Maxi skirt Vintage Pattern from 1972 (part one)

Vintage Maxi Skirt Pattern – Miss Pippilotta

Question: How many maxi skirts do I need?

Answer: Yet to be decided.

About a month ago I was getting very tired of this Melbourne winter, she’s been a cold one, the coldest in…hmmm about 30 years I think.

Like many sewers I know, I started to rebel against the cold and began sewing my summer wardrobe. Because making summer clothes will make the sun shine, won’t it?

I love a maxi-skirt, I mean really love a maxi-skirt. So that’s where I started my summer sewing. With thanks to this find on Etsy: Orignal unused pattern from 1972. Oh Yeah! Thank you 1972.

Vintage Maxi Skirt Pattern – Miss Pippilotta


The pattern includes the shirt and the rollneck jumper too. I might get to those next winter. In the meantime, I pounced on this  jersey from Tessuti to test out the pattern. I didn’t make a muslin or test, I was fairly cocky confident it would work out fine, and it did, in the end.

The skirt pattern calls for the fabric to be cut on the bias, but with the diagonal print of the jersey that would have meant the stripes would have been going straight. So no cutting on the bias and crossed my fingers the pattern would forgive me.
Vintage Maxi Skirt Pattern – Miss Pippilotta

The original pattern has a waist band. I omitted that and inserted an elastic waist instead. Again “Forgive me pattern!”
Vintage Maxi Skirt Pattern – Miss Pippilotta

I finished the skirt one Saturday evening with Milly, my kitty and constant sewing companion. Instead of being at the pub or out for dinner, I was twirling around my apartment after sewing the hem. Sadly, it was the last sewing time we had together. My Ms Milly went to kitty heaven. So a thank you to Milly for all the fun times and “helping” with my sewing, your commitment to watching the fabric come out the other side of the sewing machine was superb.

IMG_2604I’m really happy with how the skirt turned out (phew), and ready to sew one, (maybe two? three?) more. I’ve just finished a silk (!!) version and will share with you soon. First time sewing with silk was an adventure to say the least.

Vintage Maxi Skirt Pattern – Miss Pippilotta




4 Comment

  1. Super super pretty, Leah! Again I am so sad about Milly. This skirt is a lovely way to remember her as it sounds like you both had a great evening together xxxx
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    1. misspippilotta says:

      Thank you Jillian. Xx

  2. Clare says:

    I love love love the fabric you used, it is perfect for this style. Gorgeous.
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  3. […] I’ve been working on this skirt for what seems like an age! Finally, I finished it today. I tested out the pattern for a maxi skirt from 1972 first with jersey – you can read about it here […]

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