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Sean Skirt

Added Mar 1, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






This beautiful sewing pattern was designed by Sean Cabezas, a senior Fashion Design major at Parsons The New School for Design. We wanted to offer an outsider’s fresh take on fashion, and we are in love with the outcome!

Inspired by dinosaur scales, this avant-garde skirt has 3 tiers consisting of multiple “scales” or hexagonal shapes of fabric. We made our sample in black hammered silk, but other silks could work just as well. You could also experiment with other types of drape-y, lightweight fabrics, too.

Please Note: The pattern indicates using a button for the closure, but you may find it more flattering to use a hook & eye clasp if you are not so keen on making button holes or having an exposed button.

P.S. – Get the sewing pattern for the awesome belt seen in the photos, here.

Material Notes

Pattern Sizes: 34-44

Black Hammered Silk: 2 1/2 yards (2,20 m.) – 3 yards (2,70 m.)

1 Button OR A Hook & Eye Clasp

1 invisible zipper





Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic


Pattern Designer

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    Nov 25, 2010, 07.11 AMby carolinesj

    Absolutely love it… took me a while to appreciate it but now it’s summer (here in the southern hemisphere) I can’t wait to make a light silky skirt, or even a dress. Thanks for the great pattern!

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    Apr 16, 2010, 11.25 PMby purplemage

    I love the idea of this skirt. I’m too old to wear this particular outfit – sadly. It’s really cute. But I love silk, and I also think it is cool that the inspiration for the tiers was dinosaur scales. Wicked! Anyway, I think I’d love to see this in a more colorful fabric – turquoise, teal, lavender, whatever. Usually, I’m a dark fabric girl, but this would be great in a spring-y light fabric in a medium shade of something COLORFUL. As for the belt, the skirt is much cooler with the belt, but I think a textured, “scaly” leather or pleather would be awesome.

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    Mar 23, 2010, 05.03 PMby karina00g

    Absolutely Adorable!!

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    Mar 21, 2010, 06.53 AMby tinkinwonderland

    I love this skirt!

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    Mar 6, 2010, 12.51 PMby jrz

    Beautiful, especially the belt. Can’t wait for the pattern.

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    Mar 5, 2010, 08.20 AMby luzie

    I like the belt!

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    Mar 5, 2010, 04.16 AMby 5294sandras

    I love the entire outfit. The belt is nice – I can’t wait to download the how-to pattern.

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    Mar 5, 2010, 01.33 AMby zeguin52

    I can see this more out of a cotton and in a lighter color more as a summer or spring skirt.. or in a heavier wool type fabric in the winter in a red.. i don’t ike the silk though. it looks like it’s supposed to be pretty and nice but the shape doesn’t work for it..

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    Mar 5, 2010, 01.06 AMby Dani Restercher

    Does anyone dare me to make my own belt pattern for that and upload it before burda does?

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      Mar 11, 2010, 05.09 PMby aceydoubleyou

      I dare you.

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      Mar 15, 2010, 05.44 PMby oscarthegrouch108

      i dare you too! i love that belt

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      Mar 15, 2010, 11.44 PMby Dani Restercher

      Hmm my morals have caught up with me – out of respect I’ll let them do it :P

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    Mar 3, 2010, 02.48 PMby nuiwida23

    Great pattern, and an even greater idea. I love the concept of having “guest” designers create a pattern for BurdaStyle. Not every week of course, but maybe once a month? I love the direction you’re heading in BurdaStyle team!

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    Mar 3, 2010, 02.37 PMby lucelu

    The belt looks nice but I think I like the belt from the original sketch better, maybe in a subtle animal print/leather like snakeskin or a scaly look a la Waterworld. Make the skirt in a taupe or soft silvery grey washed silk or rayon or even a soft thin knit and it would look really floaty.

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    Mar 3, 2010, 02.09 PMby myflorentine

    Beautiful skirt and belt :) Any chance of getting the pattern in plus size??? Please :)

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    Mar 3, 2010, 10.54 AMby pattimcc

    Love this skirt, and the belt is fantastic. I think I might try this for a young friend of mine. It’s so cute!

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    Mar 3, 2010, 07.05 AMby traceyj

    Love this skirt and the inspiration! I thought straight away that it needed that belt, then read that that pattern was coming. Yippee. Very happy!!

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    Mar 3, 2010, 06.37 AMby tsuyako

    I love this skirt! I will be making it longer as I don’t feel comfortable in mini’s but I can’t wait to make it.

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    Mar 3, 2010, 02.20 AMby sewinl0ve

    I don’t see the hexagonal shapes from what I can tell in the instructions and the “scales” which make up the top tier looks slightly chaotic thrown in with the other 2 neatly placed layers. But what a cute idea to use Dinosaur scales as inspiration. I LOVE Dinosaurs, therefore Sean Cabezas could very well be my fashion hero for this reason alone.

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    Mar 2, 2010, 10.34 PMby coachgrazina

    Are the scales really hexagonal? They look like pentagons to me…

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    Mar 2, 2010, 07.40 PMby macapili

    Beautiful skirt …. I love the belt !!

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    Mar 2, 2010, 07.32 PMby mskatt911

    I would definitely look like I’m wearing dinosaur scales if I donned this skirt (I’m short and chubby), but my long-legged snipe of a teenage daughter will look fab! I’m going to find a perfect pastel and perhaps lengthen a bit (she’s modest) and she’ll be set for Spring!

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    Mar 2, 2010, 07.16 PMby Geeky Seamstress

    OH MY GOD the technical illusrations do not do it justice! … thanks for making this up… I can’t wait to NOM the pattern!

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    Mar 2, 2010, 03.26 PMby sunnilj9

    It’s so fabulous! What a perfect skirt to twirl in! And check out that belt! Love love love it!

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    Mar 2, 2010, 12.06 PMby meegie-moo

    I actually LOVE the belt!!

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    Mar 2, 2010, 11.57 AMby meegie-moo

    I actually LOVE the belt!!

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    Mar 2, 2010, 11.25 AMby benedikta

    It’s nice seeing all the creations coming to the site! Hipp hipp hooray from Berlin! x.b

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    Mar 2, 2010, 10.25 AMby swingtag

    Definitely getting this pattern although I don’t have the legs for mini skirts and would lengthen it by a few inches. Belt looks pretty good too – I’d make one out of leopard skin print.

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    Mar 2, 2010, 07.12 AMby freakusbzzz

    Love this.. I have the perfcet fabric for it too. I don’t think it would look too "hippie"" on more curvier women if you used a really delicate lightweight fabric.

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    Mar 2, 2010, 06.43 AMby zumurruda

    Love the belt!

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    Mar 2, 2010, 05.14 AMby apvolek21

    I think this is really cute and could even look good on someone with hips. Totally something like you see them do on Project Runway.

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    Mar 2, 2010, 04.33 AMby gonnange

    this is beautiful!!

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    Mar 2, 2010, 02.11 AMby skin12

    i can’t wait for the belt pattern too! hee

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