Half-circle chic

by ooobop on September 15, 2013 · 10 comments

in 1940s,1950s,Mad Men Inspired,Skirts,Vintage Sewing

Half circle skirtMy adventures into pattern drafting are not as yet very adventurous but I am learning very slowly but surely.

This is my first half-circle skirt. I made it from some cheap poly-crepe as a tester before I went to wool-crepe. But I am more than happy with the result. It hangs really nicely, thanks to the nature of the drape and also to a heavy stretch satin lining!

The hem was a nightmare to get straight. My own fault for not letting it hang first. The stretch in the bias resulted in an extra 2.5 inches at the front and back, compared to the side seams. So I dutifully unpicked and started again. A long process. But once I’d accurately trimmed and finished with bias tape, it worked a treat.

Half circle skirt

I incorporated a lapped zipper on the left side with two military style buttons on the waistband.

I love the timelessness of this style and for a simple black skirt it feels really more classy than it should! It’s so girly and swishy! More photos and info over at ooobop!

half circle skirt

 

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Deb September 15, 2013 at 3:33 pm

Lovely! The bias binding on the hem is a really nice touch.

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ooobop! September 16, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Thank you Deb. Far easier than a rolled hem, I’m sure! :-)

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Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 15, 2013 at 4:19 pm

Very pretty, and expertly styled.

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ooobop! September 16, 2013 at 3:59 pm

Thanks so much Sue :-)

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PepperReed September 15, 2013 at 5:39 pm

Gorgeous! And those SHOES…

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ooobop! September 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Thank you PR. I like shoes! ;-)

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Katherine September 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm

Gorgeous styling, as usual! :)

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ooobop! September 16, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Thanks so much Katherine :-)

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EmSewCrazy September 20, 2013 at 11:33 pm

This looks like a magazine photoshoot. Lovely job!

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mariebayarea September 21, 2013 at 1:17 am

Cool retro style outfit

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