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1950’s tarten circle skirt and grey bolero

February 13, 2014

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?

  1. 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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