The Social Skirt

Aren’t they cuddly? This are Sunny and Charlie our cute and furry family members. They live outside and luckily they still have their warm winter coats. It is end of April and minus 6 degrees Celsius at night! And the last two days we had snow! And it was freezing cold! Time to finish my woolen skirt!

Like many things, sewing is best done socially! Thus, I am very happy to tell you, that as of recently I am part of a small group of fabulous women coming together for our own little sewing bee. During our first two gatherings we all worked on our own realizations of the same skirt patter: my trusted Burda skirt (you can see previous versions here, here, here and here).

I still had this lovely wool-cotton blend from the Bogner fabric outlet in Munich lying around. I bought it with the intension of making a cardigan, but I never could bring myself to actually do it – mostly because I couldn’t figure out which pattern would be suitable. So, in time for a snowy spring I turned it into a skirt. It is nicely warm and cozy and I love to wear it on those cold April days. It is fully lined and I obviously love the pockets.

But. Ugh – I still have so much to learn! This skirt pattern was just not the right one for this thick fabric. I should have used a pattern without a waistband. The turned over seams are very bulky which made in particular the waistband very bulky. This also made the insertion of the invisible zip quite challenging. I did manage to get it in, but not as invisible as I would have wished.

I also underestimated the elasticity of the fabric. It does not feel that stretchy, but somehow this skirt became wider and wider and wider…. I did take out quite a bit of width at the back seam but I still can get in and out of the skirt without having to open the zipper…….

No, I will not show you the inner workings of this skirt (or the bulky waistband). The not-so-nice finishes on the inside show the traces of my struggles. But, what shall I say, I love that skirt! I love its coziness. And I love it because there are so many nice moments of sewing together with my friends stitched into it!

Pattern: Burda style 2 / 2010 download-pattern (BM1002 104). I made model B, but I adjusted the length.

Fabric: Wool-cotton blend from the Bogner StoffShop in Munich.

Will I do it again? Not again in this combination!

Update: To keep the skirt from falling off, I pulled an elastic band through the waistband. The elastic band is holding in the waistband only a tiny bit, but enough to greatly improve the skirt’s wearability.

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