Monday, May 21, 2012

Getting ready for Summer

                    Benson, Frank Weston - Summer, 1909


This is the time of year I get nostalgic about making Prairie Skirts.  Warm weather makes me want to  "swish" along in fuller skirts.  Oftentimes we have strong winds blowing across the high prairies and our skirts have to be a little heavier, especially more so than the voile, chiffon, or gauze ones.  The lighter weight skirts require a petticoat or slip.  One could also wear some fuller bloomers.  Just be sure the undergarments match close to the hemline for modest appearance.

This pattern is from Butterick, Fast and Easy, 5330.

New Look has an easy pattern:  6054

Simplicity has a skirt with more detail.

These are patterns that are available as well as many vintage patterns  on internet sites.

Check this site for  ready to wear prairie skirts.

Ringger Clothing has some cute prairie skirts.  You can order from their large choice of fabrics for custom made clothing.

Marie Madeline has a skirt that is very colorful with a contrasting trim.

There is a  tutorial on line for making your own tiered prairie skirt.