1950s | Jumpers / Pinafores

Plaid jumper skirt

October 23, 2011

This is one item from my current project list, an all-new wardrobe for Autumn.

It is a black and white plaid jumper or suspender skirt, for which I took inspiration from various 1950s patterns.


1950s style plaid jumper skirt
Advance pattern 8064, mid 1950s

I drafted the pattern myself, starting with my half-circle skirt as a base. I divided the skirt into four panels with seams at the sides and centre-front and -back, then added extra width at the waist to allow for a dart in each panel, marking these in at the appropriate place. I lengthened the pattern at the top to give the high waist, and shaped the top edge. The straps are just straight double-fold strips that are crossed at the back.

I added red buttons to compliment the subtle red stripe in the fabric, and lined it in the same shade.

For more details and to follow my sewing and crafting, visit me at Buttons and Bobbins


  1. Omg I just made that pattern last week!

    The way mine was created was using a princess cut – it gives the circle skirt the nicest flare and eliminates the need for darts. It also has pockets! If you can get your hands on the pattern, do so – the way the skirt falls because of the particular shape of the pattern pieces is totally magic. I’ll show it on my blog after Halloween (I made it into a Dorothy skirt). 🙂

    1. With this one it was a case of stash-busting without spending anything if possible, hence the self-draft. It does hang much nicer with a petticoat but the only one I have is 3″ longer than the skirt (and is cream so just looks odd against the white if I was to wear it visible). My total spend for this one was 16p for the buttons and 35p for a zip. The fabric and lining had both been hiding in the Big Box in the cupboard for a good three years! And I still have leftovers for a dress for Little One.

      I’ll keep an eye out for yours though 🙂

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