Breezy Village Skirt

I made this skirt a few months ago in anticipation of the breezy summer weather. This is some incredible 60’s or 70’s vintage fabric that I got from Ebay. It’s a border print with a little illustrated village along the bottom. It’s a poly knit, but does not stretch very much at all. This seems to have been a popular material back then, because I have acquired quite a lot of it. Although the stretch can be disappointing, the drape on these fabrics is lovely so I decided I wanted to make a long skirt. I wanted it to be fitted through the hips, with a slit for movement instead of voluminous all over. Holding the fabric up to me, a high waisted skirt would just about use the entire design, which is of course satisfying.

I couldn’t help but go to my favorite vintage skirt pattern, it was perfect. It already has darts instead of side seams, so I didn’t have to interrupt the printed design. I turned one of the front darts into a seam, ending it around my knee to become a slit. The fabric is rather see thru and I didn’t want to have to think about that every time I wear it so I double lined it. First I underlined it with some nude fabric that has some stretch. This gives the skirt a little more structure where I want it, then I dropped in a silky white lining to cover the seams and make it more comfortable and easy to move in. Both linings end at the point of the slit, but I staggered them so they would lay flat. The back has an invisible zipper and the waistband is a simple binding. The hem and slit are simply folded over. It worked out just as I had hoped.