1950s | Pattern Drafting | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

Poppies summer skirt

August 5, 2014
Hi, this is me wearing a skirt I made from an old drafting book. I drafted the heart shape waistband myself.
The pockets on my skirt are thanks to Bex at Subversive Femme. I read her blog and in January 2014 she posted this pattern from a dress she had made. I thought they looked so cool I had to use them myself. I love them!
The braid/ric rac that I used I made myself. I found a tutorial on pinterst on how to do it. It’s basically taking bias strips and playing with the tension on your machine and using the blind hem stitch. I had this fabric in my stash and the colour match is so good to my skirt fabric. Very happy!
I added plastic boning into the waistband. I didn’t have enough poppy fabric so used some spare gingham. Plastic boning is really easy to use – I just zig zagged along the edges. I also used interfacing on the waistband too.
This is the pattern I used from an Enid Gilchrist drafting book. I’ve used this pattern 3 times now for 3 very different skirts.
  1. Sew-blessed.blogspot.com
    Scalloped piping tutorial

    Hi, glad you are all wowed by my trim 🙂
    I found details of how to make this on pinterest. The link is on my pinterest board – Claire Gittins ‘useful sewing ideas’. It is from the blog I’ve written above. Sorry, I don’t know how to link better.

  2. Such a cute skirt! I love the finished look of that rick rack, too! I would have never thought to make it myself! It really works great with the skirt.

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