50 Years in the Making Skirt

I always find the most wonderful things in my grandmother’s basement. On my last trip home I unearthed 3 unfinished sewing projects began long before I was even born. They were all nearly done and were on track to fit me perfectly. I decided to take them home and finish them.

This one was started by my grandmother’s beloved sister, Mary, who passed away several years ago. It seems to have been begun and abandoned sometime in the 60’s. I love the fabric, it’s a nice berry colored cotton sateen with an interesting floral pattern. It has a single side pleat in front and is, I think, actually a very current length.

The seams were all neatly basted and the pleat finished. I actually just serged right over her seams so the inside would be neater. My Aunt Mary would have been amazed at the technology. The zipper wasn’t installed yet, but my grandmother has an ample supply of metal ones so I could keep the vintage look. I also used a nice big vintage button on the waistband.

Photos in my grandmother’s yard! I think she was very pleased. There was also a matching top in the same fabric, so that is yet to come.