Hot! Running Around in Circles Skirt


Fabric: Upholstery material from Mama Grand

Pattern: Casey’s fabulous circle skirt sew along

Year: 2012

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!





Meg the Grand

Megan Grandstaff was thrown into the sewing world in 2005. Ever since that fateful day, she has been eager to increase her skills and reduce her (quite large) fabric stash.


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  1. The Asian motif is lovely, even a hint of a ginger jar.

  2. That fabric is fantabulous.

  3. Meg, I love the crazy fabric and to had to the happiness, who could resist an awesome petticoat. Happy sewing.

  4. The fabric really makes it.

  5. I love this fabric, it looks great!

  6. From couch covering to poofy skirt!! = awesome.

  7. Meg this is great! I can’t believe you made this out of couch material! You look great!

  8. That print is WILD, love it!!!!! Nice job!

  9. Great fabric and gorgeous on you. You can make things pretty fast–I’m impressed!

  10. Love the wild fabric! Very cute!

  11. i love the print! Mama Grand has great taste in fabric! As usual you look very pretty-

  12. I’m amazed you managed to make something so beautiful in such a tight window of time! Lovely pattern to that print. Love it!