A new/old friend helps make a new/old skirt or vintage vogue 9022

While wasting some time at the thrift store the other day I came across this

It is a Kenmore Stylist 86, probably made in 1960.  A while back Tanit-Isis bought some vintage machines and she talked about plugging it in at the store to make sure it works and checking for a bobin case.  So I dragged it over to a plug (this thing is heavy) and it worked, checked the bobbin which was there then lifted it into my cart with only a few grunts, did I mention it was heavy.  For 20 bucks I figured even if it didn’t stitch well I could use it for weight lifting.  So I brought it home and oiled it up, then I started sewing and sparks flew!  ….No really sparks flew, I was testing its strength so I was sewing through six layers of denim with the old needle already in it (forgot to change that) and the needle bent just enough to hit the metal plate at top speed and create a few sparks (who says sewing isn’t exciting).  Anyway after I changed the needle and figured out how to thread it correctly it worked great.  I love this little lady.  I have some major pants sewing to do and I really wanted another machine so I wouldn’t have to keep changing my thread for top stitching so it is perfect.

I wanted to make something simple on her first to make sure we understood each other before I let her anywhere near my jeans.  I thought she would appreciate something from the same decade as herself so I pulled out this pattern I found a couple of months ago

Vogue 9022 I am guessing this pattern is late 60s, I couldn’t find a date on it anywhere.  Can I just say even if I couldn’t sew with them I would still buy the vintage patterns just for the entertainment value of the pattern pictures.  Where can I get that red shirt with the black panther on it?!?

Anyway this was a very simple skirt to make.  The only thing I needed my other machine for was to make the buttonholes.  This isn’t a very exciting skirt, but since I made it with corduroy it is very warm and since I live in Montana in January warm is a good thing.

See look how warm I am standing out in the snow!

So I had a bit of a sewing epiphany as far as buttons go with this skirt

Can you figure it out?  There is a button hole on the left but not on the right.  I only put in button holes on the top two buttons of the skirt.  The rest of the buttons were just sewn through all the layers of the skirt.  I only put button holes where I needed them to actually get the skirt off and on.  This is such a time saver!

I also love these pockets, there are actually welt pockets underneath and I purposely did not take a picture of them because… well… lets just say they are functional but far from beautiful.  I think it is a good idea to take pictures of ourselves in the things we sew.  After looking at all these I realize I need to put a snap or something between the top two buttons.  Putting my hands in the pockets a bunch has caused some gaping.  This is something you don’t notice while standing perfectly still in front of  a mirror.

So in conclusion I have a basic skirt with some cute details that will keep me warm all winter long and cost only about 5 dollars in materials.  I think I am a happy girl.

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9 Responses to A new/old friend helps make a new/old skirt or vintage vogue 9022

  1. Katie says:

    Congrats on your new addition!! You will love it for sewing jeans. I’ve actually switched over to using my vintage machine for construction since it powers through all the layers of denim like they aren’t there. I use my modern machine for topstitch do I can use her handy guide feet to keep my stitching straight. It works really well for me.
    Also – great skirt!! Now I want to go haul some corduroy out of my stash…

  2. TanitIsis says:

    Awesome! But beware, it can be addictive! 😉 glad it’s going well.

    I’d guess mid to late 70s for the pattern, mostly from the hairstyles. I like your buttonhole shortcut, and the skirt looks great—practical and stylish. 😀

  3. prttynpnk says:

    Nice details and fabric choice. I love it.

  4. Anonymous says:

    Congratulations on your new machine. I really like your skirt and am amazed at the short sleeves during a Montana winter. I remember having to plug my car in when I lived there 🙂

  5. Amy says:

    I love this kind of skirt shape. I’m also guessing the pattern is mid-70s. What a good idea to just sew the buttons closed… That sweater is amazing. And your beautiful hair!

  6. Sophia says:

    Your new sewing machine looks like the great grandmother (or father) of my 1970s Kenmore. Isn’t all of that metal great? It seems like nothing can destroy them. Have fun with it!

    Your skirt is beautiful and makes me feel warmer just by looking at it. How cozy! Seeing these pictures at first made me jealous that we hadn’t gotten any snow, but now that I’m getting around to commenting, the Northeast has just been blanketed so I’m not jealous any more 🙂

  7. Mom says:

    I think definitely 70’s skirt cause I made one very much like it in the 70’s, before you were born Karen.
    I had a cool chocolate, dark brown gabardine blazer from my single days. I found this awesome brown wool tweed and made the long skirt as it was cold living in Minnesota. Instead of buttons down the front I had similar pockets and a one was pleat. I wore it with a high collar cream shirt and brown silky bow tie and boots of course. It was my warm winter church outfit. Loved it.
    I pretty much wore my hair like the model in the long skirt. such a slave to fashion.

    It looks wonderful and so practical too. Enjoy it! Oh and my sewing machine was a Kennmore and I sewed miles on that machine. Way to go!

  8. Mom says:

    I reread my post and cannot spell. It should read one way hidden pleat down the front, and it was fully lined in a silky fabric and felt so good to wear it.

  9. Foufy Maus says:

    I love your machine, i just found my girl today in a thrift store. She is a solid girl made for work. Thanks for the pics, very inspiring. 😉

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