Polka Dot Circle Skirt

by Inkdork on September 4, 2012 · 4 comments

in 1950s,Skirts

After sewing Butterick 4790 a few times, I was really wanting a circle skirt that wasn’t attached to a dress. I’m trying to give myself some separates this time in my sewing, and create some eye-catching yet still versatile pieces to mix and match. I also love red, and polka dots.

A week ago I wash all of my cotton fabrics, measured them, refolded them, and labeled them so I can see what I have at a glance. I hadn’t realized how much of this fabric I actually had until then, and I saw it would be perfect for my next project.

I used just the overskirt piece from the B4790 pattern, and cut my skirt. I made it about 3″ or 4″ shorter than the pattern calls for, and made the waist opening a bit bigger to allow it to sit a little lower- more towards my hips then at my natural waist. I then cut a strip of the same fabric that was about 6 inches longer then around my waist where I wanted it to sit, cut matching interfacing, and made the waistband. There was a lot of picking out stitches, tweaking, and testing before I got everything just right, but I am absolutely thrilled with how this turned out. I kind of want to wear it every day now!

You can see more photos (including the button tab detail at the waistband) on my blog. Just click here!

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Laura D September 4, 2012 at 10:05 pm

I have a couple yards of this for one of my upcoming projects. :) My four-year-old niece, Grace, asked for a “Minnie” skirt, so she’s getting a minnie-mouse skirt from it.


Inkdork September 5, 2012 at 11:59 am

Laura, I had a little laugh when I thought of Minnie Mouse too. It would suit her!


lunefantasy September 6, 2012 at 1:25 am

I love polka dots too and it’s really “mice” sorry for my humour !!!
With a white top, it’s look very nice.


Deb September 7, 2012 at 4:20 am

Thank you!


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