I saw this blue, brown and orange plaid on Sunni’s A Fashionable Stitch Instagram, and instantly knew it would have to be mine. Although my accent sadly lets me down, I am, actually, from Scotland, and can prove this by my love of haggis (not kidding, it’s delicious), deep fried mars bars and tartan. All that said, I’ve yet to make anything from tartan fabric, and this cried out to me to be the first. Then I saw on the listing page that Sunni wanted to make a circle skirt from it… and lo it was decided (incidentally, there is an abundance of absolutely awesome wool on Sunni’s website – you must check it out before I go on a one-woman buying spree).
Funnily enough I’ve never actually made a circle skirt before, despite the fact it’s many people’s first garment. They are indeed easy to make, and even more so using By Hand London’s handy circle skirt calculator – just plug in your waist measurement and desired length and you’re sorted. I wanted mine to be a bit longer but was constrained the width of my fabric and not wanting too many seams.
The benefit of a plaid circle skirt is that you can also serve as a picnic blanket in emergency picnic situations:
I made a very simple straight waistband… (yes yes yes I should have moved the waistband over a inch – I only noticed once it was too late!)
… and I used a side invisible zipper, with a little waistband overlap, secured on the inside with an internal button and a hook and eye ( my new favourite waistband fastening approach).
On the inside, I used pre-made turquoise binding to finish the seams neatly (I felt like such beautiful wool deserved more than the savagery of my serger), and then, after hanging it for 24 hours to let the bias stretch out, I finished the hem with seam binding and hand blind stitching. Yes, it takes a long while. No, it’s not too bad if you watch Scandal when you’re doing it.
And check out this pattern matching if you will…
And there you go! Sometimes the simplest patterns are the best for showcasing special fabrics. And I would thoroughly encourage any beginner to give it a go – it’s a fantastic way to make a garment without following a pattern and to get your head around the fact that once you have the basics down, it’s quite easy to make your very own skirt from scratch.
What do you think of circle skirt Cashmerette readers? Do you prefer 3/4 circles a la Mary? (I must say her fabric seems to have been chosen by someone with *exceptional* taste..) I myself am lacking in the hip & bum department so welcome any help in that area… I can’t wait for bustles to get back in fashion!