This is the second skirt from my ‘Black Forest’ skirt collection using Burdastyle 12/2012 #105 skirt pattern. This pattern has only two pattern pieces, is beginner friendly and can be made from less than one metre of fabric which make it pretty fab IMO!
The autumn coloured leaves in the forest inspired me so this skirt is aptly named ‘Forest Foliage’.
I wasn’t sure whether a wool knit would work for this pattern but I didn’t alter anything and it seems fine. Phew!
I used the same Petersham ribbon for the waistband as I did for my first version of this skirt. I also lined it with a viscose lining using the same pattern pieces as the outer fabric.
My main concern with this fabric was whether I could match the stripes up at the seams, but I think I just about pulled it off on the side seams!
The stripes on the back seam with the zip refused to play nicely though! I unpicked the zip a few times but couldn’t get those deviant stripes to behave themselves and sewing invisible zips into wool knits isn’t a barrel of laughs I can tell you! Finally I surrendered to the wonky stripes!
Overall I’m happy with how this skirt turned out! The fabric is really comfy to wear and importantly for this time of year, it’s also cosy and warm! The fit of the skirt in the knit is a bit clingier than the other two skirts I’ve made from this pattern – as you can see in this semi-action photo above.
A bonus of using the Missoni fabric was that I could use the selvedge edge as the hem which eliminated a step in the sewing process and speeded up the making of this skirt. Much appreciated! Cheers Missoni!
To round off this ‘Black Forest’ skirt collection, I’ll post the final of the skirt trio next week. Until then, here’s a sneak peak of ‘Twinkle, Twinkle Little Skirt’!
Ralph Pink Patterns ran a competition earlier this month to create a mood board for a couture collection. I didn’t enter but it sounded like a lot of fun, so I thought I’d get into the spirit of theme creating for this collection of three skirts using one pattern – BurdaStyle 12/2012 #105.
The theme is the ‘Schwarzwald’ or ‘Black Forest’, inspired by the region of Germany where I live, where France, Germany and Switzerland meet.
This first skirt is ‘Wild’– in German these are the game animals resident in the Black Forest. Such as this critter –
And if you aren’t lucky enough to bump into these on a forest walk, then you can always eat them in the local restaurants!
The beauty of this BurdaStyle pattern in my opinion, is its simple style. It’s the perfect blank canvas to showcase fancy fabrics, such as this wool with this interesting raised animal print texture, bought at the Hollander Stoff Market in Germany.
Petersham ribbon waistband
It is a beginner-friendly pattern that has step by step pictoral instructions in the Burdastyle magazine. The design couldn’t be simpler with only four darts at the back and four at the front and an invisible zip in the back centre seam. There is no waistband to make, just attach Petersham ribbon and add a hook and eye closure to the top of the zip and you’re done!
I lined the skirt with a viscose lining attached at the waist of the skirt. I did this by sewing the skirt and lining with right sides together along the top edge of the waist, then I flipped the lining over to the inside of the skirt, ready to attach the ribbon waistband.
I didn’t need to make any fitting alterations to the pattern either – always a bonus I think!
Stay tuned for Skirt Two – ‘Forest Foliage’ coming soon!
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