Added Aug 18, 2013
I was lucky to buy a complete set of Maud Kyndel-Hanser’s home study magazines from the 60s. This set includes 12 ‘letters’ and by completing each lesson one should end up with a perfect wardrobe. We’ll see what happens since I have decided to go through all lessons.
The first project in the course is a simple tailored A-line skirt. I was shocked to realize I have never hand sewn a zipper. And since the whole idea is to actually learn new things I decided to go for it. The end result might not be 100% perfect but I am happy with it anyway. I think the skirt fits me very well and even the zipper is not as horrible as it might be :)
A happy surprise was that 60s body measurements are actually much better for me than today’s. I believe in the 60s they believed women had an actual waist and this is why I didn’t have problems making the skirt fit on the hips.
I chose to use light wool fabric that on my opinion is best for office skirts in autumn. And as you can see I also used a regular skirt zipper instead of invisible zipper which I usually use. So even if this was a simple garment I still offered me new challenges.
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