I’m back from my vacation and a very good vacation it was. I have spent a lot of time in my family’s summerhouse, swum in the sea, spent time with family and friends, hosted a cocktail party and generally had a good time. I have sewn a little too, but not as much as I had hoped. I did finish my green hat after much gnashing of my teeth and have started on a brown felt hat and I have made a white washable dress. I also renovated my grandmother’s skirt that I mentioned in an earlier post.
The original dress was made in 1949 so the skirt is very much a product of the New Look. I realize that I have never talked much about the period I will set my wardrobe in, but perhaps you have noticed that I lean toward the early forties. I do really love the New Look-look too, but felt that the earlier period suited better. So this is an unusually late style for this blog, but not for my look in general. I wear a lot of fifties clothes too.
I didn’t have any extra fabric for a new lining and also felt that I didn’t want to sew more than I could get away with on the skirt, so after some thinking I just folded down the top and made a channel for a drawstring. This means that the skirt looks best with a belt, but I can live with that- it’s not a skirt I will use for everyday wear anyway. The fabric is printed cotton, yellow and white checkers on the diagonal. It’s rather faded, the yellow is much stronger in the seam allowances.
Detail picture on one of the two pockets.
Detail of the ruffle.