Pencil Secretary Mrs. Wiggins Skirt

Added Sep 11, 2009

by seasidelaundry

Newport, Rhode I...






Straight fitted skirt from 60’s High School Home Ec Pattern. There are four darts on front & 4 on back-8 total, for a perfect 60’s fit. Zipper & kick pleat in the back plus a waistband with button closure. The waist measured 22 1/2" to 23"… Jessi models it so well. Finishing the kick pleat was a challenge-almost needed my Home Ec instructor! I treated all seams with hem tape or flatlock stitching (which I did not have in the 60’s). My 70’s Viking 190 does have that ability-a favorite overcast stitch.

Easy, easy, although I added as much stitching as I could for durability. Keep thinking I need a closet full. Jessi took this one with her, which was sweetest gesture for effort.

Material Notes

Cotton ticking striped fabric, 7" zipper, hem tape & button & thread




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  • Beach_baby_ii_large

    Aug 15, 2010, 03.32 PMby seasidelaundry

    I know excactlyl what you mean! I still worry the pleat in back (or slit) will not lay flat-or the zipper not be neat. All you do by hand-buttonholes, ruffles, darts, etc. -the skirt so simple in comparison. Your shirts are so well fitted-would be terrific with one! My secret motivator is going to stores here (beach, vacation town) & seeing a garment I can not afford but just HAVE to have-ha! I have used machine, too. Please know I think a totally a hand stitched item is full of charm, so not better than machine work. If I was at a marketplace & had choice-I’d buy the hand stitched in a zap second! Such a cool concept!!!!

  • Poging_003_large

    Aug 14, 2010, 09.59 AMby bopippdo

    I like this, simple but looks very beautiful!! Btw, I always wanna try to make pencil skirt, but never worked. weird isn’t it??

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