Been a little lax on the posting lately, but rather than do one super-long post, I'm going to just do a couple of short ones.
First on the menu: My (now actually completed) basic black skirt! I finished this one officially about 2 weeks ago, I think.
Pattern Description: An A-line skirt with waistband and side pockets.
Pattern Sizing: 34-44. I think I ended up starting with a 40?
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, minus the buckle things on the pockets.And the waistband is a little different.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Typical Burda--I couldn't make sense of their pockets at all, so I ended up using a different sewing book as reference. (And then went on my own to do a couple things, ended up doing things in the wrong order, and having to improvise from there!
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? It's a really good basic skirt pattern that would have a lot of versatility. I just wish the pockets would lay flatter. (Though they don't look too bad from the side...)
Fabric Used: A linen-blend or linen-look.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: What I ended up doing with the waistband was I sewed in the invisible zipper before I sewed that on, and I was supposed to make the invisible zipper part of that center waistband seam. So I had to improvise a lapped waistband with hooks instead-- I just didn't want to undo the invisible zipper, because it was one of my better zipper jobs! I think it would have looked better in the end with the zipper done the way they said to, but oh well. That's what I get for not paying attention to the directions. I also added a bit of length. And I altered the waist/hips area in accordance with my skirt sloper pattern from the skirt-fitting class I took last fall, though I ended up having to take it in even more. (I'd better check that sloper...)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I think I would sew it again. A-line skirts are my favorite, and I like the idea of having a go-to pattern with pockets!
Conclusion: Aside from the pocket instructions, I think this was a good pattern to work with.
Back with more later-- I have to take my serger to the repair shop, and I have limited time before I have more work!