50s Skirt Restyle, or, back from the dead!

Simplicity 2512

Readers – I feel like I owe you a big apology. You may or may not remember that last August (yes, nearly 6 months ago) I put up a vote on the blog to decide what to do with this too-small handmade 1950s gathered skirt.

50s skirt
(the before picture)

I offered four pattern options and after counting comments as well as pestering some of my friends the winner was option 4 – Simplicity 2512 (I realize I mistyped the pattern number in the previous post).

Ok, so now I had a design, which I had made before so I thought it would be pretty easy. But when I began to lay out the patten pieces I noticed problems. I had to place the paper around the existing pockets and side seams. I also noticed several large, yellow patches from age stains that needed to be avoided, too (yes, I prewashed it). And to top it off nearly all of the pretty green sequins had broken, lost their color or were completely missing. Those sequins were the whole reason I was drawn to the fabric at the start!

Disappointed, this skirt, now cut in pieces, sat around in my craft room looking sad and dejected for 6 months. I know, I know, I’m terrible!

Simplicity 2512

So earlier this month I got off my bum and bought a pack of sequins and tiny gold beads and replaced EVERY. SINGLE. SEQUIN. UGH!

Simplicity 2512

Only then did I assemble the skirt which was a breeze compared to sequin sewing.

I added some piping to the hem and the waist just for a little extra pop and I lined the whole skirt with some nude rayon bemberg because the white flowers were pretty see-through.

Simplicity 2512

Now the skirt is much more wearable (because it fits!) and I can finally tell everyone that I finished this darn thing and why it took me so long! Talk about getting in over your head!

Thanks to everyone who voted on a pattern, I appreciate the participation. And I’m very sorry I had to make you wait for so long to see it now.

Simplicity 2512
(this is my “hurry up and take the picture, boyfriend, because this is an active rail line and I’d rather not be run over by a train!” face)

Skirt Restyle Poll

50s skirt

I’m seeking your advice, dear blog readers. Several months ago I bought this 1950s skirt from an antique store. I loved the fabric (it even has little green sequins in it) and turns out it was hand made and pretty well made, at that.

The problem was it didn’t fit. Too small in the waist. However I figured I could still do something with all that fabric. The skirt is full and poofy even without any added petticoats which I’m sure the original owner wore underneath this skirt.

It isn’t gathered all the way around, only on the sides, leaving the front and back smooth.

50s skirt under construction

At first I thought I would make a midi length circle skirt design but that was before I snipped off the waistband and discovered that the skirt wasn’t a big circle shape and rather a long rectangle. A REALLY long rectangle. In the picture the skirt-sans-waistband is folded in half! It’s really double that long! That’s a lot of fabric!

So now I can’t cut a circle length because that will ruin the lines of the print pattern. Instead I’m asking you, blog readers, to help me out and give me your input as to what I should turn this 4 or so yards into.

I still want to make a skirt from it but I have a couple design options. 1) Midi length gathered skirt, 2) Tea length style pleated skirt which most closely resembles the original design, 3) Knee length pencil skirt, 4) Slightly mini tulip skirt.

With #3 I’d have enough fabric leftover for something else, although I’m not sure what.

Leave a comment with your vote as to what I should do. Oh, and if you have any other suggestions for designs, let me know!