Vintage Sewing – 1930s Skirt – Advance Pattern 1176

After a year of sitting on this beautiful pattern I finally had the chance to make it this past winter. It is a pretty easy pattern and also very easy to adjust the size as it is a wrap skirt. But just look at that pocket and those buttons! Also, can you imagine buying sewing patterns for 15 cents apiece? I’d buy out entire warehouses. And then require a second apartment in which to hoard all of my super duper affordable sewing patterns. vintage sewing 1930s skirt - advance patterns 1176

Here’s a pic I shared on Instagram almost a year ago of tracing the pattern pieces onto new tissue paper with the help of some special friends, of course. No pins in these pattern pieces! I try to do this with any pre-1960s patterns so as not to damage the pieces any further as they’re already so fragile. This was also my first time working with a pattern entirely void of any printed markings. It was a bit intimidating but this was a great pattern to start out on. - vintage sewing pattern 1930s skirt - advance patterns 1176

Before I even had my fabric figured out I found some vintage art deco metal buttons on Etsy that were begging to be used. They’re so perfect! I don’t think I could have found a better match. Here’s another instagram photo showing the detail on the buttons. vintage sewing 1930s skirt - advance patterns 1176

Since I traced the pattern I’d been agonizing over what color to make this up in when I realized I had a pretty blue cotton twill in my stash that would look perfect as a 1930s sportswear skirt. And it would work with Those Buttons. It wasn’t a long sewing project: a few darts, seams, waistband, pocket, buttonholes, buttons, inner snap, hem. I’m really happy with the result but for some reason this twill loves to wrinkle and stay wrinkled. If anyone has any tips for twill please let me know! I’ve tried ironing, steaming, and wetting and lying flat to dry and still I have creases. But as soon as I sit down it wrinkles again so I suppose it is a fool’s errand no matter what. 🙂

My outfit is officially complete with a pale pink 1940s blouse from Dalena’s Attic on Instagram (Dalena’s Vintage on Etsy). The shade matches the pink of the buttons quite nicely.

It was really quite cold here in New York when I took these photos so I had to stay in the vestibule of my apartment building; my apologies for the super warm tones! My building was built in the 1920s and still has beautiful marble floors in the hall and original tiling. - vintage sewing pattern 1930s skirt - advance patterns 1176 - vintage sewing pattern 1930s skirt - advance patterns 1176 - vintage sewing pattern 1930s skirt - advance patterns 1176 - vintage sewing pattern 1930s skirt - advance patterns 1176

3 thoughts on “Vintage Sewing – 1930s Skirt – Advance Pattern 1176

  1. Oh, your skirt is just gorgeous! It’s exactly the sort of style I have in my head for a lovely coral linen mix fabric I have. I’ll definitely bookmark this to take ideas when I make the pattern. The buttons are super cute too and the whole outfit is beautiful. Very much my style.

  2. Just Gorgeous! Such a fabulous outfit the skirt and blouse are perfect for each other! The hand made skirt is especially wonderful I love the pocket detailing its so chic! I’ve sewn with a few unprinted patterns now and can say I’ve found them a little easier than modern ones as there’s no cutting out and all the markings are indicated by little holes which make tailor tacks much easier to do without ripping the pattern!

  3. I just made a 50s skirt out of twill and I have the same wrinkling problem! A seamstress I know said to get a product called “magic sizing” . I haven’t used it yet but planning on buying some. Hope that helps!
    Your skirt is lovely and I am in love with your whole look!!!

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