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Burdastyle Magazine Pleated Skirt 10-2008-103


Since 2006 I have not thrown away a single issue of Burdastyle Magazine, and I’m so happy about that, especially since I keep discovering new patterns in the old issues. In fact, most of the Burda pattern I’ve sewn in the last year or so has been 10 years old or more! Such as this skirt from Burdastyle Magazine issue 10-2008, model number 103B to be exact (great issue, totally worth tracking down).

Burdastyle magazine 10-2008

It has a nice wide yoke instead of a regular waistband, which is a design feature I really enjoy, it just sits so well on my body.

The front and back have sections that consist of narrow pleats, that are folded in both directions. A nice feature of this pattern is that the pleats are stitched over horizontally, which creates a very nice flat look and keep the pleats in place.

I also added side seam pockets to the pattern, which meant moving the side zipper to the mid back instead. The drawback with this was that the patterns have pleats very close to the mid-back, so it was a bit tricky getting everything to stay flat. If you look to the rights, you can see the mid-back pleats pop out a bit.

Here is the skirt viewed from the back. I used an invisible zipper and my new invisible zipper presser foot from Bernina, which exceeded my expectations. This foot (nr 35) is way better and easier to use than the one I had for my old Husqvarna/Viking. I even think I did a decent job lining up the fabric at the zipper seam, despite it being the first time I used this foot.

Here is nifty zipper tip I found inside an RTW skirt. Do you notice the folded fabric strip at the end of the zipper tape? It prevents chafing when you don’t want to add a lining or a zipper shield facing to the skirt. It’s just a strip of fabric folded like bias tape (but cut cross-wise) and it works so well.

I did the same thing on the other skirt I made this summer and this now my favourite quick method to remove the problem with chafing.

For the hem, I used my favourite technique for sewing a narrow hem (tutorial). It’s so easy and makes sewing a straight, even hem, a breeze.

I simply adore this skirt and was so happy to finally find the perfect fabric for the style I wanted to make. The fabric is a cotton poplin sourced in Italy and is probably made for one of the more prominent design houses over there, it’s such a nice quality and a dream to wear on warm summer days!

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