The “Ode to 7th Grade” Ensemble
Fabric: Plaid cotton, $12, brown knit, $3 from Fabric Outlet
Pattern: The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Skirt
Year: c. 2011
Notions: zipper, eyelet lace
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: November 2011
Wear again? Yes
Over the past year, I've had a chance to spend time with some of the awesome folks at BurdaStyle — particularly Carol Cho, their Marketing & Partnerships director. In September, while we were hanging out at BlogHer Handmade/The Creative Connection, she asked me if I'd be interested in making something from their upcoming (at the time) book and being featured as BurdaStyle's Project of the Week! Of course I said yes, considering that I love what BurdaStyle does and because a huge number of talented bloggers I read were being featured in the book (including our very own Oona!)
The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook is all about making garments your own. While there are only five basic patterns (dress, coat, skirt, top and bag), the book illustrates (with the help of their contributors) some of the countless variations that are possible. That is perhaps the greatest thing about sewing: the ability to make choices — from fabric to embellishments to alterations — that result in a totally unique garment. There's a total magic in multiple folks working with the same pattern and each coming up with something that's uniquely them.
For my creation, I couldn't resist making the book's skirt. I have a thing for tiered skirts. Maybe it has something to do with
the fact that when I was in seventh grade they were all the rage and I had the most awesome three-level tiered skirt that I wore for picture day (complete with a black men's-style vest). Up until that point in life, my mom picked out all my clothes but for some reason for that picture day I was able to choose exactly what *I* wanted to buy and wear. Hence, my love affair with the tiered skirt continues to this day.
For the BurdaStyle skirt, I went for a fabric that felt much more contemporary than the usual fabric I work with (vintage). I added the eyelet to make it a little more me (and more of a nod to the vintage
styles I work with).
The only modification I made was the skirt and overskirt's length. I added about 3 inches to the pattern (how to do this is explained in the book). Even with the extra inches, it's still a shorter length than I usually wear (hello, tights!). So if you like your skirts on the longer side, be sure to make that modification.
Of course, breaking habit is a good thing to do and my shorter skirt is all sassy and stuff!
The shirt is the BurdaStyle stripe top pattern available here. I'm actually a subscriber to the BurdaStyle magazine so I already had access to the pattern. That made it easy (no printing!) to get it all done in like 30 minutes.
Head over to BurdaStyle to view my ensemble as the Project of the Week. And also, a big thanks to author Alison Kelly for all her assistance in making the Project of the Week come together!
Want to win a copy of The BurdaStyle Handbook? Just leave a comment over here (before 9pm Pacific on Friday, November 18th) letting us know which pattern from the book you just can't wait to work with. We'll randomly pick one winner to receive a copy of the book.