Hot! The “Hello Kitty!” Skirt

The Facts
Fabric: 1950’s too small skirt $40, some stretchy denim from stash for yoke
Pattern: For yoke section: Advance 6064
Year: 1952
Notions: Zip, bias tape from stash
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: Will be worn later this week – the last week of Summer
Wear again? Yes
Total Cost: About $A40.00

Meow – Do you like cats?

I love them actually – I joke with the kids, “when Dad dies we are getting a cat” – he’s more of a dog lover. But since our two boys are like a couple of puppies – we have decided have enough on our plate!

This skirt was made from a 1950’s skirt I bought when I was in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. It was a sickly size 8, so I had to do surgery to make it a much more healthy size 16!

Had a brain wave and realized the answer was to make a yoke to fit me, then re-adjust the pleats to fit the circumference of the yoke.

My friend suggested I use denim for the yoke – because trying to match something would be such a head ache. I had this great denim in my stash – which has a nice cross hatched effect, but it is so stretchy! Had to unpick it several time and adjust the fit.

I replaced the original brass zip with another chunkier one.

Foolishly unpicked the hem – then had to re hand sew the lot.

I am so pleased that I have a garment made with genuine repurposed 1950’s fabric that I can wear.

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Trish lives in Sydney and has way more thrifted patterns and fabric than her fair share. She studied fashion design in her former life and sews while trying to not to burn the dinner.


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  1. I love kitties, LOVE your skirt : ) Nice job making something vintage work for you!!

  2. Great job! I need a few vintage things let out, you’ve inspired me to tackle them…eventually!

  3. SMART. I’ll have to remember this trick.

  4. Those kitties are so cute! Well done on the skirt refashion!

  5. That was a genius idea – the denim works beautifully.

  6. Love the fabric and the restyling. Job well done, Trish!

  7. Great idea with the denim yoke.

  8. Oh that skirts come out so well! Love it!

  9. Yoke, noted! I have some too-small pleated vintage skirts that I was going to get rid of because I didn’t feel like re-pleating, which would change the drape anyway. Awesome.