Hot! The “Continued Affair with the Peplum” Skirt

• The Facts

⁃ Fabric:  Green/Gold/Blue Multi wool remnants; Bemberg Rayon Lining

⁃ Pattern:  Eva Dress 6111

⁃ Year: 1945

⁃ Notions:  9” zipper; Hug Snug seam binding

⁃ Time to complete:  ~ 6 hours

⁃ First worn:  March 9, 2012

⁃ Wear again?  Yes!

⁃ Total price:   ~ $10.00  (I am not including the wool because I am just using leftovers)

I just LOVE when I am able to squeeze more than one project out of a single cut of fabric.  It makes me feel like I am getting away with something!


With less than a yard left (plus scraps) of this green/gold/blue multi colored wool, the only thing that was going to fit on this remnant was a straight skirt.  But I already had one of those from this project.  And then I remembered that I have wanted to make a skirt from this Eva Dress pattern for quite a while.

I had to shorten the skirt and peplum considerably because of my limited fabric, but I may have done that anyway as an update to a 1945 classic.

The look is different enough from the original suit skirt that I feel I have not duplicated something I already have.

And I finally got around to sewing up a skirt!  This was one of the original reasons I decided to sign up as a contributor this year – to make more skirts and blouses.  Here we are in mid-March, and this is my first skirt project, but I promise it will not be the last!



Laura Mae

Laura Mae adores sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns. She hopes to inspire others to create lovely and lasting garments that speak of a past era and yet remain timeless and elegant.


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  1. Woah. I’m impressed with your ability to figure out the waistband! Did you take it from another pattern or self-draft? There are a few patterns I wouldn’t mind chopping in half or mixing and matching but it just seems too complicated!

    • The waistband was self-drafted (if you can call a rectangle drafting!).

      If you have a dress pattern that you think would make a great skirt I say go for it – it really is not very difficult at all and adds exponentially to the pattern possibilities. Just make sure to give yourself three or four extra inches on the band for a seam allowance on both sides of the opening plus a tab that will protect your skin/blouse from the hook & eyes closure on one side.

      I like to gather the waist in a skosch to fit the waistband because it seems to make the skirt hang better from the waistband.

      And if you have a shaped waistband from a skirt pattern that you love, you could use that as well. Just make sure to measure so the waistband will fit your skirt!

  2. Gorgeous skirt and I love the shoes!

  3. Love this fabric. I just sewed up a peplumed project for the first time and I am in love with them. I don’t know why I ever shyed away from them Anyway…great skirt!

  4. I love your skirt! Wish I had that pattern-cute shoes too!

  5. I saw this on the EvaDress blog, and wow. It’s so cool! And I love your styling. Great job.

  6. So darling! You always look adorably vintage, tailored and sophisticated and this skirt is no exception.

  7. Cute! You are really rocking that peplum. I would love to see it in an original length peplum version too!

  8. That skirt is so pretty! Great job!

  9. You are too cute. I always feel so amazing when I can squeeze multiple projects out of one piece of fabric, I look around like, did anyone else see what I just did?

    I love this fit, and I love the way necessity made you update the style. Really nice.

  10. This is beautiful. Really enjoy the peplums.

  11. It’s a very lady-like silhouette that the peplum creates.