Tuesday, January 16, 2007

A Forties-Inpired Skirt



More sewing! My inspiration for this skirt was the bustle-back skirts of the late 1940's. I took a plain side-zipping, A-line skirt pattern and cut it out one size larger than I needed. Then I cut out a waistband to fit my waist exactly. When I pinned the skirt pieces to the waistband, I brought all the extra fabric around to the center back, and folded it into a box pleat. I like to think that it lends a gracefully-draping fullness to the back of the skirt, while keeping the front nice and fitted.

For fabric I used a gorgeous length of wool flannel that I bought on my first trip ever to Denver Fabrics--it only took me a year and half to work up the courage to cut into it!

11 comments:

Dianna said...

I wear quite a few skirts based on this sort of pattern. It is quite flattering. :) Good work!

Deana (Dee) said...

Anna,
That is beautiful! I enjoy reading your blog!
Thanks,
Deana

Rose said...

That's a really cute skirt. I had made a couple similar to that a few years ago, except they went down to my ankles and they just tied closed in the back. Yours looks much better and more finished than mine did.

clarice said...

Anna looks great and a wonderful idea !! Clarice

Nurumaiel said...

What a beautiful skirt! And the fabric looks absolutely lovely.

April said...

Wow! I love it! You are very brave to cut something out without an exact pattern.

Isn't Denver Fabrics wonderful? I bought a whole roll of fabric there a few weeks ago for less than $3 a yard.

littlejennywren said...

Beautiful skirt Anna.

G.L.H. said...

Probably the most favoritest thing I ever made, I made from charcoal gray wool flannel. I remember holding my breath as I cut into it.

This is a beautiful skirt!

Michelle said...

That is lovely. :) I also like your donut robe.

Emma said...

I love, love, love this skirt! Your books are great too, by the way!

Emma

Lisateresa said...

You really have some interesting and unusual ideas, Anna! Very original.

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