The Joy of Jenny

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Burda Jenny Skirt

Here I am wearing Burda’s Jenny skirt, teamed with – you guessed it – one of my four versions of the Simplicity 2599 blouse. How much do I love this skirt? A lot!

I’m not alone. So Zo has blogged about it, so has Gertie and this week the Green Apples blog supplied photos of a Jenny muslin with oodles of enthusiasm over the fitting. I can’t agree more. I didn’t bother with a muslin (I am nothing if not amateur) but this skirt fits like an absolute dream. It doesn’t just fit – it flatters. My paunch has already been documented here. If this skirt can give my stomach a flat(ish), smooth shape then, really, this is officially a skirt floated down from heaven.

Lessons learnt during this sewing process:

  • Sewing equipment found a new friend: the pan scourer. I’m not kidding! After inserting the invisible zip, I strolled over to the ironing board. Two minutes later, my boyfriend called: ‘What’s that smell?’ I lifted the iron from the wool. ‘It’s the fabric burning.’ I replied. Ian dashed through, wide-eyed. ‘But you’re not swearing,’ he gasped. ‘You sound so calm.’ Meurgh. What was the point? I’d lost my swearing mojo. Instead, I took a fresh pan scourer, held it under a running tap, then set to on the scorched fabric. Rub, rub, rub. It’s as good as new now, the top layer of burnt threads scoured away. This wool will survive anything – anything!
  • I need to brush up on my hand-sewing skills. I love my skirt, but the interior is not as, ahem, neat as it could be. I’ll show you, but please don’t share this with anyone else. Jeez, I don’t want the whole world knowing. Look:

Please, if any of you have any hints or tips as to what I’m doing wrong here and how matters could be drastically improved, I’d be for ever grateful.

  • Next time I adjust the length of my skirt, I must really try to remember to adjust the length of my lining – which currently sits a good three inches short of the skirt hem line.

Other than that, dare I call this – a success? I think so! Gertie and So Zo chose not to cut the waistband on the bias. I did, and I have to say, I really like the subtle effect. The fabric doesn’t really need stretching, as the pattern suggests. Not more than by half a centimetre.

However, I did drastically reduce the depth of the waistband. I took at least one and a quarter inches off. Even then, it’s a deep waistband. I dithered about whether or not to use the braces, but in the end I’m glad I didn’t, as I don’t see how I would have been able to stop them from interfering with the lay of the waistband. Plus, I have one shoulder lower than the other. Bra straps are for ever slipping off, so god knows what would have happened with braces.

As mentioned, I also added about three inches to the length of the skirt. I didn’t do anything to reinforce the split at the back. Should I have?

That’s pretty much it. I am so pleased with this that I have already ordered some fabric from Beyond Fabrics to make another version. This fabric, to be exact:

I leave you with a side-on view and general cheeriness. My confidence is returning. I can do this, I can! I just need to get that hand sewing down pat. Go forth, Jenny skirt, and multiply. Everyone should make one!

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10 Responses to The Joy of Jenny

  1. Karin says:

    This is a definite success! I think your hand sewing looks fine. Mine is never any better, either! I am off to have a look at your Jenny skirt link 🙂

  2. clare says:

    Your skirt looks beautiful and I can’t see anything wrong with your hand-stitching – looks really neat! I love that black cherry fabric you’ve ordered.

  3. stitchywitch says:

    I love your Jenny! In gray wool it will go with everything. I’m glad you agree with me about the great fit – I was truly shocked by it!

    I think you need to slip stitch the lining to the zipper tape – your stitch looks more like the stitch I use for hand hemming. A slip stitch will be invisible from both sides (I’d try to describe one, but I’m terrible at that!)

    I love your blouse too… I want to get around to making that pattern sometime!

  4. rosyragpatch says:

    It’s a great skirt & you did a really good job on it. I am definitely going to put that skirt pattern on my list of things to make.

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  9. Shaz says:

    Loved reading this post, only some of your pics are missing – can you re-upload? I’m heading to London soon and really wanna check out some of these places! thanks! x

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