Round and Round the Garden…
























The Facts

Fabric:  Feels like something cotton chintzy from the ’50’s.

Pattern:  Simplicity 2257

Year:  2011

Notions:  Thread, interfacing and zip from stash

Time to Complete:  approx 6 hours (I handstitched the hem and waistband)

First Worn:  In these pictures.

Wear Again:  Yes, when we get more sunshine here in the UK (I love it, particularly the cost!)

Total Price:  £2


Back in the Botanic Garden again, where I started off this year… That’s because this gorgeous fountain is in there, all based on circles.

Funny blue stripe...

My skirt is made of a swirly print which I thought just perfect for this challenge. I had a tricky time cutting it out because the fabric was all funny shapes. I hope this counts, in that it’s not just one piece of fabric – it looks to me like somebody had tried and failed to make a circle skirt out of this – some of the top sections had a half circle bit cut out – I like to think I’ve finished the job, albeit in 4 sections. I found it in the fabric basket at a charity shop – there were 4 pieces at 50 pence each. One section was not quite big enough, so I patched it almost invisibly (I hope!) at the corner with an exactly matching bit of print from leftover fabric. I also had the problem of a funny blue stripe on two of the pieces, which I had to cut round.

My 'invisible' mend

I’m really proud of myself about this skirt!  I’m convinced the fabric is genuinely ‘vintage’ (until someone tells me different) because the texture of the fabric ‘feels’ old and the print looks old and 50’s style too, a kind of basketweave pattern with the scattered blue flowers.

This is a favourite, mostly because I feel it really is something from nothing. Plus I love the colours and the pattern and how easy it all went together. I want to make another one now ….



My friend Jane is getting good at my photography now … she has the knack of knowing just how to compose a shot – Thanks Jane!
























Diane has sewn all through life but gave things a serious go at the beginning of 2011 and during the year took part in 50 Sew Weekly challenges. She now wants to expand her knowledge and learn new techniques in each project she completes, as well as develop a style of her own and a sense of quality over quantity. She studied print design some years ago and a love of unusual prints and colours underpins her work. Currently, she works full time dealing with copyright issues and previously, she managed photographic sales for a leading fine art museum. Diane is so grateful for the friendship, support and encouragement she has received from the Sew Weekly community.


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  1. Hi Diane, great photo composition and the skirt looks great, really nice patch job.

  2. My new issue of Threads just arrived, featuring fabric shopping in London. It makes me want to plan a trip, but then there are those wonderful charity bins offering up great finds, like this retro fabric. The photo shows the fabric grain well. Nice job, sewist and photographer!

  3. Very cute! You should definitely make more :-) Great job working with odd pieces – the “patch” is very well done. Cute photos too – what a sweet friend.

    • I think I will make more Jennifer. I really like this style of skirt. It was quite a challenge working with the bits of fabric but also very enjoyable figuring it all out! Don’t know what I’d do without Jane’s photos now … they’re great.

  4. This is beautiful the fabric. Looks great on you. And what a beautiful garden to take your photo.. Love it.. Happy sewing.

  5. Very accurate pattern matching/patching and a lovely photo with the flowers.

  6. Wow! Such a good job of working with difficult print flaws. Beautiful!

  7. Beautiful fabric Marguerite, I’m sorry I didn’t choose a print fabric for my circle skirt instead of plain pink.