Burda Style Skirt with Buttons 05/2019 #112A

I love this skirt as soon as I saw it from May Burdastyle magazine. I love the buttons. I am addicted to any patterns with buttons. I am also attracted by the top stitch details from the line drawings.

I used a small piece of military green 70% linen 30% cotton blend to make this skirt. I only have about 0.7 yard. I end up using some cotton sateen for facing.

I used some cotton sateen as facing, and cotton viol for linings.


I started with size 40, but took out 1/2 inch each side. Next time I will start with size 38.

Summary: This is a very easy skirt to make. I omitted the pockets for easy fitting. I like the buttons, top-stitching details, mini length, and love the military green color. I definitely want to make a few more this fall.

Notes for future.

I top stitched each pieces as I finished them. The result is, some of the top stitch didn’t match 100%. Next time I will wait after I finished the whole piece then top stitch.

more photos to come:

KWIK SEW 2589 – a good stash busting project

I have some leftover silk fabric from another project. This Kwik Sew pattern is perfect to use up small piece of soft fabric.

I lengthen the cami to tunic length to use up the fabric. I didn’t use the chemise length.


I doubled the straps width. Thin straps is too hard to make. I shortened the straps by about 1 inch. Comparing with self made straps, I like using store bought adjustable straps better.

The silk fabric fray a lot. I used 5/8 seam allowance on the side seams. Since the top is very loose fitting, 5/8 seam allowance works well.

KWIK SEW 2589 Cami and Shorts set

I rarely see any Kwik Sew sales at my local Joann’s in recent years. In Kwick Sew website there are $3.99 sales every several weeks. Shipping is $4.00 for up to 3 patterns.

I bought Kwik Sew 2589 online after reading some reviews from pattern reviews. This pattern is pajama set, including cami, long cami, and elastic waist short. The description says: The chemise and camisole have narrow shoulder straps and the top edges are finished with facings. The bottom edges are finished with narrow hems. The shorts have a stitched elastic waist and narrow hems at the leg openings .


I made the cami and short using very soft viscose fabric. The pattern requires bias cut. In order to match the fabric print, I cut the top and short on grain. Since the fabric has great drape, the end result is still very good.


I made size S. The set is very loose fitting. The top is also not very long.


I use store bought strapes instead of making my own.

Bottom with elastic waist.
Pajama Set


The pajama set is a quick make. Simple and straight forward. It is loose fitting so no fitting issues. It is a great pattern to use up small stash of soft fabric. It is great for the summer if you like this style.

KWIKSEW 3232 TANK — plain, and small

Pros: easy. Just two pieces.
1. Very plain, as you see from the pattern photo. 
2. The neck and arm are finished using fold over method. I don’t like it for knits. Neck and arm are easy to stretch without proper finish. I added a neck band. 
3. Neck line is high. Arm is also a little tight. 

I’m glad I made this top. However I will not make it again. I want to try a tank top with a little style next.

Two Modified Jalie 2215 Top

1. Size:
After my last failure using my measurement size T, I went two sizes larger, to size V. The resulting T shirt fit well, not too big at all. 
2. Fabric:
Nylon-lycra, it has decent stretch. It is very crispy to sew. I used mostly my serger. For placket and collar, I interfaced them with pellon interfacing. 
3. Placket:
I used the placket template from bluprint class: “Mastering Construction: Collars & Closures”. I learned a lot from this class. This is the first time I adopt the half placket template to this pattern, since the collar is a lot shorter then neck, I had a hard time enclosing all the raw edges. I think I will work slightly different next time. 
Overall I like Jalie 2215. It is very easy to use. Now that I have the size correct, I will definitely make a few more.

Another KwikSew 3232 skort in stretch cotton

My last sewing make the KwikSew 3232 rayon skort is getting a lot of casual wear due to the recent hot weather. The rayon is very smooth and soft, has a silky feeling to it.

I also realized a few ‘improvements’ needed.

1. It is slightly wide at waist.

2. The shorts crotch is pretty big/long.

I wish the pattern provide finished waist and hip measurements.

My second pair I am going to use size S, and increase side seam allowance to 1 inch for better fit at my waist. I measured the waist for size S. It is 26 inches. My waist is 29 inches. My fabric is 95% cotton and 5% elastane. This means I will have to let out most of my 1 inch side seam allowance. Size M should have worked for me last time. I am not sure I will have better results by switching to size S.

I made size S, and kept the pockets. I nearly didn’t have enough fabric. The pattern suggested one and one eighth yard and it indeeds required that much. In the end I have to reduce the pockets size and cut the pockets on bias.

Fabric leftover after cutting out all pieces

I also took out 5/8 from crotch of the inside shorts.

Skirt out side, short inside. I took out 5/8 from crotch to reduce the inside bulkiness
The length of this version is more like what is on the pattern cover
Love the pockets

Jalie 2215 top in cotton jersey

Jalie 2215 is called Assorted Activewear. It contains two tops, one skirts and one yoga pants. I bought the PDF version using 20% off 3 PDF deal. The final cost of this pattern is less than $9.

Very soft cotton jersey. It is very stretchy. The pattern requires 75% stretch for this top.

The top runs a little small. My measurements put me in size T for bust and size U for waist. I made size T overall.


This pattern uses 1/4 seam allowance, which I like very much. I used my serger for most of the construction and used small zig zag stitch for top stitching and hem. The instructions are in picture format and is straight forward.

One thing I really like about this pattern is the collar. It adds more style to an athletic top than simple t-shirt. Since the cotton jersey is very soft and stretch, and also since I don’t have any knits interface handy, I decided not to interface the facing and collar. After topstitching the collar, I was disappointed to find out that the neck line and collar had stretched out a little. They looks ripply, not flat any more. I ironed the collar and neck with hot steam. It is a little better, but not good enough for me to wear at my games.

Front view:

Inside view: -i didn’t interface the collar and neck interface.

Change for the next time:
1. If use less stretchy knits like silk knits, go two size up.
2. The top very cropped. It barely reaches to my belly button. Next time I need to add 4 inches to the bottom
2. Interface collar and neck interface with light knits interface.

Kwik Sew K3232 Skort

After sewing a few pieces from the book ‘Easy Sewing the KWIK SEW Way’ by
Kerstin Martensson, I am interested in trying more Kwik sew pattern. So a few weeks ago when KwikSew website had a $3.99 sales, I grabbed a few patterns. Kwik Sew K3232 Skort pattern is one of them.

I recently started slow running and am interested in sewing myself a few skorts. There are tons of skirts and shorts sewing patterns but just a few skorts sewing patterns.

This pattern is so easy to make, and it is well designed. The inside short also act as lining for the skirt so the raw edges are covered. It has neat finish which is a must for me.

Above first photo is the outside skirt. It is slightly A lined. Has a waist band. I moved the zipper from back to right side.

Second photo is the inside shorts. It meets outside skirt at waist band and also acts as lining for the skirt. The shorts is about 2 inches shorter than the outside skirt. Neat isn’t it?

Fabric is 100% rayon. Soft and drape well.

I pick size M. It is slightly roomy at waist. The inside shorts crotch is also big. Next time I will use size S, and cut with 1 inch Sean allowance for the side seam for better fit.

A few photos when I wear it today. It hits a few inches above the knees. It is longer on me than on the pattern cover photos.

It is a well designed and quick to make skirt pattern. Very practical for summer time running.

One important change I need to for my future make is: I made the shorts raw edge out (inside out) so I can have a smooth inside. However the shorts edge accasionally shows. Next time I will make the shorts raw edge inside.

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Simplicity 1586 amazing fit dress * 2

Simplicity 1586 amazing fit dress pattern is truly amazing. It is a princess seamed dress. What is amazing about it are: 1. It comes with different cup sizes. 2. It comes with slim, average, and curvy fit. 3. It has 1 inch of side seam allowance for additional fitting purpose.

I tried to make this pattern last year with a stiff silk fabric. My first try failed miserably because the fabric is too stiff to bend around the princess seam.

I used the left over fabric from this dress for my second try. This fabric is very soft and very drapey linen rayon blend.

Size: I used 10 curvy fit. Since this is a summer dress, I didn’t want it to be too fitted. I end up using 3/8 inch out of the 1 inch side seam allowance on the waist. I used 1 inch SL on under arm and bust, the tapered to 3/8 at waist and fit. The result is pretty relax.

I also took out 4 inches to the bottom hem to make it above knees.

Second dress is made out of 100% linen. It has the linen crisp and wrinkles easily.

Both dresses are not lined.