Retro Crafting Friday: Patchwork Skirt

This is from the 1979 Quilting Primer by Dorothy Prager. I don’t know if I’d wear this – though it looks nice and warm. The description and instructions are intriguing, though I’m skipping the batting and quilting sections.

From the book:

Quilted skirts have had continuous fashion appeal since the first Dutch settlers in New York brought the idea to this country (um??). These ladies even quilted together layers of wool for warm petticoats. The simplest skirt is a gathered style and right now the most popular length seems to be the floor length. The daytime length seems to be quite serviceable for the younger set (ha!).

Most patchwork designs of a casual nature are easy and appropriate for skirts. Squares, triangles, and diamonds of any size are the easiest of all. Don’t forget the lightning stripes – it would be both easy and dramatic (oh boy). Circles could be placed at the bottom of any skirt. Creating garlands of flowers around the hem of the skirt, topped by small appliqued flowers, makes a stunning design (too funny).

Measure waist to hem length, add 3 inches for hem at the bottom and 2 1/2 inches for tunneling elastic at waistband. Measure widest part of lower torso and add 10 to 16 inches.

I’m afraid to measure the widest part of my lower torso right now, though I’ve been on a new exercise program for the past 5 weeks or so. More on that soon.

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One Response to Retro Crafting Friday: Patchwork Skirt

  1. Molly MacRae says:

    Oh my gosh, I still have mine! My sister made it for me in the 70s. I still love it – haven’t worn it for years. I’ll send you a picture, though.

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