I’ve had several people telling me that this skirt reminds them of the 50′s/60′s so I thought I would share it with you, but it’s not exactly vintage. I hope it’s okay to post it here.
The thing that makes this skirt special and I think helps with the vintage vibe is the fabric. I fell in love with this motif as soon as I saw it. It is from La Modette, a new French fabric designer. She offers lots of really nice and cheerful motifs, several of which have a vintage feel to them. I think I’m not the only one around here who would love them.
The website is only in French so far but she sends her fabric anywhere, you can pay by Paypal and I think it shouldn’t be a problem to order. There are specific schedules (which you can find there) set for ordering specific fabric types. I was a fabric tester for the poplin, that’s how this skirt came to be, and I can say I had a very nice experience. And I love the resulting skirt!
You can find all my posts about La Modette here on my blog.
It’s a simple knee-length full gathered skirt with an elasticized waistband. To get enough fullness I cut two 1m rectangles that I gathered to the waistband (cut long enough to accomodate my hips), and then I passed an elastic through it.
For this outfit I combined it with a real vintage top that belonged to my grandmother and a Charter School cardigan from ModCloth. I think the skirt could use a little help to flare a little bit more at the bottom, I’m thinking of making a light cotton petticoat with maybe some frills at the bottom? I’d like for the skirt to stay work appropriate so I don’t want too much fullness. What do you think?
It’s been a very long time since I last posted here. Some of you might remember Jen’s post about her trip to Paris and London in June, and how she would be happy to meet some fellow vintage lovers there. Several people here said she should go to the Saint Ouen flea market while in Paris. Since I’m not very far from Paris and never went to the flea market, I contacted her and suggested we went together. We met on June 30 and had a really lovely day! It was a real pleasure to meet her, and I have to admit I fell in love with the flea market. All those tiny shops, small alleys, looking through piles of old stuff in search of something special. It felt a little like a treasure hunt in a special universe where time didn’t flow at the same pace. ^^ So first I have to thank Jen for writing her post here, and then those people who talked about the flea market. I’ll definitely go back, even though I’m sure it won’t be as fun if I go alone.
Now I’ll stop rambling on about my life. I’m actually writing on WeSewRetro because I thought you might enjoy seeing some pictures from the flea market and maybe reading the reports I wrote about it on my own blog. Here are some of my favourite pictures of the day:
There was a small wedding dresses exhibition in one of the markets. I think it’s still going on, even though the dresses might be different because they’re selling them, so they’re changing when a buyer takes a dress home.
For more pictures of the day and a detailed report on the different parts of the market we saw, please go there. The wedding gowns exhibition has it own post, you can find it here. I’ll also have a post about my findings in the coming days. And all pictures are available in bigger size on my Flickr.
I hope this is not off-topic and that you’ll enjoy those pictures as I much as I enjoyed the day!