work in progress

Next up: Burdastyle pleated mini skirt

I’m finally back on a sewing roll, such a great feeling isn’t it? And the next project I’m tackling is piece number two of my winter wardrobe and the first garment that I’m making from the fantastic Burdastyle August 2017 issue. If you are thinking about trying out Burdastyle this is the issue you should hunt down and then prepare yourself for a lifelong addiction! I’ve said it before and it bears repeating; if you can handle the tracing and sparse instructions, you will be rewarded with some of the best drafted and more stylish patterns available on the market–at a great price too!

It is not an accident that around 80% of the garments I make from commercial patterns are Burdastyle. I’ve tried so many pattern companies over the years and Burdastyle is the one that consistently delivers the best value and designs in my opinion.

<—End of Burdastyle love fest—>

Okay, so let’s talk about the skirt I’m making. This is one of my favourite skirt style, smooth over the tummy and then pleats below the bum. Plus I love the straps, they are attached with buttons at the back, such a nice thoughtful detail.  I also splurged on the fabric, it is a navy wool/lycra gabardine from an Italian designer mill. I think it could have been meant for Gucci or perhaps Prada, if my memory serves me right. Super nice fabric anyway, skirts made of wool just looks so classy compared to, say, cotton gabardine. Much fewer wrinkles and a nicer drape.



  • Adrianne
    January 4, 2018 at 3:58 pm

    I can’t wait to see your new skirt! Will you post a picture of your knit dress soon? I thought the fabric was beautiful too!

    • Johanna
      January 4, 2018 at 10:13 pm

      I will! I have a backlog of makes and the dress will pop up for sure on the blog, not sure when though

  • Angela
    January 4, 2018 at 6:00 pm

    OK, I WILL make a Burda pattern – soon! I have a lot of them, but somehow life keeps interfering. Shame to have so many and not use them. Although I have the feeling tracing from the patterns in the magazine may prove to be interesting…

    • Johanna
      January 4, 2018 at 10:16 pm

      Hehe, I feel like the Burda whisperer but you have to trust me 🙂 Some people actually find tracing relaxing, I don’t, but the trick is to pick a tissue paper that is quite see-through, also use a good ruler and a seam gauge plus a 4b pencil and you are all set!

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    January 4, 2018 at 6:51 pm

    I wonder if something is going on with BurdaStyle in Canada…I tried to find out how to subscribe – one site was going down and the toll free # had been disconnected. I did finally find the right page on BurdaStyle to order the magazine and it was $35/issue which is rather hefty for a magazine! I know it comes with patterns but I could buy a few BurdaStyle printed patterns for that – no tracing! 🙂 I do have a couple of their patterns and I’ll have to give them a whirl first before I would pay so much for a magazine.

    • Johanna
      January 4, 2018 at 10:20 pm

      Wow, that is twice the price that they cost in Sweden. Too bad they can’t sort out the distribution in Canada, you guys seem to have a pretty strong sewing community over there. I do think the pattern magazines have an uphill battle in North America though since it’s not as common as in Europe and Japan, where magazines often are the easiest and cheapest way to access sewing patterns.

  • Esther
    January 4, 2018 at 6:56 pm

    I have the same feeling about Burda, I believe you get the best and most for your money.
    Now in Spain the pattern magazine in fashion is Ottobre, I really can’t understand why, it has fewer patterns,they are much more basic garments, it costs double the price if Burda… and the instructions are about the same, no drawings…
    Also, I like the fact that every Burda issue delivers one pattern that can be cut directly and has more detailed instruccions. I have now so many Burdas that most of the times I decide whether buying it or not depending on the “pink pattern”

    Looking forward to seeing your new skirt!

    • Johanna
      January 4, 2018 at 10:23 pm

      I totally agree! I too cannot fathom the Ottobre love fest. They do great basics, but there is hardly any design to them and the styles are so similar from issue to issue. I only have a couple of Ottobre and while they are good, I don’t feel the need to buy more of the same thing. I too am happy that Burda is doing way better-detailed instructions now with their selected pattern, great clear illustrations and instructions. Glad to hear that we agree 100% on this topic 🙂


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