August 30, 2011

Skirt Restyle Poll

50s skirt

I'm seeking your advice, dear blog readers. Several months ago I bought this 1950s skirt from an antique store. I loved the fabric (it even has little green sequins in it) and turns out it was hand made and pretty well made, at that.

The problem was it didn't fit. Too small in the waist. However I figured I could still do something with all that fabric. The skirt is full and poofy even without any added petticoats which I'm sure the original owner wore underneath this skirt.

It isn't gathered all the way around, only on the sides, leaving the front and back smooth.

50s skirt under construction

At first I thought I would make a midi length circle skirt design but that was before I snipped off the waistband and discovered that the skirt wasn't a big circle shape and rather a long rectangle. A REALLY long rectangle. In the picture the skirt-sans-waistband is folded in half! It's really double that long! That's a lot of fabric!

So now I can't cut a circle length because that will ruin the lines of the print pattern. Instead I'm asking you, blog readers, to help me out and give me your input as to what I should turn this 4 or so yards into.

I still want to make a skirt from it but I have a couple design options. 1) Midi length gathered skirt, 2) Tea length style pleated skirt which most closely resembles the original design, 3) Knee length pencil skirt, 4) Slightly mini tulip skirt.

With #3 I'd have enough fabric leftover for something else, although I'm not sure what.

Leave a comment with your vote as to what I should do. Oh, and if you have any other suggestions for designs, let me know!


  1. For that fabric I think you've got to go with something like #2!!

  2. #2 or #4. Though I think the print may be a bit large for 4. If you decide on #2, hem it no more than 1" below your knee.

  3. I like #2 and #4, but I like #4 the most.

  4. Number 3!! I'm actually working on #4 right now. Can't wait to see what you pick.

  5. I like #4 the most and then #2. Have fun making it!

  6. Version #4 makes the most of the fabric placement. I think it would be lovely.

  7. 2143 B. I think it shows the print the best.

  8. I like option 2: Simplicity 2413B

  9. I recently refashioned a skirt using a tutorial I found here - It is for rectangular fabric and still gives it that 50's look.

    Here's the link to my refashion (I tweaked her instructions a little) -

  10. Kim, you're right, the fabric would be really easy to do that gathered skirt. I'll keep it in mind. Your skirt turned out great! And I love that fabric!