A new skirt

Burda Plus Magazine E909 Spr 2006 409A Skirt Burda Plus Magazine E909 Spr 2006 409A Skirt
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Why is it so hard to get rid of fabric? Why? It just about kills me, even when I know it is going to a sewing friend or to a sewing school in the Philippines via my friend’s charity.

I was going thru my fabric to see if any of the hundreds of yards that I am hoarding might find a home with a sewing friend at an upcoming sewing party. I pulled out a stretch twill, black, with a zebra print on it. It was too short for a skirt, so I was able to give it away. It was a black on black print, so I figured it would be popular.

Burda Plus Magazine E909 Spr 2006 409A Skirt
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But at that point, I was invested in making the skirt. I had previously pulled a flocked, olive green stretch twill to take to the sewing party, but I decided to pull it back to make a fitting toile because I can’t imagine what I was thinking bringing home something with gold flocking on it!

So I made up a toile in the gold flocked olive stretch twill and decided that I liked the pattern.

Ah, the pattern. It is from Burda Plus Magazine Spring/Summer 2006 (E909) pattern 409A, a pegged skirt with yoke.

Burda Plus Magazine E909 Spr 2006 409A Skirt
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I have it mostly fit. I had to take in the back waist. I probably should lower the front waist, but I’m always hopeful that things won’t drop. I need to take it in over the hip. I’m shaped more like a snowman figure 8 with my hips/tummy and butt coming out sharply from my waist, so I don’t need additional fullness lower down.

So I take the toile apart and look at it. I like the wrong side of the fabric. I used to have a jacket in that color. And, just like that, I decide to keep the fabric and make a wearable skirt.

Burda Plus Magazine E909 Spr 2006 409A Skirt
My dressform is leaning, is slightly smaller than I am, and ends at the high thigh. This makes the skirt hang funny. The skirt has more room in the hip than I need, so that bulging you see just under the yoke, you would see on me.

I need to to take the facing off and take the side seams which includes a zipper to make this fix.

Backyard Roses

Souvenir de malmaisonSouvenir de malmaison

Souvenir de malmaison – my favorite rose, a bourbon rose; blooms can ball in the rain, but it doesn’t rain much here.

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Judy Garland, a floribunda; lovely in the spring, but she can’t take the heat.

La Reine

La Reine, a hybrid perpetual. She does poorly in Livermore.

Ingrid BergmanIngrid BergmanIngrid BergmanIngrid Bergman

Ingrid Bergman, hybrid tea. She gets sunburned. She puts on a good show in spring and blooms sporadically in the summer and fall.

Double DelightDouble DelightDouble Delight

Double Delight, hybrid tea.

David Austin Rose, but I forgot the name

David Austin rose.

La Reine Victoria
La Reine Victoria, a bourbon rose. She does well in Livermore.


Sonia, a grandiflora, is described as a hothouse rose. Perhaps that is why she does so well in Livermore.


White Climber

White Climber; I’ve forgotten its name.

Why Not minirose

Why Not, mini rose.

Front Yard Flowers

Gerbera Daisy

I added a new gerbera daisy.


The carnations are a few years old.

Love-in-a-mist (nigella)

Love-in-a-mist (nigella)



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Santa Barbara Daisy

Wood HyacinthsWood Hyacinth

Wood Hyacinth – I thought I had lost all the white and pinks ones as the wood hyacinths naturalized to my garden, but I was surprised by the pink one when I was weeding.

Spanish Lavender

Spanish Lavender – I love the little wings on this lavender.

Camomile, flanked by ajuga and Santa Barbara daisies

Camomile, flanked by ajuga & Santa Barbara daisies

Chives, Thyme, and Sage

Chives, thyme, and sage

Spanish Lavender, varigated Sage, Columbines, Thyme, Love-in-a-mist, and Licorice Plant

Spanish Lavender, varigated Sage, Columbines, Thyme, Love-in-a-mist, and Licorice Plant

Pear Blossoms

Pear blossoms