Mad Men Skirt

Over the long weekend managed to whip up a skirt. I know – usually it takes me about a month to complete any piece of sewing – so yes I am quite pleased with myself.

Last week I blogged about this material (below). I had decided that I wanted to make a nice snuggly-warm, yet sophisticated, winter skirt. I thought with any luck this will look like a skirt from Mad Men. I’m not really sure if it did in the end but I’m happy with it all the same.

I decided to go with the Butterick 6662 pattern (above) as I thought a simple pattern would be best for a potentially bulky fabric like this wool & polyester blend. I went with view A so that the side split would make a potentially boring skirt a bit more interesting.

I only had 0.7 x 1.5 meters as I had bought the fabric on a whim from the end of roll basket at Global Fabrics in Wellington (my favourite shop EVER). This was a five piece pattern so it just fitted on the fabric, though was a bit of squish when it got to the waistband:


This pattern was pretty straight forward and the instructions were easy to follow. The only hiccup I had was naturally when I was putting the zipper in. The needle snapped in three places when I was sewing over a pin.

However, I got over that hurdle and carried on towards the finish line. Next, I hand over-casted the all the edges as they were fraying in my hands, my sister then measured the hem length for me to just above the knee, and lastly I hand stitched the hem up comme ca:

And here is the finished product:

Upon reflection this was one of the cheapest items I’ve sewn. The material was $9, the zipper was free (from Noeline’s stash), the pattern was $1 from the SPCA Op Shop and I already had the thread. $10 for a skirt isn’t bad!

Have you been thrifty recently?



36 thoughts on “Mad Men Skirt”

  1. This skirt looks really cute. I’m impressed you were able to make something for less than it would cost in a store; I always end up spending more.


  2. Pretty skirt! Love the fabric and what a steal! I despise hand basting in zippers so I use clear tape, “Scotch Tape.” I tape across the zipper, having it face down on the seam allowance, letting the lengths of tape spaced, oh, one inch a apart, replace pins. Sometimes I’ll use a long basting stitch first, check the placement, then stitch with a regular stitch length and remove the basting.

    Do you have a pinking shears? That will combat the fray.

    Happy sewing! Looking forward to seeing other projects.



  3. That is a fine looking skirt. The fabric is just lovely. I want to pat it. I have tried a few skirts before, but I’m tempted to copy that look too.
    As with other bloggers, I am a big op-shopper. It’s amazing what you find.


  4. Great expensive look. I found two ways to save $ – 3X clothing at a thrift store(I wear a 6) has lots of material and maybe even some zippers, embellishments to re-use. Placemats make great material for purses. Also thrift store. My mom tried to get me to re-use everything when I was a kid … rebelled, of course. But now …. yup/


    1. That’s a bummer about your allergies but I’m sure there is a similar look you could find out of a different fabric 🙂 thanks for checking out my blog too!


  5. gorgeous! I so want to sew some stuff for myself but am nervous to start. It’s difficult to get it right but you make it look so easy!


  6. That’s so cute! So vintage and professional looking. I love thrifty things like that! I tend to use sheets and curtains alot, and I managed to find material for a hat, a coat, and skirt all for $11! I was very proud of myself. Thrift is an amazing invention.


  7. hi, I have nominated you for a Versatile Blogger Award, if you would like to accept please do, if not just take it as a compliment for your lovely blog.


  8. Looks fab – great choice of pattern and it looks like it fits like a glove! (shame about the needle)


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