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A hello and a vintage patterned skirt

Hello retro stitchers, this is my first post on here.  I have been a reader of “we sew retro” for a while, and now I want to share one of my makes which I hope you’ll like.


Vintage curtain fabric

Vintage curtain fabric

The fabric for this skirt used to be my Mum’s curtains in a previous life!  She says she had them up in the early seventies.  And the print is fab – really bold and autumnal.

A-line skirt

The curtain skirt

I love this skirt. It has an elasticated waist, and an easy A-line shape.  But the thing I love best about it has to be the fabric.  Whenever I wear it (and that is a lot) I get a real kick from knowing I won’t see anyone else wearing the same thing. I guess that is the joy with vintage finds.

vintage a-line skirt

I can’t imagine what my Mum’s living room looked like with this print covering the bay windows.  It must have been very busy, but its perfect for my skirt. The other good thing about using curtain fabric for clothing in the winter is that it’s nice and thick and warm. Perfect for the cold snap we are having.

About the author: I started sewing a few months ago and I have not looked back. It’s so amazing to take a flat piece of cloth and with a few alterations you have a garment. Nearly all my sewing has been using vintage fabric, old curtains, or old patterned sheets. I’ve enjoyed reading blogs on sewing, including this one, and now I have my own little blog too. I’m just finding my sewing “voice”; learning my skills and discovering what suits me. This is all such fun.

{ 6 comments… add one }
  • Carolyn November 27, 2013, 9:37 am

    Awesome fabric!

  • Jeanette November 27, 2013, 3:15 pm

    Just my kind of skirt, fabulous fabric and love the pockets.

  • Foam of days November 30, 2013, 6:24 pm

    I love the idea of using a curtain fabric for a skirt! Great job!

  • Catherine Alekna December 2, 2013, 5:02 am

    such a great skrit and print! I love 70s vintage fabric, most people cant get past their childhood memories but i love it!

  • seamsoddlouise December 2, 2013, 5:48 pm

    Thank you, have to say I love it as it’s so wearable. I find myself more and more loving vintage prints.

  • EmSewCrazy December 6, 2013, 7:53 pm

    This is a great skirt and a super fun print!

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