‘Popped My Cherry’ Circle skirt
Fabric Nearly 4 yards of Cherry print cotton – from here on ebay
Pattern self drafted, using Casey’s Circle skirt tutorial.
Notions Thread, zipper, horsehair braid
Time to complete 5 hours
First worn On holiday in Cyprus, a week and a half ago
Wear again? Definitely
Total price about £20.00 for fabric, zipper and horse hair braid
This is my first ever circle skirt and it was one of those times when everything just seemed to fall into place. The fabric, the challenge, the inspirational sewalong and the time to complete it all sort of just happened. I have been putting off making a proper circle skirt because it takes so much fabric. I didn’t have anything suitable in that yardage and have promised myself (and my husband) that I would try to sew my way through my stash before buying any new fabric. However a couple of G & Ts and a guilty late night browse of ebay resulted in a special delivery a couple of days later which included this gorgeous cherry print – just enough for my skirt.
Of all the things I have made so far this is the garment I am most proud of. Firstly- because I didn’t use a pattern, but followed Casey’s excellent tutorial to draft the skirt myself. There were no major screw ups and again I put that down to following her tutorial.
Secondly- because I forced myself to slow down and finish the inside properly, and I went back and corrected the minor mistakes I made rather than trying to wing it and hoping that noone would notice.
Thirdly because I tried new things – as well as working without a bought pattern I did my first lapped zipper and used horsehair braid to make the skirt even more swishy and swirly.
And finally- because it is so, so wearable. I could not stop twirling. I wore this skirt all the time on holiday and can see it getting even more use now we’re home. It goes with loads of other things in my wardrobe and can be dressed up or down. The only downside is that it used so much fabric. Despite that I already have plans for another.
I do wish that the photos did the skirt justice, but they are a testament to what a great holiday it was. It is twenty years since I went to University and met up with my flatmates who were to become lifelong friends. We work all over the world now and Cyprus was the most central location for us to meet up for this reunion. We rented a massive villa up in the mountains with a swimming pool, jacuzzi and games room and spent a week pretending we were eighteen again, albeit with husbands and children in tow. It was scarey how quickly we all slipped into the same roles we had as students – I won’t tell you what I was like at uni but we were lucky to get a couple of pictures when I didn’t have a beer in my hand. Needless to say I totally forgot to get pics of my skirt until the last day. We snapped a couple on the morning beer run to Peyia, the nearest village. The others are taken on the balcony after a day by the pool – my first thoughts are that I really need to invest in a more supportive swimming costume. And did mention how swirly this skirt is?