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Paisley Jenny

Added Dec 15, 2009

by nikkishell

Melbourne, Austr...






I’ve been wanting to make a pencil skirt for some time. Of course it would have been pretty easy to just draft up a pattern myself but with work, kids and life happening there wasn’t much chance of me getting around to it anytime before Christmas (or any time after that!). BurdaStyle must have known this and produced the Jenny skirt pattern just for me (or so i’d like to think). Just in time for my work Christmas party outfit!
So, i decided to make a test run using some ‘Swimming Paisley’ fabric i’ve had stashed for a while. I made it up in an evening then wondered the next day why i had excess fabric around the tummy. It took me a while to realise i had forgot the darts, can you believe it? So i unpicked the waistband and added the darts.
I was told i looked like a spy by my colleague ;)

The skirt is not lined since the fabric is thick enough and has some stretch.
I have another made already, photos of that one soon.

I’d also just like to mention, although this pattern is easy enough for someone with some skill to make up themselves (me included) it’s not necessarily something we may have the time to do so i’m glad that BurdaStyle has done the work for me otherwise i’d still be thinking about all those pencil skirts i’ve been wanting to make. I’m more than happy to pay $7.50 for 4 variations of a pattern if it’s something i’m going to make over and over and get lots of wear from. Please support BurdaStyle and what they do.

Material Notes

Cotton Elastane, jersey interfacing, thread, invisible zip



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    Aug 2, 2010, 01.30 AMby kghawkes

    Can you tell me where you got this fabric? Love it!

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    Apr 12, 2010, 05.33 PMby scrabble0404

    That print is amazing. You’ve inspired me to try this.

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    Mar 29, 2010, 02.31 AMby erdronen

    What a fantastic print! I love your version. I think this pattern can really be stunning. I’m about to try it out in a thick wool knit. I’m a bit worried about my hips, but anxious for it nonetheless! We’ll see how it works… Fabulous job on yours!

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    Feb 2, 2010, 02.33 AMby sandrasews

    Your Jenny is stunning. I just made my Jenny and I LOVE it. Such a flattering silhouette and great looking wide waist.

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    Jan 1, 2010, 08.24 PMby lanner

    so sass! love it!

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    Dec 20, 2009, 09.41 AMby dtale

    What a classic and stylish look. Love the use of paisley. You did a great job, as always!

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    Dec 17, 2009, 02.46 AMby sewgurlwmu

    Thank you for posting a picture of this skirt. The pattern is warming up to me and you make a good point that it is a good investment. You did a great job and the skirt looks amazing on you. :)

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    Dec 17, 2009, 12.27 AMby laurie adler

    wow— i love the waist on this! nice choice of fabric too.. great job!

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    Dec 16, 2009, 05.40 PMby angelical

    you look great! I might have to make one for myself!

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    Dec 16, 2009, 02.41 PMby carottesauvage

    I can imagine you made an impression on your colleagues! You are dressed to kill!:)

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      Dec 16, 2009, 09.38 PMby nikkishell

      Dressed to kill in a fabric store! haha

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      Dec 17, 2009, 08.55 AMby carottesauvage

      Yep madam, scissors are sharper than you know! Eh e:)

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    Dec 16, 2009, 01.03 PMby ktinaaa

    This is really cute! Was is easy to make?

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      Dec 16, 2009, 01.59 PMby nikkishell

      Incredibly easy! Took me all of a few hours then some hand stitching.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 10.57 AMby scheryka

    Awesome job! I want one. I’m making one. ….Aw man, something else on my list. if I don’t get started now, I’ll be sewing till I meet my maker!

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    Dec 16, 2009, 06.25 AMby reneebies

    Great skirt… awesome necklace. Where’d you get that?

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      Dec 16, 2009, 11.52 AMby nikkishell

      I bought it from some online store years ago that i think is now gone.

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    Dec 16, 2009, 04.28 AMby nglalala

    Cute! I love the paisley print!

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    Dec 16, 2009, 03.45 AMby pixelink

    Great to see a Jenny creation and you did a brilliant job as always. Ditto the love and support for BurdaStyle ;)

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    Dec 16, 2009, 02.05 AMby allygally

    I really like this skirt and plan to make it sometime soon. I love the high waist, and am glad to hear you say that it only took you an evening.

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    Dec 15, 2009, 10.37 PMby alisondahl

    Thanks for your posting- your skirt is gorgeous and I am so glad you understand the value of a pattern like this! Keep up the good work! p.s. love the bag

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    Dec 15, 2009, 09.31 PMby cocoon

    Wow it’s gorgeous!!! The fabric is amazing… Very classy!! I love it!

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    Dec 15, 2009, 09.18 PMby sew-fabulous

    Very cute

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