After seeing Amanda and Sonoemi's versions of this skirt, I put it on my "to make" list. I had some reservations about making it for myself, thinking it was a bit on the youthful side. But, what the hey.
Burda Style 07-2010-108
Pattern Description: Above the knee knit bubble skirt with a twist at the hemline. The skirt has a waistband and side invisible zipper.
Pattern Sizing: Sizing 36 to 44; Burda Style magazine pattern 07-2010-108
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, it did. This skirt is featured three times in the 07-2010 Burda magazine. I like all three style options of this skirt.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Typical Burda instructions. The only part I paid any attention to was how to attach the lining to the skirt to make the bubble affect. The rest of the construction was pretty simple.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I really like this skirt. Simple with chic style. It can be for work or weekend social outings. This is a comfortable skirt that will travel well. No dislikes.
Fabric Used: Jersey knit from JoAnn's (Global traveler collection). Knit lining from Hancock's.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I used a size 44 initially but had to trim it down to 42. As usual, I added a few inches to the length.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I will make another skirt. Probably in a navy jersey for the fall. And yes I would recommend it to others. It's a nice skirt.
Conclusion: This skirt is trendy, but classic at the same time. At first look, you might think it's more for the twenty or thirty-something age group. But it works equally well for a "mature" woman. The skirt was pretty easy to make. The hardest part was putting in the zipper. If this is a style you'd like to try, making the Burda skirt is worth your while.
I wore this skirt to dinner and a concert. It can be worn to work with a nice jacket or cardigan.
Tidbits on the bubble skirt -
The (balloon) bubble skirt first appear in the Christian Dior 1959 collection. Yves Saint Laurent designed a bubble skirted dress. Since that time the bubble skirt has appeared in stores, on the runway, and in commercial patterns.
Below is the 1959 bubble (balloon) skirted dress.
Jason Wu designed this pricey tulle bubble skirt. You can have it for $1,995. But why pay that amount when you can make it for a fraction of the cost, plus you can feel extra special because you made it yourself.
Here are four ladies on the runway modeling bubble dresses. This is an interesting take on the bubble skirt. Evening wear with ballet slippers.
Closing Comments on the Sade Concert -
She was exceptional! After an hour of the smooth soulful crooning of the fabulous John Legend, Ms. Sade graced the stage. She sang all of her hits from the eighty and ninety with cuts from her latest CD sprinkled in. Every melody possessed the classy, smooth voice that she is known for. The band was strategically positioned on stage in front of a huge screen where her fans could see an occasional prelude to some of the her songs. The visuals were just enough, not a detraction from the "real" action on stage. This was my first time attending a Sade concert and hopefully it won't be the last. Ms. Sade is a classic beauty who gives an excellent performance. There were no uncomfortable delays. The audience never lost interest. Everyone involved was on point. The production was definitely a smooth operation. So I leave you with this video.