Win A Bespoke 1930s Kick Pleat Skirt Sewing Pattern! – Blogiversary Giveaway

This is my very last blogiversary giveaway this year. I did have another big one in the planning but sadly it didn’t come to fruition but never mind, it’s been incredibly fun to do and I’ve loved reading all of your comments and even making some new acquaintances along the way! Thank you to everyone who’s taken part so far and I do hope you like today’s giveaway.

1930s resort ensemble

We all know that I am obsessed with the 1930s and one of my most favourite 1930s garments I’ve made for myself is this sportswear skirt in washable (yes, I just throw it in the machine!) white linen. It is just so comfortable, it’s the perfect length because it has a slightly more casual look than some of my other 1930s pieces and it goes with everything, and I mean everything!

I made the entire skirt from scratch, drafting a basic skirt block to my size and then adjusting it into a gentle fluted skirt. This was done by splitting the pattern into seven panels, three at the front and four at the back. I then inserted two kick pleats at the front seams to finish it off. It’s actually really easy to make up because all you do is sew all of the panels together to create the shape, I think I made it in about a day.

1930s resort ensemble back

You can see in the photo above how the extra panel at the back gives it that nice gentle fluted shape which the single front centre panel just doesn’t have. I have inserted a zip into the back seam here but it can easily be moved to the side seam for a more authentic look. The waist is a simple straight band all the way around and closes with a button and buttonhole, although, again this could be changed to press studs or hook and eye if you wish.

1930s linen skirt

So, as the title says, for my last giveaway I am offering an exclusive, available absolutely nowhere else, sewing pattern of this very versatile skirt to one lucky winner and it was be drafted using their exact measurements, so it will be entirely unique to them.

The pattern will be graded from my original pattern which is roughly an average size 12, so will be available in the following sizes:

SIZE UK 8 UK 10 UK 12 UK 14 UK 16 UK 18
WAIST 26″/65cm 28″/70cm 30″/75cm 31″/80cm 33″/85cm 36″/92.5cm
HIPS 35″/88.5cm 37″/93.5cm 39″/98.5cm 41″/103.5cm 43″/108.5cm 46″/116cm

The above table is a guideline to the sizes I can grade it down or up to, but obviously, if you don’t fit exactly into one of these brackets that’s okay because I will ask you for several measurements to make it completely bespoke to your size.

The pattern will be hand drawn (please don’t expect any sort of professionally computer printed pattern!) but it will be clear and will show all relevant markings. I will also include simple, concise written instructions on how to sew it together.

For those of you who don’t sew, don’t despair you can always ask a friend or professional seamstress to make the skirt for you in your chosen fabric, so not all is lost.

So, what do have to do? Simple, all you need to do is leave a comment below and let me know what colour or fabric you (or someone for you) would make it up in. Please make sure you include your email address in the email field when leaving your comment so you can be contacted if you are the winner.

*The giveaway will run from 21st March 2016, until midnight 28th March 2016 and is available worldwide. The winner will be drawn at random and contacted via email within 3 days of it finishing. They will be asked for their measurements which must be provided in order for the pattern to be produced. The competition is for the sewing pattern only and not a fully completed skirt.


Just a vintage gal suffering from the Golden Age syndrome. A lover of all things old, especially the 1930s, seamstress, crocheter, maker of hats and enjoys rummaging at flea markets.


  1. Ooh that pattern is ducky! I need to get on the computer more thank once or twice a month to catch the other giveaways that you had!
    I would most certainly make this skirt in a red-orange to go with a becoming blush pink frilled blouse I’ve just finished! Very 1934! I hope I win!
    More posts! More posts! I love em!

    • Ooo, that sounds like it would be a gorgeous outfit! I’ve just bought a coral linen mix fabric which is sort of a pink/orange colour to make a skirt in but this one I’m hoping to do as a wrap around skirt.

  2. Ohh I love the skirt! Last month I started to sewing for the first time and now I’ve almost finished my first skirt. The fabric colour I like the most are white or red. I would like to be the winner!!

    • Hurrah, welcome to the obsessive world of sewing. Soon you won’t be able to stop buying fabrics, sewing patterns or cute buttons. It’s highly addictive. Seriously though, well done you for nearly completing your first skirt. That must feel like a real achievement.

  3. Another lovely giveaway, wow and thank you! 😀 I would desperately need to sew at least one skirt (most likely more, it’s really lovely and the cut is just so flattering for the figure) since I’ve lost weight and find myself at loss of skirts that fits well. I would make it navy blue, perhaps with the buttons in white for a nice contrast.

    • Yes, I have plans to make several more but to make slight adjustments each time so they all look a little bit different. A navy one is definitely a colour I’m missing. I may have to search out some more fabric!

  4. Oh, ever since I saw this skirt on your blog I fancy a similiar white skirt. I have to admit, I would totally copycat your version.

    • Hehehe! That’s not a problem. The fabric, in case you’re interested, was from who are actually based in Germany. It was called Linen medium in white.

      • Thanks for the info, I found it on the german website.

  5. What an exciting and special prize to offer! This skirt is divine, it’s one of my favorites I’ve seen. I know it sounds unimaginative but… I would make it in white linen as well! I’ve wanted a white skirt set ever since I saw Jean Arthur’s outfit in The More The Merrier, with the crisp matching white skirt and bolero over an adorable little crop top.. So charming! I know that’s a tick later than this skirt’s period, but I think it would be perfect made up in a similar outfit. If I was you I would wear this skirt EVERY DAY!

    • Ooo, that sounds like a beautiful outfit and I can definitely see you in it! This skirt was inspired by three different ones, a white skirt by Jean Harlow for the length and colour, another white one worn by Reese Witherspoon in Water for Elephants and an original 1930s bright yellow kick pleat skirt I saw on Pinterest. xx

  6. What a lovely giveaway idea! You are such a talented seamstress. I think I would make one in either navy or mustard as then I would lots of colour and print match options for tops.

    • Yes, I keep thinking about a mustard one in wool for a bright winter skirt. I wouldn’t have anything to got with it currently but I’m sure I could make something! xx

  7. A salmon or coral colored linen, darker than pastel, but not so bright as to clash with my red hair

    • Sounds perfect, in fact I’ve hair bought a coral linen mix fabric to make a different 1930s skirt. I have no idea if it clashes with my red hair, I don’t tend to check those sorts of things! My mum would never wear red because it clashed with her red hair but I wear it all the time 🙂

  8. What a gorgeous skirt! If I were making it I’d be tempted to use white linen too because it looks so lovely, however as the owner of a mostly black dog common sense would prevail and I’d find some nice dark red fabric.

    • Yes, white is definitely hard to keep clean that’s why I hunted for ages for a washable linen. This had to be something I could just throw into the washing machine. I couldn’t be doing with taking it to the dry cleaners every time I wore it!

  9. What a great giveaway. I would definitely make it in a linen look fabric, one that can be washed in the machine and that doesn’t crease easily. As much as I would love to make it and wear it in white I think that a more serviceable navy colour would be best for me.

    • Yes, I think this sort of sporty look works really well in a coarser fabric like linen. A navy one in linen would be gorgeous and all these suggestions are making me want to make them all!

  10. That is such a beautiful skirt! The 1930s are definitely my favourite era to sew for, and I love the white linen!

    • Thank you and yes, the 1930s is such an interesting era to sew for. The skirt style just seems to suit white linen, doesn’t it?

  11. Wow! Thank you for lovely giveaway!i’ m big fan of your style, that 30’s fleur.. This linen skirt reminds Riviera & boat trips ..
    So for my project it will be linen and chevron top, and little hat

    • Ooo, that outfit sounds amazing, I want it right now! When I was designing the skirt I had the whole Riviera style in mind, perhaps gently cruising over to Italy and sipping champagne whilst enjoying the beautiful view.

  12. Lovely skirt , such a flattering look- I think navy linen would be perfect- thank you for sharing this has given me inspiration for some Spring additions to my wardrobe. A very generous giveaway.

  13. What a gorgeous skirt. I’d make it in a versatile navy blue, so I could easily integrate it into my wardrobe, or i’d make it in a nice floral for something a bit more fancy!

  14. That’s a lovely skirt, I can see why you favour it. What a lovely little competition – but please don’t enter me as I really can’t sew well enough to fully appreciate the prize!! x

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