Hot! The “40{s} Yard {Slap}Dash” Ensemble

The "40 Yard {Slap}Dash" Ensemble
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This has been a public service announcement.

People, when you are given clear, concise and specific instructions on how best to perform a task, and you choose not to heed them, you deserve what you get. I managed to follow through on Steph’s drafting instructions quite well. This is a massive feat, for I am the queen of winging it. I used Lydia as my base, of course, and off I went. Things began to fall apart when instructions like: trace this piece using interfacing, mark point A on all pieces, add seam allowance were used. This semi-pleasing result is the work of much, unnecessary, forcing into submission after the fact (and liberal use of the shadowing feature on picmonkey).  Listen to Steph. You have been warned.

The skirt making was a much happier experience.

The "40 Yard {Slap}Dash" Ensemble

Which was great, since I chickened out on making the shorts I had planned. Scallops and flippy skirts are totally 40s fashion, right??? I can hardly believe how well this went. I’m still a bit flabbergasted. Of course, I skipped letting the bias settle before hemming, so I will pay for that at an undetermined point in the near future. I did the waistband a bit different than the last time I used it. I sewed in the iron-on interfacing. I stacked it along with the waistband pieces (right sides facing on those) and stitched the scalloped side, then clipped and trimmed (precisely) and turned it right side out. THEN I pressed the interfacing to the fabric. I’ve never had such good results with iron-on. Or, indeed, produced a better looking waistband on a skirt.

I have to admit, I was never a huge fan of little flippy skirts. I walk really fast, which makes them kick up in the back and I am often caught in a breeze, which leads to Marilyn moments. I’m just going to invest the time to make some little slips and tap pants to wear under them because, they are SO here to stay!
The "40 Yard {Slap}Dash" Ensemble

The Facts
Fabric | Navy Stretch Rayon Jersey :: $4.98 a yard :: less than one yard used. Rayon Challis in Speckled Red $1.98 a yard :: It was very wide so, I was able to use a yard or so for the skirt.
Patterns | Vivat Veritas Scallop Waist skirt, which is well on its way to becoming my TNT, non-pencil skirt, pattern. Steph’s AMAZING 40s Charm, Blank Tee hack.
Year | Current.
Notions | Thread, a zip, a bit of interfacing.
Time to complete | Three or four hours?? There was MUCH forcing into submission after the fact, with regard to the shirt. I was so completely distracted, a mosquito feasted (7 bites!!!) on my right arm while I was pinning and top stitching like a fiend. The skirt practically made itself.
First worn | I kept the shirt on all day. I only wore the skirt at home, it’s a bit rainy here for bare legs, flippy skirts and sandals.
Wear again? | Yes, I put the shirt on after I finished browbeating it and I wore it with jeans to pick up my kiddies from school. It’s soooo cute and a nice break from regular tees. If the summer ever arrives, I expect this skirt (and the 3 I have planned with my remaining rayon challis prints) to be worn quite a lot. You have all witnessed how I use patterns to death like to revisit the same designs. Expect more 40s Charm tees and half circle skirts in the future!
Total price | I guess we’ll call it $6? Less than $10, to be sure.




Wanett Clyde is a wife, mama of four and library school student that manages to cram a lot into her days. She loves books, writing, creating, the color purple, sarcasm, summertime, staying up late, anything British, BROOKLYN(!!!), and her family.


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  1. Love the top! Steph does such brilliant patterns, and your version is just gorgeous. Such a great garment to have in your wardrobe – basic but interesting.

    • Thank you!! I love it, too! This is the first time I’ve tried one of her patterns, but it certainly will not be my last!

  2. I tried the trick of sewing in the iron-on interfacing last time I made a skirt and it worked a treat for me too. Love your skirt, by the way. Actually, love the whole look.

  3. I love your whole outfit! I am impressed with the band in that skirt. I have been learning how to sew better curves while participating in these challenges. Usually I zip through them and have to go back and fix them. Yours are perfect! The skirt is perfect! I’ve never heard of Steph (or have I?) so I’ll have to check her out. Send me a link if you can-

  4. I love this! You did a great job. :) I can’t go past those awesome double scallops- waistline AND hem.

  5. Dang- I just went back and re-read this post and your blog and I feel so silly! I looked wrong, the hem is beautiful the way it is. :)

  6. This is adorable! That waistband is beautiful!

  7. WOw, those are awesome scallops, they look fantastic. Love the tee, it’s got such great character details, way to go Nettie!!

  8. Love the whole outfit, but especially the skirt – that fabric is fantastic!

    • Thanks, Tara!! I had been worried about working with this slinky rayon, but it was much easier than I thought it would be.

  9. Love it… the skirt is adorable.

  10. Gorgeous! I am in serious envy over your sleeve cuffs. I have such a hard time with jersey – my cuffs and hems are always a fright. Your skirt also looks smashing. Perfect, perfect, perfect.

    • Thanks, Liz!! The sleeve cuffs are all Steph! I’ve never done them like this on a short sleeve shirt before, but I will from now on.

  11. I love both Steph’s top and the skirt. Girl, those scallops are awesome! Can’t believe your time frame.

  12. Love it too Nettie. Those scallops are perfect. I’m loving this t-shirt hack too, thank you for the amplified link and instructions to Stephs link hehe.

    • Thanks, Kazz!! And you’re welcome, though I really should follow instructions when sewing, but I do love to wing it and see what happens ;o)

  13. Love your writing Nettie :) Your posts always make me smile. And your photoshoots….and those adorable scallops….yes, now go do double scallops! (the sewist’s double rainbow).

  14. Aren’t scallops wonderful? You did a great job, as usual : )