Sign up for our newsletter. Carolina Herrera Black Carolina Herrera Vintage knee-length pencil skirt with tonal stitching throughout and concealed zip closure at back. A piece of thread is missing as seen in the last picture.
The photo below is of my first of two muslins and you can see how flared the skirt is. I knew I needed to take the skirt in but I wanted to retain the integrity of the pattern. Obviously, the s were a different era with different norms — I do think this is how most women wore their pencil skirts. Trialblazers may have worn skirts that more closely resemble looks of today, hugging the bottom and thighs, but I have a feeling the average woman was not wearing body skimming looks like we see on the likes of Marilyn Monroe and Jayne Mansfield.
Something interesting I discovered in this pattern, my first vintage skirt make, is that one dart is positioned at a slight angle.
This creates a ton of volume in the hip. I have always thought I had a full bottom, so I was confused as to why my body was unable to fill a skirt out with darts like this, but then I realized women of the 50s were wearing girdles day in and day out.
Girdles synched the waist creating an exaggerated waist to hip ratio, which may be the reason these patterns provide more volume in the hip area. I grew up watching my mom use her roller wheel and transfer paper to mark darts — which is definitely my preferred method of marking darts — but I never realized there would be fabric in which this method was totally useless.
Exhibit A is the plaid wool I chose for this skirt. Transfer paper of today is not at all the same quality as the transfer paper mom used, so it would have never shown up on the chaos of this fabric.
With the pattern still on top of my fabric, I pierced through the pattern paper creating loops at the tip and each leg of the darts — I then used a ruler and dressmakers chalk to extend lines from the tip to the end of each leg. I really enjoyed this method, as it allows me to work with the fabric in my hands rather than solely relying on my machine. The best part of this pattern was the small tailoring aspects.
Below you will see the pleats that sit on the skirt front at the waist and the kick pleat at the back. I really enjoy learning new techniques, no matter how simple they may appear — I love learning techniques someone, somewhere long ago, developed without guidance of technology like we have today. While the below techniques look simple to us today, someone existing many years ago developed them simply by experimenting.
I had a bit of trouble with matching the plaid, however, that was only due to my inexperience. I loved working with this fabric. This wool was heavy enough to control under the presser foot but drapey enough to make beautiful pleats. I love reading my vintage patterns. Items 1 - 24 of We are renowned around the world to have an unrivalled collection of beautiful and highly original prints.
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