Running Around in Circles Skirt
Fabric: Upholstery material from Mama Grand
Notions: zipper, hook and eye
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: today for book club
Wear again: Yes!
Total Price: $0
Friends, this week has been sheer insanity. Between work, visiting parents, hosting book club, and packing for another trip this weekend, it’s been quite exhausting. Because I had a three hour window to sew this skirt, I skipped quite a few steps that Casey outlined so well in her sew along. First, I drafted the pattern right onto the fabric – there was no drafting paper involved. Quick and dirty drafting, just the way I like it. Second, the hem is a mess, even though I spent more time pinning that evenly than I did on the whole rest of the skirt. I also machine stitched the waistband and hem. Normally, I would have hand stitched both of these, but because I was so short on time and this fabric was so thick, I decided to spare my fingers and sanity and throw it on the machine. The machine didn’t like it much, but it got the job done and I’ve got a fabulous skirt out of it!
As you can see from the above image, this fabric is INSANE. It has all kinds of crazy colors going on with it, but I chose it for two reasons: 1) there was enough of it in my stash (it had once been a couch covering at my parents’ house. Apparently they are recovering a lot of couches over there), and 2) I have a top that will match most of the colors in this skirt. I’ve paired it with my navy Jasmine here, but I also have white and rust colored tops that would work quite well for this. Since it was once intended for a couch, I know it’s durable. The stiffness of the fabric helps to add some shape, but I’ve added my navy crinoline to the ensemble just in case. Poofy = awesome in my book.
Overall, this was probably one of the easiest projects I’ve tackled, and I am so glad it fit into my time window! I can see myself making a lot of these out of many couch fabrics, since Mama Grand likes her couches to be up to date :)
Have an amazing day, all!