Added Jun 30, 2011
My version of Chie’s beautiful half-circle skirt with a scalloped waistband pattern This was an extremely quick project, as just about any skirt based on the circle style is. I started construction on a lark late Thursday evening, and would have had it completely done by bedtime, except that a quick try on after putting in the zipper showed that I needed to adjust the waistline a bit. So the zipper had to be unpicked and dealt with. I also wanted to let the skirt hang for 24 hours (or close to that… I got impatient) to let the bias stretch out so the hem could be leveled off. (Ever wonder why a store-bought skirt’s hem is a bit wavy? It’s because the bias wasn’t allowed to fully stretch and reach it’s final settling point!) The fabric I used was a piece of sueded rayon I bought a couple years ago, whose dye had faded unevenly. I thought it was “ruined” but for some reason kept it. Last month while doing my biannual fabric stash purge, I realized that the rayon had a pleasantly distressed/stone washed texture, which was actually quite interesting. If I change my mind in the future all it takes is a quick dip in some fabric dye to even things out!
Despite those little delays, I think this took me all of 2 1/2 hours. Insanely easy and quick! The only changes I made were to swap out the invisible zipper for a regular one, lengthen it a bit since I like my skirts to hit about knee-level, and tack the waistband facing down along the entire waistline. This would be an excellent project for a relatively new sewer; it’s only two pieces and teaches you essential sewing skills like using interacting, clipping curves, installing a zipper and making a machine rolled hem (or baby hem). I give this one two thumbs up!
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