The thing is, I did find one, or two skirts in the shops or online but they were either:
- made of horrible clingy jersey fabric
- Too expensive.
So, I decided it was time to dust off the old sewing machine and make a skirt for myself. It's been a while since I did any dressmaking, so I've been fairly keen to get back behind the sewing machine anyway. I opted for the Eliza M Alma Wiggle skirt pattern as it seemed to have that vintage aesthetic that I was looking for.
The fantastic red oversized gingham was bought from Leeds market earlier this month, and wasn't too expensive at all. I had also bought a zip at the time, but managed to lose that before making the skirt. Thankfully I had a white zip lurking in my stash.
|Homemade skirt and damn rain|
There was no instruction for lining the skirt in the pattern, but I've made skirts before so decided to line it a nice lightweight white polycotton. I always find things hang that bit better when they are lined, unless the fabric is particularly sturdy of course.
|Pleased with the 1940s vibe|
I altered the pattern by making the skirt longer, and the waistband thicker. In hindsight, I made the waistband a bit too thick so it does fold over a little bit when I sit down, despite being stiffened with interfacing. Hey ho, I am still pleased with the overall effect, and the very vintage shape. I have to admit, I didn't refer to the instructions much at all, apart from an early cursory glance, but then I consider myself to be an intermediate sewist and this is quite a simple pattern to make up.
It's first outing was to work on Monday, because I couldn't wait to wear it. I really like the way it's turned out, and I suspect that I will be making a fair few of these skirts to brighten up my wardrobe.