1950s | 1960s

Retro Pencil Skirt

By on March 1, 2016

Another project in my quest for a me-made placement wardrobe – the pencil skirt from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing! I sewed it up in a gorgeous chocolate-coloured wool that belonged to my great-aunt.

Chocolate Pencil Skirt

This pattern came together so quickly and easily; I absolutely love how it turned out! The style is very flattering, too – I’m so pleased to have such a chic and elegant skirt to wear to placement 🙂 I also added a few extra vintage touches: bias bound seams and a lace trim on the hem – I think it’s little touches like this which make all the difference!

Read all about it and see more photos here on my blog!

Until next time,

Miss Maddy xx

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Vintage Sewing

My New Pencil Skirt; The story so far…

By on May 8, 2014

I am making myself a new pencil skirt. I want to make a red one (but haven’t yet found a red fabric I like enough) and a black one. You may remember that I already made a black one, ”What do you need another one for?” Well, it shrunk in the wash.(That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!!
Anyway… This is the book I got my inspiration from, and as Gertie was inspired to make all the Vogue patterns I am going to try and make most of Gerties patterns. (I say most because some are versions of another thing, like a pencil skirt with flounces)

I actually steamed straight in and made a lining…It was enormous! I made the next size down, I was a smaller size than I thought what was my size…Still huge! I measured myself again extra carefully and measured the lining, What was going on? So I decided to read further into the book again and found a sizing chart. Turns out it is American sizing so I am only a size 8 ! (Yes 8!) I decided to read the instructions extra specially carefully after that!
I wanted to do interlining, so I did it almost like the instructions! I actually cut the lining and fabric separately and then pinned them together. I basted using threads I recycled from the old lining I had made.
Also I used another technique I had never before and that was making dart and zip marks etc using a spiky wheel (tracing wheel) and sewing carbon paper…

The next step in the instructions was to stitch the darts…



Then I actually ironed the darts! (And baste stitched them flat within the seam allowances just to be posh!) I even removed the centre dart tacking and rewrapped it around my empty bobbing so I can use it again.

This is how neat I am hoping it’s going to be when finished! And the boning is my next job. Will I follow all the instructions carefully..?

Naa!

You can see a bit more and some extra photos on my blog here…
http://jinkieskookie.blogspot.co.uk/
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