First up I did make a great midi skirt in a 70s inspired floral fabric and yes this is the first time in a long while that I have actually completed a project for myself. But more importantly I threaded by overlocker! It has been sat unused for a couple of months because threading it is such a pain in the arse. But I decided it was about time and I did it. It was actually not as bad as I remembered.
Anyway back to the make.
I bought this viscose fabric a little while back. I wasn’t sure what I would do with it but I knew I loved it. But this week when i was sorting through my wardrobe I found an old rtw midi skirt also in a 70s style fabric and that’s when inspiration struck. I knew the swishy fabric would be perfect for a half circle skirt and the movement that’s often much needed for summer.
What do you need?
To start drafting your skirt shape.
- a measuring tape
- tailors chalk (anything you can mark your fabric with)
- a pencil
- paper scissors
- the By Hand London Circle Skirt App
To sew the skirt
- fabric (the jazzier the better I say, I bought mine here)
- an invisible zip
- fabric shears
And of course a sewing machine. (I also used my overlocker to neaten those seams!)
Let’s get started!
So this skirt is going to be based on your own measurements.
You’ll need to take your waist measurment and then decide on how long you want your skirt to be. The app suggest 24 inches but adjust this based on your height and where it will be most flattering for it hit.
Then the lovely ladies at By Hand London have made a clever app that tells you how to use these measurements to draft your skirt. I won’t take credit for this.
I made a half circle.
It will then tell you, your waist radius and how much fabric you will need, followed by can image of how to set this out on your fabric.
For my waist area.I drafted the radius on to paper, cut it out and pinned it to the skirt. and cut it out.
I then drafted a waistband, attached my zip and hemmed it all.
Then Ta Dah! A swishy summer skirt. I even have some fabric left that I perhaps could squeeze a matching top out of.
I also hope this jazzy video makes up for my lack of pictures of me wearing the actual skirt.
What have you all been sewing this weekend? Do you have any makes lined up for when the sun reappears? Let me know in the comments below.