About a month ago I got invite to a historical “Fika” (meeting over coffee and sweet bread) in the old parts of our town.
The dress code was “18th century to early 20th century”.
I decided pretty fast I wanted to wear my winter Suffragett outfit.
Then, about two days before the event, my sister got the day of from work and decided to tag along.
She didn’t had anything particular to wear, and would use what ever I had in my bins that would fit her. Even though we are sisters we unfortunately don’t at all have the same body type. So after some thinking and going through my costume wardrobe in my head, I decided I would not settle for something les the perfect for her. But instend make something she (and I) could feel prod about.
So the day before the event I made her a 1900s walking skirt.
I choose a leftover piece of fabric in my stash (1,4m of fish-bone, polyester wool imitation in brown and white).
Using the whole width of the fabric cut a two gored skirt.I wish I’d had more fabric so to make the skirt fuller, but this would have to do for now.
I stitched the whole skirt on my sewing machine, starting with the darts.
The waistband folded over some cotton for strength and to make it non stretchable.
Once the waistband was stitched on, I decided it looked way to bulky, and would ad to much to he waist and there by disturb the slimness of the corseted line.
So I ripped it of, and found some cotton stay tape in my stash to use instead.
I stitched it on, folded it over and hand tacked it down.
Not being sure about the final length, I made sure to do a wide hem that would be easy to alter later on.
I finished of with some hooks and eyes for the clouser.
Just the Facts:
What: a 1900s walking skirt for my sister.
Fabric and notions: 1,3m of wool imitation, thread, 1 m of stay tape and two pairs of hooks and eyes.
Time: About 3 hours.
Cost: Nothing since everything was form stash.
But if I was to buy it all new, it probably would have cost at least 250 Sek (32 Usd)
First worn: on mars 15 on a historical “Fika”
Final thoughts: I’m really happy that I got to use the fabric for something so perfect, and I think the skirt looked great on my sister.
Even though I wish I had had more fabric to make the back pleats a lot fuller and thous the skirt more pretty.
Sneak a peak of the final outfit for my sister.