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Quick review of the hacks I made to Simplicity 8019 a 1970's reproduction buttondown skirt.

Quick Hacks for Vintage Simplicity 8019

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You all know I love vintage style clothes. While the 1970’s aren’t usually a decade I would gravitate towards I have found that this time period had a few timeless styles that can be incorporated into any wardrobe.
One such example is Simplicity 8019 pattern, a 1970’s reproduction of an aline buttondown skirt.

Simplicity 80190

Simplicity 8019 is a 6 gored skirt with a buttondown front. This pattern is so super easy to make it whips up in no time at all. 

Tutorial for adding pockets and beltloop hack for Simplicity 8019 a 1970's reproduction buttondown skirt.
This purple Simplicity 8019 goes great with my purple Chestnut Sweater

I would have to say this project is a great beginner project and one which can help you build you button and buttonhole making skills.

This skirt is also so versatile as it can be made in a variety fabrics from light cotton to denim and corduroy. 

Plus being vintage reporodcution pattern it also counts as one of my Vintage Pledge projects for the year!

Quick review of the hacks I made to Simplicity 8019 a 1970's reproduction buttondown skirt.

When I first came across this pattern I knew it would be a great style for my autumn wardrobe, which is I’ve chosen heavier weight fabrics for my makes. 

             
Sewing Summary
Date Sept 30   Tutorial for adding pockets and beltloop hack for Simplicity 8019 a 1970's reproduction buttondown skirt.
Pattern: Simplicity 8019
Version: Version B
Size: Size 22
Notes & Modification: Hacked with sideseam pockets and belt loops
Recommendations: Things to keep in mind for next time
Difficulty: Easy Ratting:  

If you’d like more information about making the standard Simplicity 8019 pattern I suggest taking a look at Abi from the Crafty Pinup‘s “Stitch By Stitch” video for this pattern.

Tutorial for adding pockets and beltloop hack for Simplicity 8019 a 1970's reproduction buttondown skirt.
This blue chambray was my first Simplicity 8019

Hacking the Pattern

While I do love this pattern as is, I know that I wanted to make my versions with some modifications or hacks have you. 

First off I knew I wanted to add pockets to this skirt because I need pockets in my life. 

Tutorial for adding pockets and beltloop hack for Simplicity 8019 a 1970's reproduction buttondown skirt.
All skirts need pockets

Secondly, I’ve been working hard to lose weight these last few month and I wanted to make sure that anything I made I could still wear later on.  So, I decided to add belt loops to the skirts. 

This meant that as the skirt got bigger I could still wear it with a belt. This was a great idea as I’ve already have one skirt that I can’t wear without the belt. 

Tutorial for adding pockets and beltloop hack for Simplicity 8019 a 1970's reproduction buttondown skirt.
These belt loops have already come in handy

The last little hack I made was in the way of attaching the waistband. The pattern instructions say to slip stitch the inside of the waistband down. However, I hate hand stitching so I took a trick out of Tilly‘s book Love at First Stitch.

In the book, Tilly uses a topstitching technique for attaching the waistband to the Delphine skirt. I used the same method here and it worked great. 

One Week One Pattern

This pattern is so easy to make and such a wardrobe staple I’ve decided to use this pattern for the One Week One Pattern (#OWOP17) Challenge. 

If you are not familiar with the #OWOP17 challenge it is being hosted by Sheona from Sewisfaction, and challenges participants to wear items made from a single pattern for one week. 

Tutorial for adding pockets and beltloop hack for Simplicity 8019 a 1970's reproduction buttondown skirt.
You can get a glimpsy at my other 4 versions of this skirt

I participated in this challenge last year with my many Delphine skirt makes. I can’t wait to share all my Simplicity 8019 makes for this challenge. 

Are you taking part in the #OWOP17 challenge? What will you be making? Have you made Simplicity 8019, what were your thoughts? Love to hear your answers in the comments below. 

Quick review of the hacks I made to Simplicity 8019 a 1970's reproduction buttondown skirt.

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Akram Taghavi-Burris

designer, writer, educator, tech nerd, crafter, baker, sewer and vintage collector, who Brings Creative & Crazy Ides to Life.

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