Folkwear sewing pattern number 231
Big Sky Riding Skirt
Pattern includes sizes 8-10-12-14-16-18-20
Pattern condition: Uncut, factory folded and complete with instructions.
~ Item for sale is a sewing pattern, not a finished garment ~
At the turn of the 20th century enterprising equestrian women, such as rodeo star Fanny Sperry Steele (1887-1983) wore a divided skirt that enabled them to ride astride, but preserved the "look" of a skirt. This ingenious garment is actually a culotte with a movable front panel that buttons either to the left, for a skirt effect, or to the right for a pants effect. The pattern was developed from Fanny's own skirt by Ruby Erickson of Augusta, Montana.
A deep center back pleat conceals the legs, providing plenty of fullness and assuring a smooth hipline. Double front plackets on either side of the front panel are secured with buttons, which extend down to the hem. We've added side seam pockets, not provided on the antique original. Two lengths are presented: a contemporary mid-calf length and the traditional ankle length.
The Big Sky riding Skirt looks wonderfully up-to-date with Folkwear's #133 Belgian Military Chef's Jacket. To star in your own rodeo, top it with one of Folkwear's Frontier shirts # 212.
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