Happy Saturday, darlings! How are we all doing? So due to preparing for something exciting at Vendula London, I’ve had some time off! I’m a workaholic at times, and having some time off has been both a blessing and a curse. The main thing, though? I finally got the time to sit at my sewing machine and make something! And here is my hot-off-the-machine gingham 50s skirt!
I bring up my love for gingham on a weekly basis. My rule is Gingham in Summer, Tartan in Winter. But hey, I’m throwing my usual rules to the wall recently with some pencil skirts so why not gingham?! I’ve been idolising Brigitte Bardot a little bit, and this photo has had me all sorts of swooning. So hell, a few meters of my favourite 1inch gingham from Rolls and Rems in Holloway and a day at my sewing machine and I have my new favourite skirt!
If you’ve been reading my blog for a while, this skirt might look familiar. That’s because it’s the same dirndl style I used for the Can I Be A Raccoon Dog skirt, Strawberry Sundae skirt and All Hail The Gingham Queen skirt. What can I say, if I like something I’m going to have twenty versions!
These skirts are generally the easiest projects to make in the world. It’s as simple as pleating a length of fabric to a waistband and then adding a zip and pockets. This version has nothing that the others don’t, it’s fully lined in white cotton, deep pockets trimmed with ric-rac and has a centre back invisible zip.
The back isn’t my proudest moment of sewing, since it’s a bit skew-iff and sits kinda funny. I made the mistake of making it just a touch too small, oops!
The reason I love these dirndl skirts is because they’re just so easy to wear. Jumpers, cardigans, t-shirts, crop tops – they all look good with this skirt. And I’ve mentioned I’m going for a Melody-Casual sort of look these days, which means these suit me perfectly. Effortless dressing is what makes good style, right?
And finally, accessorise with Vendula London! I love this Biscuit Shop (sold out) Grab bag, the white colouring seemed a little less me than some other designs, but I use it so often! And doesn’t it just look great with gingham?
So what are your thoughts, guys? Would you like a tutorial to make your own version? Or maybe you’d like to commission your own if you don’t sew? Comment below!
Have a wonderful weekend darlings!