Does anyone apart from me, Lyn and Helen remember these? A polyester “permanently pleated” kilt, attached to a nylon jersey vest – suitable attire for little girls’ Sunday best. Often worn with an Acrylic Arran jumper over the top. Oh how the sparks flew as we spun around!
During the 1960s a camisole and overblouse was a very popular and contemporary look. This was best achieved by attaching the skirt to a “camisole”, which is a French word for a vest, or short petticoat type undergarment that finishes at the waist. Rather than having a waist band the camisole held the darts or gathering and allowed the overblouse to sit nicely over the skirt without flesh showing, or a waist band adding bulk.
When I bought Vogue Paris Original 1650 I didn’t realise that the skirt was actually a skirt with camisole. But I made it, with the twist that the camisole is painted so it can be worn on show.
Although we have a soft crepe silk top, and a relatively heavy wool skirt, once belted it works nicely together. I even think with nude tights this would look nice as a summer outfit. It feels exceptionally lovely to wear. The pink in the 1950s belt is a bit on the yellowy side, but it is such a nice vintage item I got for 50p in a charity shop. It has landmark buildings from across Europe on it. Can you recognise them all?
In terms of making up this was unusual for me as I am not a great one for underlining. I prefer to line so that all the gubbins are hidden from view. So the top half, made as it is from two layers of silk is neat and everything is enclosed, but the skirt hem is attached to the green silk lining. I don’t really like it so I did it quickly, thinking I might go for a more traditional finish. The hem is supported with a 3″organdie bias strip. I shall wear it for a while to see how it performs.
I used an invisible zip, although a regular, hand stitched one was specified. I thought it might work better with the skirt portion.
I double stitched the skirt to the camisole, and I hand stitched the lining to the seam to help support the whole edifice.
Overall theskirt-with-cami is a comfortable and elegant fit. I actually like it a lot. I have the option of making the green skirt this way, or adding a waistband. Awaist band is moreversitile, but this method is very comfortable. I would certainly recommend it if you have never tried it since you were four years old.