1960s | Skirts

3 Different Delphine Skirts

By on October 6, 2016
Akram's Ideas : 3 New Delphine Skirts

On of my most used patterns right now is the Delphine Skirt from the book Love at First Stitch by Tilly Walnes.

Akram's Ideas : 3 New Delphine Skirts
I made 3 different Delphine Skirts

While I’ve made a few of these skirts in the past, it was the “One Week One Pattern” or #OWOP16 challenge hosted by Cinderellis Sews, that prompted me to make a few new ones.

The goal of the challenge was to wear garments made from one pattern of your choice, every day for one week. I already had 4 previously made Delphine skirts, so that meant I only needed 3 more to make.

You can read about my previous makes here:

While the Delphine skirt is not exactly a vintage pattern it is retro inspired. The skirt itself has a classic 1960’s A-Line design.

Akram's Ideas : 3 New Delphine Skirts
I love this nautical inspired one

In the book Love at First Stitch , Tilly goes over a couple of variations on the skirt. Such as adding buttons to the font. Which is what I did for this nautical inspired version.

Akram's Ideas : 3 New Delphine Skirts
This brown Delphine skirt is prefect for fall

Since it’s officially autumn I decided that my next two skirts be autumn appropriate. I started first with a brown skirt. I need more brown in my wardrobe.

Akram's Ideas : 3 New Delphine Skirts
Love the color of this purple Delphine skirt

I followed up with a lovely purple skirt made out of a quilted type fabric. For both the brown and purple skirt I added a lining for warmth. I also added belt loops which are an option in the book. Finally I also added pockets, because skirts need pockets.

To read more about my process for making my these lovely Delphine skirts check out my blog Akram’s Ideas (http://akramsideas.com/week-delphine-skirt-owop16/)

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A Brown Linen Dress With a Retro Look

By on January 21, 2013

Hello fellow sewers!

I’ve had this dress for a long time, despite its retro look it is not vintage and I didn’t get it at a thrift store. In fact, the department store I purchased it at is now out of business! One day when sorting out my clothes I came across this dress. I liked it but I had not wore it in ages, so I decided to get rid of it. Even thought it was messed up (the tabs sewn on to the dress were crooked, one of the sleeves were defective and it was really tight in the hip area) I was reluctant to get rid of it, I was sure I could make it work somehow!


Besides needing a good ironing, it appears there is nothing wrong with it, accept the tabs. If I kept the dress the way it was- it would be a strictly standing dress because it’s way too tight when I sit down and very uncomfortable.

So what did I do with it?


I decided to hack it off and made it a groovy top! Now I really like it especially with the belt. For a late 60’s look I’ve paired with some black taperd pants and flat black boots.

The Facts:

 Time to complete: 1hr

First worn: August 19th 2012 for the pictures 😉

Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: Free

Sincerey, Vera


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