Wednesday, December 4, 2013

The Catholic School Girl Skirt


I had a very clear vision of making a pleated wool skirt this winter, but my visions don't always come true. Thank goodness this one did because I am head over heals in love with it! 


I had originally planned on making a Colette Pattern's Zinnia, but then I remembered the vintage Simplicity 9070 pattern from 1970 I already had in my possession. I made the wearable muslin for this pleated skirt over the summer and the fit was pretty close to perfect straight out the gate (oh god, I love vintage patterns). I did add one extra pleat to nip the waist in a bit more. Overall, it was a much more simple endeavor than the overhauling I have to do to modern patterns.




The side pleats kind of pull toward the front. I don't know if that is a mistake on my part or if it is natural when you have a small waist and huge hips. 


It was freeeeezing outside when I forced my sister to take these pictures for me. If my facial expressions get a little sassy, it's probably in response to her annoyance at being dragged into the cold to indulge my obnoxious sewing obsession (I'm sure you know how it goes). 


In the future when I make this again (and I WILL) I'd like it to sit higher on the waist. What do you think? Separates are so confusing to me, which is why it actually took me 4 months to make this skirt after buying the fabric. 

I also always tuck my shirt into my tights when wearing a skirt, to make sure it doesn't scoot around. It makes going to the bathroom kind of an ordeal. Am I nuts or do other ladies do this, too?


This is definitely one of those, "I can't stop twisting my hips to show you how swooshy my skirt is!" skirts. Love!

By the way, I know it has been decades since I posted anything substantial related to sewing. I'm terribly sorry for slacking. I think you all know I was a bit preoccupied with another sewing blog. Fortunately, I have LOTS of free time for my own projects now and I will certainly be sharing them with you! 


You can also check out the company I am doing some production sewing for, Business Catual. Yup, I'm paying rent this month by sewing bow ties for cats. #Portlandia



9 comments:

  1. Happy to see you back! If you took those photos today, it's no wonder you were cold.

    My cats say those bow ties are cute, but they would eat them instead.

    Nancy (freezing tonight on Mt. Tabor)

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    1. Thanks, Nancy! I took them on Tuesday. I'm loving all this sunshine but it definitely makes the air more chilly.

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  2. That skirt is perfect! I have just bought a 40s pattern for a pleated skirt, and I think it just moved up on the priority-list ;) Thanks for sharing!

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  3. Wow I love that skirt Rachel! Such a gorgeous shape- those side buttons are a lovely detail!!
    Hehe- i do that with my tights too! :)

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  4. I totally do the top in the tights thing too.
    Love the skirt!

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  5. Your skirt is lovely & your styling is great too. I am wanting a pleated skirt for myself now!

    I also may or may not be on my way to make cat bow ties...they will last all of 3 seconds before becoming chew toys but so worth it :)

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    1. Thanks! Haha, yeah the bow ties usually stay on just long enough for you to get one good photo. But that is still fun in my book!

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  6. I like the skirt a lot. But I am taking issue with the idea that you have huge hips. Phwaw! I love the picture of the kitty. Very dapper. Your work will be featured on Facebook kitty pictures everywhere.

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    1. My hips are 5" larger than my hips so they are proportionately large, making tailoring a bit tricky.

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