|I really shouldn't do that wash'n'wear look with my hair - terrible!|
The pattern; a simple 6 gore vintage skirt pattern that was my mothers. I'm not sure what the vintage is, but I think it's around late 1940s or 1950s. I'd love it if anyone can tell me. It's Australian Home Journal pattern #12158.
Luckily I read the packet first as it turned out that seam allowances were NOT included. The pattern is an unmarked pattern so I'm like, where's the straight grain? The two center panels are on the fold, not a problem. Guess I'll just eyeball the other two pieces. I think I got it right because the skirt hangs well as you can see.
I chose this pattern because it has no waistband and being short in the waist this is my best option for skirts. My biggest problem with no waistband and no instructions was how should I finish the waist. I remembered that mum had often used petersham (the real stuff, not the grosgrain ribbon often used nowadays) when I was young, so I decided to try that. Well, that was stupid!! With the zipper in the side, I had been taught the correct way to insert it was to do a lapped zip. So I did. Turns out it's almost impossible to finish the petersham on the inside at the zip opening and anyway it was sooo... scratchy I
Knowing that vintage patterns are less roomy than modern ones I didn't trim the seam allowances in case it was a bit tight leaving me with plenty of room to let it out. The sizing on the pattern fitted me perfectly and being the lazy person I am I left those seam allowances in :) The only alteration I made was to shorten the length by approximately 10cm then I took a 2cm hem which wasn't allowed for. Because of the new length I styled it with a modern t-shirt and cardigan instead of going for a vintage look. If I make this skirt again I will insert an invisible zipper and make a longer length to style it in a more vintage way.
Skirt; Australian Home Journal # 12158
T-shirt; Target - years ago
Cardigan; Target also years old.