Simplicity 5454: The London Fog Skirt

by Sewin in the Rain

in 1980s,Buttons,Skirts

Hi everyone! I can’t believe it’s been over a year since I’ve posted. Wow. In truth, this is the first vintage pattern I’ve sewn in quite a while. How odd is it to call a 1980s pattern “vintage”?!

Since I last posted, I moved back to my native New York (I was in Virginia last we spoke). These photos were taken on a particularly foggy afternoon.

Pattern: Simplicity 5454 Wrap Skirt (1982)
Size: 12
Fabric: Cotton/Linen Canvas by Echino (2.5 yards from Sew L.A.)
Notions: 4 gold flower buttons (from the Pasadena Flea Market)

I chose Simplicity 5454, a pattern from 1982 that I thrifted in North Carolina a year and a half ago. It’s a skirt that wraps in the back. I love that the skirt has pockets – in all these photos I’m actually holding my cell phone and my keys in each pocket!

The skirt was easy to make, and it includes darts for shaping at the front and back. I ended up shortening the skirt 4″ so it hit just above the knee rather than at mid-calf. The back edge and skirt hem are finished by creating mitered corners with a machine stitch finish. I usually hand sew my hems, but, dare I say, I like this finish!

I had exactly four of these buttons! When I lived in L.A. I had visited the HUGE Pasadena Flea Market every so often, and these were my first sewing-related purchase. Ah, fond memories. They were at a table watched over by an elderly lady who had a ton of random things for sale.

A view of the pockets. This is leftover fabric from my first skirt ever in 2009! I’m glad you can see the fabric (a Japanese print called “Tiny Flowers”) because I think it’s just really sweet and my other skirt is pre-blog. Doesn’t this skirt just scream springtime? A little early, but at the rate I sew I’ll be thankful it’s done now.

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Hi, I'm Amanda, a New York City gal who loves nothing more than a summer sundress! I'm particularly fond of mid-century styles and the craftsmanship of yesteryear. When I'm not sewing, I work as an architectural historian in this great city I call home.

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Anthea January 17, 2013 at 1:20 am

Love the buttons on the waistband and the color of your skirt!

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Viola January 17, 2013 at 3:27 am

What a beautiful skirt. You look great!

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Brooke January 17, 2013 at 10:42 am

Beautiful color! And I love the pockets – especially because of the unexpected and fun print!

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EmSewCrazy January 17, 2013 at 2:40 pm

That is super cute! Wouldn’t have expected it of an 80s pattern.
I really like the pocket and button details, they really add some fun.

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Patrice January 17, 2013 at 7:53 pm

That looks really, really,really nice!!

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Sewin in the Rain January 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm

Thank you all so much! It’s cold again here, but I look forward to wearing it around town this spring. :)

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