J’adore! Orageuse Berlin Skirt

Orageuse Berlin Skirt

I saw this skirt first on Les and after scrolling deep into the hashtag and saw so many sewists I followed have made it, I couldn’t quite work out how I missed it. Nevermind, I saw Les’ version and thought I had to have it.

Orageuse Berlin Skirt

This is the Berlin skirt, by a French pattern company Orageuse. I was once obsessed with another French pattern designer, Vanessa Pouzet, and have made many patterns by her. They have clever construction methods and the designs are elegant yet a bit edgy. The Berlin skirt gave me the same vibe when I first saw it. It’s fully-lined – I don’t expect any less – and full of interesting details. I love the lines the front pleats gave to the skirt, they actually go all the way down the hem. The volume of the pocket openings created this interesting silhouette. It’s such a cool design.

The pattern comes in midi and mini length. I love the front slit, so I went for the midi.

Orageuse Berlin Skirt

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My measurements fell almost perfectly on size 38, my height suggested I didn’t need to adjust the length of the skirt. So I cut a size 38 and didn’t make any adjustments.

The fabric I used was a heavy weight linen twill from Potter & Co, it’s called Stwill (say that 4 times fast). This is the navy colour. It’s not your usual navy blue, this one is very, very dark. It’s such a gorgeous fabric, very opaque for a linen. It’s soft and so easy to sew. Absolutely perfect for this skirt. For the lining, I used a light cotton voile from my stash. If I remembered correctly, it’s from Pitt Trading. I love getting basics from Pitt Trading.

Orageuse Berlin Skirt

When I was doing my IG research, I saw the definition of the front pleats disappeared when worn. As it’s one of the features that drawn me to this pattern, I decided to edge-stitch the fold to preserve the pleats. I also sewed the lining to the skirt slightly differently, just a personal preference. Other than that, I didn’t make any modifications or have any problems making this skirt.

 

When I first tried it on, I didn’t love it. Nothing wrong with the skirt, but it’s just not my usual style. I also prefer skirts to sit on my natural waist, but this one sits below it. I will wear it a few more times to see how I feel. I hope that eventually it’ll grow on me.

I was wearing it with a RTW top and beige oxford shoes. I see myself wearing it with sneakers a lot. For winter, I think I will style it with a chunky jumper.

Orageuse Berlin Skirt

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