1950s Vintage Skirt
If you're new to dressmaking and like the 1950s vintage look, this full-circle skirt is the perfect project.
Step 1 - assemble your materials
I used 2 yards/metres of navy cotton poplin from Etsy, an 8 inch (20cm) invisible zip, grey medium weight iron-on interfacing and a small hook and bar. I would also recommend a good quality thread, such as Gutermann.
Step 2 - download, print and assemble your pattern
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Step 3 - pre-wash your fabric and cut out the pattern
Pre-washing is a really important step as fabric can shrink by 10% on its first wash. To make sure you are cutting the right size, check your measurements against the size chart in the pattern instructions.
Step 4 - finish the edges
The first stage of the sewing process is to finish the edges of the skirt. I used a serger/overlocker for this, but you can just as easily use the zig zag stitch on your sewing machine.
Step 5 - add the zip
This skirt pattern gives you a choice of zip. I went with an invisible zip. They can be a little tricky to start with, but once you get the hang of them you'll be putting invisible zips in everything! Top tips - carefully iron the teeth to uncurl them before you sew and use an invisible zip foot for your sewing machine.
Step 6 - sew up the side seams
This is a nice, easy step as you've already finished the edges. It very quickly starts to look like a skirt now!
Step 7 - interface your waistband
Iron your interfacing (bumpy side down) to the wrong side of your waistband. Top tip - use a scrap of fabric as a pressing cloth between your iron and the interfacing to protect your iron! This will give it more structure.
Step 8 - attach your waistband to your skirt
You will do this in two stages - first the waistband is machine sewed on, then you fold over the waistband and hand sew in place.
Step 9 - hem
A nice easy step, but don't underestimate how long it takes - a full-circle skirt has a very long hem!
Step 10 - attach the hook and bar
The final step is to hand sew the hook and bar in place on the waistband at the top of the zip.
Ta dah - you have made a twirly vintage skirt!
- Full-circle skirt pattern (Sew Over It)
- 2 yards cotton poplin fabric (Etsy)
- 8 inch invisible zip (Etsy)
- Interfacing (Etsy)
- Hook and eye (Amazon)
- Thread (Amazon)
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