Green skirt with lining

This skirt I made last year at the end of summer. It is based on another pattern I saw on the Burder Style website –   Ida Maria high waisted skirt .

This pattern is a great basic skirt pattern which can be easily modified for other great skirt designs. Essentially 2 lengths of fabric approx 50cm x 70cm,  1 length of waistband fabric approx 80cm x 10cm and a zipper.

green African print skirt with zipper
green African print skirt with zipper

I modified the pattern slightly to include fixed pleats at the waist band rather than just gathered fabric along with adding lining to the skirt. The skirt has a zipper on the left side along with 1 press stud on the waistband.

green African print skirt with lining
green African print skirt with lining

Materials –
Africian print cotton fabric (about 1 metre)
Black polyester lining (approx 1 metre)
Zipper and press stud (popper)
Button
Sewing thread

Blue and white spotty dress

For this dress, I manipultated a pattern I found on the Burda Style website.  http://www.burdastyle.com/patterns/coffee-date-dress-multisize-sample

The Burda Style website is great for sewing ideas and some patterns can be downloaded for free. The dress pattern I used had to be printed onto A4 paper, and there were approx. 25 pages which needed to be joined together and then cut out. This did take me a while to do and the finished pattern was rather stiff and covered with joins and  sticky tape!!

cutting out the dress pattern
cutting out the dress pattern

My alterations of the pattern:- I removed the ruffle, added the waistband, and slimmed down the entire dress. It took me 3 attempts to finish it and to make it fit correctly as the sizing was not very accurate. The construction of the dress was slightly frustrating and time consuming.

finished spotty dress
finished dress

I think the polka dot pattern gives a lovely summery look to the dress, unfortunately with all this wintry weather, it may have to be stored in the wardrobe now until next summer.

Materials used:
approx 2 metres of fabric
long dress zipper
hook and eye
sewing thread