The Peasant Kasia Combo
Fabric: Floral Cotton – $3.95 for 1.5 yards from Fabric Outlet; Black linen ~$12 for 1 3/8 yards from Joann’s
Pattern: Kasia Skirt from BurdaStyle – Free; Shirt: Simplicity 4678 c. 1954 – $5
Notions: Vintage buttons – $.0005
Year: c. 1954 & modern
Time to complete: About 5 hours
First worn: May 2010
Wear again? Yes.
Total Cost: ~$21
This is my second Kasia skirt, part of an outfit I also created for my vacation last month. See this post about my first Kasia to learn more about the pattern and construction. This one was much easier to complete since I already had one Kasia under my belt and I knew from the beginning to ignore the directions included with the pattern.
I’ll blame the wonky button placement on the fact I rushed this to be finished before the trip and was using the precise measurement technique called “eyeing it.” When it’s 3:00 in the morning, the last thing I want to do is find my ruler in the mess that is my sewing room.
Additionally, I’ll blame the gathering of the pockets for the skirt’s anemic appearance on the dressform. This skirt needs hips and and junk in the trunk to fully do it justice.
For this skirt, I chose to use the same black linen for the side pockets and the rest of the skirt. To give it a bit more life I used contrast fabric for the flap/pocket lining — the fabric from the blouse.
The peasant blouse was very straightforward and easy to complete. Oh! to create all my clothing with elastic! Not much to say about the shirt construction other than I’ll definitely use the pattern again and will no doubt work some embroidery into the next version.
And although I usually don’t write about my shoes, I had to write a little something about this pair of yellow wedges. I’m convinced that when looking for 1940s and 1950s inspired shoes, it’s important to find a shoe brand that’s still catering to the original clientele of that particular style. These are a pair of Easy Spirits that I bought at an Easy Spirt outlet for $29. Not only are they comfortable (they look like a shoe, feel like a sneaker!), but they’re well made and non-slip! We have to remember that the “old women” of today were the young women of yesterday and they know a thing or two about sensible and adorable shoes.