Thursday, 13 March 2014

Faux wrap skirt - Burdastyle 07/2013 #111


I do love getting my Burdastyle magazines in the post every month (thank you to my lovely family for this birthday present last year), but I have to do a bit of seasonal adjustment. That's not the statistical kind, but the practical kind where I sit in shorts and a t-shirt flipping through the latest issue and store away winter coat patterns in my memory to make in a few months' time. Same goes for the summer patterns and I've just got round to making this skirt that I've had in mind since the Australian winter last year.

Burdastyle 07/2013 #111
 It's a simple skirt with a faux wrap and a little tie at the side waist. It is available for download from Burdastyle. I like the casual style and practicality of this skirt.


The faux wrap is also handy if there's a gust of wind - it's always a bonus not to flash one's knickers.


I used this drapey, herringbone print fabric that was an op shop find. It's one of those prints that you don't want to focus on too closely as it makes your eyes go funny. A bit like this:


Hopefully no one feels drunk looking at my latest creation!


This skirt was simple to sew. It's basically a wide tube that is folded in near one side and tied to create the wrap effect. I found that my fabric caused the fold to slip down as I wore the skirt so I added a line of stitching on the waistband to hold the fold in place while making sure I could still get the skirt over my hips. I cut my usual size 38, which was fine, but I ended up taking in the side seam near the wrap as it seemed to hang at a strange angle. It's fine now. That meant I lost one pocket, but side seam pockets are awkward and not very useful in my opinion anyway.


 So that's it. I love getting something made that's been in my mind for so long and I'm very happy with this light and flippy little skirt. The top is self drafted.


By the way, if anyone in Australia is thinking of subscribing to Burdastyle, I ordered mine through Newsstand in the UK. It ended up costing around AU$160 for the year (approx $13/issue). I get each monthly issue at the beginning of that month, which certainly beats finding a local newsagent who actually stocks the magazine, waiting months for each issue to come in, fighting other sewers for copies and paying $17 for the privilege. I looked at lots of suppliers worldwide and Newsstand seemed to be by far the cheapest for Aussie subscribers. If you find it cheaper, I'd love to know.

UPDATE: thank you to Kristy (see comment below) for the tip that she orders the magazine through Burdastyle for $118 (to Australia). I can't believe I didn't find that bargain myself!

15 comments:

  1. Darling! 'Course I want a cocktail now . . .

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    1. I fear that will make the print even more out of focus. It is tempting though!

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  2. Cute skirt. I am glad that's other Aussie is catching up on summer sewing

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    1. Ps thanks for the info about ordering Burdastyle, it's very tempting..

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    2. Summer clothes are so much fun, I always make them right up until those last summer rays stop shining.

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  3. You're such a scream. Love your skirt.

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  4. I love your skirt, you're right about not staring at the print for too long though! I subscribed to Burda mags direct from the Burdastyle website, and I'm sorry to say that it's a little bit cheaper than what you've paid - last month I paid $118 (it depends on the Aussie dollar / euro conversion rate though). But you've gotta love getting them in the month of issue, much sooner than you can buy on the newsstands

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    1. OMG! And here I was thinking I was the bargain queen! Thank you for that info, I'll certainly be using that method when I renew my subscription.

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  5. I do suffer the lateness and buy it at the local bookshop. I am down there several times a week anyway and I do like stopping for a perusal. I am lucky and only pay $13.50 per issue so don't mind supporting local for that.

    I like your skirt although I imagine the print would be a pain to work with.

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    1. This is very interesting. Why do they charge $17 at the newsagent in Perth and only $13.50 in New Zealand? I bet you don't have to pay an average of $4.50 for a coffee either!

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  6. Love your little skirt - I will have to remember this pattern for next summer. (I am sewing for autumn -winter already)

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    1. Thank you. I am sewing for all seasons at the moment, but hurriedly trying to get a few more summer things done!

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  7. This is so cute! I just traced it from the library copy. Glad it was easy to sew and no flashing undies going on ;)

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    1. Thank you. I do try to minimise the undie flashing now I'm of a certain age!

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