Getting this skirt to fit properly is turing into a bit of an epic, however, I am determined to get it right; the material is a dream to sew with and will be lovely to wear when I finish it.
So just to remind you – this is a Burda pattern (109 11/2011) for which I made a toile which I thought fitted quite well. When I came to make it up in the wool however it turned out too big by several centimetres. I have taken about 3 cm out of each side seam and also adjusted the top of the back seams so remove the bit of pooling I had above my bottom. This is how it looks now:
Much better, I possible need to take a smidgeon off the lower part of the side seams (I made the adjustments to the hip area but not lower down) but on the whole an improvement. The real problem however is the front:
When I made the toile I pulled up quite a bit of fabric under the waistband but you can see there is still far too much fabric. If I do this again I am going to end up with a skirt that’s shorter in the front than the back and sides. I think the real problem is that the pattern has two small pleats on either side of the front panel which give it a bit of additional fullness.
What I think I need to do is to adjust the front panel, removing the pleats so it lies flat across my tummy. Do you think this will work?
I’m getting lots of experience of taking invisible zips out of side seams and putting them back in!