Recently I have been particularly enamoured with 1930’s fashions and decided I needed a 1930s skirt in my life. As I may well have mentioned one of my all time favourite films is Glorious 39; it has an absolutely enchanting atmosphere, a storyline with more twists than a bindweed plant and the costumes- well there are no words. If you haven’t seen it already and want a gripping period- thriller which is full of vintage fashion inspiration then I cannot recommend it highly enough.
Another favourite, again featuring wonderful clothing from the 1930’s is Water For Elephants, a little hard to get through if you are an animal lover like me, but its a wonderful, powerful film and really worth the packet of tissues (cough *or two). The main characters in each of these films wear gorgeous white linen skirts both of which inspired the one I am sharing with you today.
I drafted the skirt from my block and I think I will be producing it as a PDF and printed pattern soon.
Despite it being made from white linen I decided not to line the skirt. It works out much cheaper not to line everything during the summer months and just to make a couple of good slips to wear under things that need it. I will be making it up in a wool soon and will most likely line that version for the Autumn/Winter season purely for an extra layer of warmth!
The skirt has ten self- covered 19mm (3/4″) metal buttons down the front. I covered these in the white linen backed with a very fine cotton/silk lawn to prevent the silver of the button glimmering through the weave of the linen too obviously. I made all the buttonholes functional but later realised only three on either side are needed to get the skirt on and off comfortably so next time the other four will be purely decorative. It is important to save these extra 20 minutes here and there where possible as it allows more time for drinking tea and dreaming up the next garment on the sewing list! Hehe!
I think contrasting buttons would look really nice on this skirt too- maybe a navy skirt with white buttons for a lovely nautical look.
The skirt tapers in at the hem slightly and the little kick pleats at each knee allow for comfortable movement as well as being a style feature. I find that skirts that taper in at the hem in this manner are far more flattering to my 5’4” legs that can look a bit drowned in straight skirts- more so oddly than big full ones!
The top I have on here is another rendition of the Reglisse dress as a blouse that I posted about here. This one is in a heavy weight silk crepe (4ply silk to those of you in America I believe). I got my silk from Beckford and it is in the shade powder blue. I decided not to cut this version of the blouse on the bias. Silk cut on the bias looses all its blousey-ness and becomes quite clingy and form fitting which is beautiful but I wanted this to blouse out when tucked in and hang loosely when not.
I have accessorized the outfit here with Rachel Simpson shoes (the sister company of my favourite Agnes and Norman) my What Katie Did seamed tights and a little beaded clutch. Oh and a half dropped- out, rained-on pincurl set!
Have you seen either of the movies?
Thanks for reading!