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A hello and four circle skirts

July 11, 2012

 

 

Hello!  I’ve been reading We Sew Retro on and off for a while and it only finally occurred to me today that this would be the perfect place to share all of the sewing that I’ve been doing, as my fiancee is getting a bit sick of hearing me carry on about it!

Some introduction… I first got into vintage clothing after buying my first petticoat last fall, and then my mother gave me my very own sewing machine for Christmas!  Which naturally led to all sorts of pattern hunting and vintage sewing pattern sewing, but to keep things in order, it started with circle skirts.

After doing a little math, I made my first circle skirt out of synthetic red felt.  This, in theory, was my wearable muslin, since it was the cheapest thing to make a skirt out of.  I cut it in two pieces and put the zipper and buttons at the side.  Since I wasn’t thinking enough about the buttons (and didn’t make an overlap for buttonholes) I ended up attaching elastic loops to the opposite edge to close.

 

 

 

Skirt the second was made out of a lovely black or very dark navy cotton with a blue-ish all-over flower pattern.  Since I was using smaller fabric, I cut this one in four pieces and moved the zip and buttons to the center back.  I was a little overzealous with the waist measurement… although it buttons, it does gape quite a bit at the back.  I think I’ve lost a little weight (or a few inches) since I made it, as it closes much more completely now.  I made a wide waistband for this skirt like I did for the red one, but forgot to account for it being cotton instead of felt, and did not interface it.  Oops.

For skirts three and four I cut the fabric in three pieces (1 half circle and 2 quarters) to eliminate the center front seam.  I also interfaced the waistband, which made a huge difference.  For the yellow one I extended the waistband and made buttonholes for the four buttons I used as a closure.  For the purple skirt, I forgot about buttons entirely and just sewed the zipper all the way through the waistband.  I may add buttons to be decorative later… I’m not sure.  The purple skirt is a bit odd, because it’s made of the same fabric (one would think) as the blue one, but after pre-washing the fabric came out quite sheer and has much less body than the blue.

I’ve since started stalking the local antiques mall for sewing patterns in my size and picked up several.  Further posts with more interesting garments to come once I extract myself from reading the back archives.

  1. I really love the red one. I am not sure if it is the combination with black (I have a thing about red and black) or just the way it swirls so good… but I love what you did 🙂

  2. They are all super cute! Looks like you are doing a good job and learning a lot! My favorite is the red one!! My thoughts are a lot like Rachel’s in the first post!

  3. Gorgeous! Especially the red one with the black contract – stunning. I love the blue one too. Well done!

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