Made by Me: Burdastyle Pocket Skirt

Here's what I was intending to show you on Saturday, before I went to the Knitting and Stitching Show and bought all those lovely goodies.

I made a skirt!  It's not a dress!

I'd been wanting to make this skirt for ages, but it's in a Burdastyle magazine, so it necessitated tracing the pattern off one of their mad pattern sheets and I really didn't fancy doing it.  Then at the end of last week I really wanted to sew an item of clothing and this was top of my list.  In the end the tracing wasn't so bad, as there aren't many pattern pieces and they're simple shapes.

Here's the line drawing from Burdastyle:

Pocket Skirt 10/2012 #121B

I had some lovely fabric in my stash, which had always been intended for this skirt.  It's a lovely drapy dark burgundy something!  I don't know what it is, the man I bought it from at the Bluewater craft fair in September said it was originally made for Jaeger or somewhere similar.  Anyway, it's gorgeous. 

Here's a full length shot.  Sorry for the poor quality, it's been so dark and dismal lately that it's hard to get decent light for a photo (or I should say, impossible!).


Please excuse my hair.  It was raining the day I photographed this, one of those "There's no point in even trying to make my hair look nice today" days!

The pattern instructions weren't the easiest to follow.  I'm quite a visual person and without any photos sometimes it's quite hard to work out what the magazine wants you to do.  I basically looked at the pattern pieces and instructions and did what I thought was right. 

I was a bit worried about how the pockets would come together, but they worked fine.


If you look really closely you can see a tiny pucker where the top of the pocket joins the horizontal seam across the front, but it is tiny and I couldn't get rid of it.  At least there's a matching one the other side!

I really love the pockets on this, they're not the sort you'd want to put much - or anything really - in, but the curved seams make a lovely design feature.  This is what originally drew me to the pattern.

I'll definitely make this skirt again.  This one is quite "A" line, but I think it would look equally nice narrowed to a pencil skirt.


On another note, after purchasing my jacket fabric on Saturday, I've been trying to find some dress fabric to go with it.  You might remember I already had fabric for the dress, unfortunately the jacket fabric doesn't go with it. 

I've found a couple of possibilities online, and I think I'm going to get samples of them both if I can.  One website definitely offers samples, the other I'm waiting to hear back from.  Anyway, what do you think to either of these?

Left: Saxe blue medium weight crepe; Centre: the jacket fabric; Right:70's floral viscose crepe
Initial opinions greatfully received!  I will photograph both the dress fabrics individually with the jacket fabric once I get the samples.

18 comments

  1. That looks like a very practical and interesting design. Pockets are always welcome in anything! I'm sure you'll wear it and wear it tonnes :)

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    1. Thank you Carolyn. Yes, I can see this getting lots of wear.

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  2. Love the skirt - I liked it when I saw it in the magazine but wasn't sure if it would work. It clearly does! Both your fabric choices are gorgeous, but I think the 70's crepe is to die for!

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    1. That crepe is gorgeous isn't it?!

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  3. I like your skirt, I shall reconsider this pattern, which I thought wouldn't flatter the ordinary figure! It looks good on you.
    Re your jacket /dress combo; does the jacket fabric have a pronounced check when looked at from a distance? If so then I'd go for the plain crepe, but I'm chicken when it comes to pattern matching.

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    1. Thank you.

      I'll do a proper check on the fabrics when I get the samples, good point about whether the check is visible from a distance. I'll have to check!

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  4. Nice job on the skirt! I had seen and been intrigued by that pattern - it's really cool to see it made up!

    And I like the solid blue fabric for the dress with that jacket fabric :-)

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    1. Thanks Gail. I'm really pleased that the skirt is actually as nice as I hoped it would be.

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  5. The skirt is great - pockets are always so helpful. I'm intrigued if the sample of the 70's crepe will work as well with the sample as it does in the photos.

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    1. Thank you Claire. I do love a good pocket!

      I'm thinking the 70's crepe is either going to look amazing in real life or absolutely hideous - no middle ground!

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  6. I like that skirt! very nice and the pocket detail is interesting. It looks good on you! I like both fabrics but I like the 70's crepe more. It just seems like it would make a very interesting pretty dress.

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    1. I think that's why I'm drawn to the 70's crepe, the plain blue is pretty, but it's just a bit boring.

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  7. I really like the skirt, probably wouldn't have noticed the pattern but it's super. I'm torn about the potential dress fabrics, the blue looks lovely with the jacket fabric and might allow your jacket to 'star' but the floral is gorgeous, what's not to love about orange? Could you just make both?! X

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    1. Now there's an idea Jacq! I could just buy some of each fabric and make 2 dresses. Goodness, my poor bank account!

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  8. Lovely pockets ! The fabric you've chosen looks like it's worked perfectly with the curves and has a great finish. It's one of those skirts that ,akes it worth sewing your own - classic solid colour but with unusual features that make it stand out from the crowd.

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    1. Thank you Winnie. Yes, the fabric is perfect for this skirt. Quite heavy but also fluid and drapy so it copes with the pocket curves really well.

      This pattern is definitely one of those that makes sewing your own clothes worth while. It's one of those simple classic styles with just a bit of a twist, that would cost a fortune to buy (if you even could find something similar).

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  9. I have this patten and have gone so far as to cut it out but am stumped by the curved dart/pocket. Any tips?

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    1. Hi Jodi. Follow the instructions (skimpy as they are) they do work, use lots of pins and make sure you use the seam allowances specified so everything matches up.

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