Pattern Review: 

Vogue 1141 (knit top) and 

Burda Style 03-2012 #128 (twist skirt)

Vogue 1141

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Burda Style 03-2011 #128

Sku # RS4187 

Red Jersey Knit


92% Rayon 8% Spandex


Sku #C2125 

Marigold Floral Print


100% Italian Cotton


The summer heat and humidity require fabrics and fashion that will keep you cool.

You will also need fabrics that can be washed and dried.  Both of these fabrics fit the criteria and were prewashed.  

Each fabric shrunk about 1″ in length.

The only notion the knit top needed was Gutermann thread.

With the skirt I used Gutermann thread, 9″ invisible zipper, interfacing, stay tape and rayon lining.

I needed a full bust adjustment on the knit top.  I added 3/4″ in width (for a total of 1-1/2″) and 1″ in length.  This allows for 2″ of negative ease.  In other words, the finished measurement is 2″ less than my actual measurement.  I can do this because of the amount of stretch (8% Spandex) this fabric has.  

I didn’t need any alterations on the skirt.

The knit top goes together very quickly.  

It has nice details like pleats and side seam gathers.

The neckline has binding to finish the edge.  

The design feature of the skirt is the “twist” in the front.  The success of this skirt really relies on the

selection of fabric.  Soft and light fabrics like cotton lawn or silk crepe de chine will work and eliminate any bulk at the “twist”.  

I made a lining pattern for the skirt front.

Fold back the front extension and draw a line from the top right corner down to the hem.  You can make the lining A-line like I did or make it straight.

Lining Front

Front view

Back view

(photo credits CG)

This skirt would also look great in computer blues 

or make the top and the skirt in the maraschino cherry tie dye knit.


  1. Anonymous
    July 4, 2012 / 4:15 am

    Roz you look marvelous! Your skirt and top look good too. Thanks for the review. Ronnie

  2. becki-c
    July 4, 2012 / 1:21 pm

    So chic and easy for summer! I love that top pattern, it looks so easy but versatile.I will admit that I completely passed on that skirt pattern because it looked like something that had to be knits, but do you think any cotton voile will work?

  3. Roz
    July 4, 2012 / 1:39 pm

    Ronnie, you are always so kind! Thanks and hurry up and make your red jersey knit! :)Becki, cotton voile is thin enough but may be too crisp. Wrap it around your body and get an idea of the outcome. Cotton lawn is a softer version of cotton voile. The top pattern would work on any figure type. Looking forward to you making one!

  4. Claire
    July 14, 2012 / 12:02 am

    Your top and skirt are stunning!

  5. Anonymous
    July 14, 2012 / 5:02 pm

    Gorgeous shirt and skirt. Those colors are perfect for the summer.

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