Hot! My “I REALLY need this skirt!” skirt

The Facts

Fabric: Black cotton gabardine from stash
Pattern: Simplicity 4013
Year: 1950’s
Notions: 1 zipper & interfacing from stash
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: July 2012
Wear again? Yes

Total Cost: Free, free, free!


If the theme for the week is reality then let’s also be honest. What do I REALLY need? REALLY? Not a whole lot. My grandmother always said that you really only need 2 skirts, 2 shirts, a jacket, a coat and a nice dress. That’s it. That was also before women “could” wear pants in public and (gasp!) to work.

So when I looked at my closet, and I DID clean it up and out this week, I needed very little. I thought a couple more skirts for summer since I’ve really loved the few I’ve made for challenges and they do well on the bike : ) I actually had three cut out, and since each one takes less than 2 hours to do why not?

Then I got a phone call. One of my friends, who was elderly and not in the best health, had died. She had lived a long, full life and while not unexpected it was still a momentary shock. When I started out designing shows in this area she was one of the first people to welcome me, literally with a big hug, and became an honorary grandmother to my daughter. We worked in the same community but were never “rivals”. And now I need something to wear to the church services. I wanted it to be appropriate but still keep some “spark” because that’s what Barbara deserves.

It really did take less than 2 hours to make this but hey, after last week it was nice to have a little break : ) I was going to make the straight across high waisted version but just as I went to put the facings in I thought why not do that scallop edge? I did and  I love it. I decided to pair it with the blouse I made for the Mix-it-up outfit for several reasons, the most important is I love the shirt; the fabric was really nice cotton from Stone Mountain Daughter, it’s red and today was 102 out. Can’t you FEEL the heat coming off these pics?

I grabbed a parasol in an attempt to keep the worst of the sun off but we were outside for about 8 minutes and then beat it back to the air conditioned car.

We attempted going down to one of the parks in town to see if being down by the creek would cool us off.

The trees were lovely but it was still just too hot. Such is the reality of summer : ) I did get to wear one of my favorite bracelets, I have a hard time putting it on myself so it sits in my drawer most of the time. It’s made from a few of the miscellaneous buttons we all can’t get rid of.

Hats and lips, faces and cards, dice and vintage bakelite ball buttons, they all make me smile : )

I also decided that the reality of my sewing room was just getting too close to getting me on “Hoarders” so I pulled everything out to scrub, paint and reorganize, which is why only one skirt got made. That’s ok, it was the most important one.

Just a glimpse of what’s to come…



Loran is a Bay Area designer, stitcher and suburban farm girl. Having done theater for years she's finally taking on her most demanding client (herself!) and fashioning a wardrobe from her huge stock of vintage patterns and fabrics, all while writing her daily tablesetting blog. Let's see if she can keep up with both : )


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  1. You DO need that skirt! Because it’s beautiful.

  2. Love It Loran, particularly love the top of the skirt and fit. OoOoOH can’t wait to see your sewing room when it’s all done. Nice job.

    I’m sorry to hear about the loss of your friend, I’m sure she would of loved the extra spark you brought to the service.

  3. It’s a lovely skirt, and looks beautiful on you, and with that blouse.

    I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. I’m sure she’d appreciate the skirt too. I wore a skirt I made from fabric that Nana gave me to her funeral – it always makes me think of her when I wear it. May your skirt give you happy thoughts of Barbara for years yet.

  4. Hi Loran, lovely tribute to a close friend. It’s really hard to loose a friend, I found as time passes you remember the times you shared that brought you happiness.

    I second the thought…..oooooh, a new sewing space!

  5. I love that skirt! The scalloped waistband is a lovely touch.

  6. I LOVE this outfit.Everything – the shoes, the blouse, the accessories (what a bracelet!) and the skirt, of course. It goes really well with all the red.
    I am sorry to hear about your friend. I agree with the other commenters: This skirt is a very nice tribute to her.

  7. I love the scalloped waistband. Love the skirt with this top and wish I had a bracelet like that. I’m also jealous that you have a sewing room. Sorry about the loss of your friend. So glad we’re not “rivals”!

  8. Beautiful. I like the waist detail rather than a plain straight waistband too. I was too busy to post this week, but I really need a basic black skirt as well, and I thought EVERYONE would be making one this week!

    (BTW, I was in the southern US (Tampa) this week for work, and I could not believe how hot and humid it gets. It was just like being in Cambodia with that oppressive humidity and absolutely no breeze to take away the sweat. I admire your ability to take photos outside at all!)

  9. Lovely and classy. I good skirt that can complement a variety of tops is a “must have”.

  10. thiss came out great, I can’t wait to get a hold of it and turn it in to an extra wide. Oh and how I love a clean sewing room. It makes me feel like I have everything done even when I have a huge box of things to do shoved in a corner.. and a closet… and a few drawers, you get the idea.