Burda Style Lesley skirt

Lesley skirt by Burda Style

I believe that the Lesley skirt by Burda Style pattern is made for wovens but you guys know me, I’m a rebel! So, I made it using a pique knit. (I tried stretch twill at first but it was too stiff, I wanted more drape.) I used 2 yards of fabric to make this skirt, which to me is a lot for one skirt. Now on to the pros and cons so we can compare to the other two contenders!


  • You draft the pattern according to your own measurements and you decide your length; you are guaranteed a good fit!
  • It’s pretty simple to make. I would say suited for an advanced beginner.
  • It’s free!
  • The PDF file includes pictures for the instructions, always a plus.
  • Both wovens and knits can be used.


  • Since I used a knit, I did have to chop off a small piece; it was wrapping too far around my body.
  • 2 yards is a lot of fabric for 1 mini skirt!
  • The PDF instructions had some font issues. For example, ‘inch’ was replaced by the letter ‘a’. Felt like I was trying to decipher Morse code.
  • I’m not sure if this is because I used a knit, but the D-rings tend to loosen throughout the day. I found myself constantly pulling at the strap to make sure the skirt stayed tight on my waist.
  • One side in the front extended about ¼ inch past the hem of the piece wrapping over. I thought it was because maybe I had chopped off piece at the wrong angle, but I checked the photos on the website and sure enough it looks the same on the model.

This sums up my review of the first fighter, Lesley skirt by Burda Style Magazine. It’s definitely worth a try if you have extra fabric laying around since it is a free pattern. The strap and D-rings are nice design details that take the circle skirt up one notch. I never wear red! But I quite like this skirt. Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!



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  1. Mirry_maker

    This skirt looks lovely, shame it’s such a fabric eater!

    • Keira Wood

      Aww thanks! Yes full circle skirts usually use a lot of fabric… it’s more cost effective to do a circle skirt with panels

  2. chelzheartsart

    Oh yay! It was hard choosing a fave for me lol they were all just too cute, but this skirt is definitely winner material!

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