Skirts

Blue and Green

by Starspangledheart on February 19, 2014 · 4 comments

in 1940s,Skirts

I’ve been sewing and knitting again and have added two new basics to my wardrobe.

The skirt is made from green twill and McCall’s 7032.

The sweater vest is a sports vest made from a 40s pattern in A Stitch in Time Vol. 2. It was quite fun to knit up.

I also opted to wear a new vintage hat with this outfit! I just adore hats even if I’m not much into millinery.

Who else here enjoys vintage knitting along with vintage sewing?

More details on the blog: http://star-spangledheart.blogspot.com/2014/02/back-to-basics.html

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I decided upon a 1930′s style skirt (inspired of Sew Vera Venus post of many P’s). I started using the pencil skirt pattern I used last time from Gertie’s new book for better sewing but modified it slightly.

So I changed the front pattern peice so it was cut not on the fold & added seam allowance.

You can see my original alterations adding ease to the hips etc. I did cut a few millimeters more as I wanted room to dance.

The red line is how high the godets were originally going to be, but I decided to change them once I pin fitted the fabric.

I used to be afraid of putting in godets now I’ve found out how easy they are I’m not anymore. Only issue I have is hemming and getting the godet the right ‘level’.

So I just hung up the skirt and trimmed the excess of the godets.

Pretty pleased how it turned out. Although only thing is the fabric shows every little wrinkle.

For more pictures and info go to my blog

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I always have a project in mind for a dance outfit. And I saw a post today on a blog highlighting another post about the outfits in stage door.

 Ginger Rogers in Stage Door

 

I like the thought of a ‘playsuit’ but with a matching detachable skirt. As I’d wear it purely for dancing rather than ‘all day’ the usual issues I have with play suits and jump suits wouldn’t apply.

I’ve seen a few vintage patterns with this concept of shorts, swimming costume or playsuit with a detachable skirt.

I was looking at maybe using a modern pattern like M6533 and drafting a matching skirt. But what kind of skirt? A-line, circle, half circle, pleated or dirndl? What do you think.

I have been keeping back in my stash a nice printed cotton, black with little flowers.

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day two of my end-of-the-year UFO parade.

Pattern Description:
Simplicity 2312; ca. 1930s; Misses’ and Women’s Blouse and Skirt. The blouse has a built-up neckline, turned back to form revers and gathers below the shoulder yoke. The sleeves may be long or short and the optional peplum may be in either of two lengths. The bias-cut skirt is circular and may be made in street or evening length.

Pattern Sizing:
sz 12/34B

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
bias-cut skirt.  the end.  the bows on the blouse are pretty cute, too, but i haven’t gone there yet.  the whole concept as drawn on the envelope was very appealing, and i fell hard.

Fabric Used:
i think it was wool sateen from paron annex, NYC
crepe-de-chine lining from mood fabrics, NYC

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
i shortened it, but not even that much.  when i first started making the skirt, i didn’t know how i would put pleats or other design interest in the hem, so it is a straight hem skirt just at the knee.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
it’s a classic 30s look that is super-wearable today.  i will make it again, and i am sure others will too.  also, i find the higher waist of the vintage pattern both more comfortable and more flattering than a modern skirt.

Conclusion:
great pattern, great look.

also, full story of the 9+ months this simple beauty spent UFO:  puu’s door of time

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