When I first fell in love with vintage, and especially the 50s and the 60s, I would browse a lot of photos and illustrations for inspiration. I loved those big skirts - but I never understood that what I wanted wasn't a circle skirt, but a gathered skirt! I only realised it quite recently, maybe a year ago, even though I started learning to sew back in 2009 (when I started this blog...)
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Now that I am enlightened, I decided to attempt making this kind of skirt. I think I'll go attach the waistband now!