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winter nights skirt

Added Oct 10, 2011

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






This skirt was made as part of a Circle Skirt Sew-Along I hosted recently. We went through how to take measurements, draft a custom pattern, sew it up and finish it.

The second circle skirt I made was what I like to call my Winter Nights Skirt. The fabric is a curious sortsimilar in weight to taffeta and has a woven, slightly plush pattern. Surprisingly it was in the outerwear section of the fabric store, but reminded me of the fabric used in a 1950s vintage circle skirt I have (but can only wear once-in-a-blue moon as it has a tiny waist!). This was a far more simple skirt than the previous one, as I wanted to let the fabric speak for itself (though yes, I was tempted to add beads scattered across the skirtI may eventually!). I used horsehair braid around the hem and really love how it added body and bounce, without having to wear a petticoat. This is probably one that will get a lot of wear this winter, since it looks just as at-home with my striped tshirts as cashmere sweaters!

Material Notes

synthetic, plush, flocked




Winter, Fall
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage

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    Jan 6, 2012, 02.50 PMby amberg

    I fell in love with this skirt when I saw it on your blog Casey! A week later I found the fabric at one of my regular fabric haunts. I think I may steal this idea and make a red and a black version. Lucky we live half way around the world from each other huh? :-P

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    Jan 5, 2012, 01.20 PMby adriprints

    Love the fabric! Lovely circle skirt and silhouette!

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    Dec 19, 2011, 04.07 PMby achaia

    love it, Casey! Has completely inspired me to make my own circle skirt in velveteen!

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    Dec 8, 2011, 05.40 PMby Tokie Ang

    nice!! :)

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    Nov 7, 2011, 10.31 PMby Andrea Delesdernier

    Nice work!

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    Nov 3, 2011, 08.26 PMby DanaRose84

    What a romantic skirt! Beautiful silhouette.

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    Oct 14, 2011, 03.36 AMby dewreb

    This is perfect.

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    Oct 13, 2011, 11.48 AMby lbell

    Absolutely beautiful fabric and skirt, very elegant. Omg you have the smallest waist ever. Adding your skirt to my favs.

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    Oct 12, 2011, 11.51 AMby wildflower31

    So elegant, I want to make a circle skirt.

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    Oct 12, 2011, 08.08 AMby sophielophie

    What a lovely circle skirt. I love the fabric!

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    Oct 12, 2011, 12.27 AMby cyndi-de-crafti

    Lovely and sexy in an elegant way. The length is very nice. :)

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    Oct 11, 2011, 10.57 PMby chillwear

    Simply beautiful, love the fabric. You must have better fabric stores in your area then I do..

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    Oct 11, 2011, 06.32 PMby bjr99

    Such a gorgeous outfit. Surprisingly the stripes work great with the floral fabric.

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      Oct 12, 2011, 08.08 AMby pambox

      i agree – of course the skirt could easily be dressed up for a black tie event, but with the casual shirt it looks both comfy and classy.

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    Oct 11, 2011, 05.14 PMby threadsquare

    This is gorgeous! And it seems like a somewhat different look for you (you always look gorgeous, but I think the stripes are just so striking paired with the skirt). Love it.

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    Oct 11, 2011, 12.54 PMby Vanessa Velasquez

    beautiful, the whole outfit is beyond words!!! i love it

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    Oct 11, 2011, 09.30 AMby Dibii

    Your skirt looks so wonderful with the striped top and the fabric speeks themselve! Great choice and excellent job!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 09.14 AMby chula123

    absolutely gorgeous ! and i love the fabric, would never have thought of using something like this for a circle skirt, but it looks great !

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    Oct 11, 2011, 08.56 AMby sew4my3

    Lovely skirt. The fit is absolutely perfect and the fabric choice couldn’t be any better. Fantastic!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 04.32 AMby turtlegirl00

    Great skirt!! Excellent job and looks adorable on!

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    Oct 11, 2011, 01.46 AMby mercules

    That’s a beautiful, and perfect, skirt. Love how swingy it looks, it must be really fun to wear.

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    Oct 11, 2011, 01.20 AMby Timea Schmidt

    Beautiful, beautiful! The horsehair was such a good idea to use. It gives the skirt this gorgeous bell like silhouette, without making it look overstuffed. I have the same fabric waiting to become something! Saw it at Jo-Ann and had to have it. It really does have this vintage vibe:)

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    Oct 11, 2011, 12.47 AMby Priscilla Folley

    Oh Casey, this skirt really is something else! I loved it the moment I saw it. This fabric is superb. And I love the fact that you’re wearing stripes with a patterned skirt. I’ve begun trying that sort of thing myself and have been having such fun! Anyway, great job – once again!

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