A few days ago, I featured two pleated, tartan skirts and it took me down memory lane, to a skirt I remember wearing as a child, many moons ago - a tartan, pleated skirt, no doubt made from wool.
It got me thinking. Inspiration for today's fashion, is very often drawn from the fashion of years gone by.
Both skirts featured were sewn using the Betty Skirt pattern, by the Shaffer Sisters. I can't comment on the pattern itself, as I haven't sewn it up, but I do want to talk about the design. From the pattern listing:
The Betty Skirt is a classic styled skirt inspired after the deep yokes and pleated skirts of the 1920’s.
My Aunty, (Mum's sister) made this outfit for me, I'm guessing in the early 60s. Possibly she was inspired by the fashion of the 20s. My skirt has the pleats, but without the yoke.
Hemlines had risen significantly from the 20s to the 60s and our dresses and skirts were worn just above the knees. Ha, ha... by the end of the 60s, hemlines had risen to a point where skirts didn't cover much at all, but that's a post for another day.
Fast forward to the present and the yoke has returned to the same style of pleated skirt, but with a slightly longer length, but not as long as the 20s.
Amy has put a modern spin on her Betty Skirt, with the pink tartan teamed with a bright top, leggings and joggers.
Donna and Rachel have gone for more of a traditional look with their Betty Skirt, both with the fabric and the clothes the skirt is worn with - tights and a bone cardigan. With the exception of the yoke and the ever so slightly longer length, this could totally pass for a 60's skirt.
Obviously, pleated skirts were the in thing to wear to Sunday School. Our three neighbours are on the right, with both girls wearing pleated skirts. I'm guessing the older girl is wearing a twin set and the younger has a waist length coat like mine.
I'm fairly certain I've showed you my sister's pinafore in a previous post, except that it was me wearing it. The colours look slightly different, but I think that's just the photograph.
These photos say a lot about 60's Winter fashion for children:
- just above knee length hemlines
- the ever popular black, buckled up, patent leather shoes, worn with rolled over ankle socks
- little white vinyl handbags (no shoulder bags back then)
- waist length coats
- short hairstyles
- gloves for the older girl, although I do remember wearing them at this age, when we went to the city. It was a big deal to get dressed up and go into the city for a day.
The older I become, the more I see garments from the past becoming fashionable again. There definitely seems to be a cycle to clothing styles...
I'm sure pleated skirts will become old fashioned again in several years, but I'm equally sure they'll re-surface in another few decades, albeit with a few style variations:
- waist style
Some fashions need to remain in the past, but pleated skirts for young girls, I think they're a winner.
Edited to add: Mirjam sent me these photos of her dressed in an outfit her mother made for her in 1950 - a woollen pleated skirt and jacket.
If anyone else has photos dressed of themselves dressed in a pleated skirt, I'd love to add them to the post.