Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Vtg Simplicity 4657

Ok, this was a really long time coming. More than one of you will be very happy to see this finished skirt! This is a vintage 1950s "cupcake skirt", Simplicity 4657.


Note that I paired it with my new/vintage McCall top! I love it tucked in. Here's the skirt pattern photo:


I decided it might be prudent to finish a nearly-complete UFO skirt before starting a brand new UFO. Call me crazy. I love the cumberbund in the pattern illustration, but alas that piece isn't included in the pattern. Drat. I do have another skirt pattern that has a similar cumberbund though, I just need to dig it out. Of course I don't have any more of this great fabric to make one, so it will have to be for a future version.

I started this skirt way back in March. It is so stinking hot outside that I didn't fool with taking detail shots. Sorry! I do have a picture from March, of the lapped metal zipper in a nearly perfect green. (Check out all those gathers!)


That zipper is from a huge bundle of vintage metal zippers I got at the flea market last September for $2. I beat my sister to it by oh, three steps or so. She was furious. Ha.

The only adjustments I made to the pattern were to lengthen the waistband to my own waist measurement plus overlap/seam allowances, and to shorten it to knee length. I don't think I could wear it much longer (unless I was going to wear a poufy slip under it, which would require a bit more length).

I'm not sure if this cupcake silhouette is one I will find myself wearing often, but it IS fun and swishy. I feel so first season Betty Draper. I'll probably pair it with a more fitted tee or tank/cardigan more often than with this fuller blouse. I love the blouse, and I love it tucked in, but I think it might be a better silhouette for me if it's tucked into a slimmer fitting trouser.

Still, there's something very nostalgic about this outfit. I like it.


Gratuitous shoe shot:


Yummy pink flat with zipper ruffle from Modcloth.

The End.

ps...I'll be cross-posting at We Sew Vintage! :-) Just click on my name in the sidebar to view all my vintage projects!

19 comments:

  1. Very cute skirt and great shoes.

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  2. Mental note..I must have green and white skirt for summer. Lovely - and the contrasting shoes such a great touch.

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  3. I LOVE this skirt! It is so pretty! I think the top looks great with it (and it will look great with the blue skirt you're planning from the previous post, too!) The shoes are the perfect touch!

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  4. Super cute, Angie!!! LOVE the fabric you chose and your pop of hot pink shoe.

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  5. I remember drooling over that fabric when you first posted a pic of the work-in-progress. It's luscious, and such a pretty summer skirt. Nice shoes, too. Yes, must keep an eye out for green and white fabric.

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  6. Your skirt is totally cute. It looks like a skirt that wants to go dancing!

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  7. Totally fab! I love that gorgeous style and your lovely fabric is so perfect!

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  8. Cute skirt, love the pop of color with the shoe. Now, if you don't mind... I'm going to by myself the same pair!

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  9. Super cute skirt - it is swishy indeed!

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  10. Well done! I've always felt really self-conscious in full skirts but your sewing has inspired me to try them. I love how you styled it. The green and pink looks vintage and edgy, and your orange and white cat is super cute!

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  11. I love it and think you look terrific! :) Those pink shoes are awesome!

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  12. You finally finished it! I've been looking forward to seeing it finished - SUCH a cute skirt. Love, Love, Love :)

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  13. I LOVE your green fabric...swoon!

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  14. The whole outfit is lovely. The shoes are really cute!

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  15. So cute. You could always make the cummerbund in a solid matching green, right?

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  16. Anonymous7:58 AM

    Love the vintage top, so much more style than the usual "peasant top" yet has that folkloric feel. Pretty outfit.

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  17. I love your skirt (and the top) and the fact that the cat had to horn in on your photo shoot!

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  18. I really love that fabric...and the shoes are adorable! What a great outfit.

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  19. I love the skirt and shoes. You did a great job on sewing your skirt. Well done :-)

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