Hot! The “Sewing Circle Tapestry” Skirt

The Facts
Fabric: Tapestry from an Op Shop
Pattern: None
Year: 2012
Notions: Zip, some interfacing for the waistband
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: Not yet but I think it will look great with a burgundy top I have, and my new petit point vintage evening bag, and boots for Autumn
Wear again: It’s not going to be on high rotate – but yes
Total price: Under $10

This is a thrifted piece of Tapestry I found recently. It pictures women sewing and knitting! I don’t recognize it from the Art History that I did in school. My fashion history knowledge is strictly limited to the fabulous – not so much what everyday people wore in the past. I think it has a very European feel – do you agree?

I thought it had such beautiful rich colours I thought it woud make a fun skirt.

I have been admiring the box pleats I have been seeing around lately so I wanted to incorporate them.

It was a rectangular shaped tapestry. I put a zip in the one seam and pleated the rest to fit my waist. Threw on a rather lumpy narrow waist band (did I mention it was thick fabric? I broke a needle) and a hook and bar to close – very easy!! Yay!

The fabric is really heavy and swings back and forth as I walk in it.

I think it really could do with a petticoat underneath – it would hold the weight of the fabric out – I have two petticoats – but I have stashed them away somewhere and I can’t find them!

Sorry she’s just on the dummy this week – my husband has been really busy at work – so I haven’t wanted to bother him.

I am not sure how well it will stand up to wearing as it is quite loosely woven (I could see it was going to fray quite badly – so I didn’t hesitate in overlocking it.

I am pretty pleased with it – I think it makes a far better skirt than a an art work!

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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. That really is turning a piece of art into clothing! Well done!

  2. Thank you – it had to be, it was such an ugly piece of art!

  3. This is a walking piece of art Trish I love it. Don t apologise, life is hectic, we all get that. With a petticoat underneath and a lovely 50’s blouse, this skirt will look magic.

  4. Thanks Kazz, we did yesterdays 80 photos in about two minutes – just squeezed it it – his busyness continues! I have lined up a friends daughter to do Spring Palette photos soon – and give him a week off!

  5. What a great find! I know it’s going to look amazing.

  6. Mum says she thinks it’s Dutch or Belgian :) She is smart.