The pattern is a sleeper - it's the skirt part of a 1960s vintage suit pattern republished in the September 2012 BurdaStyle Magazine. And now available for download too! But it appears that until now, nobody has made it (or at least, they're not talking about it).
I settled on this one of several possible pencil skirt patterns in my collection of Burda pattern magazines for its extreme simplicity, its moderate length, and the fact that it has a waistband - a very narrow one. I muslined it up and out of the box, so to speak, it fit rather well. I traced the 38, grading out to 40 at the hip, and reshaped the hip curve.
I improved the fit immensely by taking a narrow wedge (about 1cm) at the CF waist, narrowing to nothing at the hem line. This little adjustment keeps the side seams quite vertical - I've always had problems with side seams swinging forward in narrow skirts. Something to think about.
On tracing this pattern I discovered that the drafting is really very nice, although the pattern is basic. The back darts are shaped in a subtle S curve, so that the fabric curves in below the waist, and out over the derrière. I don't recall seeing this feature on any of Burda's more modern patterns.
|Lining - pinned & ready|
to be stitched down
Vogue Knitting Leaf Yoke top that I completed in 2012 and wasn't getting worn in regular rotation. It goes *perfectly* with this fabric. (I tucked it in only to reveal the neat waistband on my new skirt.)