cotton drill · Dressmaking Makes · skirt

Burda skirt 6836

I have been trying to “shop my stash” for some time now as my fabric stash is bursting at the seams! However, every time I use some fabric that I already own, I end up going on a big fabric binge! As a result, I have been matching the patterns I already own to my fabric. This Burda pattern has been on my to-do list for some time now, and in typical Katherine style, I couldn’t find any fabric to use! After spending hours trying to find suitable fabric, I decided to refocus on my own hoard  stash and I ended up finding a lovely grey cotton twill fabric. 

The fabric was bought from The Textile Centre and was in the sale at a bargain £1.99 pm! Unfortunately, it is now out of stock however you can still buy the fabric in a different colour here

Like many others, I am not a huge fan of Burda patterns. I find their instructions nigh on impossible to follow and find they always come up large. However, I was really drawn to the shape of the skirt as I thought it would flatter my pear-shaped figure and so I decided to persevere and go for it. I cut out style A as I liked the thicker waistband.


The pattern is a great stash busting make as it used less than 1.5 meters. It is also great for new sewists as it only consists of 3 pattern pieces, the front, back and the waistband. You will also need a 9″ invisible zipper (however, I used a 7″ inch one). There are no complicated techniques, just a couple of pleats on either side of the skirt. 

pic 10

I cut out the size 10 as the finished measurements came up quite large. However once I sewed the pleats on the front and back part of the skirt, I didn’t like the look of how deep they were. I decided to make the pleats at the front and back a little narrower as they accentuated my hips too much. The waistband was obviously then too big for me so I pulled the waistband in a little to ensure it wasn’t too baggy at the waist. 

pic 3

As you can see the finished waistband is half the width of the original pattern. Once I cut out the pieces and put my cutting mat away, I realised that the instructions said to fold over 1.5 cm of the waistband and then stitch. I think this looks quite messy as the inside will have the interfacing showing. I was then going to cut out another waistband so I could fully line it, however, once I tried on the skirt I thought it looked better with a thinner waistband. Therefore I then folded over the waistband and “stitched in the ditch” to finish it off. 

pic 17
Inside of the skirt, I used my overlocker to finish the seams. You can still see some loose threads where the original pleats were

The instructions for the skirt is to leave the skirt unlined, which I decided to do as the skirt is for the summer months and I wanted it to be as light as possible. The fabric is also pretty thick with a nice amount of stretch to the width, so it wasn’t necessary to line it. However, when I make more for the winter months I will definitely line them. I finished the seams with my overlocker and sewed a 1cm hem at the bottom. 

pic 10799c271-ba90-4acb-afc4-7d69f325d505.jpg


pic 6
I just love the matchstick duck pattern!

pic 16 .jpgpic 14.jpg


The skirt is extremely comfortable and I can see myself wearing it a lot during the summer. It was also a really quick and easy make and unlike other Burda patterns, the instructions are somewhat easy to follow. However, this may be because I have experience sewing a waistband and sewing pleats. I wouldn’t recommend the skirt pattern for a beginner, purely because the instructions are not as detailed as other easy pattern skirts I have used. However, if you are willing to research techniques then I would say go for it! The skirt only took me a couple of hours to complete, which makes it a lovely evening make!


The pattern doesn’t really have many negatives. The only thing I would criticise is the sizing, as I am very pear shaped, I didn’t want a tight-fitting pencil skirt. However, I still had to cut out the smallest size, which I found crazy since I have 43″ hips! For much slimmer women out there, they may find the skirt too baggy. 

Overall I will definitely be making more of this pattern, as I have finally found a pencil type skirt pattern which is flattering on!

Hours it took to make: 2
Cost of the pattern: £3.00 from ebay
cost of fabric: £3.00

Katherine x


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s