Vintage Sewing

Simplicity 4044

August 2, 2011

I got this fabric for free–a woman in my quilt guild was helping a friend of hers that had worked at a fabric store in the 1970s clean out her house. There were BAGS of fabric. Most of it was godawful polyester double knits. I took some of those in funky prints, but a lot of it was in bad shape from having been poorly stored for so long.

I got this swath of unknown content fabric. There was just enough to make a skirt, and I figured out pretty quickly that I’d use it to finally get around to making the skirt from Simplicity 4044. I’ve had pants cut out for years that I’ve never finished! Someday…

The fabric is a bizarre color that should be ugly, but somehow manages not to.

I have a yellow vintage styled sweater that goes perfectly with it.

The pattern of course, was super easy. It’s 7 pieces of fabric and a zipper. It is super long. I turned up a really deep hem and it’s still just below the knee on me. I kept the extra fabric in hopes that the weight would help give the fabric a bit more pull and drape. It took a lot of steam to shrink out all the excess for the hem!

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