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July 01, 2007

Sassy is as sassy does


A remake of this Burda skirt (pattern #8213) I sewed back in October.

Sassy-fication accomplished by:

  • using black wide-wale cotton corduroy (1.5 yds, 60" bolt) (impossible to photograph!)
  • cutting each gore at a 60° angle to the grain of the fabric
  • fully lining with Hang Loose polyester (2 yds, 48" bolt)
  • using a contoured waistband (couture design)
  • closing with an invisible zipper, hidden tab, hook and eye, and a button
  • black Sofft Calypso shoes


Who wouldn't want a little flare in their life? Sassy!

Posted by Kathy on July 1, 2007 02:15 PM


Geez, you can jump really high off the ground! I like that waistband.

Tres chic!!

Nice ring! :)

I L-O-V-E your shoes!
And I really like your skirt, I have something similar in my closet, only mine is with an lace edge on the bottom!

Ok, I'm jealous. I really need to build up my sewing skills. I've done two skirts so far, but just need to practice. Have you checked out Sew What? Skirts by Tilton? Not as fancy as the gored skirt, but fun.

The skirt is so cute! I love flaired hems. They make me feel so girly.

That's not the purpose of this comment though. I wanted to let you know I tried out your tutorial on knitting cables without using a cable needle. I absolutely LOVE it. It was easy to follow, and I am done with cable needles. I've been working on a baby cardigan with cables up the front and quite frankly, doing them without the needle has been a joy.

Thanks for posting it. I have put a link on my blog to this tutorial so others can find it, and I also have a pic of the baby sweater, so far, on my blog should you wish to see it.

Take care,
The Bead Knitter

Wow love the skirt! Super Sassy!

But are you okay?? After seeing that jump, horrible things ran through my mind of what happened after the shutter snapped. Jumping that high, with those heels, would put any stunt woman to shame!

The skirt is gorgeous, and it's so flattering! You did a great job.

Looks really great. I'd totally buy that in a store, and that is NOT something I'd say about a lot of hand-sewn clothing!

Oooh lookin saucy!!

Wow! Nice sass. ;)

Impossible to photograph, indeed. I'll bet you tried hard for the cool, geometric intersection of the "wales".

There's no end to your talents! Great.

gorgeous skirt! i love the color. the waistband was done beautifully.


Whoo! I love a good sewn to fit garment. My sewing machine has been getting a little workout lately as well. That skirt is very sassy indeed, you work it girl!

I would kill myself jumping in heels like that. Heck, last March I was somewhat dressed up when I went to a movie (long story), slipped on a wet floor, and whacked my head on a seat. I'm not so much in the graceful department, alas. ;)

That skirt is super-cute. Makes me want to get my sewing machine out, but I think I need to finish up a few more knitted things first.

Holey Moley! Is there anything you can't do?! Beautiful skirt.

so cute! love this skirt and it looks great on you. the jumping picure is awesome!

Super sassy. I love the skirt and those shoes. To. die. for.

LOVE IT! Great job :)

You have fantabulous shoes!!!

Great ring! Did you get engaged? I've been wondering who the hairy-legged guy is who models some of the socks. Maybe not to be divulged on the knitting blog, but no harm in asking!

Oooh, I love the skirt! And the shoes! Absolutely adorable :)

Cute! I just love that picture of you jumping at the end. How many shots did you have to take to get that? :-)

Look at you becoming a master seamstress! Very cute skirt, indeed! And I love those shoes.

That looks awesome! I love the angle of the corduroy, it definitely adds a few degrees of sassy. :)

Very nice skirt and I love your shoes

Suuper cuute skirt Grumpy! Thanks for the inspiration! Makes me want to get my yellow pants finished...before Winter comes LOL Your talents are boundless!

Sassy...and betrothed?

Very nice! and the leap is impressive! Me, I trip over air, so that is really quite an accomplishment in my book. You're making me want to sew again!

Very nice skirt! And the leap is impressive...I trip over thin air, so that's quite an accomplishment in my book. You're making me want to sew again!

It turned out really cute!!

Looks great, very well done!

Not much of a knitter myself, but I love your 100 things about me! very funny.

Cute! V.cute!

Gorgeous skirt!! I haven't posted a comment in a while, but I've definitely been here reading and being inspired by you!!!

Super cute, and it goes so well with that bit of sparkle on your finger...

The skirt is simply adorable! But what I really want to know is... how many takes did that awesome jumping picture require? It's perfect!

Dahling, you must explain the bling. :-)

The skirt is just perfectly gorgeous and I have those exact shoes too, (Sofft, Calypso.) So does my 13 yr. old niece. They are "so Anthropologie" as she puts it.

Great skirt! How clever to set the wale at a 60 degree angle. Love it!


That skirt is so cute! I love wearing really feminine things once in a while, they make me feel so floofy, in a good way. I don't think I commented on your shoes last time; they're beautiful. And I know how good they feel on your feet, too.

The skirt is really hot! Your sewing abilities are really improving by leaps and bounds. The shoes are really cute. Thjey remind me of the shoes I wore when taking ballroom dancing. Are these shoes considered for the young or can they be worn by a 50 plus lady in fairly good shape - with a young heart. Oh and the bling? Is it whagt I think?

Must you master EVERY art?!?! ::::boohoohoohoohoo::: Naw, looks great, keep it up!

WOW! I bow to your skills both in knitting and in sewing. The cut on the angle with the corduroy really accentuates the flair. Too cute, now if only you knew someone to make you a shawl to complete the outfit...

OK. Tell the truth, now. You were on a tramampoline to get that high, weren't you?

Wow, that is so cute, Kathy!

Sassy and *gorgeous*!!! Go, you!

How do you know how to make those specific changes to the pattern? More sewing lessons? I really want to try sewing some clothes after seeing what you've accomplished!

I love that skirt. And I have those shoes in brown. Aren't they wonderful?! Great job.

Glad I wasn't the only one that noticed the ring and the hairy man leg, and instantly put them together.

THat skirt is super, I wish I was better at sewing than I am, I run far from my machine.


I agree with previous comments, very stylish. I think I will put that on my wish-to-make list.

Your skirt is very nice! Are we going to see a Grumperina couture line soon? :)

I love flippy skirts!

Love the skirt! I've been on a skirt kick lately! Just very simple though! I saw a skirt simalar to yours just the other day and though damn that's cute...I wonder if I could make one....

OMG... too cute, the skirt AND the shoes! How are the shoes comfort wise?

I love that skirt! You've made rather beautiful things, I must say.

I had a rather odd question: How did you find your sewing teacher? I also live in the Boston area (specifically in Cambridge) and have been looking desperately for a way to learn sewing properly, but have had horrid luck with class start dates, etc. Ideally, I'd love to have something like you do: someone to take me in hand and guide me soothingly through the ins and outs of sewing, but I'm having rather bad luck finding someone. Would you happen to have any suggestions? I'm sorry to bother you about this, but you're the only person I know of who has had luck wiht finding a proper teacher of this sort.



Lovely! So you!

Great skirt. Googled this pattern and found your blog. What is the lovely couture design waistband? I looked at the photo of it, is there a tutorial somewhere to see? Thanks.

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