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The grey vintage midi skirt

26 December 2011, 12:33

Remember my my pinup sheath dress? Well, I made good use of the remaining 2 meters of so of the ex-designer charcoal grey flannel and made a midi skirt with it!

I used this vintage New Look/Maudella midi skirt pattern I bought in Sheffield not long ago:

I made View 2 (seen in my attempted tech drawing above), and the pattern pieces for it and View 1 were already cut to size 18 (my size, judging by the pattern, eep!), which made it easy to just lay on the fabric and cut. There are only three pattern pieces (skirt panel, yoke, and waistband), so it was a really quick skirt to construct, though the hem sat ready to be handsewn for a week or two before I had time to do it!

At first I was concerned that the front and back pieces were exactly the same, but I haven’t noticed any problems in the fit while wearing it. I think this might be down to my pancake butt, but someone with a more pronounced derriere might have issues.

The only part that gave me problems was the side zipper, and that was entirely down to me. At first I tried to do a vintage-style lapped zipper, but I didn’t have nearly enough seam allowance (Kenneth King recommended 2” in Cool Couture!), so I tried to add on some with a separate facing, and ugh… The bulk of it all made for a really lumpy hip profile, so I ripped it all out and went for a centred zipper instead, and it’s fine.

This midi skirt length is totally new for me, but I really like how it looks, especially teamed with my Christine Jonson shirred turtleneck and United Nude heels! Because I’m used to my skirts being above the knee, though, this feel really long when it’s on, even though it’s only a few inches longer than usual!

Coming up… Stay tuned for some truly adorable photos of my little nephew in his Dr Who waistcoat. omg! Plus I’ve already finished Paco’s sweater, and I’m midway through my Clover jeans. Not to mention telling you about the sewing bits I got for Christmas!

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  1. That’s a very nice skirt. I like to wear the midi length with knee high boots. I wear skirts of all lengths (except super short), and if I wear above the knee skirts for a week or so, anything longer suddenly feels too long the next time I wear it. That soon goes away though.

    ReadyThreadSew    Dec 26, 01:06 PM    #
  2. As commented before, I think this is a flattering skirt length. Like ReadyThreadSew, I wear, or have worn, just about all lengths of skirts and I know how much you can get used to any given length or shape.

    lauriana    Dec 26, 02:11 PM    #
  3. Very nice! I know you’ve mentioned the united nude shoes before but what’s the style name of them? I’d love to find some. Thanks!

    — Annie    Dec 26, 04:59 PM    #
  4. How on earth do you have the time for all this, Melissa. It looks great, but I’ve just read your last post and wonder how you and James manage to get so much done. You can’t ever sleep!! Happy new year to you both!

    VallyP    Dec 26, 09:18 PM    #
  5. Lookin’ good! It’s obvious you love this fabric and although the pattern is vintage the styling is perfect.

    Ruth    Dec 26, 09:35 PM    #
  6. I remember those shoes- awesome! And I do recall you disliking longer skirts, but this midi length works really well. As long as it’s just barely below the knee (not really covering the calf so you still get all the curve :-) ) it’s a very flattering look. I’m 5’8” so I know what you mean about tricky lengths! It’s a stylin’ ensemble.

    — M Kate    Dec 27, 11:25 PM    #
  7. I really like the shape of that skirt—perfect for biking, which is my new requirement for skirts. That length is hard to wear, but I think it really works for you.

    The Slapdash Sewist    Jan 3, 10:03 PM    #

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