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violets are purple

Added Jun 30, 2011

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






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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    Aug 27, 2015, 03.14 AMby philipjohnson

    Nice job! This is simply elegant!

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    Jul 4, 2011, 08.57 PMby Gabriele Yorlano

    Nice photo! Great Job!

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    Jul 2, 2011, 06.22 PMby loveofstich

    I’m also making this skirt in a lovely Ikea print: it’s cream with black birds and some coloured in witch a gorgeous green colour. It’s a really great pattern isn’t it?

    Have a look at my blog:

    Love Becky xx

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    Jul 1, 2011, 10.10 PMby harrietbazley

    “Blogger: page not found” – I think you need to lose the final slash off the scalloped waistband URL (or maybe it’s just my browser that’s fussy….) I agree it looks better at a longer length than the original!

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    Jul 1, 2011, 02.25 AMby Fipp

    What an adorable skirt!! I love the scalloped waistband and the length is perfect!

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