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60s home study sewing - my first project

Added Aug 18, 2013

by Anjovis

Helsinki, Finland






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.




Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Aug 21, 2013, 11.57 AMby Oksana Starzhynska

    Nice idea to follow the course and get a wardrobe, reminds the film about Julia Child’s fan who desided to cook all the dishes from her cookbook. I guess your experiment is worth doing and maybe even following:) Good Luck!!!

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    Aug 18, 2013, 06.57 PMby Ellen Hatteland

    I’m very impressed – You did 12 letters in a short time!! That mean you are a fantastic sewer :) I Love the skirt and the top looks really nice too!

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      Aug 18, 2013, 07.33 PMby Anjovis

      Thank you Ellen! But no, this is just the first letter so I still have 11 more to go – I explained it poorly :) Each one includes one garment and this skirt is the easiest one. So we will see what happens with the 11 to come.

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      Aug 18, 2013, 08.33 PMby Ellen Hatteland

      Then I understand…, but still I think you are a fantastic sewer! Nicely done! :)

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    Aug 18, 2013, 01.03 PMby liliv-1

    Lovely skirt!

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      Aug 18, 2013, 04.37 PMby Anjovis

      Thanks :)

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    Aug 18, 2013, 10.45 AMby Mary Athey

    great skirt and its lovely on you x

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      Aug 18, 2013, 04.37 PMby Anjovis

      Thank you Mary Athey for your nice comment :)

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    Aug 18, 2013, 09.20 AMby flusspferd

    That’s such a great colour for that skirt!

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      Aug 18, 2013, 04.36 PMby Anjovis

      Thank you! I really like this colour as well. I think it is nice option for the classic black or blue :)

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    Aug 18, 2013, 08.23 AMby Karen Jackson

    Beautiful job.

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      Aug 18, 2013, 08.49 AMby Anjovis

      Thank you Karen!

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