Hogwarts School Uniform Skirt

Ready for a day at Hogwarts.
The Real Ginny Weasley
Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1, premieres tonight!

My youngest daughter is completely crazy for Harry Potter, and has gotten so crazy that she wants to be a Weasley- Ginny Weasley, to be specific, and go to Hogwarts School.  She's got the whole ginger haired, freckled look going on, and could be a dead ringer for the actress in the movie- if she only had the Hogwart's Uniform!!

So, she ordered a sweater and tie in the Gryffindor House colors from an online site for an outrageous amount of money.  At first they sent her the Slytherin House colors, which just was a horrendous affront to her sensibilities, but they exchanged it at no charge, next day air.  They know you don't want to tick off Ginny Weasley!

The price of this get-up was so high that they should have included a skirt and blouse, but they didn't.  We checked every major store for a pleated grey skirt, and just couldn't find anything close to what she needed to complete the look.

So, to my pattern stash we went to find the perfect pleated skirt pattern.
Line Drawing for Burda 8-07-116

Burda's Plaid Version
We liked this one from the August 2007 issue, style 116.  Their picture is in a red plaid which shows off the bias cut panels better.

Close-up of Front
It's got a faced waist instead of a waistband, and pleats both in the front and back.  It's got really nice lines to it, and sewed up beautifully. 
Close up of Back
We made the size 38, and it fit her like a glove.  I used a really primo cut of stretch wool for this skirt, so she better wear it more than just for dressing up as Ginny Weasley!  She's hosting a Harry Potter Christmas party, so the whole outfit will get worn again in a few weeks.

After a long day of witchcraft.
When she tried on the whole ensemble, she was jumping up and down with delight, "I feel like I'm at Hogwarts!  I feel like I'm at Hogwarts!".  How old is she?  Seventeen.  But Harry Potter will do that to you. :)


  1. The skirt is awesome! When our kids are happy, we sure are happy. Hope she has tons of fun being Ginny!

  2. Fantastic! Proper wizarding gear is a must!

  3. What a cute skirt ... and whole outfit. Your dd is darling in it.

  4. wow, i love the skirt!!

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  6. Incredible! And the Lochaven sweater!! I'm going as Ginny to the HP 7 part 2 premiere. I'll have to dye my hair orange!! I love the outfit. Where did you get the line drawing plan from? Was it a magazine?

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  8. I'm trying to make one of these myself (in Slytherin colors though, shh, don't tell Ginny), and I can't find a good pattern for the skirt anywhere. (I'm not really a sewer, so perhaps it should be obvious what to look for from what you wrote, but I don't speak the lingo, I'm afraid.) Is there any way that you know of that I could find the one you used?

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