Burdastyle Skirt in Mock Suede
I have seen a lot of mock suede skirts popping up in fashion blogs of late. This gave me the perfect excuse to use a piece of op shop mock suede that has been stored for close to five years.
I initially planned a button up skirt but while flicking through my back issues of Burdastyle, I came across 10/2013 123. I drew up the pattern to size 38 but in hindsight I should have made it size 40 in the hips. The style is unfortunately quite a snug fit which makes the pockets a little useless.
After mastering my invisible zip insertion, the fitting gave me quite a headache. I removed and reinserted that darn zip twice in the quest for more ease through the hips but in the end conceded defeat and just worked with what I had.
I made a lining for the skirt for extra warmth and because I knew it would be worn with tights.
Would I make this skirt again? Potentially yes, now that I know the pitfalls but I would up size through the hips. I have ended up with a wearable muslin and used up a piece of fabric that has been around for way too long.
I have to add a disclaimer of sorts to this post. Despite being a synthetic type of fabric, this skirt does crease quite badly, hence the drag lines in the photo above. This was taken after a day sitting in an office.