Easy Breezy Circle Skirt
This weeks challenge was super rewarding. I found a lovely mustard/yellow round table cloth at the local Senior Center Thrift– my go to place for fabric, heels, belts, scarves, and the occasional sheet or table cloth. The table cloth seemed to be the right width and had a lovely lace trim around the bottom. I have never made a circle skirt before, so I did some research on the internet and found several different methods of construction, from attaching wide elastic, to adding a waistband and zipper. All had the same mathematical formula for figuring out the waist circle. I decided that I wanted a waistband and zipper. I used a piece of thrifted brown double-knit, –I think– it had a little stretch, not a lot. I cut about a 7 inch slit down the side for the zipper. This is tricky because you have to find the true side of the round circle by checking the grain and the bias. I used the little piece that I cut out of the middle to make a small interfacing for the slit. Then I sewed in a vintage zipper. The total cost was less than five dollars for the top and the skirt.
After trying it on, I discovered that the waistband just felt too loose. There’s no going back and making it smaller, without gathering the skirt, so I decided to make three channels for 1/2 inch elastic and threaded it through the waistband. This did the trick! I added a skirt hook and it fit just right. I really wanted the smooth look of a waistband, so I made a faux belt that is attached to each side and ties in the middle. This cleverly hides the elastic gathers and the waistband’s side hook. I can tie it in a simple bow, or thread it through a belt buckle. I thought about adding a big brown flower like the one on the skirt that Mena posted as an example, but I think that the lace at the bottom and the little bow at the waist are plenty. I didn’t want it to be too costume-y.
I had to go back to the thrift to find a suitable colored top to go with it and I accessorized with cute kitty-cat earrings to complete the look. I really am happy with it! There’s something about the ability to twirl and have the skirt float all around that is so joyful! My only regret is that I do not own a fluffy slip to put under it.
Does anyone know of a good place to get one? Well, I guess we will all be twirling this week. May your circle skirt surround you with joy!