The “Bombshell Skirt” | Sarah Gabbart
Fabric: 2 yards of black linen from stash (similar at Fabric.com for $11.98 a yard)
Pattern: Naughty Secretary Skirt pattern from Sew Everything Workshop by Diana Rupp
Year: c. 2007 (<= basically vintage – J/K)
Notions: Regular zipper from stash and vintage bias tape for waistband, also from stash.
Time to complete: Less than an hour – one episode of True Blood later and I was wearing it!
First worn: July 2011
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: ~$23
There is something about the ladies in Hitchcock movies that make me want to put on a pair of heels and go thwart some criminal scheme/fight frightening feathered creatures/help Cary Grant escape the fuzz. His movies are always thrilling, fun and full of awesome costumes!
One thing that always makes me think of Hitchcock heroines is the pencil skirt. I have no idea why. While he did have characters who wore this sort of thing, it wasn't the only kind of silhouette used in his films. Maybe it's something about how powerful a good looking pencil skirt can be and how awesome the female characters are that draws me to this type of garment. Anywho, that's what I chose for this week's outfit – a black pencil skirt to make me feel like a Hitchcock bombshell!
As a craft supply hoarder, I take pride at having way too many craft books. One of these books had become a go to for my making of simple yet cute clothing – Sew Everything Workshop. I remembered that there was a simple pencil skirt pattern in that book and, sure enough, it took me about an hour to cut, prep and sew that sucker into a bombshell skirt! There were no tricks in this skirt – just two front and two back darts, a regular zipper and some bias binding on the waistband. Super easy for even a beginner (if I ever teach sewing again, this will be a class I would teach in a sewing 102 class!)
Thanks to Mr. Hitchcock, I am now ready for anything: date night, a meeting, looking super bombshell like at parties. This almost makes up for the fact that he single handedly caused my bird phobia. Almost.
(Bonus: Put a bird on it! Sorry – couldn't resist!)