Monday, 25 January 2016

Vintage Pattern Maxi Skirt

If you follow me on Instagram you would have seen just a tiny portion of my vintage pattern stash.

I love vintage patterns!  I love the cover illustrations, I love the styles and I love wondering about the previous owners.  What did they make?  Which fabric did they use?  Did they ever imagine that 45 years later someone would be making the exact same skirt using their old pattern??

This fabulous 1973 McCall's pattern maxi skirt has been on my "to make" list for awhile. 

I was truly amazed to discover that I had to cut 2.5cm off the bottom!  I did!  Me!  The ladies in the 70's must have been rocking some massive platforms if I, at 6ft tall, had to shorten it!! The only other adjustment I made was to reduce the width of the waistband, it was just too wide for my liking.

The fabric I used was found at an op shop.  I paid 50 cents for 9.6 metres of it!  Bargain!  It's a simple cotton that is perfect for the hot weather.  I also found the zip for 10 cents and the button is a vintage wooden button which was gifted to me.  Seriously, this has to be the cheapest skirt ever!!

I used a vintage wooden button.
This is not a good invisible zip insertion;
I use a vintage machine which doesn't have an invisible zip foot!


  1. Such a gorgeous print, I am very impressed.

  2. Haha, you're just like me, childishly excited whenever you come across clothing that is too long on you! I always wonder how the designers thought "normal" people were supposed to wear the garments, when a giraffe like me can't cope with the length. Everybody seems to be wearing Frame denim and they are a mile long -- I took mine up about 5 cm/2 inches and still they skim the floor when I'm wearing heels. Do "normal" people cut off half the trouser legs to get them correct length?!? If so, Frame should really give them a discount, as those jeans do not come cheap. They/you could sew a miniskirt from the excess fabric... ;-)

    Anett | Tall Girl's Fashion

    1. Hehe, it's the little things (or I should say LONG things) that bring much joy!! x Allison

  3. This maxi skirt is so fantastic. I love the sounds of a nice breathable cotton because maxi skirts and dresses can feel suffocating if they are not made from a warm-weather friendly fabric.

    1. We definitely share a love of natural fibres! You are so right, if they are synthetic they stick and are horrible! x Allison

  4. This is a beautiful skirt. I love that it maybe a vintage pattern but so on trend. Thank you for being a part of TBT Fashion link up and hope to see you soon!