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:

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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?

 

 

Vintage Pattern on Sunday

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Prettiest ways to bare your shoulders – in the sun – after five. Blouse in all views smooth fitting.

Suggested fabrics: linen, pique, cotton broadcloth, shantung, faille, taffeta, velveteen.

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Now that I’ve finished my velvet dress I’m thinking about the next thing I want to make. As we’re heading into winter in the Antipodes (the ends of the Earth) I was thinking of making the wool I bought in Wellington into a pencil skirt. So these are my pattern options:

From top left: Very Easy Vogue 7101 c.1987, view A (brown); New Look 6274c. 2003, view A (floral print); or Butterick 6662 c.1993, view C (yellow).

And here is the wool. It is woven out of thick strands (?) of cream, brown,and dark pink, almost fuchsia. Its a bit on the thick-side, and does not have any stretch. My first choice of pattern was the Very Easy Vogue, however I wonder if the pleats, belt loops and the pockets will make it look too bulk? So my next thought was the New Look pattern. This is a very simple two piece pattern (plus facings). It would be simple to put together and and definitely not bulky-making. The third option, the Butterick pattern was a bit of an after-thought. I thought that making it with the split to one side could make it a bit more interesting.

Can anyone offer any suggestions? All much appreciated!

New Patterns

Oh no I just bought some more patterns. I know, I know I haven’t finished this and I’ve just started cutting the pattern for my PatternRunway dress … However, I finished work early on a Friday and decided to look at the SPCA Op Shop on the way home. They had a small collection of patterns but as they were only a dollar each I ended up buying four. Here they are:

Vogue Basic Design 1642


I’ve never done a shirt before. I liked that this one because I thought it had a nice shape around the waist.

Butterick Classic 6662 Fast and Easy


I quite like view A (yellow) and thought I could be a nice work skirt. And even view E (navy blue) would be a nice summery skirt.

These next two – Vogue Basic Design 1649 and Very Easy Vogue 8586 – I’m not entirely sold on but were why not? purchases.

With the coat I quite like view B (longer sleeves) and perhaps in a textured or bright material. The trousers could be good for work (but again I’ve never done trousers before either!)

Hmmm… Need to do some more thinking! Let me know what you think!