Vintage Sewing

Enid Gilchrist pleated skirt, circa 1957

May 16, 2011

Hey Retro-Lovers!

I recently got a couple of Enid Gilchrist pattern books off Ebay, god that woman makes it look so easy…

Her pattern books basically show you how to draft a sloper, and then alter it in a million different ways to make a variety of dresses/outfits…
So here’s my version of her ‘Skirts which Flatter the Figure’ pattern (and a copy for you!)

When I make this skirt again, i’d interface the waistband before attaching, and make the waist band a fraction shorter. Otherwise, I love it!
As always, lots of random stuff on my blog
  1. This Enid skirt pattern is so cool. I have used it with an Enid bodice to make a dress … it was really easy to make and feels great to wear 🙂
    Your skirt looks awesome!

  2. Hi ! I know this article is old but I didn’t find the info I need anywhere…
    I want to make some of the wonderful outfits this book presents, but I don’t know what the sizing are apart from the 34″ bust… Can anyone who has worked with Enid Gilchrist’s patterns enlighten me ? It is particularly important for me to find how much to alter the hips and shoulders as I have narrow shoulders and very large hips…
    I’m searching for tips on how to enlarge the patterns further than what’s proposed at the end of the book (34″ to 36″) as well. Can I simply add more allowance as she suggests for 36″ until I reach my measurements ?
    I have to admit I would have loved a longer section about adjusting the patterns instead of a condensed 1 page of explanations because I am very unfamiliar with american (imperial), vintage patterns, but at least it has the merit of being there…

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