Friday, January 17, 2014

Burda 9-10-116 - Mustard yellow wool pencil skirt

It's been over a month since I last posted anything due to the disappearance of my sewing mojo. I think this happened to me a few years ago around the same time. Maybe I'm just needing a break after the business of the holidays. Well, I have managed to make a winter skirt using a pattern I've previously sewn that didn't require the making of a muslin.

After sewing my red leather version, I had no intention of ever making another one. The style is pretty unique. However, that other version is one of those skirts that migrates around my body every time I wear it. You know that kind of skirt, right? I don't know if I got the lining off grain or what. Also I didn't have enough leather to make the back vents so I have to take tiny steps when I'm walking. Getting in and out of the car is difficult. Consequentially it is now living in my "needs attention" area of the closet. Someday I hope to reuse the leather for another garment. Since I still really like the style of the skirt, I decided to remake it in a yellow wool crepe


This fabric was an online purchase several years ago. I can't remember exactly where I got it from. The lining (not pictured) is some inexpensive polyester stuff bought because it perfectly matched the wool crepe. Yellow is horrible about show-through, so I knew I had to match the color precisely. The matching zipper was ordered from Zipperstop.


The seamlines show up on this fabric much better then on the leather. At the back you can see the double kick pleats, which make this version much easier to move around in.

The pegged shape of this skirt won't fit over my dressform, so here are some close-ups on me:


I'm really happy to add this pop of color to my winter wardrobe.

71 comments:

  1. Your construction is, as ever, impeccable. Even though that particular shade of yellow is my least favourite colour in the world, I still think your skirt looks wonderful.
    What a shame about the red leather version. Perhaps you could add the kick pleats to it by facing them with a contrasting fabric? Say something like the silky paisley used for lining high-quality jackets? Just a thought. It's always a pleasure to see what you've been sewing.

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  2. i really like how this came out- those seam lines are amazing. and the color! so awesome.

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  3. Amanda this skirt is amazing! I am glad you got your mojo back.

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    1. Thanks Betsy! If only the mojo was back. I made this because it took no fitting and was easy.

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  4. Very pretty and a super fun yellow color! I like the zipper placement - a great feature of the pattern.

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    1. Thanks Jenny! I thought that was cool too.

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  5. This skirt is so great - I love the pattern and the way you made it up. But what a shame about the red leather skirt. It is really stunning, what a shame it is not practical to wear.

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    1. Thank you Chris! I was bummed about that too. Hopefully I can find a fun way to reuse it.

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  6. Mustard is one of my favourite colours and this skirt is a great way to find your mojo again. Beautifully sewn and gorgeous on you.

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    1. Thanks Manju! I love yellow - all shades included. It is such an uplifting color.

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  7. Love to see this skirt!!! It was my first attempt to sew a skirt back in 2010 when I started sewing . My version went all kinds of wrong but I still love the lines and the unique pattern. Your mustard version is just gorgeous!!!

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    1. Thanks Merche! I can't believe you've only been sewing since 2010! Your skills are so good!

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  8. I just love the design lines on your skirt. The seaming and zip placement at the back is masterful.

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  9. Beautiful! Regarding the twisting of the red skirt, could you safety pin the lining to an undergarment to keep it in place?

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  10. Beautiful skirt! I love the seam lines. And, the color is so fun!

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  11. I love this and the seaming is very neat. Glad you made another version.

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  12. So pretty !I love the lines on this skirt.It fits you so well. Makes me wish I still had my girlish figure! Lol!

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  13. Really cute skirt. Hope this has restarted the mojo :)

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    1. Thanks Vicki! I hope it comes back soon!

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  14. Cute skirt and I hope this helps you find your mojo.

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  15. Beautiful seamlines! You've done a wonderful job with this skirt. Just lovely!

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  16. Lovely seam lines and I love the two back vents. Beautifully sewn.

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  17. It is so pretty and looks lovely on you.

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  18. Great design, color and impeccable construction! The skirt looks wonderful on you!

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    1. Thank you Tany! I'm so glad to see you getting back to blogging lately! I have missed your creations this past year.

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  19. Amanda, this is a beautiful skirt in every way! The color is perfect for dreary winter days and I love the lines of this skirt. You look wonderful in it :)

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  20. Amanda, that color is gorgeous on you! It's almost a golden sunshine yellow or something - perfect for brightening up a winter wardrobe. Glad you can move around in it too. :)

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  21. This is fantastic! I love how it works as both a statement piece (those gorgeous seamlines, and interesting back construction, the happy, sunny color) and as a closet staple (pencil skirts go with EVERYTHING!! Solid color...) A very smart piece, in my opinion! And your construction is, as ever, impeccable.

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    1. Thanks so much Sallie! Great comment!

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  22. I love that color! Mustard is seriously one of my favorite colors, and I've been lucky for a piece of fabric in the perfect mustard for awhile to no avail. I guess I'll just have to keep looking! :)

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    1. Thank you Emily! Good luck on your search. Pretty sure Mood fabrics has mustard yellow wool crepe, although this particular piece is not from there.

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  23. Beautifully made! I love the color!

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  24. Your skirt turned out lovely, that color is very refreshing... it's enough that we see dark colors all winter long... so nice to see something besides winter colors. This is great! Oh, and by the way... maybe a possible help with the leather skirt, there is a product that they put into men's trousers to help keep a shirt tucked in... it's applied to the waist band. It might help keep your skirt in place, it can't help with the vent although... I would look for a scrap maybe to use to make yourself a vent... it wouldn't have to be perfect but boy if you could add to the inside seams it might do the trick. Good Luck! I do like your red leather skirt too... such a pretty color and the pattern is great too. Too bad I can't copy Burda patterns any more... too many lines.
    Jean C. djcogdill@q.com

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    1. Great suggestions! Thanks for the comment!

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  25. I love the colour and the style. Well done!!!

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  26. Gorgeous skirt. Love the seaming details.

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  27. This is such a happy skirt! I love the color! And the style is so cool-- I'm glad you made another. I'm excited to see what you do with the leather!

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    1. Thanks Ginger. Don't hold your breath on the leather. I don't get around to refashions quickly. ;)

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  28. Yes!! the seamlines look terrific in this fabric. Great colour too!

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    1. I love it! I have had a yellow pencil skirt on my list ever since I saw one in an advert a few years ago. Your version is perfect!

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    2. Thanks Tommied! I've had one on my must-sew list for a while now, too. ;)

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  29. As always your construction is perfection! The color is a great element to brighten up the winter months even though they are short here in TX. I live outside of Houston and tend to wear too much black when it's cold.

    Karen

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  30. I really love the seaming on this skirt and must get around to making it, or it's dress counterpart one of these days. Great colour too!

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  31. Yes, the pattern is great. And so good to have you back. I wondered if something had happened to you ... although perfectly understand the refreshment of a break. Thanks for your inspiration.

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  32. I love the pattern, fabric, and the color. It looks awesome!!

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  33. How did I miss this post in my blog reader? Your skirt is so bright and beautiful, the seam lines are so interesting. Hmmm, something else to add to my to sew list!

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  34. Exquisite construction as always - thanks for being an inspiration!

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  35. This is one of my favourite patterns and I made it not long ago. My version is part of an office collection.
    http://www.burda.hu/a_tcsoki+szoknya

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