Wednesday, 8 August 2012

Burda of the month: 5/2012 skirt #119

Finally I made myself photograph the latest in my Burda challenge: the May project.  The finished skirt has been sitting on a hanger in my room waiting for a day when I actually brushed my hair and put on some makeup to coincide with a day that Anna is at daycare (she tends to knock over the tripod and generally get in the way of photo taking) so that I could get a pic of me not looking too zombie like.

Can I just say how proud I am of myself at this point in time in keeping up with this challenge? I usually cave and give in by now, but here I am having finished five garments so far, two more very close to being finished and August's issue just landed in my mailbox today with quite a few lovely patterns in it so this shan't be the month I give up.  Plus so far all the garments have been from the stash.  Yay for me!

For the May project I chose skirt #119, which has a wide shaped yoke, with a fly front, several pleats across the front and side pockets.


The fabric I used is a long time stash resident, bought from a garage sale I think, and it was a smallish piece of printed cotton that I just managed to eek this pattern out of.  This was one of those fabrics that I wasn't sure if I liked or not, having quite a busy print with flowers that look like lips (according to my husband!).  But I like how it turned out in this skirt.

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I decided to pipe the edges of the yoke and the pockets because I thought the busy print might hide the seam lines, and I think the kelly green colour I chose for the piping was oddly the right choice.  I also put two buttons on waistband centre front instead of extending the zipper all the way up as per the pattern for the pure reason that I didn't have a black zipper in the stash long enough but it's hardly noticeable and saved me sewing on some hook and eyes anyway.

Admittedly I did wear this out this week wearing black tights and a black turtleneck jumper because it's been so cold around here, but for this photo I cranked up the heater and pretended it was spring instead.  Besides a cardie and a nursing singlet top is far more practical for me to wear at the moment. 

My verdict on this skirt: it's very good! Simple to sew, comfortable to wear, practical with it's pockets, and flattering with it's roominess.  I may even make this again in a solid coloured cotton for summer, it's a nice alternative to a plain a-line skirt.
   

26 comments:

  1. Love the skirt and with the green cardigan its a great match. The green piping is a clever idea too.

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  2. Really like the skirt and especially the use of the piping. Don't see lips in that fabric. lol

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  3. Yvonne Bennett8 August 2012 23:51

    Beautiful job! I always lurk to see if you have a new post up. I admire your talent for sewing and also for styling. Your garments are always lovely and so are your children.

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  4. I love this skirt and the piping really lifts it. May was such a good issue that I don't think I even noticed this skirt hiding among all the other good patterns. My own Burda challenge seems to have fallen by the wayside because I just got too far behind.

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  5. Very pretty skirt, the piping is a nice touch. Good job on all the Burda sewing.

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  6. I like this a lot, especially with the addition of the piping. Great job with keeping up your challenge!

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  7. The skirt turned out lovely. I think the piping really adds something. Well done on your challenge.

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  8. Lovely skirt - adore the piping. Will be a great piece for Spring.

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  9. Stunning! I saw cherry blossoms yesterday...Spring is on its way.

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  10. Full marks for using your stash! The skirt is beautiful on you.

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  11. Lovely! The skirt is so pretty and very spring-like.

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  12. I really like your skirt and the green piping is very effective. It suits you very much.

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  13. Love it! Piping always makes things looks good, especially cool busy prints like this. Can I just saw how much green suits you?

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  14. Love the fabric and love the piping. Green is a great colour on you, too.

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  15. Very pretty fabric and the piping is a lovely touch.

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  16. Lovely! Good to hear you are keeping up with your challenge and even better that you are working through your stash!!

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  17. Looks awesome, the piping really makes the skirt and shows off the features really well

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  18. You are out-numbered, colours are in for you for the warmer weather, and I agree, that green looks so good on you.

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  19. Gorgeous skirt and you can have so much fun with it with a variety of different coloured tops. Now I need to have a look at this pattern.

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  20. Great skirt! The print and the piping colors go great! Lips... your hubby has a great imagination! Maybe it was just wishful thinking on his part! LoL....
    Hard to believe that what with all the heat we are getting you guys are cold!

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  21. So cute! I love the piping. I'm not seeing lips, so hopefully you're not paranoid about the print. I saw this pattern and thought about adapting it to get rid of the fly, but I'm going to have the face the fly eventually....

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  22. Love, love, LOVE this skirt! I think the piping is the perfect touch. I don't think I'd ever come up with this combination myself, but I'm so glad you did because it looks great! (And the green sweater with it is super cute too :) )

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  23. The piping! The piping really makes this skirt sing! It is lovely on you. Congrats on keeping up the challenge, you've made some pretty pieces. Now I'm waiting to see what you loved from the August issue.

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  24. That's a terrific skirt. The green sweater is the perfect color to coordinate with it. Nice work!

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  25. Yay piping! I'm mighty impressed that you can keep up with two kids and find time to do a challenge like this.

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  26. Beautiful skirt :) I've plan to sew this skirt too, cordial greeting :)

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