Friday, February 24, 2012

Vintage Patio or Fiesta Skirts

What I'm obsessed with right now: The colorful, twirly, rick-racked perfection of the "fiesta" or "patio" tiered skirt.

Also charming in dress form:

There are tons of patterns from the 50s for these tiered skirts.  I wonder where the inspiration for their popularity came from?  Westerns?  In any case, there are a wide variety of styles available in pattern form out there...

And if you make a patio skirt, you must make a peasant blouse to go with.  Am I right?

Surely spring will be on its way soon...


  1. You MUST make a make a peasant blouse! I love the blouse on the left in Simplicity 3145 and I adore all of the skirts!

  2. I think all things south western or Mexican were considered exotic in the early 50's.

    I love that ecru one with the green ribbon waistband. And that first turquoise one. And that red and white one... and...


  3. I have my Grandmother's skirt, it is cream with gold ric rac and turquoise ribbon, a real beauty. I was trying to get my daughter to wear it and she refused. I am not skinny enough for it :( It came with a shirt, but it was too old and stretched out funny

  4. These skirts do remind one of hot summer days and cool margaritas. Life just has to be fun in a skirt like this:)

  5. These are so cute! I wish I could so like you. I did dig out my sewing machine, but not sure skirts are on my list for awhile. Now mom on the other hand... hmmmm. I could get her to make them for me. Is that cheating?


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