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Fabric: White cotton – $.50 for 3 yards from SCRAP; Denim from Fabric Outlet ~$8 for 1 3/8 yards; cotton pocket contrast ~$1 from Etsy; 
Pattern: Kasia Skirt from BurdaStyle – Free; Shirt: Simplicity 1554 c. 1945.
Notions: Vintage buttons – $.0005
Year: c. 1948
Time to complete: About 8 hours
First worn: May 2010
Wear again? Yes.

Total Cost: ~$10

Another outfit made for my vacation — I made this outfit two days before I left when I realized I didn’t have enough separates. The skirt is actually a modern pattern from BurdaStyle and is available as a free download.

I actually made two Kasia skirts for the trip and this is the first one I attempted. It took about 6 hours to make the skirt and, I kid you not, three hours was spent just trying to understand the directions. I eventually tossed the directions away and constructed it based on what I thought I should have to do. Once I threw them away, it was pretty simple to complete. 

I think the issue with the instructions is that everything is spelled out in detail and I’m not used to that at all. Vintage instructions are notably brief and there is an assumption that the seamstress just knows what to do.

The other thing that bothered me about this pattern is that there was too much piecing together of the waistband. I simply joined all the pieces together and cut one band. Perhaps by removing the Franken-band I miss some sort of point of the design, but I was rushed for time. I also omitted the additional buttons because I felt like too much was already going on with the contrast fabric and the denim.

Here’s a close-up of the nautical-themed contrast fabric that was perfect for our coastal New England vacation.

Overall, it’s a good skirt and one that I could see making again and again with different variations. Be sure to check out all the variations of the Kasia that BurdaStyle members have posted.

The shirt is the old workhorse that is Simplicity 1554. See here, here, here, here for more versions of the shirt. This poor shirt took such a beating on vacation. One night at dinner, I spilled half a glass of red wine on the front and then on another day the vintage necklace I was wearing rubbed off a rust stain all around the collar. Luckily I was able to remove the wine stain but the rust is still visible under the collar.



Mena Trott

Mena Trott started The Sew Weekly to document her attempt to sew all of her own clothes in 2010. Since then, she's made over 125 outfits and has way more clothes than she needs.


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  1. WOW!!!
    I have contemplated the Kasia skirt many times before, but the illustration didn’t make it look too great so I overlooked it. You’ve done a great job & I think I will definately be going for that one now!
    And don’t you just love Simplicity 1554?!!

  2. Thanks! I especially love #1554 since I stopped doing the pointless gathering at the shoulder. Not that I don’t gather it all, I just don’t feel like the technique they call for is a bit of an overkill. I can whip one of these out in about an hour and a half.

  3. Ooh, what a great skirt! Your version is so pretty, I love the contrast pocket panels. And it’s great to have a go-to blouse pattern, sewing is a breeze when you’re confident in the results!

  4. Aren’t Burdastyle instructions the worst? And i think you have pinpointed why!
    I think hands down this is one of your best outfits. It is super cute and super-flattering, which means I need to sew it too! It is so funny you vacationed in Massachusetts. I’m right next door in little Rhody.

  5. You look fabulous in this outfit as with all your wonderful sewing. And what great bargains you find in fabric, etc.