Burdastyle 2/2014 #106 : The “Are You Happy, Miss Bossy” – Skirt


In the recent poll of The Monthly Stitch you voted for me to make the skirt with pleated waist detail, Burdastyle 2/2014 # 106. It was pretty clear from the start that the skirt would be the winner, so I cheated a little and started sewing it on the 28th of February :-).

So are you happy now, Miss Bossy?

Still being a bit shy…


Should I really show you from the front? Well, I better keep my new favourite jacket securely buttoned up…


I’m not drunk! I am just doing my Bavarian folk dance impression. Cue yodeling from the top of the hills 😉


But now seriously, where is that pleat detail?


O come on now, you tease. You are not Burdastyle, it’s not your job to HIDE the interesting design detail like they do in the magazine:


Well, yes, exactly my point! Now show us!

P1070980All right, there you have it. My daughter (who took these photos) said: “Oh, that’s very interesting around the waist. But, boy, it does make you look fat.” Nothing like a 14-year-old to tell it like it is, ey?

P1070979“But come on”, she helpfully added, “throw your jacket over you shoulder and try and look stylish.”  Yes Ma’am! You see, I have lots of practice being bossed around 🙂

The obligatory “Does my bum look big in this” shot:

P1070985Daughter’s unsolicited advice was: “Can you make your bum be less big now please”  I have nothing to add, apart from wondering where those bubbles around the zip come from. I think inspite of following my new mantra of “That’ll steam out” that I copied from lladybird, I might have steamed these bubbles IN as everything was perfectly flat and normal until I took to it with the steam iron. I am going to wash the skirt first and then see what happens. (Yes, you are right in assuming this might be another one of my mantras – this time all of my own making).

Bum questions aside the skirt was actually really easy to sew. The pleat detail is constructing by pleating a rectangular piece of fabric and then overlaying it onto the normal front yoke pieces, basting both together and then cutting the pleated piece the same size as the front yoke. So while this takes a little time it is really easy to do, no complicated moves at all. The rest is then just a front and back skirt piece, pleated and sewn to the front and back yoke.

I cut a size 42 rather than my usual size 40 because I had gained a little bit of weight and did not want to end up with too little at the top, but I think I should have make it a little tighter so it sits a little higher up on the waist. But again, I will reserve judgement until I have worn the skirt a few times.

One thing I found really hard was to find ways to style it. Wearing it with a blouse it looks a little too much like “on my way to church on a Sunday” (nothing wrong with that of course, but it’s just not my scene) and not enough like the fluid elegance of “The Great Gatsby” that I envisioned. And almost all of the tops I have are too long to show the pleating. So I ended up now in these photos with the only top I possess at the moment that kinda works. Just as well I sew, isn’t it?

How are your Miss Bossy projects coming on ?


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14 thoughts on “Burdastyle 2/2014 #106 : The “Are You Happy, Miss Bossy” – Skirt

  1. […] If you would like to know more about the construction, or about my daughter’s take on my effort, hop over to my blog. […]

  2. Emma Jayne March 3, 2014 at 2:56 pm Reply

    Alright Miss Speedy… stop showing the rest of us up! It turned out great. I love the pleats… even more since you say the construction is not as complicated as it appears. How about a simple sorbetto tucked in for a less church-like outfit?
    Right, I best check on my poll to see what I should be sewing!!!

    • Chris March 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm Reply

      Ah, yes, a Sorbetto sounds like an inspired idea. I have been meaning to print it out for ages…

  3. cathynd95 March 3, 2014 at 4:39 pm Reply

    Nice job!

  4. Annette March 3, 2014 at 4:48 pm Reply

    Quick construction. There is nothing like a 14 year old daughter to give her opinion.
    I really like the details. Have you thought of a body hugging top to show off the detailing?

  5. I made it!! March 3, 2014 at 7:32 pm Reply

    Nice skirt! I love the colour! I have one of those … The daughter I mean… Except mine is 20 and although she doesn’t say things like that anymore, you can see it in her eyes! Kids!

    • Chris March 3, 2014 at 9:31 pm Reply

      I do wonder at what point they will give up the superiority. I suppose after the first baby? Well, I need to brace myself for a few more years… 😉

  6. ThreadTime March 3, 2014 at 7:51 pm Reply

    Don’t you just love kids! I’m afraid I would have had the same problem with my figure! Sigh!! You did a wonderful job on those hip pleats. Hope you get a lot of good wear.

    • Chris March 3, 2014 at 9:30 pm Reply

      Thanks, Ramona. Kids, ey??!! Here’s to hoping the younger two won’t be that outspoken 😉

      • ThreadTime March 4, 2014 at 2:53 am

        Haa! Good luck with that! I have three girls and they’re all quick to tell me when my hair, makeup, clothes, etc isn’t up to their standards. LOL Gotta love them.

  7. thestockholmseamstress March 4, 2014 at 1:02 am Reply

    Your daughter’s comment made me laugh–so frank! Your Burda joke made me laugh too…why do they always hide the details? My favorite shots are the ones where they have a model in a dress sitting (or practically laying down) in a char, and you can’t see ANY of the details. I wonder what makes them choose that image to feature!

    This is a cute outfit, and I like the color combination. Congratulations on finishing so quickly!

  8. joselinahuber8 March 9, 2014 at 9:09 am Reply


    Great look for you. Your best picture is the the front, showing your hard work. You have curves another reason to dance.
    Thank you for sharing

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