1950s | Pattern Drafting | Skirts

New Project…First Post

April 17, 2013

I am a long time follower but this is my first time contributing. I have always been fascinated by vintage fashions…the colors…the prints…the materials…Just everything. I envy the people able to wear the styles from way back and have often been told that I was “Born in the wrong era” πŸ™‚ That being said…This is my project. It is my first drafted Drindl skirt that I made out of a vintage Laura Ashley bedsheet that I thrifted a few weeks ago. I am absolutely in love with the soft little pink flowers and how they just pop against the ivory background. This skirt took me probably a total of 3 – 4 hours overall to finish…I am pretty happy with it..the only thing that I may adjust is the length of the hem…I was hoping it would hit right at the knee but once putting it on it hits me just below the knee. Which is just fine but I am only 5’2″ so at times skirts that are below the knee tend to overwhelm me. The skirt also lacks a little OOMPH! despite all the gathering so I am planning on creating a petticoat to wear underneath of it in the near future πŸ™‚ The pictures aren’t great its a very overcast day here in Iowa and so the lighting is very off. Β Any comments, or suggestions or anything of the sort are welcome! πŸ™‚ Also I would like to thank everyone on here that contributes because you are amazing and a constant source of inspiration to me !


Check this out along with some extra details at my newly created blog!





  1. That is a pretty skirt! I like how you used the flowers for the waistband. It is way overcast in Iowa today! Lots of thunder and lightning tonight here in dsm πŸ™‚

  2. I remember those sheets, I wanted them so bad! Great job upcycling. I love using vintage sheets for sewing projects.

  3. Nicely done, and yes, look into petticoats! Or start with horsehair braid at the hem, maybe. Either way, good job and carry on!

  4. Thank you all so much πŸ™‚ I am happy with the way it turned out…I didn’t think about using the horsehair braid…If i decide to shorten the hem a bit I may try that πŸ™‚

  5. That is awesome that you had these!! πŸ™‚ I did a little bit of research to see if I could find out when they were made and what not and apparently a lot of people had them or wanted them. There are even a few online shops and people on Etsy that are selling items from this particular Laura Ashley collection πŸ™‚ I thought it was rather neat.

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