Thursday, April 24, 2008

Sewing - a 1954 skirt


This one-yard, one-piece skirt comes from Smart Sewing magazine, circa 1954. I have made one-yard skirts from similar patterns and have found them to be very versatile.

Complete instructions are here.

7 comments:

Lydia said...

That's exactly how I make my pencil skirts--except I do have a pattern (10 cents at a thrift store back when you could still find pre-1980 patterns at thrift stores). But yes, exactly the same. And I get comments on it all the time! I love having a back kick pleat instead of a slit.

--Lydia

Shay said...
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Shay said...

I used the instructions from a book of patternless sewing by Mary Brooks Picken called "Sew Magic," published in 1950. It called for the pattern to be drafted directly onto the fabric, using one's own measurements. I made it at least half a dozen times.

It's very adaptable; I made it in denim with a mock felled seam up the front and welt pockets, back in the days when I had time to make welt pockets! I also made it in flannel, gabardine and linen.

Laura said...

This is beautiful, a classic.

Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinners® said...
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Barbe Saint John/ Saints and Sinners® said...

cute and I'll give it a try.
Finding the 54 inch fabric will be my challenge now.

Shay said...

Yeah, the yardage on all these old patterns is based on a much smaller size range. Take a look at the skirt here as well:

http://littlegreybungalow.blogspot.com/2009/08/sewing-1950s-straight-skirt.html