New Project: 1950s Styled Sheath Skirt

As part of the next RetroGlam Patternmaking and Sewing Project, I’m going to draft a simple 1950s style sheath skirt. The finished skirt will be worn with the version of a Secretary Blouse with Pussycat Bow I’m also working on.

In the next two postings I present the drafting instructions for the fitting shell of a basic skirt. The pencil skirt that is part of the current project will have a few modifications made to the basic pattern including the addition of an unusual kickpleat at center back along with the zipper application used.

Once the muslin for the sheath skirt has been completed, I will post photos of it and the blouse toile. Instructions for adding style ease to the basic patterns and the transformations used will be included.

Please see the next two postings for the skirt fitting shell drafting instructions. There will be a third posting on an alteration needed for the Size 4 Skirt Fitting Shell that may arise for you should you use the Standard Size 4 measurements provided here. As always, there is the possibility of alterations needed to any pattern whether you use your own measurements or Standard Measurements.

The finished sheath skirt will be something like View C in the vintage pattern shown above.