this looks amazing on the model, fabolous design and good construction. i would love to wear this, its wonderful and fun!!!

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    Jan 28, 2009, 02.09 AMby catmagalhaes

    I like the pattern. But I wouldn’t wear it. I am not a great fan of skirts, my legs look awful in skirts.

    But as someone already said, the pleats almost look like an apron…

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    Jan 28, 2009, 12.34 AMby cuprum

    Beatifull!!! The colors are great. But How Do you do to keep the pleat?

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    Jan 27, 2009, 10.53 PMby loyl8

    I love it!!! The colors everything the shirt is soo cute too. It looks like it was should be on the show gossip girl.

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    Jan 27, 2009, 07.27 PMby susanboden

    I love this pattern (not so much for me) and can see so many variations to edge it up or down into a more classic style.

    I saw an earlier comment about fixing the pleats. I have used a Rajah Cloth (that’s what we call them in Australia) for years to press pleats in to fabric (and smooth them out if needed). Otherwise a specialist pressing service can do this for you and is worth the slight cost for the results.

    Great pattern and the price is very reasonable.

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    Jan 27, 2009, 05.57 PMby meisonite

    Love the pleats but i thought the shape of the skirt underneath could have been a bit more volumptuous instead of straight… maybe i’ll try it that way.. wish it was free though :-(

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    Jan 27, 2009, 05.55 PMby funkyteal

    I’m not a huge fan of the skirt, but that just may be the color. In a nice rich grey, I think it would look pretty classy.

    I am, however, a huge fan of the shirt. Is that a pattern available on the site already? I honestly can’t tell but I love it!

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    Jan 27, 2009, 05.37 PMby scoobiewu

    i like this more than the Judy dress, it is really special. some people think the fan is unflattering but i think it’s great because the waistband is smooth to draw emphasis to a skinny waist. texture is a good thing. i tend to like my skirts either knee-length or mini and not inbetween. i’d probably also make the tip of the fan the same length as the hem. can’t wait to get crackin!

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