Me Made Monday: {Pique-nique} Skirt

Today my Me Made Monday offering is one of which I am particularly proud! I named this special skirt “Pique-Nique” after one of my favorite words I learned in French class, not only because I love it but because English seemed far too ordinary for such a fabulous and fun skirt as this. I’m sure y’all realize that it’s pronounced just as it looks, which happens to be exactly how it is in English but call me a sucker for flair, if nothing else!

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The {Pique-nique} Skirt is made from vintage fabric (I think meant for upholstery), a vintage metal zipper, and even some vintage thread – simply because I was too lazy to wind my own bobbin and found a red one in the supplies that came with my 1970 sewing machine 🙂 She is a full circle, which is delightfully swingy as always, but I feel that my use of several couture techniques rocketed up the quality of this one far above my previous two circle skirts.

Rather than my usual left-hand zipper and right-hand pocket, I decided to go for two pockets – because a lady can never have too much convenient storage. In an effort to use up some relatively unsavory synthetic fabric leftover from my high school prom dress (it’s been taking up space in my sewing storage since 2011!), I made the pockets from a bright red fabric rather than matching the print. It really does lend a fun bit of whimsy to this skirt to see the red peek out when I use the pockets. See below. Obviously, using the fun red pockets was wearing off on my mood 🙂

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I also used that red fabric to create a very wide facing to finish the hem, which by far is the most beautifully elegant way to finish a circle skirt. Though it’s quite time consuming – I turned and stitched the facing by hand so as not to see so many obvious thread pricks – the results are without compare. My boyfriend, who took these photos for me, noted that he feels this is my best skirt yet and looks of professional quality. That’s the goal, isn’t it? Who wants a homemade dress that looks obviously homemade? So I’m pleased as punch, and I’m sure you can tell. This skirt is such a joy to wear.

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The making, however, wasn’t without its mishaps. When cutting for the zipper, I didn’t take into account that a lapped zipper won’t lay flat in the fabric without a seam without some serious thought. I solved it by sewing a false seam down the center back, which worked wonderfully. Later, I sewed the buttonhole vertically rather than horizontally – TWICE – but the third time was a charm when I took a friend’s advice and butted the two edges up evenly with hooks and eyes. So all’s well that ends well. Ahh, I love a cleanly finished garment!

DSCF0542Unfortunately, the only glimpse of the red facing is in the above photo with my love, who was sick as a dog but still indulged me with a picnic and a photo. It really does look delightful when it peeks out! I think whenever I wear this skirt, I’ll be a bit happier simply because of the thought and detail that I included. It’s all in the little things, isn’t it?

I’m sure I’ll be “pique-nique-ing” plenty in this sensational skirt in the future. The use of such a thick fabric makes it drape in such a lovely way that I don’t even want to include a petticoat. Not only that, but I’ve been realizing since watching more and more vintage television (Leave it to Beaver!) that ladies didn’t necessarily wear the full, full skirts in daily life. At all! And my goal in dressing vintage is to look the authentic part, so my pettis will be kept aside for mainly formal and special events.

What is your intention or goal when you dress vintage? Be sure to tag your own garments on Instragram with #memademonday and @thehomemadepinup, and drop your blog link down below in the comments if you participate. I’d love to feature your Me Made Monday beauties each week as well!

Thanks for stopping by!

Until next time,
Lauren || The Homemade Pinup

15 thoughts on “Me Made Monday: {Pique-nique} Skirt

    • Thanks, I thought so too! I’m loving the amount of skirts in my wardrobe now, but I feel like a) all I post about are circle skirts lately [boring] and b) I have NO blouses to wear with them XP my current project is a 50s blouse, though, so if all goes according to plan then both of those issues will be resolved ^_^

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  1. So gorgeous! I’ve been trying to learn how to sew on my own; thrift stores are great for finding cheap fabric. I’m attempting to make a shirt out of a vintage pillow-case currently. Difficult but worth the effort!! Amazing job on this skirt xoxo

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    • That’s very true! I don’t always have the best luck finding nice patterns and fabrics in thrift stores, but sometimes you can even pick apart clothing you find if the garment is big enough and the fabric is right. Saving resources and saving money are important to me, and they especially were when I was just starting out. I also taught myself how to sew, good luck in your sewing adventures! 🙂

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  2. Very lovely and inspiring for me to get back into sewing. You did a great job. I look forward to any blouse sewing projects! As I have a couple of cute skirts I love, with no tops to go with them.

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    • Thank you kindly, Kara. I’m happy that I can inspire people the way that other sewing mavens inspire me! Blouses should be coming up next, with any luck, as I’m in the same predicament as you. I’m working from an original 50s pattern this time, however, which poses some complications – those things give such little information and a spectacular amount of ease. So it’s back to the drafting board to grade it down…

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