1930s | Pattern Sizing | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

A Tweed Skirt From a Vintage Sewing Pattern

By on November 6, 2017

The Bay Area Sewists met up at The Sewing Room (my Sewing School) a couple of weeks ago to talk with me about pattern measuring.  This is often a step overlooked by the home stitcher and I will admit that I fall prey to the impatience of just wanting to sew up and finish something without first making sure it will fit me. Case in point – This 1930’s skirt pattern.

Front Skirt


Back Skirt

So, this tweed version is my 3rd attempt at making this Vintage Pattern Lending Library style #T1047 skirt.  It’s labeled 30″ waist. The first time I sewed it up, I added 1″ to the pattern, overall, because my waist is 31″ and I figured that should be enough.  Well, as it turns out, that was not enough. and the skirt I made was much too small.

You might think I would have learned my lesson, but instead, I just cut out another skirt but added added several inches to the hips and waist, based on the garment I tried on before.  I wasn’t totally off base, and in fact, the skirt fits me pretty well, however now a little too big. Sadly, I never even changed the pattern. What was I thinking? no notes, no nothing.  Well, it did give me the opportunity to share this experience with you….If you would like to find out more about how I created this well fitting version using a more methodical process, head on over to my blog, where I go into more detail.

Until next time….Happy Sewing!

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1940s | Skirts

Blue and Green

By on February 19, 2014

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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1930s | Skirts | Vintage Sewing

1930’s birdie skirt

By on December 31, 2012

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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1930s | 1940s

Dance Lesson – Playsuit & Skirt?

By on October 11, 2012

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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1930s | Skirts

simplicity 2312: classic 1930s bias-cut skirt

By on December 20, 2011

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.

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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1950s | Jumpers / Pinafores

Plaid jumper skirt

By on 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


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