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Pencil, pleats and books!

Added Aug 15, 2010

by laurwyn

Tilburg, Netherl...






Why this project?
1)When I decided to start this blog, I had traveled on the world wide web to look at a few blogs. Then, I clicked on links and links and links and I ended up on GREAT blogs. I discovered that sewing was also paying attention to details.
2) I got really inspired. I am also currently going to a few job interviews and in need of corporate kind of clothing.
3) I watched Tim Gunn’s TV show and it struck me that I didn’t have any pencil skirt, one of his essentials.
4) In the last BURDASTYLE I purchased, they actually had one in the plus size department, that could hide my fatty bits (september 2010).


I wanted to do it properly, especially as I got a GREAT fabric for it, way more expensive then usual. I is wool, and a little stretchy. A dark grey. For the lining, I chose a deep dark red color. The contrast is so so so nice. I have some leftover that I kept for later to make a cute little vest.

You can see way much more on my blog: QuirkyPrettyCute ! Pictures of the first steps, and of technical bits and everything.

Material Notes

Dark grey stretchy wool
Deep red lining




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Business, Classic, Preppy
Blends, Wool

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    Sep 18, 2014, 06.46 PMby SaucySewist

    This skirt looks great on you! I think if you pair it with a drape-neck top with skinny long sleeves in say a wool/poly or wool/tencel jersey, you’d have another look for it.

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    Nov 10, 2012, 04.47 AMby anabella68

    really nice skirt!!!

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    Feb 29, 2012, 04.36 AMby pedal2carpet

    Great skirt.

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    Jan 18, 2011, 12.18 AMby modernkitten

    A bit confused here.

    1. Is this a plus size pattern? I am not plus size.

    2. I do not see the Dutch instructions mentioned. I only see english instructions. I am a Dutch speaker and am confused about which instructions you are talking about.

    3. Is this truly a novice pattern? I am a beginner

    4. I just took a look at your blog. I <3 it! You posted this fabulous dress under any entry with Hermoine Granger (she is in a red dress) I LOVEEE IT!

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      Jan 18, 2011, 04.05 PMby laurwyn

      1. This is a plus size pattern, but you can easily transform it to fit a smaller size
      2. I mentioned Dutch instructions because I have used the pattern and instructions of the Dutch magazine in august, not the ones that are online
      3. I would say that it is fairly easy. I did it only 4 months after I started sewing.
      4. Thank you ;)

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    Oct 21, 2010, 07.53 AMby tudorrose69

    Great production quality and you wear it with such flair! I would love to make this myself, was it hard to make? It was rated as a “NOVICE” pattern, but I have my doubts.

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      Oct 21, 2010, 02.52 PMby laurwyn

      I had a bit of an issue with the pleating. It was mostly because the instructions were in Dutch (and I am not completely fluent in it). However, once you figure out where to pleat what, the rest is VERY easy!

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    Sep 8, 2010, 06.20 PMby carottesauvage

    I always prefer the size plus section on Burdamagazine. I am trying to rework the grey wrap trousers on the same Burda issue. Great work, it suits you perfectly!

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    Aug 17, 2010, 01.10 PMby Ralf Schmitz

    great job on the skirt! as i read your blog as well about it i have to even more congratulate you to finish the project. it was worth any effort you putted into it! and i adore the bookshelfs of your boyfriend! very very british and elegan :-)

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    Aug 16, 2010, 07.13 PMby kihli

    The skirt is great, very sophisticated! I also think that usually the plus size patterns in the Burdastyle magazines are the best ones (I sometimes try to find something similar in my size). If this is your own library, I envy you for that! I dreamt about a bookshelf with a wooden ladder like that since I was a child! I heard of your blog for the first time today, and certainly I had to look at it immediately; it is very nice, congratulations! (I already bookmarked it in my browser)

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      Aug 16, 2010, 07.42 PMby laurwyn

      The blog is fairly new so that is normal you didn’t hear about it before :)
      About the plus size in Burda, I think that they have made a lot of efforts lately because it wasn’t the case before. You should have a look at the 90’s patterns, they don’t have a lot of shape to them. Anyway, I am really pleased with what they do now!
      And the bookshelves are my boyfriend’s. He got it as an end of studies gift. I has 5 columns, and doors on the bottom bit. And the ladder is actually very steady!

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    Aug 16, 2010, 02.25 PMby ichigogirl

    Gorgeous skirt, it looks great on you! I always, always like the plus-size-patterns in the Burdastyle magazine the best, I’ve been thinking of trying to grade them down, but I think it’s probably quite difficult without grading-skills. Anyway, it’s probably kind of fair that there are fabulous plus-size-pattern-sources around! And us minus-sizes can always be inspired by them… like I am by your skirt!

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      Aug 16, 2010, 03.57 PMby laurwyn

      Thank you! You know that you can grade them down, because I grade up the normal sized ones… And it is not that hard actually. It’s the same process, but downwards… You can always try on a muslin.

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      Aug 16, 2010, 10.33 PMby ichigogirl

      Mm, you’re right, I should give it a try. I’m making a pinnable dressform now, that’ll make the muslin-bit a lot easier and quicker I think! This skirt might be a good starter… (skirts should be fairly easy to grade).

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    Aug 16, 2010, 08.44 AMby candicej

    You always have such fun photos! Love the skirt, and what you are wearing it with.

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      Aug 16, 2010, 10.26 AMby laurwyn

      Thank you! The red shoes were back ;)

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    Aug 16, 2010, 07.42 AMby irmchen

    Toll! I really like this office-outfit and you are very talented in posing! :-) What’s the real colour of the skirt? Seems as if it is brown but it is grey? To me, wool ist the best fabric ever to work with… I LOVE wool fabrics. :-)

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      Aug 16, 2010, 10.23 AMby laurwyn

      It is grey… We took the pictures in the evening with a crappy light, so yes, you don’t see it that well…
      And yes, I discovered wool with this skirt! I want it back!

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