In 1966 McCall’s patterns released four patterns of designs by Givenchy that he made for Audrey Hepburn to wear in How to Steal a Million. I’ve written about these patterns in the past, and if you want to see all four of the designs you can follow the link.
I’ve been needing a few basic skirts, so I went in search of fabric. At The House of Fabrics in Asheville I found a beautiful Donna Karan wool doublecloth, navy on one side and grey on the reverse. It was just the thing to made a reversible wrap skirt.
If you are not familiar with the term doublecloth, it is a type of fabric in which two different sides are woven with a few threads that hold the entire thing together. In my photo above you can see how if you pull the two fabrics apart, they are held together with some threads that are woven through both sides.
I did not have a pattern, but after looking through my collection of vintage patterns I knew I could easily adapt the Givenchy skirt into a wrap style. I merely cut an extra front piece and left the front open.
Constructing the skirt was the easy part; concealing the seams and edges not so much so. Actually, it was more time-consuming than hard, as I elected to do it all by hand. There is a technique of doing this on the machine. Ralph Rucci uses it, and it was illustrated in an old issue of Threads magazine. But I wanted more control, and I knew that perfecting the machine technique would take practice. Besides, I enjoy hand sewing.
Here you can see a close-up of a seam and the hem. I’ve considered going back and top-stitching, and may still do so.
I’ve bought these buttons new in 1978. I used them on a jacket that long ago went to the used clothing store, but I just could not let these buttons go. Because the skirt is reversible, I used clips to secure the buttons so that they can easily be removed to reverse to the other side.
On one front piece I did hand worked buttonholes, and on the other I made eyelet holes for the button shank.
I’ve already gotten a lot of wear from this skirt. It is a great layering piece, and is very comfortable, as it fits loosely around the waist and the fabric is quite soft.