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Budget Vintage Couture

Added Oct 10, 2012

by servareginae

Stillwater, Okla...






I finally found the classic A line skirt pattern that I had been looking for at a flea market in Missouri for only .55 cents! The only problem was that it was a size 24 (waist), and since I haven’t been able to boast of a 24in waist in a couple of decades, I had to alter the pattern by several inches …without losing the grainline. This was tricky, but I did it. I maintained the grainline.
I purchased the wool on sale, only $2.00 a yard. A brown plaid is exactly what I had in mind for this skirt. The plaid is perfectly matched. This was my first time working with plaid. Now I am over my fear of plaids block!
The skirt is also underlined with chocolate broadcloth, only $3.99 per yard, and lined with ivory acetate, only .50 per yard. Acetate is not usually my first choice for a lining, but for the price it was worth a try. I turned the lining crepe side out. I prefer the buff ivory rather than the glossy. …The blouse is thrifted.

Material Notes

wool blend, chocolate broadcloth, ivory acetate, McCall’s pattern 7407 (1960s)




Garment Type

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    Oct 10, 2012, 02.14 PMby bjr99

    Nice job on the skirt! I agree with Mary Athey. A jacket would look great. If you don’t have any more of the plaid a nice brown would be great! Plaids can be rough until you get the hang of it. When I was first learning to sew I bought a green plaid fabric. It was well beyond my mothers skills so she called a friend of hers to come over and help. This woman was a master at plaids and showed me how to lay it out. Thank goodness for skilled sewists like her!

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      Oct 12, 2012, 04.24 AMby servareginae

      Thank you. Such a skilled friend is a treasure. The internet is great, but one on one instruction is better.
      The thought of sewing with plaid again still makes me a little nervous. I think I will have to do it many times before I feel perfectly confident. Great skill comes from years of experience. There are no honest shortcuts.

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    Oct 10, 2012, 08.28 AMby Mary Athey

    Its a classic skirt and looks fab on you, a matching crop jacket would look great as well x

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      Oct 12, 2012, 04.15 AMby servareginae

      Thank you, and yes, I agree. I did go back and buy two more yards with this idea in mind. I’ve been reading about how to make bound button holes. I’m looking forward to trying a jacket. …just not sure when I will get to it.

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