I’ve said that I was finally not participating in this sewalong and I feel I’m cheating a bit. The deadline has been extended one week and I made this skirt in two evenings with little planning. It’s not even a strict 40s pattern, since this amount of fabric was only allowed after the war, but matched with my Fall for Cotton shirt it undoubtedly has a vintage vibe that I thought I could use to join this sewalong.
I always wanted to try this kind of skirt, since it kind of conceals big hips and I’ve always admired Jennifer Lauren‘s circle skirts. It was easy enough to make just by using the By Hand London App and waistband design. The maths for this skirt are not complicated but I just felt lazy and wanted a quick rewarding project.
I’ve used a black cotton sateen that I found on a quick trip to the closest fabric shop and I immediately liked it. I bought more in blue to make another skirt to pair with two blouses I’m planning to sew this month.
I have to say that I like a lot the result when worn with this blouse but I’m not sure if this is exactly my style for a daily basis. I don’t know if it’s the black or the huge amount of fabric, but I feel this skirt a bit too dramatic for me. I guess I’ll have to try to wear it a bit and see how I feel.
I’m thinking that if I had made it shorter, the result would be less dramatic but then I don’t think I would have been very happy with it. I’m discovering that just under the knee is my preferred skirt/dress length. I’m not very fond of my knees and it’s also that this length feels classy, even if you’re wearing something casual.
And this skirt really swirls. I can’t wait to wear it while dancing lindy hop or rock’n’roll.
It’s also true that I needed this kind of skirt to be able to wear this shirt. I confess that I haven’t worn it even once since I’ve made it and it’s because I don’t own any high waist trousers (I remember when they were in fashion and I also remember how constricted they made me feel). This skirt could be the answer to this problem. They look nice together, don’t they? And thanks to Sew for Victory for giving me the energy to make this skirt, to make this shirt wearable.