The “April Showers” skirt
Fabric: Vintage blue and white cotton (possibly 1980s?) plus white cotton from stash.
Pattern: Skirt section from Vogue 8701 , waistband from Colette Ginger
Notions: 6″ zip
Time to complete: About 2.5 hours
First worn: April 2012
Wear again? Yes!
Total Cost: £8 or £9
This is my second circle skirt, and oh, how good they are to wear. A big part of that is the petticoat, naturlich – I heart all that volume and swingy swishyness. Doesn’t it just make you want to twirl? Doesn’t it demand giving in and going unashamedly feminine? It’s like a magical fairy tutu for grown-ups.
I’m holding that umbrella for genuine good reason – we’re in a very showery spring season here in the UK, and can easily get bright warm sunshine, rainy downpours, even hail, all within the space of a couple of hours – sun, rain, repeat. But I think it proves my girly point – this skirt makes me feel like I’m in a musical, swirling my brolly around just before I start dancing on cars with some random strangers who’ve dashed in from nowhere to sing with me.
This is a three-quarter circle skirt so there’s less volume than a full circle – but therefore less fabric, which was important: I had just about enough of this vintage stuff left to squeeze in the 4 panels. My last circle skirt was self-drafted, but I had this Vogue pattern sitting around waiting to be tested, so I gave it a go. And borrowed the Colette Ginger waistband, as I like a little bit of shaping at the waist. It went together beautifully fast until that final marathon of never-ending hemming…
The top is thrifted (£4 from a charity shop in the Lake District), so overall this is a fairly cheap oufit that nonetheless feels luxuriously decadent – now I totally get why voluminous skirts burst into fashion in the post-war 50s.