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Pink mini with flaps

Added Jun 14, 2017

by France Langlois







Women’s mini flap skirt with lining in sizes 34-42.
I followed Burda’s recommended size. Skirt was 2 sizes too big. Made adjustments to reduce one size but once the zipper was in it was still too big but I had no intention to redo it. So my skirt remains a bit too big. But it won’t show that much once on me. I knew to figure out the finished garment and compare it to favourite RTW pieces. Not everyone likes the same fit and in general I will sew one or even 2 sizes smaller than recommended. I don’t know why I did not measure/compare this one before I cut it. I was probably blinded by the fabric.
Take note that I think the exposed zipper instructions don’t make sense even after I finished this project. I had to look up additional help online and found a great tutorial http://blog.megannielsen.com/2015/06/tutorial-how-to-insert-an-exposed-zipper/
I did not alter the pattern. I was counting on being a petite (5’3’’) to make up for the short length. Hum, did not work as expected, and I ended up with a slim one inch hem.

Material Notes

A very interesting cotton blend, in the “suiting” section. I could not say it was love at first sight because it was the contrary. Although I was wondering who in their right mind would sew something in “this” – and what? pants?- so I walked away from it. Then I took note of all the pink in fashion this summer and realized this fabric was “in”. As soon as I saw this pattern I knew I had the perfect match. Must admit that I had doubts about this piece until the end when I added the buttons.



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Summer, Spring
Garment Type
Business, Classic

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    Jan 1, 2018, 05.16 PMby modistrasews

    Thanks for posting the link! I am having so much trouble understanding the zipper installation.

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    Jun 18, 2017, 09.02 AMby Mary Athey

    Lovely skirt x

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    Jun 15, 2017, 11.45 AMby SurMesure

    Very nice skirt, and the color is great. I just wish I would need more little skirts like that… About Burda sizing, I think once you find yours it’s quite reliable meaning you can usually applied the same changes.

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    Jun 15, 2017, 07.42 AMby Maria Hayek

    But it’s a great skirt after all! Looks good on you! I have a similar issue with Burda sizes, Burda size charts puts me between sizes 38 and 42 (bust 40, waist 38, hips 42), but with trial and then measurements, I clearly fit in their 38 on the top and 40 at the bottom, i.e. one size smaller than the chart. Since then I don’t trust charts, I just measure the pattern pieces before sewing :) And not only for Burda.

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    Jun 15, 2017, 06.49 AMby Beccki

    The skirt looks lovely on you, great fabric, so glad I read your post as I have just traced this pattern out ready to make, so I think it’s time to get the tape measure out and check the sizing, thank you.

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