1950s Tartan Swisshy Skirt

Started off with butterick 5556 and a plan. Originally I was going to make the ‘dress’ with contrasting skirt but decided it was better to make them as seperates. I just about squeezed the skirt out of the fabric (60″ wide) by cutting the skirt ‘lining’ length and turning the skirt cutting layout from landscape to portrait.

I also did pockets for the first time and was surprised how quick its all come together.

Used the waistband from the high waisted pencil skirt as I knew it was a perfect fit. Pleated rather than gathered the skirts to the waistband, leaving it smoother at the front where the pockets were.

These photo’s were taken wearing 2 petticoats for extra volume.

The top was erm..borrowed a stop gap till I make by matching shirt.


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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/

8 comments… add one

  • Man! Plaid always looks so good! Great job.

  • That is really cute and has great swish! And I love the colors.

    Although you said you used a waistband pattern that you knew fit, I beg to differ – I think you’re selling yourself short with that waistband.

    Fifteen years of low-waisted clothes and you kids today don’t know where your real waist is!

    You should take that skirt waist in A LOT and wear it up at your actual waist, which is the narrowest part of your torso a couple of inches up from where you’re wearing it now. The whole point of a full ’50s skirt like that is to make your waist look tiny, and they were meant to sit at your smallest part. Also I think I’d make it narrower; it’s clearly not a shaped band, so the depth of it is producing ripples at the top where your body curves in and the band doesn’t.

    I think if you do make the waist smaller and move it up, you’ll find it to be both even more flattering and better at keeping the matching top tucked in.

    • I would have been around ten 15 years ago. lol!
      Ah yes I made a compromise as when it is at the smallest part of my waist it seems to emphasise my shortness. Ideally it would be a couple of centimetres higher (I was thinking of moving the button over slightly.

      • I think a really narrow waistband would allow you to move the skirt up without eating into your torso, but I must admit this is not my particular problem so I’m not about to judge! ;)

  • BTW, I think it’s funny that I put “grandma voice” html markers around the “Fifteen year” comment, as a joke, but the coding on this site cleaned them right out!

  • My favorite! Keep up the inspiring work.


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