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Taffeta in the Sunshine Skirt

Added Feb 26, 2012

by pambox

Sydney, Australia






This taffeta half-circle skirt was made to wear to a friend’s wedding. Originally I’d planned to finish off a dress I started a few years ago but never got very far on (a slightly-too-complicated vintage pattern with lots of gathers and curves made with slightly stretch silk) but I ran out of time for making something difficult. So instead I decided to use this dark blue gold polka dot acetate taffeta I’d bought a while ago because it was a lonely bolt end of about 1.3 metres. Originally I’d thought of doing a full circle skirt – because who doesn’t want a taffeta circle skirt? – but there wasn’t enough of it, so I settled for a half circle skirt. Which in the end was the best decision, given this is a particularly stiff taffeta that sticks out quite a long way as it is. I think if I’d made a full circle skirt with this I wouldn’t have been able to fit through most doorways!

The skirt sits at my natural waist, and the closure is a metal zipper (it matches the gold dots on the fabric) and a vintage hook and bar. Stupidly I sewed the zipper in slightly too high and didn’t leave myself room for the waistband, but I didn’t have time to redo the zipper so I had to play around with the waistband as I stitched it in to make sure it sat in place properly. Fortunately taffeta just glides through the machine so easily that little stuff ups like a slightly misplaced zipper are easy to hide.

I love the feel and sound of the skirt, as did a friend’s six year old daughter who was sitting next to me in the church and kept reaching over and stroking it. There’s just something so satisfying about that slightly rumbling sound taffeta makes when it moves.

I also made the top I’m wearing as a last minute thing because I didn’t like any of the options in my wardrobe. It actually used to be the back of a skirt I’d made but had pulled apart because I didn’t like it or wear it anymore. It’s a simple halterneck top. No closures, just pull it on, made out of champagne stretch statin. As it was made so last minute (in less than an hour the night before the wedding) I’m considering making changes or pulling it apart again, so I’m not going to post it on here separately yet. And given how pale I am, how pale it is, and how bright the day was, I don’t really have any good photos where you can clearly see it anyway!

Oh, and note that my nails and shoes match the colour of my skirt. It’s not often that I stick to a uniform colour palette. I made up for it with a multicoloured necklace, though.

Material Notes

metal zip
trouser/skirt hook and bar




Garment Type
Evening Wear, Romantic, Vintage

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    Feb 26, 2012, 04.44 PMby Smiley100

    It looks very nice! Now you just need a little flower or bow in your hair to optimate your look! I love your skirt!

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      Feb 27, 2012, 07.53 AMby pambox

      Thanks. Maybe I should use the left over scraps to make something for my hair.

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    Feb 26, 2012, 03.52 PMby blueartisan

    Very pretty and the perfect thing to make with such gorgeous fabric!

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      Feb 27, 2012, 07.52 AMby pambox

      Yes, I don’t think there were any other options for that fabric.

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    Feb 26, 2012, 03.19 PMby rhubarbcrumble

    That looks like a lot of fun!

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      Feb 27, 2012, 07.51 AMby pambox

      Thanks, it definitely is. I don’t think it’s possible to be anything less than cheerful in taffeta.

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