Vintage inspired high waisted skirt

A few years ago I got a beautiful skirt as a present that was 40s/50s inspired and had a high waist and was buttoned at the front (it was likely inspired by skirts like thisthisthis and this). I loved this skirt a lot and literally wore it to death and intended to sew a similar skirt ever since. I did not use a pattern for this project as it consists of only three rectangular parts – a waistband with iron on interfacing, a large piece of fabric that is gathered at the sides and the back and a button border. I also used lots of Ric-Rac trim – it was a bit annoying to sew it on but I always wanted to try out this technique and really adore how it looks like. I added another piece of fabric to the hem to show of the rid-rac trim even more (I also like the slightly lower hemline better). As I had been looking for a beige skirt for ages I used a beige cotton that wrinkles a bit but not too much. The buttons are also beige and have a pretty moiré pattern.

As usual you can find a few more details and photographs on my blog, Draped in Cloudlets!

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My name is Rike, I grew up by the baltic sea and moved to Cologne a few years ago. I am interested in art and illustrations, vintage and modern fashion and most things cute and beautiful.

3 comments… add one

  • Very sweet skirt!

  • I love this! I have some fabric that I was planning on drafting a similar skirt myself. But now that I have seen how/where your gathers are, I may have to use it as an inspiration! Beautiful work!

  • Oooo, I LOVE the ric-rac. you did such a beautiful job. It looks very 1950s, 60’s. So cute? What era, if any, were you going for. I LOVE sewing vintage!

    ~ Tam Francis ~


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