Welcome back to my sewing corner! It's funny how blogging about sewing becomes a motivator to sew. So, I have another finished project to share today: a circle skirt. Let me preface this by saying it's a practice circle skirt that I'm not intending to wear.
The fabric I used for this skirt is a particularly nasty synthetic type, with a few flaws. But, it has served me well in helping me learn what not to do when I come to making a skirt in my nice fabric.
The pattern was self-drafted, using the excellent circle-skirt maths blog post by By Hand London. It was important for me to understand the maths and not just use a pattern for three reasons:
1) The amount of fabric used is huge, and I was never going to be able to cut the skirt in just one piece, or even two - I needed to construct the skirt from three panels. Most tutorials and pre-made patterns assume you're doing less.
2) I needed to be able to make the skirt long enough for me.
3) I want to be able to make more circle skirts in future - they're a classic wardrobe piece. Now I have a formula to return to again and again.
The calculating, measuring and cutting part was fairly time-consuming. The actual sewing has taken me ages, because I was only doing a teeny bit at a time over a few months. Hemming isn't particularly fun either, and with a circle skirt there's a seemingly endless hem.
It's got a lot of flaws but overall the self-drafted pattern worked well. A good fit, and look at how lovely and long it is. I will definitely be making this skirt again in some nicer fabric. I have a teal fabric in my stash that might work, but I do have to check there's enough of it first!
- I'll try a rolled hem, but I need to buy the special foot for my machine.
- The pockets need to be deeper, and higher
- The most laughable error is that I put the buttonhole the wrong way round! Ha!
- I need a longer zip (bit of a struggle to get it over my derriere!)
- I might make the waist slightly more generous, so that I can tuck jumpers in.
Have you ever made a circle skirt? Any tips welcome!
Next in my sewing corner is a little '80s top. It looks really easy, so it's probably going to be really hard...