Remade Retro Skirt

Project Description

What are you most proud of? I was committed to being true to the grain. To this end, I remembered to thread test the lining fabric I bought by pulling one thread at the selvage edge and using that as my perpendicular guide to the grain. As the photo shows, there was a lot of variation. In fact, I was frankly amazed at how "off" the cloth was versus the supposed mid-line fold down the middle of the bolt. But I trusted the process and the result was a true-to-grain lining that lies really well. I'm also proud of the lining hem -- even if anyone saw it, there's nothing to see! What advice would you give someone starting this project? Don't try to turn a sow's ear into a silk purse. If I'd been repairing a Chanel suit from the 40s, I would have aimed for perfection. This was a good mass production skirt, nothing more, to start with. So I didn't spend a lot of time, for example, finishing the inside hem of the lining and I opted for thread bars to hold the lining in place rather than a more fussy jump pleat. The result still looks and feels great and will wear well, which to my mind was the whole point of the original skirt, too.

What you will need

  • Old skirt from the scrap bin plus polyester satin lining.

Q&A with Hopeful sewer

BrittaJ asked:
Very nice! Do I understand that you match your friends dining-room-chair now, in your new skirt?
Hopeful sewer answered:
Thanks! And well, I think I match a deceased great-aunt's chair in a dusty attic someplace...
shazdove asked:
Your a pretty clever lady, I think you might have and eye for what works and what doesnt
Hopeful sewer answered:
Thanks! Although my artist mother should get most of the credit for that.