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Added Jun 6, 2007

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






High waists are IN in high fashion! Create your own with the Marie skirt. This pleated skirt is super simple and easy to make. You can try it in a bright color like we did, or opt for a more sophisticated office look using a classic black or gray.

Material Notes

Wool/silk blend




Garment Type
Business, Classic, Mod, Vintage
Blends, Silk, Wool

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    Mar 17, 2017, 10.32 AMby paulroy735

    Good job

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    Jan 18, 2017, 09.49 AMby Stullhee5

    I love the fabric and colour.

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    Jan 11, 2017, 11.25 AMby joemorris5


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    Nov 16, 2016, 05.04 AMby MeganBarahona

    Lovely Dress

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    May 12, 2016, 01.18 AMby momentsbycharlie

    I really like this look.

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    Sep 10, 2013, 12.32 AMby Ezzles

    I made this out of a polyester shantung and the pleats stuck out quite badly. I don’t need any help making my butt look bigger!

    I ended up ripping out the back piece and sewing a centre seam (essentially an enormous dart) instead so it would sit flat at the back. I did have to make an improvised slit at the hem so I’d be able to sit down and navigate stairs.

    If I’d realised earlier I’d have made the front pleat stitching longer, as it also puffed out. It was too late without completely ripping it out as well, so I compromised by putting in a single stitch further down on each pleat to hold them flat.

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    Dec 10, 2011, 02.03 AMby Kazmoda

    Maybe I am the only one to think this way, but this skirt has the most horrible fit! It is very bulky/puffy at the hips, too narrow at the bottom. I could not wear it at all. I ended up ripping it apart and making a new skirt using a different pattern. The only part I kept was a waist band.

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    Dec 6, 2011, 09.16 AMby tocha

    I do not understand one thing. If the pattern for front and back of this skirt is the same, why patterns for waistband (front and back) have different lenght? I had to suit waistband back pattern… So in my opinion there should be different pattern for a back of this skirt.

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    Nov 11, 2011, 04.46 PMby LaraGa

    Has anyone found that this skirts runs big? I made a 38, and it most definitely doe NOT sit on my natural waist, more like right no my hips. What did you do if you had the same problem?

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      Dec 6, 2011, 09.20 AMby tocha

      Yes, I usually wear 36, but I measured patterns and made 34. I had to suit the waistand, because it would be on my hips… I just made a new waist band pattern…

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    Jan 28, 2011, 03.50 AMby Caitlin Dietrich

    oh! iam also going to make the waist band thicker :)

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    Jan 28, 2011, 03.49 AMby Caitlin Dietrich

    i think this pattern is very simple! i was only confused about doubling the actual skirt part :) ha, iam attempting to hand sew the whole thing and instead of a zipper putting a number of tiny buttons up the back :)

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    Jan 26, 2011, 10.07 PMby eva42100

    Bonjour à toutes, je suis très heureuse de rejoindre votre petite communauté, je m’appelle Eva, et j’habite en France…

    Je fais du 36 et j’ai choisi la taille 36, comme j’ai utilisé du jersey, j’ai réduit l’ampleur de la jupe et de la ceinture de 4/5 cm de chaque côté, et j’ai également ceintré le bas de la jupe, mais cette petite jupe est un régal à coudre, c’est un modèle vraiment très facile, et qui tombe bien…

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    Dec 31, 2010, 11.17 AMby surfjewels

    Has any one else had trouble sewing the hem because it is curved? I’m having trouble because it is curved up in the middle.

    The pattern is great though, looking good, although I didn’t use the instructions because like a few others have said they are confusing, so I just worked from the actual pattern. It has come out perfect size, just the hem that is causing me problems.

    Hannah Handmade Jewelleryhttp://surfjewels.000space.com

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    May 3, 2010, 12.52 AMby scgoble

    Great design, but the instructions make no sense. Maybe more experienced sewers could understand, but since this is rated for novices, I would expect them to be clearer.

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    May 2, 2010, 06.56 PMby figgy

    I cant understand this pattern. The instructions are not clear. :-(

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    Apr 11, 2010, 12.48 AMby silkrugs

    Thank you, MarmotaB, for the link. It is a great resource.

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    Feb 17, 2010, 04.21 PMby Katka Vitkova

    Please help :) Pattern PDF is for A3 size print or larger? Thans a lot!! ♥

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    Jan 17, 2010, 03.49 AMby sofi2412

    I was looking for cute high waisted shorts patterns but this one looks soo much better. Thanks!!

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      Feb 3, 2010, 04.22 AMby patsijean

      Actually the waist of the skirt is at the natural waist. the tern “high waist” is correct if the garment extends upward from the waist toward the rib cage. We are too used to everything being at the abdominal level or lower for some time.

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    Jan 14, 2010, 02.42 AMby limmi

    Im having a problem with the waist band, not sure if its me or the waist band pattern it a little to short for the skirt..how do you attach the waist band? the instruction is abit hard to understand

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    Jan 4, 2010, 03.33 PMby allibwahbwah

    Hey, I have been dying to make a pencil-ish skirt but I have rather large-ish hips so my attempts have always failed. Could someone please tell me if the extra pleats would allow room to not hug my hips and make me look like this: ( ) ???

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      Feb 3, 2010, 04.18 AMby patsijean

      The pleats are design ease not wearing ease. Always fold out the pleats, then measure for your size. If you do not do this the pleats will distort if you try to use them to add wearing ease to the pattern. I see no reason why you could not wear this style of pencil skirt. It is a cute style and the pleats add interest.

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    Dec 31, 2009, 08.59 AMby muffinsgoesrawr

    I’ve just made this using a black flannel-backed satin. I feel that using an overly heavy fabric would cause the pleats to stick out geometrically, rather than drape nicely and would not be flattering on the hip area.

    It came together very quickly and I feel that the simplicity of it leaves room for customization. However, I had to extend the pleats by two inches each because being that this is meant to be high-waisted, the pleats ended too soon and left a very unflattering pouf on my stomach and rear end. I think extending the pleat line made it much more flattering and was very easy to do.The instructions were a little vague but overall, I enjoyed making this and I think it’s a fantastic project for a new sewer and makes a wonderful addition to any wardrobe.

    I plan to make more of these skirts in different colors and patterns. :)

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    Dec 14, 2009, 07.55 AMby modernnature

    Has anybody ever made this with leather or fake leather? And how did it turn out?

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    Nov 16, 2009, 06.14 PMby jbsewingbee

    I just made this skirt over the weekend. It was pretty easy. I used silk taffeta in red so that I will wear it for the holidays.

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    Oct 7, 2009, 06.52 AMby starrbegley

    I’m planning on making this out of a silky bamboo twill that is relatively heavy while retaining drape. It’s quite magical. Any one out there disagree with the fabric before I cut it out? What were some of the winners in terms of fabrics to use? Thanks ladies!

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    Aug 18, 2009, 03.44 AMby sabrinahart

    I downloaded the instructions but when i opened it, the pages were all black. This also happens with other patterns i downloaded from here. What happen? Help!!!!

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    Feb 16, 2009, 10.17 AMby marelica

    what kind of fabric is this? i love it!

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    Jan 10, 2009, 01.48 PMby kbmg28

    What kind of fabric do you use for this skirt? Does it look better with a specific material?

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    Nov 30, 2008, 03.52 PMby tutizfashion

    where can i get the pattern?!

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    Oct 20, 2008, 06.10 PMby chel02

    ah-dore this pattern, plan to make an army of pencilish skirts and wear them all the time :)

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    Oct 15, 2008, 11.03 PMby madeleinefashion

    This is fantastic! I love the fabric and colour. It looks positively wonderful. xoxox

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