Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Pattern Review: Burda 05-200-116 Tulip Skirt

OMG! I found the Burda archive loop-hole! For some reason, on Burda Style's new website, none of the previous magazine issues can be viewed (at least I have not found a way)... until now. On a whim, I typed in "Burda archives" in my google search bar and I was brought to the old Burda site with archives still intact. This is the only way I know how to post pictures of technical drawings from Burda besides scanning the magazine which doesn't turn out that great. I know others have had this same issue so I hope this bit of advice helps you out!

Changing the subject- I am so excited because we are having the landscape in our backyard done and work starts tomorrow. As you can see from my pictures lately, the new house has a backyard full of dirt, and a tree. In a couple of weeks there should be a lot more greenery! We love to hang out in the backyard. And as a bonus... I will have better backdrops for my photo shoots!

Pattern Description: This is a knee-length tulip skirt with front pleats, front buckle, and side zipper.

Pattern Sizing: The pattern comes in sizes 34-42. I made a 42.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, very much so!

Were the instructions easy to follow? This skirt is so easy to make- you probably won't need to depend on the instructions for much. Because I have made skirts with side zippers before, I was fine with the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Plaid is all the rage and I particularly was drawn to this skirt when I saw it made in plaid. I love, love, love the tulip shape! It is so cute. And the buckle detail adds a little something extra. No dislikes.

Fabric Used: I used a cotton seersucker from Denver Fabrics. . I purchased 2 yards for a total of $10.50 and I still have some fabric leftover. I also used an invisible zipper and a 1 1/2" buckle.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had to let out the waist sides by 1/4" each side for a little extra room. I also shortened the skirt by about 1".

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? There's another version of this skirt in the issue with a big tie bow instead of the belt in front. It looks like it would be great for a holiday party skirt... I might make that one in the future. I would recommend this one.

Conclusion: Fast and easy skirt that looks very RTW... what's not to like?

I am not including my instructions for this skirt, as I did with my last Burda creation because I think most people won't have a problem. But if you get stumped or have a question- feel free to ask me!



  1. What's not to like? I'll tell you...I don't like my jealousy. I am always afraid of sewing with plaid fabric, even though I buy it! Your tulip skirt is perfect for your fabric choice.

  2. It does look RTW. Love that plaid.

  3. Ooh, I love tulip skirts too. How does it fit in the back? Is it tulipy there too, or just a straight cut?

  4. Too cute... love it! You did a fantastic job!

  5. Sew cute! Corny right, lol! I love it! You have great taste!