1950′s tarten circle skirt and grey bolero

by Claire on February 13, 2014 · 14 comments

in 1950s,Pattern Drafting,Skirts,Vintage Sewing

Hi, I’m here again with a 1/2 circle skirt I drafted myself and a bolero that I knitted from a vintage pattern.

As circle skirts are notorious for being difficult to hem I decided to add a feature of self made black bias around the bottom edge.  I really like the way this picks out the black in the tarten fabric.

The pattern was easy enough to draft.  I used an old drafting book from the 1950′s and chalked directly onto the fabric.  I used an invisible zip on the side seam and love how the squares of the fabric are distorted.

This is a better picture of my bolero.  I needed to do some crochet around all the edges and this was my first proper attempt at crochet.  I quite enjoyed doing it even though as a knitter I found it feeling odd holding the yarn in my other hand.  Aren’t the pointy cuffs cool?!

This is the pattern I used.  I found it on Etsy from a seller called Vanessalovesvintage.

So, another new outfit!  I hope you like it too?

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Julie February 13, 2014 at 5:50 am

Your new outfit is lovely! Nice work!!


Jet Set Sewing February 13, 2014 at 7:55 am

Very cute! I love the style of the bolero. And the skirt came out beautifully–not easy with bias plaids. It’s a nice look–retro but not too costumey.


Lise Neely February 13, 2014 at 9:52 am

I love this outfit – beautifully done! Where did you get the fabric?


Claire February 14, 2014 at 10:31 am

Hi, I bought the fabric in Fabric World in the UK. I have spotted the same on Ebay UK too.


Claire February 14, 2014 at 3:11 pm

Sorry, Fabric Warehouse.


Sandra February 13, 2014 at 10:03 am

Really nice!


vintagerockchick February 14, 2014 at 5:04 am

Great outfit – I think I have some similar fabric to this – put with fuchsia pink instead of turquoise. And I have just been over and bought the bolero pattern, it looks fab x


Claire February 14, 2014 at 10:32 am

Hi, yes there was a pink option of this same fabric. Maybe you’ll make the same outfit as mine? ;-)


Lazy Seamstress February 15, 2014 at 3:10 am

The fabric you used for your circle skirt is lovely, and I really like the bound hem. The bolero is gorgeous, really lovely outfit.


Claire February 18, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Thank you!


Jeannie Watt February 16, 2014 at 10:15 am

Love it! The turquoise plaid is excellent and I love the hem treatment–I’ll be trying that myself in the future. And yes, the pointy cuffs are way cool. (I want your outfit.)


Claire February 18, 2014 at 12:01 pm

It’s so easy to make and add bias to the hem – do try it! And thank you for saying you want my outfit :-)


Karrie Smith February 20, 2014 at 6:37 am

I love your outfit, and I especially love your fabric choice for the skirt!!!



ShirleyDont April 23, 2014 at 9:45 am

Love this! The skirt came out beautifully, and I completely agree about the binding. Also, thanks for the idea, because I was wondering how I should finish a circle skirt that I’m working on!

The bolero is lovely. As a knitter and crocheter, I know how weird is it to switch from one to the other, and it looks like you did a great job; it looks just like the photograph!


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