vintage chambray midi skirt

Vintage chambray midi skirt

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So this skirt, with its slight gathers and all its buttons down the front has been haunting my dreams.

You can see from my Pinterest board there is a definite gathered-button-skirt theme. Hey, when I commit, I commit hard.

Chambray midi skirt with buttons. A new piece for my handmade wardrobe. Made using a vintage sewing pattern | Randomly Happy

  Chambray midi skirt with buttons. A new piece for my handmade wardrobe. Made using a vintage sewing pattern | Randomly Happy

So when I saw this vintage pattern in a local charity shop it was Game Over. Hello gathered-button-skirt-town. Population me.

But OK, you may have noticed it’s not the most seasonally appropriate winter wear. And you’d be right. I had some stalls making this (darn life, what are you doing getting in the way of my sewing?) and only finished it this past weekend.

Chambray midi skirt with buttons. A new piece for my handmade wardrobe. Made using a vintage sewing pattern | Randomly Happy

Still despite the stalls  and its distinct lack of seasonal appropriateness I love how it came out. I like to call it feminine slouchy chic.

I’m still getting my head around how I could wear it for autumn/fall – so guys if you have ideas how you would style this share the love.

Chambray midi skirt with buttons. A new piece for my handmade wardrobe. Made using a vintage sewing pattern | Randomly Happy

And can we just talk about this fabric for a hot minute? This chambray, kindly gifted to me by myfabrics.co.uk, was a beauty to work with. The perfect match for this soft design. I never regret sewing with good quality chambray.

Have you got a current wardrobe favourite that’s haunting you’re dreams? Have you found the pattern yet, or are you still desperately searching?

As always, click on through to read more about the details.

I only ever share products and people I think you’ll like as much as I do (because sharing is caring).The fabric for this post was gifted to me by myfabric.co.uk. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own. 

Chambray midi skirt with buttons. A new piece for my handmade wardrobe. Made using a vintage sewing pattern | Randomly Happy

Pattern: this was made from a lovely vintage pattern (Style 4821) I found in a local charity shop for 20p (mmm, 20p!) You could try eBay to find the same pattern, or this Megan Nielsen pattern is quite similar, no?

Fabric and notions: I was kindly gifted this lovely chambray from myfabrics.co.uk. It’s the perfect weight for a skirt. Just enough bounce to be fun, but not so flimsy that I’ll be having issues in windy situations. I used vintage buttons I found in a charity shop. I like them, but on reflection I should have maybe used some smaller buttons – these seem rather big!

What changes did you make to the pattern or construction?

Chambray midi skirt with buttons. A new piece for my handmade wardrobe. Made using a vintage sewing pattern | Randomly Happy

I decided to cut my own waistband for this as I wanted a good fit. I redrafted the waistband piece, using my waist circumference as the new waistband length. Pretty easy stuff.

The redrafted waistband was easy to put in. I marked the centre of the waistband matched this to the centre back of the skirt. I then lined up the two ends of the waistband to the two ends of the skirt.

Chambray midi skirt with buttons. A new piece for my handmade wardrobe. Made using a vintage sewing pattern | Randomly Happy

I also pleated the front of the skirt (as opposed to gathering as per pattern). My gathering stitches slipped and I couldn’t really face redoing them, so pleats it was! And I made a deep 5 cm hem because I wanted some weight at the bottom of the skirt.

Everything else I made as per pattern.

Chambray midi skirt with buttons. A new piece for my handmade wardrobe. Made using a vintage sewing pattern | Randomly Happy

Bam. Waistband done.

Full disclosure: the insides of this are hideous. I made half at my patent’s house (sans overlocker) and by the time I got home I just wanted to get it finished. So let’s not look too closely at the insides…

What will you do  differently Next Time?

I’m definitely keen to make this again. I love pleated/gathered skirts, especially for spring and summer. So I may park this pattern to next year.

Although… a tartan midi skirt would be pretty awesome for Christmas, no?

  1. Reply
    Nicole from PudgeAndNico.com

    What about wearing it with opaque tights, boots, a 3/4 or long-sleeve Nettie, and a chunky scarf?

    1. Reply
      randomly_happy

      A Nettie! What a great idea! Have you tried it?

  2. Reply
    Caitlyn Myers

    Opaque tights seem like a must, and I think they'd work wel with the shoes you're wearing. For the top, you could go with a cropped sweater and scarf, a long-sleeve T-shirt and chunky cardigan, or a long-sleeve drapey blouse tucked into the skirt and a faux fur vest.

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      randomly_happy

      I wish I were cool enough to rock a faux fur vest, but love the idea of a chunky cardigan…

  3. Reply
    Emily Millichip

    Hola chica! Lovely. I would wear that with some cool 70's style knee high boots (either tan suede or snakeskin), a fitted cream knitted polo neck, and a longish pendant, probably gold. Accessorise with a hot toddy, and voila! Also, if you can be bothered with the wind constantly blowing it off your head, an autumnal coloured felt fedora would work.

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      randomly_happy

      I feel your 70s vibe and I love it. Just wish I had access to some faux snake skin boots.

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    Beth – Sew DIY

    This is so pretty! I love button front skirts. I'd wear it with tights and boots for colder weather. Just layer up and you should be ok. 🙂

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