May Burda Pattern Review: Skirt #108 


I’ve been a Burda Style subscriber for over a year now and I really enjoy the publication. While I don’t love every pattern, there are usually a few patterns each month that I really like and want to sew up.

May 2017 Burda Style magazine

If you haven’t yet used the patterns from a Burda magazine, a word of warning- they are intimidating the first time or two. You have to trace them off and add seam allowances. Even though I’ve made quite a few patterns from various issues, it can still freak me out. That said, I highly recommend giving it a go.

This month, my Burda pattern crush is a skirt on page 15:

I can’t resist bright and sexy. The pocket details are easier to see on page 34:

I reviewed my fabric stash and settled on a rickrack cotton print. The fabric was part of a Craftsy supply sale a while back and I bought a two-yard cut. I didn’t have enough to cut the entire skirt from this fabric, so the back center panels are a plain white cotton.


Burda pattern directions are sparse. They assume at least a basic knowledge of sewing from readers. As a result, there is usually something about the pattern that I find tricky. For this pattern, it was the pockets. To attach them to the skirt, you sew them down to the front piece using provided pattern markings. Then, you sew them along with the back side panels to the center back panels. Not tough at all once I figured it out!

Close-up of the pockets sewn down the front panel and attached at the back panel seam

The rest of construction was very straightforward, especially if you have made a skirt or two before. I installed an invisible zipper and I shortened it by about an inch. I’m short (5’3″) so it hangs at a midi length on me even with an inch off of the length,  I debated making it shorter, but I like how it looks with heels. I didn’t make any other changes to the pattern.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI am really pleased with the final product and am wearing it on the last day of Me Made May 2017!


Do you subscribe to Burda Style? What was your pattern crush this month?

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