I tend to buy any and every fabric that catches my eye and, as a result, I have quite the fabric stash (and hoarding problem) going. So, last year, when I came across this amazing green and black sequined fabric at Colorado Fabrics, I purchased my default amount (2.5 yards) and have been
hoarding admiring it ever since.
Recently, Kollabora launched over 100 new Burda Style catalog patterns on their site and, after pursuing the collection, I decided that I needed a very, very sparkly Burda Style 6955 Misses’ Skirt in my life for special occasions – like date night – and decided to whip this sequined pencil skirt up.
I cut the size 12 and shortened the length by 3 inches to match the length of a work pencil skirt that I own. The fit was pretty close off the bat but I did take it in a bit during the fitting. Even though my measurements fell exactly in the size 12, I probably could have sized down to the size 10.
Maybe it’s because I’m so used to indie patterns, but I definitely struggled with understanding the directions a bit and felt like I was second guessing myself on a few of the steps (attaching the lining to the zipper and pretty much every step involving the slit). The images that correspond with the directions are in a separate section of the pdf file and, since I never print the directions out, I had to scroll back and forth a lot on my computer. I still have no clue what I should have done with the slit and I’m pretty certain that I didn’t do it right. But I’m going to call it a win since it works (I mean, I can walk in it) and looks like a slit should.
This fabric was surprisingly easy to sew… at first. The invisible zipper was a breeze to install, I didn’t break any needles, and my serger easily sliced through the fabric like it was butter… or just a basic cotton. However, when I circled back on the skirt the following day to work on the lining, things kinda fell apart. I broke 4 needles attaching the lining to the skirt and my serger blade was so dull that things got real scraggly. (Remind me to change that blade before I serge anything else.) But, I powered through with a backup pack of needles and a few choice words, and the skirt came together pretty successfully!
After going through the images from the photoshoot, I’m not so sure that pencil skirts are the most flattering thing on me since my butt looks like a giant disco ball. But I do love sparkly things and I think this skirt will make an appearance or two on a fancy date night in the future! (Hint, hint).
Skirt: Handmade (Burda Style 6995 Misses’ Skirts Pattern) // Top: Banana Republic Factory Outlet // Bracelet: Thrift Store Necklace (similar, similar, similar)
Photos by Laura Murray Photography (thanks sis!)
Disclaimer: This post is sponsored by Kollabora.