The African Print Skirt |NL6580

This is one of those moments, that get me psyched about sewing. Minimal sewing, maximal satisfaction.

Let me introduce you to New Look 6580. This skirt pattern only has 2 pieces. The skirt from and back pattern are cut using the same pattern and there is a single waistband piece which folds over. I’ve never seen an easier pattern.

I made view C which requires 60″ wide fabric, but to my surprise, I was able to cut out the skirt on the cross-grain using 45″ wide fabric. I really wished I had premeasured my fabric before cutting it because I have no idea how much yardage I’ll need to purchase to make this awesome skirt again. If I had to guess, I had to guess, I’d say it was between 3.5 and 4 yards. But again that just a guess because this fabric came straight from my stash and I rarely mark it with the yardage it was an impromptu purchase such as this.

As far as alterations, I didn’t make any this time around. However, I have a whole slew of changes I want to make. First, I’m adding pockets. I thought about adding them in this time but decided against it because of the side zipper and I was on a tight deadline. Second, I want to turn this pattern into a dress. The billowy skirt is so beautiful that I really want to add bodice to it. The changes are fairly simple. For a full bodice, move the zipper to the back and for a strapless to leave the zipper on the side. In either case, you’ll need to add a longer zipper (probably around 20-24 inches). The strapless one may require additional boning on the sides to help keep it in place. Lastly, I can see the skirt becoming part of a costume. It moves so effortlessly, that I’m confident I can flip it into a fairy dress. Needless to say, I’m in love and I’m sure you’ll be seeing more of these skirts on me.

Low Back Dress | M7991

This dress doesn’t have the back story. In fact, the dress has a simple story. After cutting out the Burda 6990 Turtleneck and the M Bodysuit, I had enough fabric remaining to cut out this dress.

There are only 4 pattern pieces — sleeves, skirt, front and back bodices. In under an hour, I had a new knit summer dress. Cheers! By far one of the easiest dresses I have ever made. I only made one alteration to it. I cut a second front bodice piece and treated like underlining just incase my the first jersey became sheer when stretched.

End of Summer Sewing | Burda 6990

August is always an awkward time for sewing. It’s still pretty hot outside in GA, yet department stores already have boots on display.

Taking a cue from retail stores, I decided to make my first turtle neck of the season and a deep back summer dress, both navy stretch cotton jersey.

So this turtle neck pattern and I have a much longer history then we should. I purchased this pattern last winter because the overpriced ones from JCrew disintegrated after two wash cycles. It was a colossal waste of money. In my frustration, I turned to Burda 6990. Only to get frustrated with my skillset and chicken out of sewing it. Yes, this happens to the best of us. I almost always reduce the armscye by a half-inch to the whole inch on my tops. Though doing the same maneuver on a raglan sleeve terrified me and I never even cut out the fabric last year.

This year I was absolutely making a turtleneck, so I took a deep breath cut into the pattern and fabric without making any adjustments. Less then 90 minutes later, I had my first toile. Yeyyyy!

The fit is less than ideal, but not bad for a first run garment. It’s a little long on me — the sleeves need to be shortened about an inch, and I should have reduced the body by an inch as well. All in all, it fits about as well as an RTW turtleneck, so I’ll finish the hemming and still wear it during the winter. The only thing that I’ll change is the type of jersey I’ll use in the final project. I originally used a cotton/spandex jersey, but there wasn’t enough stretch to it, and I found getting it over my head a bit arduous. I probably could get away with letting out the seam allowance to half or quarter-inch to help, but going forward I’m looking for something with a lot more give.