Prairie, Gypsy, or Peasant

I’m sure you have noticed that some pieces of fashion never go out of style, at least for long. Here’s one!

For those of you who don’t know, I often take screen-shots from movies or shows of certain things that pique my interest. Ninety-five percent of the time it’s not modern but I occasionally come out of my “old-fashioned” shell and talk about something up-to-date. (To view more of my posts on this subject check out my A Look At Fashion page, as well as the Me and Crochet page).

Today’s post comes “courtesy” of the late 60’s, early 70’s TV show, Adam-12. (Surprised? You’ll understand in a moment). If you don’t know anything about this show, I’ll fill you in. The show centers on two police officers in Los Angeles and the situations they run into, all based on real life events. It is often funny, dramatic, and tensing.

The one particular episode I am referring to (Season 5, Episode 12) is called Gifts and Long Letters. Pete and Jim deal with a paranoid ex-con and his love-interest. The girl, played by Leslie Parrish, wears the hippy styles and works at a “health food” joint, which I find particularly funny because it sounds so modern for its time.

The skirt she wore caught my eye because of its familiarity. Take a look.

Unfortunately, that’s the best shot I could get of the skirt but you can see what I mean. (Ignore the officer with the gun trained on the hotel door). It is three-tiered with different patterns at each layer. I’m sure you’ve seen it before. It goes under the names of prairie, gypsy, or peasant skirt. Sometimes it is one solid pattern, sometimes it has as many as 8 or more tiers.

I was struck with the fever many years ago when I began learning to sew and therefore, made my own. In fact I made two. Both were made with cotton material of one pattern. The first one I made for myself and was sort of a marbled green. The second one was for my sister, of pink floral. After wearing mine for –maybe a year or so– I realized it didn’t flatter my big boned shape. Thus I donated the handmade treasure to a charity. But my sister still wears hers on occasion.

Despite the conclusion I came to those many years ago, I continue to love the skirt style. I might get adventurous someday and make another. I truly love making my own clothes but my problem now lies in a good sewing machine. But that is material for another post. In researching the name of this skirt I found a great many similar styles I liked on Pinterest. You can see my favorites on my board Style All My Own.

As for the rest of the outfit, it’s not too far from modern itself. Her peasant blouse and beaded necklaces are easily mimicked and she wore her hair in a pony-tail with extra body, as was common in the era. In the first picture you can see the defining 60’s trend in makeup: thick, dark liner but otherwise neutrals. I often like to borrow from this style in my own makeup, with a little less liner.

Now that I have succeeded in renewing my longing to sew, tell me, what do you think? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

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