Hot! “Something Warm Please?” Skirt

Fabric Black and white tweedy woolly stuff – it’s been in my stash so long I can’t remember what it is, where it came from or what it cost.
Pattern The BurdaStyle Sewing Handbook Skirt
Year c 2011
Notions  zipper, black lace
Time to complete  About three hours (plus the three months it was sitting there waiting to be finished)
First worn Last week
Wear again? Already have!
Total price  Everything came from my stash, no idea what it cost originally, probably not much.

I’m afraid I chickened out of last week’s challenge.  I did manage to sew something  summery and un-seasonal.  I had also planned to get outside and get some decent photos for a change, but when it came down to it I just couldn’t face it.  I do not like the cold.  People who choose skiing over sunbathing baffle me. The garment I made was also slightly too small and I will only wear it again if I manage to shed a couple of layers of insulating blubber, so I decided to chalk it up to experience and move on to this weeks challenge.  With last week’s fail in mind I went through my (huge) pile of UFOs looking for something warm to make.  Ideally something I could wear for outside photos without my skin turning a corpse-like shade of blue.

I cut this skirt out in November for the BurdaStyle handbook challenge, then put it on hold when things at my work started to get manic. I chose the version by Erin from dressaday as my starting point.  It is a bit longer than the other variations, misses out the overskirt and it has pockets – always a bonus.  This was easily one of the simplest things I have ever made, and no adjustments AT ALL!  Seriously, I could knock this up in an hour or two now I have traced the pattern. I added two strips of lace around the bottom as without them it looked a bit boring. With hindsight I think for my version the pockets would have been better in the side seams, but I can still see myself wearing this a lot.


The photos were taken at The Grove Ferry, a lovely pub on the river just outside Canterbury with proper fires and the best fish and chips ever. Don’t be deceived by the sunshine, it was freezing, hence my pained expression in most of these pics. Not that you’d know it from looking at my children, who were running around shedding clothes as quickly as I could re-dress them.  They obviously take after their father, whose idea of heaven would be an Antarctic expedition.  Luckily we got the photos done just before the snow arrived. Today we have about 10cm.  I realise that is not that impressive by most people’s standards, and I am in awe of those of you who posed outside in swimwear last week, but it is enough to send me into hibernation.



Taracat is a beginning seamstress, scientist, teacher, mother, gin drinker, almost author, drama queen and a bit of a stroppy 'mare. She discovered The Sew Weekly in February 2011 while using the internet to teach herself to sew. She's getting there.


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  1. Cute skirt, I especially like the hem embellishment and pockets are always grand!

  2. Nice skirt, I like the unusual pocket placement and everything is better with lace.

  3. Hi Taracat, love the lace embellishment. The skirt looks wonderful on you. Keep warm, I hear ya girl! brrrrrrrrugh.

  4. Very cute! The lace was a nice touch! And if you could send some of the fish and chips you speak of, I’d appreciate it! hehe

    • Thanks Jennifer! I’m not sure how well it would travel, but if you’re ever in my neck of the woods I’ll treat you to some :o)

  5. I wussed out on last week too (I couldn’t fathom wearing a halter top dress when it was freezing. Plus, that required some… maintenance I just didn’t want to engage in. I’m lazy… sue me). This skirt is adorable, though. I love the lace detail!

    • Hi Tina! I’m glad I wasn’t the only one who wussed out. And I knwo what you mean about the maintenance ;o)

  6. That is a pretty and useful skirt, best of both!

    • Hi Charlotte! Cheers, I’m really trying to make stuff I’ll wear this year, and this one definitely hits the mark.

  7. I enjoy seeing the BurdaStyle Handbook skirt in a fall/winter style! It’s such a versatile pattern. Makes me want to stop being wishy-washy about trying it. Especially after you said it sewed up so easily. Great job! The lace trim is lovely touch.

    • Cheers Najah! I would definitely recommend this pattern – if a novice like me found it easy it would take you no time.

  8. Very flattering. I love the lace trim. Stay warm!

    • Thanks Barbara! Sadly I think the only way I’ll be staying warm in this cold spell is by staying in bed. Don’t think work or family would appreciate that though…

  9. Well lucky for this UFO you now have a fancy new skirt great for the weather you’re having no doubt?

  10. The lace is a great way to add a little interest. three cheers for braving the cold. Your expressions did make me laugh.

  11. Ooh, love the double layer of lace! Classic winter skirt.