Clare asked for some summer skirts to bulk out her wardrobe. I’ve had Burda 9489 in stash for what seems forever, and fortunately she fancied it.
The fabric has also been in stash for what seems forever! If my memory is correct it’s a cotton/linen blend from Spotlight, part of the Denyse Schmidt range that was extremely popular some years back.
Clare has loads of Hey June Morrison tees in a range of colours, many of which coordinate nicely with this skirt. I think that the Burda pattern is possibly out of print.
Burda describe this as follows: Gathered skirt with broad waistband and intriguing banded hip yoke pockets. Dress: same seam lines and jersey bodice attached at the waist.
We sewed girls size 12 for Clare – her waist measurement is only around 24 inches, and the gathering in the skirt would accommodate her hips and bum. We left off the belt and belt carriers, and I also eliminated the bands around the pockets, instead choosing to topstitch them in contrasting thread.
I used an invisible zip in the centre back seam rather than an exposed zipper.
I’m pretty sure that this is pattern length. Like most teens, she likes her skirts shorter rather than longer!
I can generally tell if a garment has been a success by how quickly it enters regular wardrobe rotation. This one is a success (like her myriad of Hey June Morrison tees). Clare can style it a few different ways, and I anticipate that we’ll see it quite a bit over the next few months.