Handmade 1930s/40s Dutch Stripe Skirt


A gorgeous piece that was made as a rural worker's skirt, but reads quite modern. It was no doubt sewn by its owner, in a heavy brushed cotton twill of variegated blue and white stripe, gathered onto a narrow waistband made of royal blue wool folded over on the bias. It fastens with two robust hook and eyes, and there's one enormous (hidden) pocket, on the right side. The hem is finished with blue cording. When I say this is hand made I mean 100% sewn by hand: I love examining the perfectly expert stitching. 

Measurements: Waist 26", length 30", Hem circumference 100"

STORY: I got this from a dealer in Portobello market, London, who in turn had got it from the dealer on the stall next door, who specializes in Dutch pieces from the mid-19th to mid-20th centuries. We bonded over the fact that she'd bought it even though she knew she wouldn't wear it and now was selling it because her rule was "one in, one out". I said that was just like me, though this was a total lie: I only aspire to following that rule. Also I knew I was doing the exact same thing and I wouldn't wear it either. Sure enough, the skirt looks vile on me. But I love it! But you should wear it. The Dutch expert said it's hard to date these pieces exactly because the styles never really changed, but she put this somewhere between the 1930s and 40s. 

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