Hot! ‘Popped My Cherry’ Circle skirt


The Facts

Fabric Nearly 4 yards of Cherry print cotton – from here on ebay
Pattern self drafted, using Casey’s Circle skirt tutorial.
Year 2012
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?



Taracat is a beginning seamstress, scientist, teacher, mother, gin drinker, almost author, drama queen and a bit of a stroppy 'mare. She discovered The Sew Weekly in February 2011 while using the internet to teach herself to sew. She's getting there.


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  1. Tara that is gorgeous. I want one! I am partial to a G and T and bit of a late night Ebay surf and shop also. In fact there is a new beaded vintage cardi on its way to me as we speak. Looks like a wonderful holiday. And a great skirt – how much fun!

  2. It’s a cheery cherry print! And yes, I can’t stop twirling in my circle dress too!

  3. Love the skirt. looks like you were having a great time! I’ve got the ivory in same print material ready for retro dress for my daughter!

    • Thanks Karena – I nearly bought the ivory too, it would make a fabulous retro dress. I’d love to see it when you’re done.

  4. I think we’d be friends if you lived nearby. Love the internets.

    Sounds like you had a great vaca, and your title really drew me in. Fantastic work on your first self drafted pattern, really lovely work. :)

    • Cheers Steph, that is such a sweet thing to say – I’m sure we would. I can’t believe all the great people I’ve met through the Sew Weekly.

  5. I’ve seen that fabric in The Fent Shop in King’s Lynn, (for anyone coming on the fabric trail…). Might just have to go and get some now… The shoes are fabulous with it.

    • Cheers Diane. I’m gutted to be missing out on the fabric trail but no childcare. Have a great time.

  6. Too cute! Love the print. Congrats on all the ‘firsts’ and making something you love. Very well done!

  7. Where do we find information on the upcoming themes. I’m new to sewing and have been trying to follow along. I usually wait until everyone starts posting their creations (fabulous inspiration buy the way)and try to figure out the theme from that. BUT it would be great to get the theme in advance to ponder it awhile.
    thanks for any help

    • Hi Jackie! There is usually a list on the ‘Community’ page of upcoming themes,or if you become a contributor (email Mena to apply) you get a list even further in advance. Enjoy your sewing – I’m relatively new to it myself but with all the support here the learning curve has been very steep.

  8. Love it! Those shoes are fabulous too!

  9. I love cherries and it looks fab especially with the perfectly matched shoes

  10. Cheers Debbie!

  11. Love that cherry print, especially the glint of light on them. Great twirling and LOVE those shoes! Glad you didn’t forget to take the photos :)