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Sewing and Styling a 1950s Skirt

Did you dream of a closet full of poodle skirts when you were little? No? Just me? Cool…. But really, a full 1950s, midi skirt is just so dreamy. Pair it with a petticoat for that new look look, or wear without, either way you’re in for some twirling!

When I saw this reissue Simplicity pattern, I knew I had to make myself one. (I have a true vintage pattern for a 1950s circle skirt, but its for a size that was a few pounds ago). And I had a gift card for Mood Fabrics, talk about my fancy self! I chose a very nice black, double-faced (meaning I wouldn’t have to line this skirt, win!) wool for this skirt. I wanted something warmer-wearing in a neutral color.


Thankfully, circle skirts are pretty basic. Not a lot of surprises here.

Ironing interfacing onto waistband pieces.

I went with a shorter (7inch) zipper. The pattern called for a 14 inch, but when you have a big booty like me, a longer zipper can stick out towards the bottom. Not flattering.

I hemmed this skirt by hand because I’m a glutton for punishment, lol. Actually, I did because I wanted an invisible hem. Invisible hem stitch to the rescue!


Sometimes, when I style a vintage piece, I like to go full-hog. Vintage looking shoes, outerwear, and accessories. But sometimes I like to mix it up, which it what I did with this skirt.

I paired this skirt with some black suede kitten heels (vintage vibes), and this Ted Baker jersey-knit t-shirt with frilly bits on the sleeves (modern vibes). I think overall the outfit has a vintage vibe, but I like the dash of modern fashion the Ted Baker shirt gives.

Check out those frills! They remind me of butterflies. This t-shirt is also very soft. Definite plus.

The waistband of this skirt has a sweet-heart shape, which I love. If I had to make this skirt again, I think I would choose a thinner fabric. The thick wool I chose makes it so the top edge of the waistband doesn’t lie totally flat. Another feature of the skirt I like is the center overlapping seam. Such a simple detail, but it makes an otherwise basic skirt unique and interesting.


Have you read my last blog post about my modern mod ootd? You can here!

Products Mentioned

Simplicity Pattern:

Mood Fabrics wool:

Kitten heels:

Ted baker shirt:

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