I found this tutorial to make a circle skirt a few months ago, but never had a chance to do anything with it since the closest fabric store is a good forty minutes away.
Then Wal-Mart added a fabric section. $7.50 for 5 yards? (Which turned out to be more like 7?) Yes, please!
So picked up a pretty floral pattern on a pink background – rather outside my usual style, but still rather nice – and got to work.
First up: Making a pattern. The handiest spare paper? Physics notes.
Oh, how I enjoyed cutting up those physics notes. I haven’t had that class in almost six months, but I still enjoyed it.
Next up: Cutting out the fabric in the shape of the pattern.
I could only find 45″ fabric, so I ended up needing to cut it out in two pieces. 😦
Up next: Hemming! And then sewing one side together! And then deviating from the tutorial because I couldn’t find thick elastic and making a casing! And then putting the elastic through! And then resewing the casing because I’m awful with a sewing machine and missed pieces of the fabric the first time around! And then sewing the elastic into a circle! And then sewing the last side together! (Note: If I’d sewn the sides together before making the casing, I would have saved myself some grief.)
AND THEN WEARING!
(That’s just a plain white shirt, by the by.)
And there’s a close-up! (I’m actually on my knees here because my mirror isn’t hung.)
Edit 2/24: I wore this skirt for the first time in public today, because it’s currently 72 degrees and sunny here in Williamsburg. Wanna know what I learned?
DON’T MAKE THIS SKIRT OUT OF LIGHT FABRIC. Every time I walk down steps or the wind picks up, I have to pull a Marilyn to keep from flashing everyone. Make it out of a fabric that has a decent weight and save yourself some hassle.
Happy sewing! Stay golden!