Skirt for a 1950s House Wife {sort of}

When I wear this skirt I feel like a 1950’s house wife. Sort of.

I feel like I should be stirring a big Pirex bowl and welcoming my husband home from work. But I also feel like a sassy pants. This skirt is definitely shorter than your typical skirt from the 1950’s, that’s for sure!

Women have come a long way since the 1950s, it is true, but there are also many things to celebrate from that era. Did you know that by 1950 women were entering the work force at a rate of one million per year? Here are some other great things that happened in the 1950s:

  • My parents were born
  • The first organ transplant successfully occurred (1950)
  • Color TV was introduced (1951)
  • WWII ended (1951)
  • Car seat belts were introduced (1952. This matters to me because, among other things, I write drivers ed programs.) 
  • Princess Elizabeth became Queen (in 1952 at the age of 25)
  • DNA was discovered (1953)
  • Segregation was ruled illegal in the U.S. (1954)
  • Disneyland opened (1955)
  • Rosa parks refused to give up her seat on a bus (1955)
  • Dr. Suis published The Cat in the Hat (1957)
  • Nasa was founded (1958. This is very important to Hudson!)

Isn’t it amazing that Queen Elizabeth has been serving for 60 years? Man, I should definitely be running a country by now! 
I like to call this my “1950’s housewife skirt” because it’s full and I wear it high at the smallest part of my waist. It feels flirty and proper at the same time.
I used a tutorial by Noodlehead to make this skirt. I came across it during Skirt Week and pinned it to my Skirt Week Ideas pinboard. It looked easy and quick, so I gave it a whirl.
The fabric is from my grandmother-in-law’s epic fabric stash in Oklahoma. Every once in awhile my mother-in-law comes back from OKC with fabric in tow and I dig through it with abandon. The first time I saw this fabric I almost fell over. Isn’t it fabulous?!

The skirt is made with an interfaced front waist band and back waist band casing with elastic. It looks bunched in this picture because I forgot to take the elastic in before our photo shoot. Oops. It’s fixed now.

Next time I make this skirt I might try it with a zipper in the back instead of elastic. (Someday I have to grow up and sew a zipper. Amen?!) The elastic is an easy way to finish the skirt, but I don’t feel like my rear end needs any more oomph, if ya know what I mean.

If you’ve never made yourself a full skirt, go get started! They are cute, comfortable and if you wear them short enough, quite sassy.

Ok, now go sass it up! {Thanks, Anna of Noodlehead for such a great tutorial!}

Have you ever made a skirt like this? Please, share your tips! And I’d love to see your pics. Thanks for reading, friends!


  1. says

    Super cute! I’m loving the high-waisted skirts trend. And yours is exactly as described….50’s but sassy. I really wanna try one. And you should try the zipper…..not that bad at all and you will be so proud of your self….take that from a former zipper phobe 🙂

  2. says

    G’ma Murphy would be so happy that her fabric is being used by the family! I bet the fabric has a good chance of BEING from the 1950’s knowing G’ma and her stash!