As soon as I laid eyes on this fashion plate I knew I wanted it
(and of course the costume ;-))
Jen at Festive Attyre made the most fabulous recreation of it a while back.And even though I knew I could never match her skill or perfect Edwardian look, I really wanted a similar look.
So when the HSM challenge 9 – “Brown” approached I scouted out my stash for the perfect brown and plaid wool fabric, and got to work.
I drafted the pattern using Nora Waughs “The cut of women’s clothes”
I cut the pieces on the bias, carefully matched the plaid to meet at an angel at the seams.
Matching the plaid
I used some white cotton for the foundation and stitched bias-tape to make boning channels to get that nice body-hugging look of the corseted skirt of this era.
The skirt closes at the front with hooks and eyes, over a placket and secured with another pair of bones.
I finished by hemming the skirt using a 10 cm wide strip of beige cotton for hem-facing.
And that’s it.The skirt from the inside
Just the facts:
Challenge: HSM15 nr 9 – Brown
What: A 1900s brown/plaid walking skirt.
Pattern: I drafted my own using Nora Waugh’s “The cut of women’s clothes”
Fabric: 3 m of plaid wool an bits and scraps of cotton for interlining and hem-facing.
Notions: Thread, 2 m of bias-tape, 2m of boning, and hooks and eyes for clouser.
Time: About 10 hours – the fabric matching and hand stitched hem took more time then usual.
Cost: About 200 Sek (32Usd) – all material came from stash but I bought this fabric on sale about a year a ago with a similar project in mind.
How historical accurate: Pretty good. The fabric and pattern are all good. Even though most of the skirt is made by machine the finishing are hand-stitched, as it should be fr this period. I did use some modern techniques on the foundation piece. I’d give it a 7/10.
First worn: Will be worn for photos on October 4th.
Final thoughts: I like how it came out, both the sweep of the skirt and the pattern matching looks really nice, but I’m not completely happy with the raised waistline and I might go back to tweak it a bit later on. But a ll in all it’s a nice piece to have in the costume wardrobe.
9 thoughts on “1900s Brown Plaid Skirt”
Wow!!! Such a great work! The matching (?) of the pattern pieces is very very accurate und your Silhouette is just perfekt!
Oh my goodness!! Your skirt is GORGEOUS!!! I absolutely love it. It looks so pretty AND warm!! 🙂 Great job!!
I truly admire your work! The plaid matches perfectly. I saw the outfit that Jen made and I want one to one! I have found a pattern for the skirt as drafting a pattern from the book is way beyond me. So are you going to make the jacket? I have yet to find a pattern with that look. I do have my sombrero to make the hat and need the feathers. You truly inspire me. Keep up the excellent work. Thanks from Canada.
Thank you so much!
I will not make that particular jacket, but a matching bolero is in the works right at this moment.
I would love to se your outfit once you finished it 🙂
I truly admire your work! The plaid matches perfectly. I saw the outfit that Jen made and I want one too! I have found a pattern for the skirt as drafting a pattern from the book is way beyond me. So are you going to make the jacket? I have yet to find a pattern with that look. I do have my sombrero to make the hat and need the feathers. You truly inspire me. Keep up the excellent work. Thanks from Canada.
You did a beautiful job, it’s a stunning work of art! And I love how you matched the plaid fabric!
Thank you! Yeah I’m really happy with how that turned out 🙂