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Modifying Vogue 1247

Vogue 1247 is the pattern I have used the most, with five different versions so far.  I’ve stopped blogging them as it got a bit repetitive, especially as most are in denim, to wear at home.  The pocket shape means anything in them is secure, especially important for my keys when I’m crossing the river with the pup!

I was looking at some of my favourite ready-to-wear skirts the other day and wondered if I could replicate the a-line, no-waistband silhouette I like, without buying yet another sewing pattern.  V1247 seemed a good candidate.

I always lengthen this pattern by eight inches, so this time I used a long ruler to make an a-line shape.


I left off the waistband and finished the edge with a 2″ strip of self-bias.


The fabric is from Dottie Dolly in Wellington.  I’m not sure what it is (cotton/linen?) but it is gorgeous – love the colour.

I’m really happy with this.  It’s much more comfortable without the waistband, and I like the a-line shape.  In fact, I like it so much I’m already making another!


Everyday skirts – stashbusting and refashioning

My mission to make myself a wearable wardrobe continues!

About three years ago I bought this black and white flowered cotton from a vintage fair.  It’s quite thick and is stitched on the back to give a textured appearance, so not an easy fabric to use.  After I made my Serendipity Bella skirt in denim, I thought – this pattern would be ideal!

This morning I’ve been setting up at a craft exhibition and sale at a local National Trust property – Knightshayes Court (which has an amazing restored Victorian walled kitchen garden, if you ever get the chance to go).  You can just see the Dottie Doodle on the bunting on the front of my table.

Serendipity Studio bella skirt

I got to use some more buttons!

I also made another of my favourite skirt pattern Simplicity 2152, from a dress which my friend Sue made herself in the 1970s.  It was hard cutting up Sue’s work, though I had her blessing!

The dress had an interesting neckline.  It was a square, cut out of a rectangular piece of fabric, then faced, with the sleeves and bodice all in one piece.  So it was great dress to reuse, as no darts and few seams.

The pattern of the bodice fabric was a smaller version of the skirt pattern, so I used it for the waistband and pocket edges.


I’m delighted with it – what do you think Sue?!