1960s Skirt Sewing Patterns
Skirts, which started the decade long and straight, ended up barely covering the derriere. For many young women, the shorter the skirt, the better. Actually, the short skirts trend completely dominated in 1967, but fashion designers got bored with it and tried to introduce the “Midi”- a mid-length mini-skirt. While the miniskirt reached its height mid-decade, by the late 1960s, a new style and culture was emerging. Skirts dipped back to mid-calf and by 1969, the full-length maxi-skirt had emerged. This came with the move towards the “hippie” aesthetic. Elizabeth Wilson writes in Gerta Buxbaum’s Icons of Fashion: The Twentieth Century, “Between 1965 and 1967, the uncluttered, futuristic design of André Courrèges and Mary Quant - featuring short skirts, childish pinafores, and boxy shapes - were superseded by a return to the styles of Art Nouveau, Hollywood, and William Morris”. Suede, headbands, kaftans, Afghan coats, beads and other non-Western elements of adornment were embraced as were flowing skirts and second hand clothing. For the most part, women hated the Midi and stuck to their mini-skirts from 1967. Sheath and A-line minidresses, both without defined waists, were popular silhouettes. These modern designs dominated the mid-sixties as fashion moved toward a more playful and freeing look.
Our 1960's vintage Skirt pattern collection is available in sizes ranging from XXS – XXL. We offer either the original pattern, a high-quality true to scale 1960s sewing pattern reproduction or an easy PDF sewing pattern to download at home.
References: Fashion History