Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Thrifted Skirt

A while ago I bought a plaid wool (?) skirt at a favorite consignment store on Newbury St. I thought it had potential.

This morning I cut about six inches off the length of it and hemmed it, and promptly decided to wear it for the day.

I'm wondering when it might be from. Is it 70's? (It looks a lot like the second skirt here, from the 70's...)




What do you think?

Actually, I really like it.

But I have plans to further improve it -- it has a lot of gathers at the waistline and I'm thinking that by making the waistband slightly bigger and having it fall a bit lower on my waist (it's currently very high-waisted) I would have more material to spread the gathers over. We'll see.

[I hope it's not some legitimate vintage piece that I'm ruining with my hack-job sewing.]

I think it will be great to wear in the fall.


  1. Hmmm ... this is a comment from a California girl of the 70's and 80's so it may not be particularly valid. We never wore anything like this! No wool skirts at all. No plaids, and hem lengths definitely weren't mid-calf! I do like it though - fun plaid!

  2. I've never seen anything like this before, but it looks great on you!

  3. As adorable as you look overall (because you are just pretty and generally cute) I'd have to go with:



  4. Your mom and I just had a conversation about this last night. I remember sewing plaid skirts in the late sixties. They were acrylic or acrylic-wool blends. The plaids were large, the skirts were generally a-line style. I remember in particular making a skirt with a bright yellow background and a pink plaid (the colors sound awful today, but were quite fashionable then). In the early seventies we started making skirts like these that went to the ground; these often had the plaid turned diagonally... Aunt Sharan