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Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Simplicity 4044 - 1940's Retro Skirt

Review of Retro Skirt Pattern & Results
My Virtually Finished Skirt - just need hemming
So this is the first pattern I've managed to complete with no help! Really Pleased. It shall now become one of my staple patterns.
 First I bought my fabric. I saw it in the shop and just have to have it. Might buy some more and make a matching bolero jacket. The pink fabric is for another project.

Using the simplicity pattern. Quite simple to cut out. didn't get confused with the cutting layout this time as I ignored it and did it how it looked right as it was quite logical.
Stay stitched then put in darts and sewed the panels together.

Sewed the facing...which was a bit odd but quite stright forward.
From Outside

From Inside
Sewed my first zip...did it all by hand. Prefer zips to buttons so much quicker.
 Sewed on the facing it wasn't quite long enough one side but too long the other?
But then I'd sewn quite skinny seams so it might have thrown it out a bit.
 Took a bit of thought how to sew the facing on dip in the centre.
I know a bit scruffy but its on the inside.
 This is the centre front 'dip' not sure if I like it or not.

Finished all bar deciding on length and hemming it. It it come out pretty long. So I may have to cut some of my hard work to make it shorter before I hem it.
Overall though. Success!

Pattern Score: 9/10


  1. Very sweet skirt. I have this same pattern in my stash. I can see from your fabric choice it would make a nice outfit for spring.

    1. Thanks. I'm thinking of making it up in blue linen (without the middle 'dip') with white piping for summer to give it a nautical feeling.