Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Burda 8623: Finished

This skirt is done. Zillie has a crooked stance so the pockets look uneven, but I measured (after my first set of pics the other day) and they are truly evenly placed down from the waistband. One reason I like this skirt pattern is the partial elastic waistband. The front and back are flat; the elastic is inserted at the sides. It's nice to have a woven skirt which fits comfortably throughout the day without giving in to a fully elasticated waistband and additional bulk. 



I lined the skirt with some cocoa colored rayon lining fabric, cut cross-grain so I could lazily incorporate the selvedge as the hem, which ends right above the back kick pleat. You know me and handsewing (blech), so the lining is fully machine-sewn around the invisible zip. This is easy to do if you (a) leave attaching the waistband for last and (b) sew the lower CB seam of the lining *after* attaching the upper sections to the seam allowances around the zipper.You can see that I (cough:cough) carefully matched my serger thread to the lining. ;-)


Up next is this fabric, for a top to wear with the skirt. It's a crinkled poly from Gorgeous Fabrics bought in March. I fell in love with the colors and the print. So me.


The pattern is much older than the fabric. I don't know exactly how long it's been in my stash, but there are reviews of it dating back to 2002 if that's any indication. I've picked the circled view, with the flounce.


I have a little concern that the fabric *may* not be drapey enough so even though I've already altered the pattern to incorporate an FBA/bust dart, I'm still deciding whether to actually cut. You can see in the line drawing below that the sleeve is cut on. I just winged the upper slash for the FBA, keeping the shape and size of the sleeve with some creative "smushing."


I think I may go ahead and make a quick and ugly muslin and see how a decidedly non-drapey muslin fabric works.


I have an interview tomorrow morning. Keep your fingers crossed for me. While the previous interview place narrowed their choice to between me and another candidate, they ultimately went with not-me. Which is probably for the best in the long run, because while I did really like the place and the people, it was the longer commute of the location which was the minus I referred to earlier. It probably wouldn't have been a deal-breaker, but now I don't have to make the decision. Everything happens for a reason, right?

11 comments:

  1. Nice fabric. Hope the muslin works so you can go ahead and cut it out. Good luck too with the next job interview.

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  2. I really like the skirt. Elastic in the waistband sides would be great. Really liking your top pattern too. Love the front ruffle.

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  3. Skirt looks awesome. Love the partial elastic... Might need to try that in the next business wear I sew. Fingers crossed!

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  4. Great skirt, I'm with on on the partial elastic in the waist. Tat blouse fabric will look great with it! Nice to hear from you as you go through the process, I know how un-fun the whole thing is.

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  5. I frequently use a bit of elastic in the waist of a skirt or pants. Extends the wearability factor with slight fluctations in tum. Which we all get. The skirt is lovely - such a zingy colour, and I do like your pocets.

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  6. That skirt is lovely and the fabric for the top goes so well. I look forward to seeing the top made up.

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  7. Debbie,
    Thanks for the cue about how to machine sew a lining to the zip seam allowance. I've wondered how to achieve that for years.

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  8. That colour of your skirt fabric is just so cheery! And I too am a great fudger on the inside - can soooo relate to your lining...J

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  9. Great skirt! and good luck with the interview.

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  10. I love the colour of the skirt, and the addition of the pockets. I hope the interview has gone well, I agree that things happen for a reason (although the reason can be a bit difficult to figure out sometimes)

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