A maxi skirt for wintery days


I made the maxi skirt version of Vogue 1524 from the 1970s, and so this forms part of my vintage pledge. This is the same pattern as my  blue skirt but for some reason it’s much bigger in the waist.

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The pattern calls for the skirt to be very gently gathered into the waistband, and I was a bit concerned that the waistband didn’t seem to go round my waist too easily, but in fact, if I took the belt off, the skirt fell down to my hips, and I didn’t much like that gathered look.


It looks good at the back though. I used an invisible zip instead of the lapped one as directed – so much better.DSC07375

Sadly, I  unpicked the side seams of the waistband and took the skirt in on both sides. This meant that I lost some of those lovely pockets, but I no longer need a belt and it now sits properly at my waist.


I lined the pockets with a beautiful piece of silk scrap that I had in my stash. It’s pixellated a bit in this photo, but you get the idea


This skirt is now really comfortable and forms part of my Sew a Seasonal Wardrobe challenge. It goes with all my new tops and, best of all, my orange Oxfords! The fabric was bought at Textile Traders last year when it was on super special and it does have some minor flaws in the back, which aren’t really obvious and which I forgot about when I was cutting out the skirt. Given they are on the back I am pretending that they aren’t there!


Details: Skirt is made from a slightly stretchy cotton gaberdine. I’ve teamed it with my ruched cuff Plantain and a 1980s belt with elephant buckle, and then with the persimmon wool top and velvet jacket in the second set of photos.


16 thoughts on “A maxi skirt for wintery days

  1. Nice skirt…the front split is an interesting detail. Should be lovely and warm for winter and it works so well with the other garments in your seasonal wardrobe. You are building up a wonderful collection of garments that can be easily mixed and matched.

  2. A maxi skirt for cold days looks so luxurious. What a rich idea you had (though unthinkable for our winters here in Montréal with slush and snow). Seems like this pattern is a gem – the mustard skirt with buttons on the left-hand side of the envelope is calling my name.

  3. It’s a nice looking skirt and from a distance could be full leg trousers. The pockets are really a great feature. I too am enjoying the feeling that a great wardrobe is coming together – I am sure there will be a little rebellion soon. In the meantime orange brogues go with everything.

  4. A really nice skirt – like Kate I think it looks a little like wide legged trousers. Gorgeous with your orange oxfords. You are going to breeze through Me Made May.

  5. Orange shoes are a must in anyone’s wardrobe! Your skirt will be very comfortable as the weather cools and with your new tights very cozy and warm.

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