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Linda Burdastyle skirt – I actually made this!

I made a skirt!
I made a skirt!

Not being able to knit due to wrist/hand RSI left a crafty vacuum in my life and was the final push I needed to finally learn how to sew. So here we are – my first proper sewing project! It’s the Linda skirt from Burdastyle, basically a straightforward circle skirt. It’s the first time I ever paid for a Burdastyle pattern (Dave has previously made me the Marie skirt and the Danielle dress which were both free), but totally worth the $2.50.

For fabric I used curtain fabric I got cheap (£2.50) at the charity shop. Circle skirts use that much fabric, I didn’t want to spend money buying new stuff in case I stuffed it up. The total cost for this was less than £5, I just got the zip and some thread.

The sewing worked out fine, though I can’t say the instructions were very good. There was no detail at all and if I hadn’t had a reasonably experienced sewist there to help me, I’m not sure it would have gone so smoothly! I did get the waistband a bit wrong. The size I cut initially turned out too small (I was between sizes and based on previous experience I went for the smaller one, which was a mistake), so I went up two sizes to be safe, and then didn’t get the overlapping bit quite overlappy enough. So the skirt is a bit too big and sits on the hips rather than the waist as it should. But it’s still very nice, don’t you think?

I’m hoping to make another one soon, but my next project is a variation on the danielle (without sleeves). I’ve already got the fabric – more curtains!

I took lots of pictures of stuff in the garden (which is getting mightily overgrown) while I was out photographing this, which is why I’ve decided to put the writing after two photos, so if you don’t want to scroll through too many detail pictures, you can just leave now. Though they are lovely pictures!

*skirt – me made * yellow tee – zara * orange top – charity shop * brooch – me made * shoes – el naturalista * bag – the leather store on etsy *

I made a skirt!
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  • poet 25 May 2011, 7:13 am

    Congratulations! That's a really fine skirt you made there! The wrap style top suits you very well too. No worries, I have a bunch of skirts that sit on my hips when they are supposed to sit at the waist because I inherited them from larger people. I actually find that hip-waistbands are more comfy.

  • Helgavontrollop 25 May 2011, 7:34 am

    The skirt i wonderful!Perfect colours for you.I loathe instructions,they seem to turn into Chinese the more I look at them!
    Those shoes are too funky! Your boobs look amazing! (Is that impolite?! Sorry if so.)

  • northwest is best 25 May 2011, 8:47 am

    What a coincidence – I just sewed a circle skirt as well! And from an old tablecloth bought in a charity shop because I didn't want to spend too much money on fabric in case I did it all wrong. Yours looks lovely and summery, so well done.

  • MrsBossa 25 May 2011, 11:18 am

    Well, Franca, you look gorgeous! Good work on the skirt…and the colours are fabulous (of course) xx

  • Helen 25 May 2011, 11:59 am

    Wow, is that first flower a passion flower? Very tropical looking post, what with the bright whirl of the skirt too. Lovely!

  • madam0wl a.k.a Sandra 25 May 2011, 12:39 pm

    Great job!  Love the warm colors and oversized pattern.  

    I've been itching to do some sewing lately and have thought about trying out Burdastyle patterns before. 

    The overgrown garden is fun too.  Is it your responsibility to groom it or is it a shared space / you just a tenant?  

  • Fashnlvr 25 May 2011, 12:56 pm

    WOW! You did a great job with your first project!! It looks great and you appear so pretty and happy! I love to sew although I haven't done any since February! I love that your garden grows shoes!! The feather photo threw me off for a minute > I am embarrassed to admit I really had to look at it to figure out it was a feather! 

  • theDUSKzone 25 May 2011, 1:19 pm

    WOW!  That's brilliant! Gorgeous colours too!
    I don't mind skirts that sit on the hips, elongates my torso! 

  • theDUSKzone 25 May 2011, 1:21 pm

    WOW!  That's brilliant! Gorgeous colours too!
    I don't mind skirts that sit on the hips, elongates my torso! 

    Okay the comment box is playing up so I had to reply to my own comment!!  The original comment wouldn't let me write more nor edit it.  grr.  Blogger has been playing up all day.

    The rust? sienna? coloured top is just gorgeous on you and I love your garden including that gorgeous shoe flower… 🙂

  • Misfitsvintage 25 May 2011, 1:54 pm

    I LOVE your skirt Franca! And I love that building too. You look GORGEOUS!

    Sarah xxx

  • WendyBrandes 25 May 2011, 4:02 pm

    Impressive DIY! Also, I covet your jacket.

  • Vix 25 May 2011, 4:10 pm

    What a great job, Franca! the pattern and colour are beautiful, you're like a little flower. xxx

  • Kimberlee VDW 25 May 2011, 4:36 pm

    Congrats! Love the little flower pin 🙂

  • Cat 25 May 2011, 7:36 pm

    *love* the skirt! Looks amazing – well done, you 🙂

  • oranges_and_apples 25 May 2011, 8:24 pm

    Thank you! Most of my skirts sit on the hip, but this very full shape looks
    best when it starts at the waist. Next one I'll get right…

  • oranges_and_apples 25 May 2011, 8:26 pm

    Thans Helga! and no, not impolite! Not coming from you anyway. From a
    lecherous old man, yes! I actually really like instructions, but ones that I
    can follow!

  • oranges_and_apples 25 May 2011, 8:27 pm

    a coincindence indeed! thank you!

  • oranges_and_apples 25 May 2011, 8:28 pm

    hehehe, thanks! The dress is gonna be navy and purple, more quiet!

  • oranges_and_apples 25 May 2011, 8:29 pm

    thank you! I don't know what kind of flower it is actually. A very nice one!

  • oranges_and_apples 25 May 2011, 8:33 pm

    thank you! Burdastyle patterns are the only ones I've ever tried, or watched
    Dave trying! I guess ones that you don't have to stick together first would
    be easier though.

    We live in a temnement/apartment building and share the garden with about 8
    other flats, though we live in a maindoor flat and therefore don't have
    direct access to it, we have to go through next door's staircase. I don't
    think there's a rota for looking after it, but our neighbours in one flat
    sometimes get a gardening attack and mow and plant and sew new grass. I have
    no such talents or interests unfortunately.

  • oranges_and_apples 25 May 2011, 8:37 pm

    Thanks! I actually wasn't sure whether to include the feather photo for that
    very reason. But it was so cute in real life, so i did!

  • oranges_and_apples 25 May 2011, 8:40 pm

    No worries. I know disqus is shite, but it is the best option for now. Come
    october, post exams and after I've got married I should have some time for
    moving this blog over to self hosted wordpress.

    What is a shoe flower? the pink one of the purple/white one? I have no idea
    of flower names! I'd blame my foreigness, but I'm afraid my knowledge is
    just as patchy in German.

    and thank you!

  • oranges_and_apples 25 May 2011, 8:42 pm

    Thank you! Old Edinburgh architecture is pretty lovely!

  • oranges_and_apples 25 May 2011, 8:45 pm

    Thanks Wendy! That jacket is an example of fast fashion that has lasted.
    zara 4 years ago, and I wear it all the time.

  • oranges_and_apples 25 May 2011, 8:48 pm

    thanks vix!

  • oranges_and_apples 25 May 2011, 8:49 pm

    thank you kimberlee!

  • Sadie 25 May 2011, 9:08 pm

    Gorgeous skirt – I might have to give that pattern a go!

  • Penny Dreadful 25 May 2011, 9:44 pm

    Ha, how well does the skirt go with your brooch! Well done on getting it finished, you'll be a super-seamstress in no time xx

  • Pullyoursocksup 25 May 2011, 11:09 pm

    It's oh so swishy Franca – well done for making such a beautiful skirt.  Isn't the fabric just gorgeous?  I love the matching brooch.  I'm also enjoying the new look outfit posts with the fab locations – this one is very special – I love crumbling, overgrown spaces – it's so green there!!  The perfect contrast for your bright colours:)) xo

  • Oddsocksandprettyfrocks 25 May 2011, 11:36 pm

    It's really beautiful.  Excellent choice of fabric and I love the colours in your tops and accessories.

    I'm still really scared of making things from patterns.  Even the ones marked up as "very easy" still baffle my brain. 

  • BetweenLaundryDays 26 May 2011, 12:57 am

    I love it! It's so cheery and springy.

  • Lyddiegal 26 May 2011, 2:28 am

    it's wonderful to be able to sew and make some cool unique pieces for yourself. sometimes it can be a bit frustrating, especially when things end up too small and you have to start over!

  • Elly Snare 26 May 2011, 12:35 pm

    Well done on your first skirt, very cute indeed! RE Burda patterns, despite them being pretty much the only cool commercial patterns on the market at a sensible price, if you are starting out I would avoid them. Their instructions can be hazy and often assume knowledge of certain techniques without going into detail.

    I started out making everything from patterns but there's a lot of cool skirts, tops and tshirts you can make just using maths and some brown paper…let me know and if you want I can email you with details 🙂

  • oranges_and_apples 26 May 2011, 1:16 pm

    Thank you, I might take you up on that offer! It does seem pretty daunting
    to jump straight into things without a pattern. I'm going to go with that
    Danielle patern next, since Dave has already made it, so he can help me out.
    I'll avoid intermediate level Burdastyle patterns for now though!

  • Annette 26 May 2011, 10:03 pm

    wow! I just stumbled upon your blog, from a pinterest link. I adore your fashion sense. What I would give to go shopping in your closet.  I also love all your awesome yet comfortable shoes. Yay for comfortable shoes.

  • THE-LOUDMOUTH 27 May 2011, 7:03 am

    Love this post!  The colors are fun, you look adorable & the photography is lovely.  Congrats on making a wonderful skirt 🙂

  • Vanessa, Take only Memories 27 May 2011, 7:55 am

    Beautiful skirt! That's fantastic, that you made it! 

  • Leia 27 May 2011, 8:55 am

    I'm so impressed! I can't sew at all (cross stitch really doesn't count) so I always find it extra-amazing when you crafty bloggers make yourself something out of fabric, needle and thread. It looks great! I love the color combination you're wearing, too. 

  • Citizen Rosebud 27 May 2011, 3:59 pm

    You are blooming madly! Oh, and I am Soooo loving your pics of the flowers! great shots! you know I compulsively take pics of flowers, so I am enjoying your lovelies! The dandelion is especially sweet. xo. Bella Q

  • oranges_and_apples 27 May 2011, 4:53 pm

    I'm definitely a comfy shoe girl! I didn't know people were sharing my stuff
    on pinterest, how exciting. I'm not on it, I've got my hands full with

  • oranges_and_apples 27 May 2011, 4:57 pm

    Thank you Steph!

  • oranges_and_apples 27 May 2011, 5:06 pm

    Thank you!

  • oranges_and_apples 27 May 2011, 5:09 pm

    Thank you Leia! I'm really not a sewist either, but I want to be! Hopefully
    I'll manage to keep it up

  • oranges_and_apples 27 May 2011, 5:10 pm

    Thank you Bella, I was actually thinking of you when I took them!

  • Rebecca 28 May 2011, 11:41 pm

    I love your garden – it reminds me of that period in French garden design where the over-grown was all the rage (although, carefull aesthetically overgrown of course!). Great skirt too! It looks lovely.

  • Tracey 29 May 2011, 9:31 am

    Your skirt looks awesome!! And I love all the photos.

  • Lorena 30 May 2011, 7:40 pm

    That skirt came out well. I am starting my FIRST sewing project next Sunday, certainly it will be something much simpler than a skirt (maybe a placemat ?) however I SOOO looking forward to it!
    And I have to say that first purple-white-yellow flower has got to be one of the most beautiful flowers I have ever set my eyes on.