Circle Skirt

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So in last years’ sewing resolutions I decided not to make any more skirts because I had something like 16 but hardly wore any of them because I didn’t have enough solid tops to go with all my printed skirts.

Then I started sewing more solid tops only to find that most of my skirts don’t fit anymore. I did alter my beignet to fit but only one other skirt I already had is wearable. Back to square one, I guess.

So I’m revoking my self-enforced no-skirt-sewing rule on the basis that I make more solid color skirts rather than prints.

I already made my mustard mini and now I made this green/teal full circle skirt.

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The fabric is a great find from Fabricker – a geogrous color rayon twill which makes for a lovely flowing effect.

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I drafted it myself directly on to the fabric. Both By Hand London and Elegant Musings have great tutorials on how to draft your own.

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I added a two inch wide waistband with a button on the back and a regular zip up the back seam. BTW, I know the hem looks wonky here but that’s probably because of the way I’m standing and holding part of the skirt.

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I hemmed the whole thing with some hem tape. My local store didn’t have any color that even closely matched so I picked this beige color and hand hemmed with a blind stitch all the way around (ugh, that took forever!). I went with hem tape rather than horsehair braid because I wanted to keep the nice drape-y, swishy look of the rayon fabric.

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I’ve never made a full circle skirt before but I’m digging the look. It’s hard not to feel like a 50’s bombshell twirling around in one of these. I’ll definitely be making more of these skirts in the future.

  • Teresa Behr

    I love circle skirts…and this one looks great!

  • I liked the yellow mustard skirt but compared to this, it sucks! I love this one! The color is great and from the photos, the drape is on point. Way to go.

  • joelle

    This looks great!

  • LisaSmallThings

    You look amazing! I am always surprised by how easy and quick it is to make a circle skirt compared to the dramatic effect. That fabric looks perfect for it, too!

  • Judith

    A well made circle skirt is always so elegant – and this colour is just beautiful…J

  • Rose Pearce

    Wow, what a colour! Circle skirts are on my mind too right now, and luckily I just received the Cake Pavlova pattern from Shanni in the Spring Sewing Swap. I forsee LOTS of hemming in my life from now on. I’ll try hard not to copy your colour combo, but no guarantees :D.

  • A Stitching Odyssey

    This is gorgeous Dixie! The 50s silhouette really suits you!

  • thesecretlifeofseams

    This is a great style on you, and I love the colour!

  • such a pretty color!!!!

  • lulumiss

    Great silhouette for you. Perfect with that top too. Is that rtw?

  • Clipped Curves

    You look amazing in a circle skirt… I can’t believe this is your first! Make more! (was that a bit too bossy?!)

  • Lauren

    I’ve been on a circle skirt kick, too! I love the teal! It’s so nice to pair with a tank in this hot Austin weather and still look like a lady rather than a sweaty beast. I have a few of them posted here: http://rosiewednesday.blogspot.com/search/label/circle%20skirt

  • Thanks, you’re totally free to copy the color combo, this teal is pretty awesome. It seemed like I was hemming that skirt for DAYS.

  • Thanks, lady. I’m diggin’ it a lot.

  • Yeah, it’s an old gap top and oddly enough I think it’s the only solid black top I own.

  • haha, no, it’s not bossy because I will def make more! ;)

  • Yay, another Austin gal. I’ll go check it out ;)

  • Thanks Lisa! Yeah, other than hemming the making of the skirt was super quick and easy. I’m thinking next time I might even hem it with piping or bias tape by machine to make it go even faster.

  • LisaSmallThings

    True, the hemming takes up most of the time. Have you considered a rolled hem? If you have a foot you’re done in one go.

  • Suzanne

    I’ve been thinking of making a circle skirt and am thankful for those tutorial links! Your skirt looks amazing and the color is so vibrant!

  • Cute! I have to make a circle skirt at some point. Can’t believe I haven’t yet – they’re so easy to throw together!

  • Abbey Dabbles

    This colour suits you Dixie!

  • Anne-Marie Faiola

    So super cute! I’m really digging that gorgeous teal blue color. :)

  • Alessa Farbenfreude

    Oh it looks so nice! Love the drape and the colour is very pretty!

  • truebias

    this skirt is perfection!