Amy, from the blog Sew Well: as by reflection, is a bioorganic chemist, cat lover, BurdaStyle member, and sewing enthusiast. Amy describes her interest in sewing as a gratifying balance to her science research; she enjoys the relatively immediate results she gets with a sewing project, compared to the often less timely results with scientific research.

Amy made BurdaStyle’s Jenny Basic Skirt pattern #6058 with Britex Fabrics’ Italian Dusty Rose Lightweight Stretch Wool Blend and had lots of helpful comments.

“This fabric is fabulous. It cuts, sews, and wears like a dream. I was worried about it showing the little hem stitches, but it’s very forgiving fabric and hides them quite nicely. To anyone else working with this fabric, I’d recommend choosing a pattern that takes advantage of the wonderful stretch that the lycra gives to this fabric. I think the hip hugging nature of a pencil skirt was a great choice, but I can also imagine this fabric as much, much more as well.”

“The two areas I focused on for this skirt were the high-waisted facing and the slit. To create a nice, smooth waistband, I added rigilene boning to the facing of the waistband. I’ve used stainless steel boning in a couple of other projects, but I thought the thin rigilene would be better here because of the weight of the wool. I’m very happy with how structured and shapely the waistband is. I also reinforced the slit with a metal eye from a hook and eye set. The technique I was following called for a metal bar, not an eye, but I liked how the eye reminded me of a lucky horseshoe (and it was what I had on hand!)”

We love how Amy shaped the waistband, and how she totally utilized the slinky 4-way stretch qualities of the Italian wool fabric with BurdaStyle’s Jenny Basic Skirt #6058 fitted skirt pattern. Thanks, Amy, for your contribution as this months sewer.