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.
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.
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.
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. 🙂
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.