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vintage-modern circle skirt

Added Aug 17, 2010

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






I’ve been in a bit of a sewing funk the last few weeks; projects piling up and the lure of planning new outfits to sew for fall, but very little sewing. Not unusual for me towards the end of a season, but still a bit discouraging! I think this may have shaken me out of that no-sewing streak! Sunday morning I woke up and decided I had to sew a circle skirt. It’d been on my to-sew list for some time, as one of those easy but fun little projects to do. I have several needlecraft booklets from the 50s that have instructions on how to make circle skirts, so all I had to do was pick one and some fabric, and get to it! I think circle skirts are probably one of the easiest styles one can make–besides perhaps the basic gathered skirt. It took me no time at all to whip this up (which is exactly what I was looking for in a spur-of-the-moment weekend project!), until I decided that I wanted to hand hem the entire thing. Bad idea–that took forever! lol.

The fabric I used is a lovely denim-weight cotton print I picked up at Ikea last year (yes, it’s a home decor fabric. No, I don’t mind using home fabrics in apparel applications as long as the weight is appropriate!). I had originally bought it to make a pencil skirt with, but it works a lot better with this style. I also added two patch pockets (because what skirt is really useful without them?!), trimmed with some mini bobble-trim that I had in my stash. I really adore this trim; I had originally bought it to use on a blouse, which I think I may still use the last bit for! The only problem with the final skirt is that I need a petticoat with a bit more body! I got rid of my fullest net petticoat before I moved down here, and layering two of my less-than-full ones underneath just isn’t cutting it. lol.

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    May 21, 2011, 10.57 PMby sewcoolone

    How many yards did you use? I have been wanting to make a full skirt like this to pair with a bodice I made ages ago…….

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      May 23, 2011, 06.27 PMby elegantmusings

      I think I had 2 or 2 1/2 yards of 60" fabric for this particular skirt. It takes a lot, but is worth it! :)

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      May 24, 2011, 11.54 PMby sewcoolone

      okay! thanks! I am glad I still have enough of the matching cloth! :)

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    May 17, 2011, 08.05 AMby tasallison

    i love this skirt, the pattern is such a fresh colour.

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    Apr 7, 2011, 02.51 PMby tirrs

    wow, fantastic .I really like that kind of clothes

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    Dec 31, 2010, 06.07 PMby lisbeth-s

    Marvelous job, I really like the fabric^^ Good job!

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    Oct 21, 2010, 09.01 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Really, really cute. My daughter wants one now….

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    Aug 19, 2010, 07.32 AMby keren

    very pretty! I like the fabric and the trim on the pockets. Nice photos! I didn’t know you were supposed to put a petticoat underneath… Haven’t worn a circle skirt since I was 12 though!!

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    Aug 17, 2010, 06.10 PMby gelbegardinen

    Gorgeous! Absolutel gorgeous. :)

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    Aug 17, 2010, 05.45 PMby kleinfee

    You really can be very proud sewing always such great garments! You have done a wonderful wardrobe!

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    Aug 17, 2010, 05.11 PMby badkitty-1

    Gorgeous skirt and fab fabric. I think that the ones in Ikea are great and use them for lots of clothing as they was really well without fading. This is lovely. xx

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      Aug 18, 2010, 11.18 AMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! I always go and drool in the textiles department at Ikea… though I try not to go too wild with fabric buying. haha!

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    Aug 17, 2010, 04.19 PMby iroiro

    Gorgeous! A full 50s style skirt is on my Autumn list too, just hope I can find as beautiful fabric as yours!

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      Aug 18, 2010, 11.17 AMby elegantmusings

      Aw, thank you!!! Yours will turn out fantastic, I just know it! :)

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    Aug 17, 2010, 04.03 PMby thefabledneedle

    oh, it’s so pretty! love the fabric. :) i think i’ve been in a sewing funk too – it’s so hard to get going sometimes. a relatively quick project is a good way to get motivated again!

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      Aug 18, 2010, 11.17 AMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! Glad to know I’m not the only one who has been in a bit of a sewing rut… I think it must be the end-of-summer blues. ;)

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    Aug 17, 2010, 04.01 PMby redrose12

    This is fantastic! The pockets and the drape make this look so lovely! What book did you use? I’d love to know…

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      Aug 18, 2010, 11.16 AMby elegantmusings

      Thank you! The book is a 1954 booklet called “Smart Sewing” that I thrifted years ago. :)

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    Aug 17, 2010, 01.15 PMby macoskrm

    I love it! Beautiful fabric!

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