Sunday, 8 June 2014

That 70s skirt (Simplicity # 5918)

Hi all!

So , it's been a while!
Well, after the Sew for Victory sewalong I found myself needing a bit of a break.
Nothing serious, just life in general.
I decided to leave the sewing alone, until I had an urge to sew again, and this weekend the urge surfaced.

So, I made a skirt!
Although unblogged, I have attempted some skirt sewing earlier, but never really had any good results. I lost interest and left it. But with summer drawing close, the skirt shaped hole in my wardrobe became to much to ignore. I love the look of cute skirts in summer and they are so easy to wear, but I have struggled finding my style. I love the look of pencil skirts, but I have found that they are difficult to sew and make look good on my boardlike figure.

This winter I came across some sewing patterns in my local thrift store (which never happens!), so I bought them all! Among these was this cute 70s pattern for pants, skirt and jacket.

The skirt would be a perfect quick project, and I had both fabric and notions in my stash. Win win!
The fabric is a medium to heavy weight linen, that was originally destined for a dress. It was gifted to me by my mom years ago :) Thanks, Mummy!
I came to the conclusion that is was too heavy for a dress (and insanely wrinkly!), so a casual skirt would be better.

Bad hairday hat.
 My most prized posession...

The construction was straight forward, and basically a breeze right up to the hemming. I'll be the first to admit that the hemming on this thing is not my brightest of sewing moments, but it was dang hard! The linen was stiff and hard to wrangle, but it works. Kind of.
I also think an invisible zipper would look better, but I am fine with this one. It came off some pants that was given to me, so totally free of charge. Recycling is rewarding!

It is hard to see from the photo, but I got to try the overlock-stitch on my machine too! I can't believe I have never tried it before, it worked great on this fray-happy fabric! I read about the stitch setting on some excellent blog some time back, and was baffled to find that my cheap little machine had it :) I love you, little Singer!

 It is good to be sewing again, and this instant satisfaction was just what I needed. Besides, I think this pattern will be great in other versions too. Finally, a tried and true favourite!
Have you done any quick 'n easy summer sewing?


  1. Very cute!

    I want to do some quick and easy sewing after my current project. I also like to make circle skirts when I feel like doing something quick and easy. So probably I will make another circle skirt after I finish my Lutterloh dress.

    1. Thanks Anthea!
      I have still not gotten to circle skirts, but they are high on my list. I think these skirts only fitted in the waist are my kind of style :)
      Can't wait to see your Lutterloh dress! Your makes are always SO awesome ;)

  2. I love this skirt. I have made a very similar one out of an old curtain and I wear it all the time - it is so comfortable to wear. Can't beat a 70's pattern!

    1. Thanks, Hoffi :)
      I am warming up to these 70s patterns, ALOT! They often look aweful on the envelope, but are great styles when made up :)

  3. What a great skirt! I like the shape of it - very flattering :D

    1. Thank you Kristin!
      I think this style is just right for me, and is lovely to wear :)

  4. This skirt is great on you- I love the buttons! It looks like a really useful addition to a wardrobe, in a neutral-ish colour, dress-up- or dress-down-able.

    I love skirts that you can make super quickly- they give me a big sewing boost!

    1. Thanks Bea!
      I loved this quick project, although that hem took twice as long as the skirt itself!

  5. This is a lovely skirt that looks like it will be great in any season!

    1. Thanks Annie :)
      I think so too, but suspect I will be quite tired of ironing it :D

  6. So glad your back Siri! Great skirt, it looks so comfortable and a nice neutral colour to get lots of wear from. I love bad hair day hats, I wear mine loads lol!

  7. Lovely skirt, both pattern, fabric and finish!
    Good to see you are back in the game.