Fabric: Stretch velvet (JoAnn 60% off)
Notions: Invisible zipper
Cost: ~ $8.00 (inc. zipper)
Size: 40cm shortened
I don't think I've made a single thing for myself since starting my Burda magazine subscription. Partly because my kids have been needing clothes more than I have, and partly because I've found some of the Burda styles not to my tastes or not flattering for me. There have been a few things that I've really liked, but I don't really need them. However, I had the opportunity to go to a holiday party and this skirt immediately popped in my head from my mental Burda database. I could have worn something way more casual, but hey, I just needed an excuse to make the skirt.
After hours of JoAnn shopping for pirate costume fabric, I had a pretty good fabric inventory of JoAnn in my head too. So I matched up the pattern with this stretchy, velvet-y fabric.
The skirt has no waist band but a waist facing instead, and an invisible zipper at the center back. I lined it, otherwise, I new it would be hiking up my legs wearing hose. I struggled with what size to make, as I've not made much for myself lately. My waist measurement would require a size US10 or US12, while my hips are more of a US6 I think. I wanted it to be pretty fitted. At first I was going for the size 36cm, thinking it should work as the fabric is stretchy anyway, but as I kept testing it to myself, I was afraid the lining wouldn't make it across my waist so I went up a size to be on the safe side. It fit OK, but you can see it kind of wrinkles diagonally from the waist to the hips as the waist is fitted but the hips are not.
I also had to shorten it by about three inches. Yes, that's a lot. I decided to shorten it from the bottom up. If you think there's something peculiar going on in the back, it's because there is some gathering there (this is on purpose) and the skirt flairs out at the bottom.
Overall, I was fairly pleased with it (if not so much with my holiday figure), especially for the cost.