Art Deco Weekend 2016 (and #vintagepledge part 1)

This year I’ve decided to sign up for the Vintage Pattern Pledge, as I’ve collected a few really cool vintage patterns in the past year, and I always find it helpful to have some sort of event to keep me on track! I’ve started pretty small, with a pledge to sew or knit at least three patterns this year. Realistically I’ll probably sew three things, but I thought I’d leave my options open for knitting just in case, there are some amazing vintage knitting patterns around!


So last weekend was out annual pilgramige to Napier for their Art Deco Festival (post on 2015 here). As usual, the weather was stunning and we spent the weekend dressing up and eating gelato and sharing a cute cottage on the waterfront with friends. I had meant to make at least one new outfit for this year, but then my sewing malaise took over, and I couldn’t be bothered making a bunch of stuff that I only wear once a year. Most unlike me, but there we go! I did manage to make two new things, one of which counts towards my vintage pattern pledge this year.


The skirt is McCalls 6993, a reprint of one of their 1933 patterns. I started out sewing with vintage patterns (actual, single size, minimal instructions vintage patterns, nothing like starting out easy!), but I’ve been pretty firmly on the indie pattern train for the last few years. I really enjoyed sewing this skirt though, I do love the details you get in vintage patterns and I liked having all the modern pattern markings and instructions to help me out! 


I was slightly worried about the fabled ‘big-4 ease’, and so I measured the pattern pieces and decided to sew one size down from what McCalls reccomended. The skirt has that classic 1930s silhouette and is very slim fitting through the hips, so I was slightly worried that I hadn’t given myself enough ease after all, but I think it turned out perfectly. The pleats made it really easy to walk around in, and the shaped facings rather than a waistband meant that it was very comfortable to wear throughout a couple of large meals on a very hot day!


The fabric is a lovely medium weight slubby cotton from the Fabric Store, and the facings are a more tightly woven smooth cotton that I had left over from something else (it might actually be what I used to line my Lonsdale top last year, now that I think about it…). The lined pointed yokes are my favourite thing about this skirt, they look awesome! I wore it with the Lonsdale dress bodice/top I made as part of my Beach Pyjama set last year, and wore a RTW top with the other half (Holly Trousers) another day.


Unfortunately, the invisible zipper I used instead of a standard zip popped open on Saturday evening, leaving me properly stuck in the skirt! In the end I had to cut the zipper tape away from the pull to extract myself. I think I might sew the back seam closed and put a lapped zipper in one side seam instead, it’ll be more sturdy and easier to get into. I was so miffed, but at least its easily fixed!


The other thing I whipped up for the weekend was a cotton seersucker kimono to throw on with my beach pyjamas, to keep my back and shoulders out of the scorching sun for a while. I used view A of Simplicity 1318, which was really quick and easy to sew. I think it might have been better in a drapier fabric though, the seersucker is a bit voluminous and I kept feeling like it was going to blow off me! I was happy with this outfit though, I was trying to copy this seaside outfit I found on pinterest:


I think I managed to get a similar feeling, though I covet her beads and hair style. My hair is too stubbornly straight to even hold that subtle a wave for longer than a few minutes!

I also revamped my hat from a few years ago, I’ve been inspired by the Honorable Miss Phryne Fisher’s magnificent hats, and felt that I could do better with mine! Could still be more fabulous, but I don’t think it looks too bad.


So that was Art Deco Weekend for another year! Lots of lipstick, lots of sunshine, lots of fun with lovely friends (and thanks to Lauren for being my very obliging photographer for the weekend!).

24 thoughts on “Art Deco Weekend 2016 (and #vintagepledge part 1)

  1. Heck Kirsten, you do sport an Art Deco look so well. Yes, the peaks on the skirt yoke are spiffing and paired with the the Lonsdale top you look fab. I really dislike dressing up but have to say you always inspire a spark of “… I wonder…”

    1. I have to say that I’m not really a costume person either. I don’t really like dressing up as a character or for halloween or anything, but for some reason I can cope with dressing up in a different era of clothing!

  2. Both outfits are great! I think you totally nailed the beach outfit with the kimono. Sounds like such a fun weekend.

  3. That skirt and top combo is perfection! The deco style really suits you. Too bad about the zip – I can’t use invisible zips anymore, they break too often and I don’t know if sturdier ones exist.

  4. I really admire all the work you put into your outfits! I usually don’t wear vintage inspired clothes, but I’d still want to steal your first outfit!

  5. Oh my, that skirt is divine! Love the pointed yoke detail and it fits you perfectly! It’s so annoying when you do all that sewing to find you have a dodgy zip (I’ve been there!) The kimono looks elegant and timeless too. šŸ™‚

  6. Your outfits are gorgeous! I absolutely love the wide leg trousers, and they look fab on you. The yoke and pleats on the skirt are beautiful, I love these details on vintage patterns. Pants the to zip breaking though. Hope you can get it fixed.

    1. Thanks Lynne! I really enjoy wearing those trousers, I was trying to think how I could incorporate a pair into my exceedingly casual daily wardrobe without feeling too ridiculous…maybe a black wool pair?

  7. That skirt is amazing! The picture on the envelope doesn’t do it justice. I have this patterns, simply because it’s vintage. It’s now on my list to sew up. Where did you get the beige tie shoes?

    1. Thanks Mary! The shoes were a lucky find in a second hand store, I was so happy they fit! I’ve seen some similar (but a more modern shape) on Mod Cloth though šŸ™‚

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