Back in the spring, our family took a little trip to Palm Springs. I wanted to make something light and fun and somewhat retro for the trip. My fantasy involved sipping cocktails on the patio like a modern lady in my desert oasis [the Ace Hotel – I would live here if I could]. This simple dirndl skirt (I used Gertie’s basic pattern here) seemed just about right. The fabric is a basic cotton and I think I had about 2 1/4 yards. I used every last bit of the length – I like my skirts full – and used the extra from the width to make the waist band.
All I need is my pearls and I’m ready to be a good ’50s homemaker.
I really like the deep hem. This one is about 2 1/2 inches and I think it would be even better in a heavier fabric. I want to try this in some other fabric. The gathers at the waist poof a bit in this cotton. I think a little weight would give it a bit more structure. I did end up wearing this to work today (with less crazy shoes) and a cardigan so I guess it does double duty – Palm Springs starlet and code monkey… what more could you ask out of skirt.
The Good: cute fabric, easy sewing
The Bad: cotton needs to be ironed every time, I didn’t do the best job with the gathers.