Plaid from Mena to start

Fabric: Plaid I bought from Mena back in September of 2011, lining from stash
Pattern: Vintage Simplicity from stock
Year: 1950
Notions: Zipper and hook n’ eye from stash
Time to complete: 2 1/2 hours
First worn: To work the day of this picture, January 2012
Wear again? Absolutely!

Total price: $18.00 plus a tablecloth made from the left over fabric!

I am a HUGE fan of the plaids for both wearing and using in the home. My daughter suffered years of plaid skirts and dresses until she was old enough to say enough! Funny how as a teenager she took the plaid back into her wardrobe, adding a few safety pins here and there… When Mena did her back-to-school outfit using this plaid, and then selling off her extra yardage, how could I resist? Clearly I couldn’t : )

The coveted fabric sat until November when I was inspired by this 50′s pattern to make some new clothes for work. I cut it out, with the best intentions to sew it up that weekend and then life got in the way. On my table it at its scraps sat while I worked on my tablesettings blog, one night I even used the scrap piece for a tablecloth! I was more determined than ever to finish…until the holidays hit. FINALLY, after the nuttiness of the 12 days of Christmas I resolved one night to wear my PJ’s to work the next day if I didn’t finish so I buckled down and finished! The only change I made to the pattern was to replace the small pleats on the front of the skirt with a fitted dart. You get to a certain age where you just don’t appreciate pleats anymore : )

I also managed to dig out a vintage dark grey wool blazer that I found at Rockridge Rags for next to nothing and change out the hideous mis-matched and definitely NOT period buttons. Just before bed, as I laid out the shoes and dug out a pair of nylons with no holes I came across my light grey sweater and decided that the vintage red glass buttons I recently found at the Alameda Flea market needed to be included and a half hour later I hit the sheets smiling.

My perseverance paid off, I love this outfit! And my favorite part you can’t even see…

I lined the skirt with a diagonally printed fabric that is grey with red, black and white stripes : )

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