Happy Sunday everyone! Hope you have been doing a bit of what you love (even better if it’s a lot of what you love 🙂 )…
I have had a glorious Saturday afternoon of sewing, prompted by an urge that I just possibly could make a whole new outfit for a special birthday party this afternoon. Having just some finishing touches to make for a top (one that I will reveal properly in another post, but it’s peeping out in today’s pics….) I got it into my head that I could actually conjure up a new skirt, & cami to wear underneath this top (that will also be revealed separately). Because this is about the circle skirt.
I have a bit of a thing for circle skirt exploration at the moment as I shall be making an AWESOME one very shortly – I just need to complete my supplies before I can start sewing, but it is cut out ready. I am being such a blimmin awful tease so far aren’t I? All promises of things to come, & not much else. OK, I was trying to complete the backstory for making a circle skirt this time. Since revisiting this circle skirt , & just how wearable & cute it is with cropped tops & even heels, I have been drawn to making more. This one today is a full circle skirt. Like, all one piece, no seams. For real. Spread it out on the floor and it’s like a donut. (one that’s decidedly more dough than hole).
That is one of the joys of making a circle skirt. It doesn’t have to have seams as long as you make it with an elasticated waist. And gone are the days of elasticated waists being frumpy. When you have a swish circle skirt & combine it with some deep elastic, the elastic itself takes on a role as part of the design- almost a built in waspi belt, but without the buckle. Mix it up a bit with an elastic in a feature colour or you can even get patterned elastics. What’s stopping you? If I wanted I could have made mine more cinched by making it a bit smaller – a bit of guestimating going on for my elastic. However, the skirt succeeds at staying on my waist, nice & comfy. I reckon I could wear this for days on end, the kind of thing that would also be very comfy to travel in. It’s that easy to wear.
I made the skirt using a length of jersey that I got from Croftmill before Christmas thinking that it would make a nice skirt for a gift, however, I did not get enough for the kind of skirt I wanted to give. Classic ordering fail on my part. It’s got swirls & flowers embellishing it – in relief, like ribbon embroidery but with strips of he jersey. But for all that prettiness it is still a basic black skirt so will be super mixable with other garments & for different occasions.
So making it. I already mentioned that I cut a circle – folded the fabric into quarters to make it super easy & used my Pavolva skirt pattern as a basis, but had a bit of squaring up to do. There’s explanation for how to cut your circle skirt in one piece here at Donna Carol’s blog. And don’t forget the By Hand circle skirt app that helps calculate yardages & what the radius of your waist circle needs to be for the kind of circle skirt you want to make to fit you.
So once I had cut my circle with a hole in the middle, I then measured my elastic (waist + seam allowances) & joined it into a circle with a narrow zig zag seam. I also used a zig zag to stitch the seam allowances down. (You might want to stay stitch the skirt’s waist before attaching the elastic but I didn’t, doesn’t mean to say what I did was right!! NB if you do stay stitch with a straight stitch it really will only be a temporary stitching line and may actually snap in several places if you leave it in when you wear it as it will get stretched. Why staystitch you ask? Well, it might make it easier for you to control the application of the elastic to this edge….) soooo….
Marking the elastic into quarters I also marked quarters along the skirt’s waist. With right sides together, bottom edge of elastic to top waist edge of skirt I matched elastic markers to waist markers. It was then a case of stitching the elastic to the skirt with a suitable stretch stitch – in my case using my overlocker, but a zig zag will do just as well. I had to stretch the elastic to match the skirt’s waist which results in the elastic bringing the waist to the right size as this edge will probably have stretched out.
Handmade Jane has got a great tutorial for attaching elastic to a waistband here….slightly different to mine & better if you want to see every bit of your elastic if it has a pattern on it.
OK, so nearly with a finished skirt, I let it hang overnight as there is a lot of bias action going on here. Next day I measured up from the floor (using my dummy, Barbarella which has a chalk marker- this is the singular most useful thing about having a dressmakers dummy in my opinion) I marked the same distance from the ground all the way round. I then used my overlocker to finish the edge & cut off the excess all in one go. Pow!
It was just a normal overlock stitch, using the chalk markings as a guide to get an even hem. You could use a rolled hem, or with a regular machine cut the hem evenly then finish with a zig zag perhaps or just leave the cut edge as I did here. (And it’s still absolutely OK!)
So, a super duper easy peasey circle skirt. Super duper easy photos too….
You will next see this skirt when I tell you about the rest of the outfit. Enjoy the rest of your weekend folks x