This lovely wool challis pleated skirt is my second make from Simplicity 9070 circa 1970.
My mother’s friend saw it and exclaimed, “That is a perfect pleated skirt. And I went to Catholic school, so I know what I’m talking about!”
To see some more photos you can stop by my blog. Thanks and happy vintage sewing!
- Self drafted kimono sleeve bodice and mandarin collar.
- Simplicity 2180 vintage fifties dress pattern used for skirt.
Lots more pictures and construction deets on my blog
I crafted this dress (named after my Great Grandmom) with the help of one of my first Patterns From The Past purchases: McCall 4890 circa 1942!
I was immediately drawn to the military-esque triangular shape of ’40s tops but was unsure how they would look on my very ’50s hourglass figure. I reeeeeally don’t enjoy emphasizing my hips, and had never made a dress that wasn’t uber fitted at the waist.
The Sew For Victory challenge really did inspire me in this way, and I decided to give it a go. I actually LOVE the drape of the loose-fitting waist, especially since I used a light linen. I placed the fitted skirt yoke just high enough on my hips to show that I’m not actually that wide, so I think it did turn out fairly flattering.
For more details on how I made this, check out my blog!