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Good news and bad news

2011 August 23
by elizabeth_admin

Friends, I have both good news and bad news.  Which do you want first? 

Ok good, the good news first.  I don’t fit into my Burda skirt anymore. 

Now the bad news, I don’t fit into my Burda skirt anymore.



Burda 12-2009-112 Skirt



Do you even remember this skirt?  I made it in 2009.  I instantly fell in love with the style when I saw it in the Burda magazine and had to make it asap.  Ahhh, those were the good old days when Burda didn’t cram three years of patterns onto one pattern sheet.  I loved this skirt and wore it often.  I felt slightly edgy and yet conservative at the same time. 

With the crisp morning air the last few days here in NYC, I could feel the Fall coming on and I started to think about pulling out Fall clothes out to wear.  This morning, I thought I would wear this skirt.  Perfect for the transition to Fall.  I pressed it and proceeded to dress for the day. 

But then, I caught sight of myself in the mirror and horror of horrors, the skirt doesn’t fit me anymore.  It hangs off me and the drape just balloons over my waist.  I no longer fill out the hips of the skirt.  While strangely pleased with this turn of events as it means that my nightly runs are paying off, I am also slightly sad that my favorite me-made skirt no longer fits me. 

I should have taken a picture of how the skirt looked this morning, but I was in a hurry to get out the door.  Just trust me on this one, ok?

In other sewing news, I have been contemplating drafting a pencil skirt without front darts.  I think the poofiness under my post-baby fluff is caused by the release of said darts.  If I have straighter silhouette in front, it might alleviate that annoying poofiness.  I think it’s time for some experimentation, don’t you?  I also get that poofiness in my B5147 sheath dresses which I think is caused by the fisheye darts in front.  But I have absolutely no clue how I would try to alleviate the problem in that pattern as the fisheye darts are needed to give me much needed shaping there.  Things to ponder…

I am so looking forward to the Shopping Day this Saturday.  Are you coming?  🙂

13 Responses leave one →
  1. Katie permalink
    August 23, 2011

    Congratulations!!! Sounds like it’s time to make a smaller one. Woo-hoo!

  2. August 23, 2011

    Congrats on trimming down!

  3. Visitor permalink
    August 23, 2011

    The other day I was looking at a well-reviewed sloper drafting book called “European Cut” by Elizabeth Allemong. I believe it had a draft for a skirt with front darts.

    Congrats on losing the weight.

  4. Visitor permalink
    August 23, 2011

    Sorry, should have been “WITHOUT front darts.”

  5. August 23, 2011

    At least the great thing about stashing all these pattern magazines is that you can make another one!

  6. August 24, 2011

    Shame about the skirt, but it’s so nice when exercise pays off. Have you still got the magazine? Version 2 of the skirt might be even better!

  7. August 24, 2011

    Yay for seeing the results of excercise, but it would indeed be nicer if your clothes changed shape with you. On the other hand, what a nice reason to make a new kick-ass skirt.

  8. August 24, 2011

    Congrats on the weight loss! Have fun on Saturday! I’m very bummed to be missing it.

  9. August 24, 2011

    Yay – for the silhoette changes :), boo for the favourite skirt no longer fitting :(.
    Can you use it as a muslin for making fitting changes to version 2 maybe? (Or can it be unpicked and re-cut from the original fabric pieces?)

  10. Nadine permalink
    August 24, 2011

    Congradulations and my condolances. Why don’t you try making it with something like princess seaming?

  11. patsijean permalink
    August 24, 2011

    Does your pencil skirt have one or two darts? Perhaps you need only one and ease out the other if there are two. Also some of the poofiness is related to the length of the dart. Often if the dart is too long, there is poof. How pegged is the skirt. If the hip/thigh are is too snug the release of fullness at the dart point could cause some poofiness. Is there a lot of difference between waist and abdomen measurements. If so, you might be better off easing in at the waist instead of using darts.

  12. August 24, 2011

    Oh j’aime, j’aime, j’aime ce look 😉 I love, love, love that look. Serious, simple and so chic. I want the same skirt 😉

  13. August 24, 2011

    I will be following your dartless front skirt experiment with interest, as I think I need to do the same thing (and no baby as an excuse!) and just haven’t put in the effort yet. I am being taken out of town for my birthday (woot!) so will miss the shopping day, but I am itching for a trip to NYC so I will be squatting in your guest room soon enough…

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