This is the last piece for the package going to Asia, as mentioned in my last post. I honestly wasn’t to sure about this fabric – it looks wonderful, but it’s a poly something similar to what I think is rainwear – fuzzy soft on the right side and it feels like it’s laminated on the inside. I was a little concerned about this, particularly in the heat, so I thought a skirt would be better than a dress. After showing my friend the sarong-style skirt from Burda Plus SS 2011, she thought it would be perfect. So I graded the pattern down to her size – she’s tiny and petite.
Pattern Sizing: size 44-52
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Absolutely, even with my changes.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? We both really liked the front pleating that drapes across the front.
Pattern alterations: I graded this pattern down 3 sizes and shortened it simply because I didn’t have enough fabric. I also left out the pleating on the back of the skirt. The instructions have you stitch the side seams and then stitch the pleats afterwards. I didn’t think about this when cutting. And here’s a testament to my brainlessness: I did not read the instructions prior to cutting. I assumed that the pleats were only on the R front and never looked at the drawing closely until I read the directions about stitching the side seams (which I blithely did) and then pleating them. HUH? I had cut the back shorter by the depth of the pleats deliberately because I didn’t realize they were supposed to be there on the back, too! After a moment of panic, I thought my idea worked better anyways – without the pleats on the back.
This skirt is not a true sarong. The left front buttons at the waist underneath the right front instead of having a tie thread through and around the back. There are 4 pieces to the waistband: R front with tie extension, back, L front, and an additional tie. I cut them exactly as instructed because I didn’t have enough fabric to cut it all as one, or even two pieces. The additional (or left) tie is sewn to the waistband at the CB. I added a small loop to keep the tie in place at the waistband level and to prevent it from sliding either up or down.
It’s a nice variation on the wrap skirt theme. If I can find a very pretty border print, it would be the perfect summer skirt.