Pink Eclaire pencil skirt

Remember that Burda sew-along, way back in May?

And remember how I (somewhat rashly) said I was going to make something from each of the Burda magazines I own?

Yeah. Well, I got as far as making a blouse from the first one in the pile, and that was all I had for show-and-tell in May. But, that’s not actually all that I did! I cut out, and partially stitched up, two other garments – one each from the January and February 2013 editions.

Shamefully, I still haven’t finished the blouse (I got a bit distracted by the pajama party and the Indie pattern month), but the skirt has been done for a good three weeks, and finally got photographed in the weekend. Woo hoo! So, here it is – BurdaStyle 01/2013 skirt #124…. (Their pattern names leave a bit to be desired, don’t they?)

BurdaStyle 01/2013 skirt #124

Sure, the pattern I used was for a leather skirt, and I went with some unknown wool/acrylic blend thing, but hey, the basic pattern remained the same. 🙂

I did make a few adjustments, though. There was no way I was ever going to be able to walk normally in this skirt pattern (a pencil skirt without a vent or kickpleat in the back? How do people walk in those things?!?), although I did try trusting the pattern and stitched it up with no kickpleat to start with. Sure enough, walking ability seriously hampered.

BurdaStyle 01/2013 skirt #124

So I measured out where I needed extra space for stride length, and unpicked to that length to create a back vent.

At which point, I concluded that, yes, the measurement was right in that I could now walk comfortably. However, I didn’t like the look of the back vent.

So I improvised, cut out a rectangle, and stitched up a kickpleat. Sure, it’s got a seam where drafted-on kickpleats don’t, but you know what? That doesn’t bother me so much. Instead – I have a pencil skirt I can walk in, that I like! This makes me happy. 🙂

BurdaStyle 01/2013 skirt #124 kickpleat

Pencil skirts aren’t really my ‘thing’, but I’m quite liking this one. As may be evidenced by the wrinkles, after a day’s wear.

Oh yes, and I forgot to get photos of this part, but it’s fully lined in a nice dark burgundy, and I was very proud of myself because I did a hand-stitched invisible hem. This is quite a Big Deal for me, lazy sewasaurusrex that I am. I really do need to do more hand-stitched invisible hems – sure, they take a lot longer, but they make me smile when I look at them, so it’s worth it. (Even if that sentence does remind me of a Pantene ad… *shrug*)

So anyway – pink pencil skirt! Yay!

BurdaStyle 01/2013 skirt #124

And a big thank-you to Claire, who sent me the January 2013 edition of BurdaStyle I used to make this skirt – you’re fabulous, and this skirt wouldn’t have been here without you! So it’s kinda named after you, and also after cake because, well, I like cake.

BurdaStyle 01/2013 skirt #124

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10 responses to “Pink Eclaire pencil skirt

  1. Kat – what a great skirt, and I’m honoured you kinda named it after me (I do love Eclairs too mmmm… yummy!)

    P.S. Did you use the ham I sent you too to press the darts please hun :)? (I’d love any feedback on the ham: shape, size, fabric/other materials used – as I plan to sell them on Etsy soon :)).

  2. Wonderful! It´s kind of strange to see people wearing winter clothes…it´s 36 celcius right now in Madrid :-). Did you come to a solution with your peplum by the way?

  3. Super cute! Great kick pleat rescue and this looks so lovely with your shoes 😀

  4. Sarah McSorley

    How do you keep blogging so often! I am very impressed with your commitment to it!

    Hope you are well! And I really miss the crafty sessions!

    Date: Wed, 3 Jul 2013 09:14:18 +0000 To: s_mcsorley@hotmail.com

  5. Very nice skirt! And, i think it looks much cuter with the kickpleat as well as providing actual walking ability.

  6. I wish Burda gave their patterns names like Ottobre does too! That skirt is really flattering on you, I’d never had thought to pair it with green but it looks great with your cardi. Mmm, thinking about eclairs with pink icing now…

  7. Alisha @ Crafty Brooklyn Army Wife

    Great skirt!! Stopping by from Sew Much Ado’s linky party.

    Here is what I shared this week: http://craftybrooklynarmywife.blogspot.com/2013/06/update-and-es-lounge-pants.html

  8. Wow, you really suit a pencil skirt! Especially in this colour, it’s gorgeous. And I am going to remember how you added that kick pleat because I have a skirt I made ages ago that I have exactly the same problem with. This might be what it needs to make it wearable.

  9. Great colour! I love BurdaStyle patterns too, they have good variety and there is normally a treasure to be found in every magazine!

  10. I love a good pencil skirt and this is fantastic! Well done! I love it with the green too, brilliant

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