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. 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.



  2. 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.


  3. 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/


  4. 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.


  5. 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.


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


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