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Simplicity 4044 – 1940’s Retro Skirt

Isn’t it the most gorgeous fabric ever? £5.50 per meter….bit more than I usually like to pay but couldn’t resist.

So this is the first pattern I’ve managed to complete with no help!

Using the simplicity pattern. Quite simple to cut out. I didn’t get confused with the cutting layout this time as I ignored it and did it how it looked right as it was quite logical. Stay stitched then put in darts and sewed the panels together.

Sewed the facing…which was a bit odd but quite straightforward. Sewed on the facing it wasn’t quite long enough one side but too long the other?

Took a bit of thought how to sew the facing on dip in the centre.

Sewed my first zip…did it all by hand. Prefer zips to buttons so much quicker.

Really Pleased. It shall now become one of my staple patterns….already planning how I can do it in other fabrics…although I may cut it shorter initially as it came up very long.

This is the skirt in full swing on the dancefloor at my first retro dance.

About the author: I’ve always hand sewn but never created garments until recently. I love the retro/vintage style. Its so much more stylish and flattering than modern stuff. For my dancing escapades and folk music http://thelearningtoclogblog.blogspot.co.uk/ For sewing, craft and general blog http://stitchintimeandspace.blogspot.co.uk/

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  • Jeanie B April 7, 2012, 3:17 pm

    Well done it’s lovely – first pattern completed with no help eh? There will be no stopping you now!
    I love this Simplicity pattern, I’ve made several pairs of the pants but never attempted the skirt – I will now, especially as you say you danced in it – I generally make stuff for dancing.

    • LadyD April 10, 2012, 3:04 am

      Thanks. It would be great in some swishy material for dancing.

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