So when I found some vintage patterns in an antique shop for $1 a piece, I wasn't about to turn down the patterns even though they were not all from my favourite eras.
And this was one of the patterns I found.
|Simplicity 5385- from 1964. The notation says "This skirt really fits".|
I found the annotation on the envelope especially fun :) The pattern is from 1964, and features a shift tunic/dress and an a-line WRAP skirt. Yes, a wrap skirt. It immediately went on my 'to-make' list.
It is a fairly quick make. It is a two-piece pattern, seamed down the front. Two large patch pockets are placed on the front, and the skirt is fastened with a snap and ties that come round and are tied in the front.
|The back of Simplicity 5385|
So, when I decided to make it, I chose a poly-cotton blend, twill, bottom-weight fabric. I wanted it to be sturdy and casual, and this seemed like a good choice. I finished it last week, just before starting my Sew For Victory Challenge!
|The front of my skirt.|
|And the back. I find this one rather flattering!|
1. When making a back wrap skirt, you need to make sure the fastener at the waist is far enough over that the skirt won't flash people as you walk along. A petticoat is also a good idea ;)
2. Watch the scissors. They will manage to mysteriously cut a hole in your skirt if you don't watch.
3. When enlarging the pattern, you might like to add length to the wrap ends to prevent the fastener placement being as much of an issue ;)
The large pockets are also awesome. Not that I have used them for much except putting my hands in and for holding the fabric for my 1940's blouse when I went to choose buttons (more on that later... I'm almost finished!).
Yes, you'll have noticed that I once again chose blue, which is one of my staple wardrobe colours - it goes with a lot!
You can find a great post about vintage wrap skirt patterns at the Midvale Cottage Post. I love the linings in the skirts featured, and would definitely consider making this one again, only with a lining!
Back soon with an update to my sew for victory challenge!