Adventures in Sewing
My daughter is love with the short skater-type skirts that are all the rage now. I offered to make her one just the way she likes. (Also, a tad longer than what we see in the stores!) So I’ve been on a search for a pattern for a skater skirt. Most skater skirt patterns seem to be full circle skirts with an elastic waist. This was not what my daughter tried on in local stores, so I kept looking.
I found Simplicity pattern 2314 that was somewhat close but it had a fitted waist with a side zipper. My daughter liked the idea of a zipper at the waist to get a better fit at the waist and still be able to get it over her hips. But the skirt shape wasn’t quite right – it was just an A-line skirt – not full enough. Then I stumbled across this vintage 1973 McCall’s 3580 pattern. The skirt shape was perfect although it had an elastic waist. Believe it or not, I found this vintage pattern on ebay and bought it in a heartbeat. Now all I had to do was draft my own pattern with the waistband and zipper from the Simplicity pattern with the skirt shape of the vintage pattern. Here are the two patterns:
I use Pellon Easy Pattern to draft my new pattern pieces. I started by drawing in the waist from the Simplicity pattern. Then I marked where I wanted the longer hemline to be (only 1/2″ longer!).
Then I placed the vintage pattern piece underneath my “new” pattern and marked the sides. Once the sides were drawn, I slid my “new” pattern down to draw the hemline curve.
Here’s the “new”pattern piece for the back. I did the same thing for the front pattern piece. Now I’m all set to cut!