If you’re a regular reader, you’ll already know that I’m a HUGE fan of tutorials and sew-alongs from the talented Casey of Elegant Musings. So far I’ve taken part in her Swing Dress sew-along and have tried her 1930s inspired scalloped collar and Western-style Ginger skirt tutorials, all with great results.
Casey’s recent Circle Skirt sew-along was no exception and I’m really happy that despite missing her first circle skirt party, I got to take part in her second one. This is now online, so check it out here if you’re interested in seeing lots of cute circle skirts!
Drafting and making your own circle skirt couldn’t be simpler…unless you’re me! I mentioned in a previous post that I’ve made two circle skirts. This is because my gorgeous first attempt ended up being way too small!
This had nothing to do with Casey’s sew-along and everything to do with me forgetting to add the seam allowance. D’oh! I was so sad about this as I love the cotton fabric - it has a novelty feel to it, but without being tacky.
Anyway, I decided to dust myself off and have another go…and I love the result!
Attempting to show off my perfectly circle-shaped skirt!
In reality, this version is much better for the cold weather. The heavier, wool-blend fabric is warmer and drapes so well. Similarly to the first version I inserted an invisible zip – officially my favourite method for fast and neat results – and finished the waistband with a button.
Obligatory front and back shots
I was really eager to try out horsehair braid on the hem, which was going really well, until my machine got hungry and gobbled it up! I had to revert to just regular hemming, which looks fine, but I hope I get to try the horsehair braid another time!
Naughty sewing machine!
All in all, this is an easy and satisfying project! With Casey's expert guidance, just the two pattern pieces and two body measurements, you really can't go wrong! I was convinced a circle skirt would suit me, but I really couldn't be more thrilled with it and I've already worn it out!!!
I'll leave you with these: building up a little momentum...