Keeping calm and carrying on…. fur stole pattern posted

(Fake fur of course)

The Mad Men style furore seems to have died … or maybe it’s just off the radar until the next season starts? If a bit of 50’s/60’s glam is on your things-to-make-list the pattern for this stole is now up on my Free Stuff page… finally got around to digitizing it.  Until my broken foot is healed computer work is about all I can do for a while. Which means I’ll get to those 3 skirt drafting tutorials sooner rather than later too.

Which tutorial shall I do first: 30’s, 40’s or 50’s??




last of the summer sweet peas

And aren’t these sweet peas the most amazing colours! That’s half of my autumn/winter palette right there.

27 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Patricia O
    Sep 29, 2012 @ 10:10:11

    I’d opt for the 40s skirt as it is the widest at the hemline. My skirts are not exclusively A line but that style does tend to creep into my wardrobe. Loved the teddy bear site – from the area dialling code it is somewhere in Shropshire – an adjoining county to me (I’m in Staffs). Now next time a friend tells me she’s going to be a grandma I’ll know what to sew (a teddy not a vintage skirt – skirt will be for me!!)


  2. VeraVenus
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 11:10:41

    Thank you all for your thoughts on which skirt first…. the 30’s skirt drafting how-to is in the works now & 40’s and 50’s will follow soon after!


  3. Rachal
    Sep 21, 2012 @ 11:02:39

    I’ve just found your blog and I love it! The 30s skirt is adorable- but all three are great!


  4. Dean
    Sep 20, 2012 @ 19:13:19

    Boy this post is so on time for me Vera. I’m just now getting back to a skirt collection that has the kick pleat and I actually am looking for exact details on the construction of that pleat. Can you recommend some? I really love your work.


    • VeraVenus
      Sep 20, 2012 @ 19:35:31

      Thanks Dean.
      The blog has a short how-to on that. I refer to the Natalie Bray pattern books myself when I forget how to do something. As to the lining I mostly do a loose lining with a split where the pleat is rather than the more complicated options which can make the pleat bulky.


  5. Roslyn Francis
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 22:28:17

    The 30’s skirt is really sexy so I vote for that. Sorry to hear about the broken foot.


  6. Melanie
    Sep 19, 2012 @ 04:24:58

    I’m looking forward to all those skirts, its so lovely of you to share!
    And I think the Mad Men thing is cooling off a little because, well they’re in the mid to late 60s now and that means: polyester, stretch fabrics, and the end of hats, gloves and all things glamorous. I’m sure it was liberating if you lived through it, but it just doesn’t look as good IMHO.


  7. Nina
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 15:37:01

    those pockets in the 50’s skirt are amazing!


  8. Catherine
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 08:04:22

    Any of the skirts please…but if it had to be just one then the 1940’s number to go with all my jumpers!
    I love the faux fur wrap and feel that I desperately need one in my life to dispel the advances of a gloomy old age.
    Hope your foot gets better soon…don’t tell me you fell off your bike while wearing those gorgeous new shoes of yours???


  9. K2
    Sep 18, 2012 @ 01:19:03

    The 30’s skirt. So pretty and feminine.


  10. VeraVenus
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 23:23:22

    The 30’s godet skirt is out in front at the moment… but don’t worry I will do all three. It just helps me cut procrastination time if I have outside influence on which skirt to begin with 🙂


  11. Daisy Cresswell
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 23:22:09

    My vote is definitely for the 40’s one. Looking at all of the comments, looks like you’ll have to do all 3.. Eventually! Xxx


  12. CurlsnSkirls
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 23:03:05

    Casting my vote for 30s skirt first, thank you!
    (Where did you find such luscious faux fur?)

    So sorry to hear about your foot.
    Know what that’s like – not fun.
    Lots of good thoughts for your speedy recovery


  13. Caroline
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 21:00:20

    I think the 30’s skirt is the one! The shape is flattering to every type of body, I so like the drape of it and the elegance that can both be dressed up or down.


  14. Suzy
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 20:14:30

    I love the 50’s so I vote for that. Btw very nice stole and match the skirt as well 🙂


  15. Suzanne M
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 20:12:55

    I love the 50’s one with the hip details – they’re pockets aren’t they? Discovered your blog just recently & it’s fabulous. Thanks for sharing!


  16. lemur178
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 20:00:45

    Wooh, that stole is glamorous! I love the colour too. I’ve got some fake furs lined up to make collars through which I can then run some silk scarves, but this is something else entirely! Will definitely be doing this tutorial, thank you.


  17. Marieke
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 19:51:06

    The 40’s one is the best one to accommodate my shape. So I vote for that


  18. Lettetia
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 19:44:36

    The Sweet Peas are just my perfect palette for Autumn as well. Beautiful! I vote for 30’s.


  19. Kae
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 19:17:06

    I vote for 50’s.


  20. Wendy Loo
    Sep 17, 2012 @ 19:05:24

    Sweet peas are my favorite. Yours are amazing.
    So sorry to hear about your broken foot, but you’re making good use of your time I see. I love all the skirts. The 30’s is so curvy, I would love to have more curves so I’d vote for that one first.


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