Burda 8155…

by Kate on March 25, 2010

For the last month or so I have been taking a dressmaking class at RMIT, it’s been a great course and I have really enjoyed learning new skills.

My favourite part of the class would have to be using the industrial sewing machines, overlockers and irons…lots of fun and lots of power!

We were told to purchase a skirt pattern and a quilting cotton. Armed with these details I popped into Tessuti and picked up some beautiful charcoal linen…because one cannot go to Tessuti and walk out with quilting cotton, too many beautiful fabrics on offer!!

First class in, I quickly realised why we were told to purchase cotton. To say sewing with linen is tricky for a beginner is an understatment. I persevered though and I am glad I did because I am pretty happy with the finished product.

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1 Kirsty March 25, 2010 at 2:05 pm

You've done a beautiful job!

I love the linen.


2 Rachel March 25, 2010 at 2:12 pm

Wow great skirt Kate… it looks stunning!


3 beck March 25, 2010 at 2:45 pm

Ace! Good on you for perservering & making something you will wear & love for years to come xo


4 Andi March 25, 2010 at 2:47 pm

And nice skirt too!!


5 Mel March 25, 2010 at 2:53 pm

Whoa! That is super stunning! I love that linen (of course) but wow that shape is really gorgeous. You look gorgeous in it too of course!

(now could I make that skirt or do I need to do the class?!)


6 Liesl March 25, 2010 at 2:58 pm

Kate, you've got such a wonderful fit with that Burda skirt – it looks amazing. Good on you for trying out linen too. Its made up into a beautiful garment, which I'm sure you'll love wearing. Sometimes its better not to understand the perils of the fabric before you get started (which is how I ended up using velvet and an invisible zipper for my third ever garment. What a crackpot.)

Look forward to seeing what you make next (note: make sure its not velvet!)


7 Mary March 25, 2010 at 3:01 pm

Looks fabulous. Love the waist shaping and love love love the colour.


8 RED PEPPER QUILTS March 25, 2010 at 3:10 pm

Wow oh wowee! Great skirt Kate, what a perfect fit. Beautiful. Never having made a wearable item I am quite envious of your skills!



9 Kate March 25, 2010 at 3:13 pm

Great skirt! Nice work!


10 m.e (Cathie) March 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm

wow Kate!!
that colour & fabric are gorgeous.
But you know I have no idea of the complexities of fabrics when sewing though :)


11 Danielle March 25, 2010 at 4:00 pm

What a fab skirt Kate, and what's not to love about grey linen – it is gorgeous! You will wear this forever. Well done!

(PS How is Alfie going? Finn is talking!!)


12 Christina March 25, 2010 at 4:22 pm

It is beautiful! You are brave and it worked out so well.

I would love to do a sewing course one day too. Maybe when Cohen is a bit older. How long does the course go for? :)


13 machen und tun March 25, 2010 at 4:31 pm

the skirt looks great, and it looks great on you!!


14 Belinda March 25, 2010 at 4:34 pm

Looks fabulous!! Glad to hear your enjoying the course. Bx


15 Handmade March 25, 2010 at 4:57 pm

Great skirt – I love the linen and the high waist and the fit is perfect! Great Job!


16 Rebecca Beach March 25, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Wow that's beautiful. You've done a lovely job :)


17 Kristi March 25, 2010 at 6:50 pm

It fits you just perfectly!


18 karlyn Jackson March 25, 2010 at 8:15 pm

great skirt Kate, well worth the struggle. RMIT sounds fabulous. I went there for an art excursion in yr 12 and always dreamed of doing course there, lucky you!


19 Blueberry Park March 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Kate, you are a pro! That skirt looks stunning. The fit is amazing and I love the colour of the linen. Can't beat linen in my eyes ;-)


20 gret March 25, 2010 at 8:26 pm

Really, really beautiful Kate! Just my kind of skirt. :)


21 Katy March 25, 2010 at 8:45 pm

FAB FAB FAB!!!! Well done Kate, that looks gorgeous!


22 Cass March 25, 2010 at 9:04 pm

Great job Kate it looks beautiful


23 Cindy March 25, 2010 at 10:45 pm

It is really divine Kate, I think you should be really proud


24 randi March 26, 2010 at 12:54 am

VERY nice skirt! It looks great on you!


25 CitricSugar March 26, 2010 at 2:36 am

The skirt is fabulous! (You can tell because you look amazing in it!!


26 Holly March 26, 2010 at 3:46 am

Ok, I've got this pattern and the fabric loitering in my stash, now I've got to make it. Thanks!


27 freshlemons March 26, 2010 at 4:42 am

That is so hip!!! I love it! Oh I wish I could take a dress making class, you are so lucky!


28 Polka Dot Daze March 26, 2010 at 6:46 am

It looks fabulous! I love the colour.
I would also love to do a dressmaking class.


29 Sally March 26, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Such a beautiful skirt. I really love your fabric choice. The style of the skirt looks fabbo too.


30 Gina March 26, 2010 at 12:35 pm

Extremely classy. You'll be wearing that for a long time to come… timeless.


31 Anna March 26, 2010 at 1:17 pm

really beautiful, you did a great job!


32 sophie March 26, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Goodness – just beautiful!!


33 Nikki March 26, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Good on you for taking a class Kate. Learning is so good for you. And look at what you can now do… make a beautiful skirt.


34 Suzy March 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm

The skirt looks wonderful! And playing on industrial sewing machines and overlockers sounds like so much fun.


35 Tania March 26, 2010 at 7:54 pm

Whoa. You sure know how to do skirt – in every possible way. Ten years on, my Mum still hasn't forgiven me for insisting on red velvet for my wedding dress.


36 Quilts on Bastings March 26, 2010 at 8:37 pm

Beautiful skirt Kate – well made and fits wonderfully. I always find making clothes such a challenge – I prefer sticking to straight lines!


37 izzy inspired March 27, 2010 at 4:29 am

The skirt is gorgeous…and fits wonderfully, so flattering to the figure. The linen may have been harder to sew, but I think the outcome was worth the beauty of how it drapes. Cotton would have been nice too, but the linen is stunning.


38 angela March 27, 2010 at 11:23 am

Cute! It looks professional – very smooth and even. Awesome job!


39 Trudi - Me and Ewe March 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm

I can understand why you are happy – it looks fab.


40 gret March 28, 2010 at 8:51 pm

PS. I just read you are a birthday girl! Happy birthday! Hope it was/is lovely. x


41 Serendipitychild March 28, 2010 at 9:26 pm

Really beautiful skirt. You have tailored it so well.


42 kirsten March 29, 2010 at 7:55 am

way to go!
love the skirt and fabric. total win/win. :)


43 sweet emmelie March 29, 2010 at 5:50 pm

simply beautiful!! great fit and what a great figure you have, you look gorgeous!


44 Louise March 30, 2010 at 8:30 am

Very, very clever! I LOVE the fabric and such a sassy style. Oh dear, now I want to start sewing skirts again!


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