1930s | 1940s | Skirts

Plaid skirt

November 30, 2013

I’m finally getting somewhere with my everyday wardrobe. I tend to wear a few favourite garments all the time, and having something like two skirts and three tops that I love to death in constant rotation isn’t really ideal. All those favourites are getting worn out, too. I’m on a complete ban on sewing silly party clothes, with the one exception of a New Year’s gown in sequin seaweed that’s in progress right now, and for once it’s working. I just finished this plaid wool skirt and thought I’d show it off, mostly because pattern matching usually isn’t something I do all that well, but this turned out quite nicely. Nice to know that I can get a fairly large-scale plaid to match well enough not just horizontally but vertically too, in a fitted garment on a figure with a large waist-to-hip ratio.


The fabric is a mid-weight wool in a crepe-like, slightly textured weave, and this is a lined seven-gored skirt with five inverted box pleats. Β The jumper is new too, made from a soft wool knit fabric that I bought years ago and already have two tops in. I have loved and worn them for seven years or so. They’re getting close to worn out now. My mom knit the scarf after a vintage pattern; I’m not a good knitter myself, sadly.

I have another meter of the plaid fabric, for a top or jacket of some sort. Haven’t decided on the details yet, but probably a fairly unstructured jacket for indoor wear, so I can wear it like a two-piece dress.

  1. Yes! Yes! Yes! Great combo. You look awesome in it. I love your choice of fabric, color, plaid, everything. Magnificent choices. Love it. Am jealous. πŸ™‚

  2. What a beautiful and oh-so-stylish outfit! I have a pattern similar to your skirt and you’re making me think I need to dig it out again. I also really love your top. I thought it was a knitted little sweater, but it sounds like you sewed it? Can you tell us the pattern – if you used one? I want one of those too, now ;o)

    1. Do, it’s such a great, useful everyday skirt! I sewed the sweater, yes – it’s made from a fairly thick wool blend knit fabric, finely knit like a jersey but softer and thicker than most wool jerseys. I make my own patterns and hardly ever use commercial ones, but the top is made from a very simple bodice block with no ease whatsoever – just my own measurements, basically, with darts in both front and back, and lengthened about 10 cm down from the waistline. The sleeves are high puff sleeves with the extra width sewn into five darts in the sleeve head instead of gathers, and the excess width at the bottom of the sleeve is sewn into an open-ended vertical dart at the outside of the arm. It has a small roll made of self-fabric scraps to support the puff, attached to the seam allowance in the sleeve head, and there’s a small keyhole with a button and loop at the neck.

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