This is my pattern review, and some close-ups of the trench skirt I completed recently; seen below and a larger view here.
The skirt is pattern 107, from BurdaStyle magazine 8/2009.
Knee-length flared skirt that fits smoothly over hips and waist, creating a slim line. The horn buttons and buckle, welt pockets, self-fabric belt with large carriers, and the double button rows are reminiscent of trenchcoat styling.
34-42, I cut a 36
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about this pattern?
I love this pattern, and its trench styling. Love the way it looks like I had taken a trench coat and just chopped the top off... Because of this styling I think the top ends up a little bunched around the waist, which is just how a trench coat is supposed to look when it is belted, but I'm not sure whether the slight bulkiness that this adds to the hip area is flattering (or not!). Despite the pattern description; in my opinion this skirt does not create a slim-line, in fact I think the sizing runs a touch big. But I love this skirt and am definitely going to be in it a lot.
Sturdy cotton drill
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made the pockets a bit deeper and wider as the pocket pattern piece looked laughably small (I guess I have big hands!). I finished the raw edges on the inside with Hong Kong seaming. The front skirt facing fell short of facing behind all the buttons/buttonholes so I used scraps to sew behind and stabilise the buttons and buttonholes which the facing did not back.
The pattern came with a belt piece, which I did sew up, but actually I prefer to use with this skirt a leather belt I already had; looks more professional. In my experience self-fabric belts, no matter how sturdily interfaced, do not look so wonderful after half an hour of wear, or even less...
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might sew this again. It is a very handsome skirt with nice details, right on trend for the military look and the current fashion for trench coats.