Garment No. 20, Burda 6769


26 Jul Garment No. 20, Burda 6769

The wind may be blowing my hair, but this skirt is not going anywhere πŸ™‚

IMG_0055Greetings from Edisto Beach, my favorite place to get away from it all.

After completing Burda pattern 6769, I’m adding a new garment to my list of clothes I will never buy again ~ a jean skirt.

In fact, I believe this is the most perfect skirt I’ve ever sewn.

IMG_0036I’m not sure why I do not sew more Burda patterns because I’ve only experienced success with each one, especially with the fit.


Note on the pattern illustration (lower right corner) the option to sew a straight or more fitted skirt. I chose View B with the wider, shaped waistband and decided on the closer fit.


Contrary to popular belief, fitted skirts are designed for all shapes! Fitted does not mean tight but snug, and a proper fit flatters feminine curves.

This pattern, designed for stretch wovens fits just below the natural waistline. The yoke lies flat against the lower back,

IMG_0026meaning no bulk accumulates to create the illusion of extra inches!

IMG_0019Before starting the skirt, I questioned whether I needed the little watch pocket or belt loops. Thank goodness, I sewed both of the details to give this skirt a finished look.


The cheerful Lilly Pulitzer-like fabric is a stretch woven I ordered last year from Sawyer Brooks for a pair of shorts, but the idea of shorts never excited me ~ fortunately I waited until the right pattern came along.

I made two simple adjustments to the pattern.

1. After basting the sides, I took in 1 inch from the waist to the top of the hips.

2. Β After basting the waistband to the skirt, I removed 1/2″ from the center top of the back yoke grading out to the initial seam allowance.


Since I have sewn so few Burda patterns, I meticulously followed the instructions. My only tip from the project is to remove the back from the machine after stitching the yoke to make sure the points meet before proceeding.


There are mediocre patterns, good patterns and great sewing patterns. Often the difference lies in subtleties found in the pattern design, which certainly exist in this one. All sewists need to receive those pleasant surprises during their sewing journeys. This little gem marks the halfway point of sewing Forty Garment for the New Forty, encouraging me at the turning point!

PS…… the top is a Lilly Pulitzer golf shirt my flight attendant friend paid $6 for in Venezuela πŸ˜‰

Until Soon!!


  • Nina Kelly
    Posted at 01:54h, 26 July Reply

    Very cute and great fit! The fabric is adorbs. Well done!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:13h, 26 July Reply

      Thank you, Nina! It is the perfect mid-summer casual garment for me πŸ™‚

  • Jennifer Ezell
    Posted at 02:08h, 26 July Reply

    Brava! That is beautiful!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:14h, 26 July Reply

      Thank you, Jenny!

  • Jenny McDonald
    Posted at 02:14h, 26 July Reply

    This is a great skirt and I love the colours. It might be winter in Sydney, but this would be terrific for our long, hot summers!
    I am really enjoying your posts and they have inspired me to return to sewing after many years away from it. I am also inspired by the styling of your projects, as it is great to see a petite ‘soon to be new 40’ blogger showing an elegant and classy approach to dressing.

    In the future, if you are so inclined, I would be very interested to read a post about the issues you consider in selecting patterns, For most sewers, the patterns you don’t pick are often just as important as the final selection. Aside from the height issue that plagues those of us who are vertically challenged, I would be interested to know what other body characteristics you consider in selecting a pattern, such as long/short waist, body shape, wide/narrow shoulders etc. Often reading someone’s thought process as they decide on their selection of a suitable pattern can be really helpful in choosing the right style for a project.

    Many thanks, Jenny.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:24h, 26 July Reply

      Many thanks for your kind and thoughtful response!
      For the most part I choose classic patterns that will be easier to fit and adjust. I always study the pencil sketch of the pattern before making a deision.
      As far as my height, I generally stay away from big full skirts, huge collars and other styles that add width rather than height.
      Generally I try to imagine myself wearing the pattern ~ I admit that can be trial and error, but it’s a process I’ve become comfortable with πŸ™‚

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 07:42h, 26 July Reply

    Finally a jeans skirt pattern with some curves! As well designed as the Moss Mini is it was all wrong for my shape so I’ll surely give this one a try. It looks so pretty and fresh in this summery print. Have fun at the beach β˜€οΈ

    • Julie Starr
      Posted at 07:42h, 26 July Reply

      (And congrats for reaching the halfway point!)

      • goodbyevalentino
        Posted at 08:37h, 26 July Reply

        Thank you, Julie! You’ll love this pattern. πŸ™‚

  • Eileen
    Posted at 08:07h, 26 July Reply

    You look like you could have stepped right out of the August 2016 Talbots magazine with your fabric choice. Check out their bold dahlia pencil skirt – ha!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:38h, 26 July Reply

      So I just checked it out and glad to know I’m hanging with Talbots πŸ™‚
      Many thanks for the comment, Eileen!

  • Marvel Donovan
    Posted at 08:45h, 26 July Reply

    I love, love, love that skirt!!! I have a stretch woven floral that has called me all summer. I bought the fabric for capris but just didn’t feel motivated to make another pair of capris. This skirt would be perfect for me and brings a fresh look to my wardrobe choices. As always, you have motivated me to sew out of my comfort zone. Thanks. Will share the results. Marvel

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 08:59h, 26 July Reply

      Good news, Marvel, and I know the feeling. I simply could not bring myself to sew a pair of shorts, and am so glad I waited.
      I can’t emphasize enough the nice fit of this pattern. After I cut it I paniced it would be too small by the looks of the pattern pieces, but after basting the sides it only took some slight adjusting to get a great fit.
      Good luck ~ can’t wait to see your skirt!

  • Irene
    Posted at 08:56h, 26 July Reply

    The perfect summer skirt. And you’re so right – its the little details that make a world of difference in the way something looks.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:00h, 26 July Reply

      Thank you, Irene! I usually don’t marvel over skirt patterns, but I really love the cut of this one πŸ˜‰

  • Wanda
    Posted at 08:57h, 26 July Reply

    Great fabric and a delightful result! I love your blog. BTW in yr opinion would this skirt pattern suit a silk noil or would that fabric be too soft? Cheers!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:03h, 26 July Reply

      Thank you so much, Wanda! The pattern is designed for woven fabrics with stretch so I doubt silk noil would work.

  • Eva Hoepelman
    Posted at 09:30h, 26 July Reply

    What a great outfit you created once again – young, fresh and full of summer.
    Here in Europe (I’m in Amsterdam) we tend to sew a lot with Burda patterns and I agree there are mostly no real fit issues. Some
    small adjustments and you normally have a very good ( to often a great) fit.
    As a sewing addict I love your blog and wait impatiently for every new entry of your sewing adventures. Thanks for all the hours of
    inspiration! Eva

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:52h, 26 July Reply

      Eva~ Thank you so much for your lovely comment! I’m going to start sewing more Burdas and that’s all there is to it πŸ˜‰

  • Amanda S.
    Posted at 09:46h, 26 July Reply

    Super cute and summery! I love your matching sunnies!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:53h, 26 July Reply

      Many thanks, Amanda! I’ve got the glasses in pink and blue ~ ready for a baby boy or girl!

  • Melissa
    Posted at 10:20h, 26 July Reply

    Love the skirt, the fit and the fabric. What a great story about the shirt. Don’t you love getting good deals?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:54h, 26 July Reply

      Thank you so much, Melissa! I guess I should have said the shirt was a GIFT from my friend who paid $6 πŸ˜‰

  • Justine
    Posted at 10:35h, 26 July Reply

    The skirt is perfect on you! I need a jean skirt so thanks for the pattern recommendation

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:55h, 26 July Reply

      Thank you, Justine! You’ll no doubt look fantastic in this pattern πŸ™‚

  • Gerhild
    Posted at 10:35h, 26 July Reply

    Fabric and pattern are perfect together, as well as your excellent sewing. I grew up with Burda patterns and love the fit.

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 11:56h, 26 July Reply

    Many thanks, Gerhild! As I mentioned to Eva ~ I’m sewing more Burdas πŸ™‚

  • Ann Vidovic
    Posted at 13:27h, 26 July Reply

    I love your skirt and I agree with you that Burda patterns fit and sew up very well. I sew mainly from the Burda Style monthly magazine for access to Burda’s most recent designs. I have noticed the designs in the magazine feed to the store catalog within in a few months, though, so both ways are great. Thanks for sharing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 13:40h, 26 July Reply

      Thank you, Ann! I didn’t realize that is how the Burda system works ~ very interesting πŸ™‚

  • Barbara Byrne
    Posted at 13:38h, 26 July Reply

    Lovely fit – beautiful fabric- definitely your colours x

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:52h, 26 July Reply

      Thank you, Barbara! I’ve always been drawn to pink πŸ˜‰

  • Myra
    Posted at 14:03h, 26 July Reply

    Lovely, lovely, lovely skirt!! As usual, you’ve created another awesome piece for your wardrobe!! So, I guess it’s just me when it comes to successful completed Burda projects. I just can’t seem to make them work for me…I won’t give up though because I love some of the styles Burda creates! Again, lovely skirt Ms. Sarah!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:55h, 26 July Reply

      Myra ~ I find I must read Burda directions two or three times to get it right, but the fit has always worked out. I hope it will for you too soon! Many thanks for your nice comment πŸ˜‰

  • Connie Griffin
    Posted at 14:59h, 26 July Reply

    What a great fit and a fun fabric! I’ll be on the lookout for this pattern.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:56h, 26 July Reply

      Many thanks, Connie! Everything came together this time πŸ˜‰

  • Sue Jalowiec
    Posted at 15:11h, 26 July Reply

    Beautiful! You are such an inspiration! Thank you for sharing your sewing journey!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 16:56h, 26 July Reply

      Ah…… thank you, Sue!! It’s my pleasure all because of my readers πŸ˜‰

  • Jennifer Shaw
    Posted at 15:43h, 26 July Reply

    Your skirt is marvelous! The fabric is perfectly suited and looks wonderful sewn up in this beauty of a pattern. I refrain from wearing shorts because of my stocky legs, but this pattern does inspire. I may yet need to pick up this pattern. Thank you for sharing yet another inspirational post!! The beach looks so enticing..

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:01h, 26 July Reply

      Many thanks, Jennifer! For me, I have far more opportunities to wear casual skirts than shorts, and I didn’t want to invest in too many garments that would not be worn enough to justify my time and effort.
      Anyhow ~it all worked out πŸ™‚ Thanks again!

  • Joy
    Posted at 17:45h, 26 July Reply

    What a cute skirt! The fabric is perfect for this pattern and it looks great on you. It’s a perfect summer skirt for everyday running around.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 17:54h, 26 July Reply

      Many thanks, Joy! That was definitely my intention πŸ™‚

  • Anne
    Posted at 18:43h, 26 July Reply

    A great skirt. I liked the fabric too – and the contrast band of your shirt matches perfectly with the colours.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:32h, 27 July Reply

      Thank you, Anne! I’ve had the shirt for a few years and haven’t wore it too much. That will change now πŸ™‚

  • Loretta Somerville
    Posted at 19:28h, 26 July Reply

    Aren’t you adorable??? Perfect ensemble for a beach vacation, sporty, classy and comfortable! I’m sure you realize the endless possibilities for this skirt pattern. And you will be creating them no doubt!!! Another fun visit to your blog. It makes me smile!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:34h, 27 July Reply

      Well, your comment makes me smile Loretta! Yes, there are so many possibilities for this pattern, and it is definitely a keeper πŸ™‚ Many thanks for your nice comment.

  • Tomasa
    Posted at 21:40h, 26 July Reply

    Love your cute colorful little skirt! It fits you beautifully.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:35h, 27 July Reply

      Thank you Tomasa! I was surprised by how much I like this pattern πŸ˜‰

  • Jen
    Posted at 01:06h, 27 July Reply

    It really is perfect for you…the style suits you and the print is lovely!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:35h, 27 July Reply

      Many thanks, Jen!

  • Jeff Laskowski
    Posted at 10:05h, 27 July Reply

    Very nice. A great look for summer!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:15h, 28 July Reply

      Thank you so much – it was a fun sew πŸ˜‰

  • peggy leah
    Posted at 08:03h, 28 July Reply

    Obviously the skirt was the right decision for the perfect print! You”re casual yet it looks dressier than shorts. I have never used
    Burda patterns and I’ve always wondered why the seam allowance
    is not on the pattern. Is there an advantage to that AND diesn’t it
    make extra work to add it.? So there is another question: HOW do
    you add the seam allowance? Special tool?
    It’s so exciting to get your latest project! I came in late but caught up on archives. Twenty more to go. Thanks you! It is tremendous fun,
    It’s a perfect fit.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:19h, 28 July Reply

      Peggy ~ Thank you so much for your comment and catching up on the archives πŸ˜‰
      This Burda pattern included the seam allowances for which I’m appreciative. One advantage I’m told of no seam allowances is to get a true look at the actual size before adding the appropriate seam allowance. There is a too – a double wheel that allows tracing the pattern piece and adding the seam allowance at the same time.

  • Denise Fairchild
    Posted at 10:08h, 28 July Reply

    Thank you for all your posts. I appreciate your selection of fabrics and patterns: you have inspired me to dust off my old sewing machine. I sewed for my children and home years ago, but now as an empty-nester, I have time on my hands. I think I shied away from sewing for myself because of the ill-fitting and ill-conceived choices of fabric or patterns. Now that I have a little more time, maybe I’ll actually do a muslin first! Thanks for the inspiration!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 10:20h, 28 July Reply

      Many thanks for your lovely comment, Denise and good luck with your sewing! I find the muslin key to almost everything I sew as you’ll read in the next post πŸ˜‰

  • Linda L
    Posted at 20:34h, 28 July Reply

    Nice jeans skirt! Love the floral print!

  • Cheryl
    Posted at 15:00h, 29 July Reply

    Great Skirt! I noticed your curved waistband is especially well done. That’s an area that I always struggle to get right. Lovely sewing.

  • Janee Connor
    Posted at 11:12h, 31 July Reply

    I thought I recognized that fabric – I worked I Sawyer Brook before the change of ownership! It works so well for your skirt – and the details are so beautifully done. Lovely!

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