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I finally finished hemming the 30s/40s beach skirt and putting in a zipper. Of course, I put the Hug Snug on the wrong side and ended up doing a hand stitched rolled hem but I thought it turned out really good for my first hem adjustment.
The zipper is another story. You can't quite see it in these pictures but even my husband noticed that it didn't lay flat. It wasn't easy putting in the zipper in this skirt. I had to replace some side snaps and it did the trick but the zipper is kind of bubbly and wonky but hey at least it zips up! I did iron it to flatten it out but to no avail. But, the main purpose is achieved and this was to have the skirt more securely fastened. I used a vintage metal zipper on the skirt. It might have presented better with an invisible zipper but I thought it would be nice to have a more authentic zipper in place.
This skirt was actually very good practice for me. I'm certainly going to have to hone in my skills for future side zippers with rayon fabric. I can quite imagine that you can get a puckering effect with seams in general with rayon/silky fabric. Lucky for me the seamstress who originally made this skirt did a fabulous job on the construction of the panels so the rest of the skirt lays flat.
I showed the WIP here. I would still love to use Kathleen's idea of matching fabric to a hat. This will be on my to do list. I do have enough scrap for this.
I totally think beach with this skirt and wanted to pair it with a peasant blouse. I think this outfit really needs a big fat floppy vintage beach hat. What I really love about this skirt is a glimpse into the great prints that were around back then. I also love the high waist that is really difficult to find in skirts today. They should really bring this concept back.
Vintage 50s/60s Peasant Blouse bought at PatziPalace
Vintage beach maxi skirt (1930's, 40s) bought at
Vintage 40s wedge shoes NOS - Etsy
Braclets - mixed
Peasant blouses have actually been popular through many decades. In the 40s, you could see many Hollywood starlets embracing this fashionable blouse.
The lovely Heddy Lamar:
Rita Hayworth - Carmen:
Many comic covers had ladies dressed in peasant blouses:
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