24 November 2015

BWOF 4-2009-101

I finally cut out my next, hopefully successful sewing project:  a simple skirt.  At least, the design looks simple.

photo credit:  Miss Celie's Pants

I read through the instructions and have not an effing clue as to what Burda is talking about with the front inset.  The instructions start out okay, then delve into WTF midway through. 

1.  Lay each interfaced front yoke piece on yoke piece with no interfacing RST. 

2.  Stitch along front and upper edges.  

3.  Begin stitching on left front yoke exactly on seam line of joining edge.  

Um...okay.  What joining edge?  The edge that will eventually join with the side front?

4.  Trim seam allowances.  

5.  Turn yokes right side out. 

This wasn't done already?

6.  Work buttonholes in right front yoke.   

7.  Baste right front yoke to left front yoke, matching centres and not catching left yoke piece with no interfacing.  

What are you talking about?

8.  Clip allowance at marking on right inside yoke piece.

9.  Stitch yoke right sides together with upper edge of center front skirt panel, not catching inside yoke pieces.

Again, what are you talking about?  So the inside yoke piece isn't attached to the center front panel at all?  How does that make this stable?  I am so confused!

The instructions for attaching the facing are equally confusing.  I normally don't include facings on skirts, but I couldn't think of a better way to clean-finish and stabilize the top edge.  Ugh!  Maybe I should have read the directions first before cutting out my fabric.  Waaaaah!

Oooooooh Shaaaron!  You've sewn this skirt, yes?  What in the holy hell is Burda talking about? =)

Anyone have any ideas?

L

13 comments:

  1. I don't have a problem with Burda instructions, but they do miss lots if you are used to following Big 4 instructions. I tend to glance at the instructions, look at the pattern pieces, play with them, and sort of figure it out. But then, that's what I do with the Big 4 as well - I rarely read the instructions all the way through - which gets me into trouble sometimes. Good luck, I'm sure you will figure it out.

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    1. That's what I started doing with the pieces. I think I worked out the yoke, but I'm not sure if what I did is correct. I have to figure out the facing and lining.

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  2. I see what you mean. Generally I look through instructions to begin with, then sew away, I like to try and work it out for myself, only looking if I get stuck. Hope you can work it out as its a nice pattern.

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    1. When I made the Burda trench skirt (wadder with promise), I find it helped to type out each line of instructions. For some reason, reading them in the magazine made things even more confusing. These instructions, however, are throwing me for a loop.

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  3. I've been through this with Burda collar instructions which made me go What the Frock too. You are not alone!

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    1. The envelope patterns are only slightly better! I tried to find similar patterns that I could use as a reference. I don't have anything like this.

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  4. Oh my! I think there must be a much simpler way to explain. I think you might be better off making up your own instructions.

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  5. I hope I have some notes at home as the PR review that I referred to is no longer available. I will get back to you soon.

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    1. Good news, I had the cheat sheet at home so just need to find your email address.

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    2. Yay! I sent you a message on PR.

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  6. So happy you found an answer! I was baffled by the instructions you posted too. Burda is a problem for me as well sometimes with the very few patterns I've made up. Can't wait to see your scared, good luck!

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    1. Thank you Myra! Sometimes typing out each instruction line-by-line helps me understand. But this was real EXTRA! I've read the instructions again after using Sharon's notes. I still have no idea what they're trying to say. It's the 'not catching left front yoke with no interfacing' that I don't get. Why is this even necessary? The only thing I can think of is that the designer intended for the top yoke to not be permanently attached to the bottom yoke so that it can be opened and closed like a door or something. Again, why? These yokes serve zero function since there's a side seam zipper! Confusing. =)

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