You know how when you’re shopping you make an impulse buy? Well, this is an impulse project. I had some extra fabric from the wrap top (blogged here) and thought to myself, “Hey! This is an interesting skirt. I wonder what it would look like done up in this paisley. After all, Burda’s version looks pretty unique.”
So what do you think? There’s a lot of fabric in this skirt, all pleated across the hips, but I think it’s wearable.
It was simple enough to put together. I sewed up version A, which has an attached underskirt. Burda suggests using the fashion fabric for both layers, which would make sense if you were making this up in batiste, as they did, but I used rayon bemberg lining.
You don’t see it much when you’re wearing it, but I’m sure it will be insurance against wardrobe malfunction when I sit down in it.
Burda suggested using grosgrain or petersham ribbon for the waist. This is something I’ve seen them use a lot for skirts, and I thought I’d give it a try. It’s certainly less fussy than cutting, interfacing and finishing a waistband from the fashion fabric.
And I’m pleased with the results. I used a 2” wide ribbon for this. Very simple to put on – just pin the waistline to the bottom edge of the petersham, edgestitch, turn the top down, enclosing the waistline seam edge, and edgestitch into place again. Hmm! Who knew waistbands could be so darn easy?