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Vintage Hack (1970’s maxi into short circle skirt)

I recently bought a 1970’s maxi skirt in a charity shop. I fell in love with the Art Deco print despite the fabric being horribly synthetic, and the skirt having the teeniest tiniest waist possible.
I knew there was enough fabric in the skirt to make something that would fit me.
I cut off the top of the skirt just under the zip fastening, chopped off the seams and evened out the four skirt panels. I then stitched up three seams, added an invisible zip to the fourth before finishing that seam, and finished the waist with bias binding. The whole thing took me just short of two hours from start to finish, and I’m really very happy with the resulting skirt. I just love this print, plus of course one advantage to synthetic fabrics like this one is the lack of ironing. I’ll be able to chuck this in the washer, it’ll drip dry in a flash and with no creases.

The original skirt:

About the author: Hi, I’m Jeanette, married to Woody and mummy to a large family aged from toddler to teen. I live in the UK in an Edwardian house with frogs in the cellar and chickens in the garden. I love to sew, and particularly love vintage or vintage inspired designs.

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  • Simoree October 23, 2013, 1:36 pm

    That is lovely! That print is too overpowering on a maxi, but it’s perfect on the skirt.

  • Katherine October 23, 2013, 6:33 pm

    Awesome print – well spotted!

  • Housewife Betty October 24, 2013, 11:31 am

    I love that print so much. It reminds me of a 1920’s art deco type print. That turned out really great, and I just love it when you can repurpose something into something totally new. Nice!

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