You know that terrible moment when you restart you computer and discover that your half written blog post wasn’t saved. Yeah, today’s been miserable, but I’ve finished fixing something so. Yay! It was a good post too.
I adore circle skirts. I want a really long one and right now I’ve got two just below the knee ones. This post is about how that came to be.
For ages I’ve had this pretty, green skirt that actually is a disaster and horrible. It had been a costume, so it is practically unfinished and the cheapest fabric ever. I’ve always intended to eventually replace it, but I’m not sure what to do with the fabric. But it’s still very serviceable and I thought I’d replace it with a blue one from the same place. But enough about that.
If you are no longer a child and desire a circle skirt that comes down to your ankles, you have a slight problem. You’ll have to buy special fabric. Or piece large sections. Or you can just find a round tablecloth and go from there. And if you choose the tablecloth you won’t have to hem!
I was at the thrift store picking up this years best uncertain and enexpected read, and fabric for a different skirt I haven’t made yet because I don’t really neeeeeed more skirts. I suddenly remembered that thrift stores are great places to find round tablecloths at affordable prices so I took a look through their selection.
They had them neatly folded and taped with masking tape telling you the shape and size of the table cloth. It was easy to find one in a color I liked (BLUE) and it said it was a big circle so off I went to pay. I got home, unfolded it, and horror off horrors! It wasn’t a circle. It was an oval, a rounded rectangle!
The internet has around a million and one tutorials on how to make a circle skirt. You can care about bias stretch or not. You can put multiple pieces of fabric together. You can probably add a ruffle. It’s a fair amount drier when in comes to oval skirts.
A couple people I asked suggested that I rehem it, but I was afraid that it would be to short for my taste. I didn’t know what my path would be, but whenever I’m doing something I’m super uncertain about I make a mini mockup.
It didn’t turn out perfectly and I’d like to revisit the idea one day, but it was time to move on to the full size mockup. This is necessary. I don’t know the math to tell you what to do. First we tried making the oval hole with the dimensions that sound reasonable. It was way too large. So we tried again. This time we cut out a piece of fabric that was about a foot long and an inch wide. It was perfect. It makes me sound tiny. But I’m 26.5″-27.5″ depending on…
Sorry for the lack of construction pictures.
The oval was too long for me to just take that small section out so I first folded it in half and cut a strip out of the middle. This became my waistband and pockets. I cut a half foot stretch out of both halves, only to discover I did my math wrong. The cut sides were an inch shorter than the middle… An easy enough fix, simply cut away a little more where need at the waist, the excess is later gathered into the waistband.
From there it’s super simple. Attach the pockets, sew the side seams, put on the waistband… Oh, wait. I made the waist band a bit complicated and then I did the closures wrong.
I decided to do a two piece waistband with hook and eye closures on both sides. I also put a dart in the back. In the end one set of hook and eyes got sewn three times. But it got finished and I’ve a super gorgeous skirt.