Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Burda Challenge: 11/2017 #106

 
It was 29 degrees this morning...way too cold to be standing outside with no coat!
 
 


This skirt was the first thing I noticed in the magazine. I wanted it immediately and I wanted it in plum. I have a cut of plum suiting that is a very nice weight, completely opaque and with great drape. I think it's an RPL. When I pulled it out, I decided I wanted to make pants with it instead -- I have a pair of J.Crew slim fit pants in a similar shade. Love the color, hate the fit.

Dear J.Crew: Just because I buy a size 14 pant doesn't mean I've suddenly developed enormous calves and ankles. Slim fit my foot.

ANYway. I almost sidelined the project until I remembered this wonderful piece of wool blend suiting. This fabric was purchased long ago from Fabric dot com. It was my first run-in with them. I ordered 3.5 yds for pants and they sent me 2 yds. Sure, they refunded the difference but how did that help me make my pants?! :) I ended up using it to make my brother a hat from Waffle Patterns (in 2/2014) and the rest of the fabric has languished in the stash.

It was the perfect amount of fabric for this skirt!

I wasn't sure what color to topstitch with and chose the cream. None of the browns I had in stash worked quite right and in the end, I wanted the contrast like the magazine version. I could not do that amount of hand stitching so I used double thread and the longest stitch length to topstitch, I like it!

I went with a size 42 front and 44 back which I almost always use this combo with skirts (even Big4, it's 16 front, 18 back). Burda always has a little too much hip curvature/projection for me so I just sewed that area a bit straighter after basting.

I am not a huge fan of petersham waist finishes and decided to draft a facing. Once the front was assembled, I folded it in half and traced the curve onto paper. I made the facing 2.5" deep. I like this depth and I almost always just serge the edge.



My brass zipper is from Wawak, snagged for a whopping $.53!


Their site is slow (they've assured me they're working on it!) but it is SO worth it. How much is a metal zipper at JA? At least $2-3...even a coupon doesn't make it come close! When I place a Wawak order, I tend to 1) look ahead to planned projects 2) look at my fabric stash 3) somewhat like 2, look at the colors I wear. e.g., I have rare occasion for say, a yellow zipper, but I have greys and blues in several shades and lengths. And black in several lengths. And they frequently run buy 2, get 1 free promos.

NAYY, it's just a great resource.

There's not much else to say about the skirt; it's essentially an A-line midi. It went together well, and was relatively quick to sew. I used my walking foot to topstitch and serged all seams.

I like the length - oh, I did add 5/8" hem allowance, which I normally do not with Burda. I hemmed it at 3/4" so I probably could've done my usual. I topstitched the hem but I don't love it. The brown is a close match and it doesn't stand out so honestly, I'll probably leave it.



It does emphasize how straight I am (viewed front-on), which I'm not normally fond of -  I am the person saying YES! Give me things that accentuates/exaggerates the hip - please! - but I don't have time to worry about whether every single thing is the most "flattering" to my body type/shape. I mean, right!? If I put it on and it makes me happy, I call it good! :)


I love wine/burgundy and camel together. But living in MN means I encounter 7,000 Target employees a week, at least, and so the combo always makes me a tiny bit cringey despite my fondness of the pairing.

Actual outfit that day so, excuse the wrinkles! And because I live in the tundra, getting photos in the winter months is HARD. Our kitchen had amazing lighting midday but I did not want to look like a weirdo (which I *totally* do anyway!!) so I was sneaking and taking pics. LMAO!
 

 This one was a winner for me!!
 

42 comments:

  1. This looks good. I'm straight like you, & am more surprised when a pattern gives me the illusion of waist & hips than when it doesn't. Adjusting the the Cambie dress (designed for opposite profile) I discovered, Counter-intuitively, that A-line skirts sit better if I continue the (almost vertical) line from waist to hips down to hem. It looks almost like a straight skirt on the table but miraculously transforms to an A-line profile once it is on, without any bagging at the hem.

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    1. do you mean reduce the flare of the A-line so it's less flarey? I'm straight too and always want to get more curves.

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    2. It would be easier to show in picture, but yes. Follow line down from waist through hips. Small waist with big hips gives wide flare, wide waist with narrow hips should have less flare. Don't know why, but it works.

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    3. For a VERY long time, and at the start of sewing, I would tell people that I hated A-line skirts and disagreed that they work "for everyone". I have found that I can do this subtle A-line.

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  2. It's a winner especially the color combination.

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  3. Love, love the style lines of the skirt and it fits you very well.

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  4. Love the style lines of your skirt! You are a brave woman to stand out there in 32 degrees - thank you though!

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  5. The skirt is amazing, and you look wonderful in it paired with the burgundy top. Lol at the Target reference! I skimmed thru my Burda mags the other day and there is so much goodness in there.

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! There is some good stuff!

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  6. I think the skirt looks really cute on you "as is" but from a curvy point of view, I can see color blocking that first big segment on the front skirt (even a slightly darker tweedy wool). It would be less versatile though.

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    1. Thank you! I'd be interested in seeing it color blocked too.

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  7. The skirt is fabulous, and the outfit as a whole looks fantastic. Whether or not it's the societally-accepted definition of "flattering", it looks great on you!

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  8. Great job on that skirt. Very cute on you.

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  9. This is great and I love the pairing of burgandy and camel. The run-ins with 7000 Target folks made me laugh. =)

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  10. I love this one!! I'm in such a sewing slump there was no hope, but if I were keeping up with the Burda challenge this would have been the one for me too :) Your version looks fantastic, and at least in photos, the colors don't seem targety at all.

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    1. Thanks Kelly! I hope you can get to it eventually!

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  11. Love it! This skirt was one of my favorite patterns in the issue. Your version is super chic, and I bet it’ll pair with a ton of your wardrobe items.

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    1. Thank you! It is soooo versatile for me!

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  12. Beautiful skirt, love the color combo. You look great! And the Target reference - hahahahaha!!! Too funny..

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    1. Thanks :) As long as no one tries to get me to help them in the store, I'm good!

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  13. I adore this skirt and can't wait to get this pattern myself. I think the diagonal lines give your straighter shape a nice shape, if that makes any sort of sense. And the brass zipper is wonderful.

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    1. Thanks Sarah Liz! I agree. 'Tricking the eye' a little bit!

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  14. That is a gorgeous skirt! Beautiful job!

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  15. This is definitely a winner. I love the detail at the front. The fabric was a perfect fit for the pattern.

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    1. Thank you! And yes!! I was so happy to have enough of this fabric.

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  16. Thank you reminding me of Wawak! I have been looking for a specific kind of zipper forever (!) and just found it there! Oh- and love your skirt. Love reading your blog too but this the first time leaving a remark!

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    1. YAY!!! I'm glad they came in handy for you!!

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  17. I had to laugh at your opening statement about being outside with NO coat on! But outside in the natural light is were you get the best picture. Anyway, your skirt is very flattering. Great job on the fit and detail stitching.

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    1. It's so hard!! You're a midwesterner too so I know you get it!

      Thank you!

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  18. Love it, I definitely want to make this one, it's a really flattering, easy to wear shape and those seams make it a bit more interesting. I won't be doing any of that hand sewing either so it's good to know that doubled thread in the machine works well, those seams do need something to show them off.

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    1. Thanks Allison! Ooh it would be so cute on you!

      And yeah, that is a LOT of hand sewing requiring a LOT of consistency!

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