Hot! the “cation my heart” circle skirt

The Facts:

Fabric: mystery poly blend (twill? crepe?) from paron’s annex
Pattern: butterick 8170
Year: 1950s
Notions: hem lace, snaps
Time to Complete: 1.5 hours
First Worn: April 27, 2012
Wear Again: yes, yes, yes!!
Total Price: ~$15
Challenge Theme: “Circle Skirts”

this is one of those challenges where i knew immediately what i wanted to do: a circle skirt with an asymmetrical hem, like a lovely example i’d seen on cation designs. in fact, i orginally intended to pair this skirt with a blouse that was going to be my answer to the “childhood” challenge, but i went with the renfrew instead last week. never fear that this dashing blue lovely will be a closet orphan, however. i’ve already made 3 blouses that needed a blue skirt as an accent and have a 4th in the works for later this spring.

i was completely smitten with

drafting this baffled me for reasons i cannot explain–but there’s no post if i don’t try, so here goes. me sew crazy’s fishtail tutorial was my second stop after cation, and she does a lovely job explaining the simple drafting steps to make a circle skirt into what she calls a “fishtail” circle skirt. for reasons of pattern paper, fabric width and laziness, i had no interest in a true circle skirt pattern, but wanted to use my on-the-fold circle skirt with wrap closure from butterick 8170 as my base pattern. i sat and stared at it for something like an hour last saturday night (what? so i have no life. don’t judge. especially since i also had a fire in the fireplace, a homemade hazelnut fudge ice cream milk shake and a gorgeous spring rain shower to keep me company) before realizing, DUH, i could just trace the waist line of the skirt pattern, move it down along the center front seam, and re-draw the center back fold along the new angle–keeping all of the same length in the back! so the front is about 19″ and the back is 26″.

for something that had no seams, no need for a strictly measured hem, and no waistband (i’d run out of fabric), i was strangely reluctant and lazy when the time came to actually “sew” it. i turned the raw edges of skirt sides in over some steam-a-seam, to make a clean finish, sewed some pretty blue lace over the hem and some petersham ribbon over the waistline. after hemming and hawing for 3 days, i finally sat down last night (after my beloved vampire diaries was over) and attached two snaps to create the wrap closure.



Devra is a New York-based photographer and sewer who tries to find time to do her day job in between bouts of crazed sewing.


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  1. I always find the “fish-tail” aka “hi-low” hems interesting. I’ve never tried one though. I love your pairing with the red cardi!

  2. i am not sure i will make many of these, with the wonky hem, but one was worth dipping a toe in the pool for sure.

  3. What a great idea, it’s really beautiful and I think this could really be nice to weapon an evening out.

  4. You are really in style with your skirt! I’m seeing that high-low look everywhere this season. Great you figured it out and it turned out so cute.

  5. Great idea! It’s very cute and I love the blue. Great job making something that will work with your current wardrobe too.

  6. Love this Puu, I can totally understand the procrastination and ‘unwillingness’ to get on with something different. I’ve been looking at Me Sew Crazy’s fishtail skirt ever since she posted it and definitely want to try one something…..I’m seeing them more and more in fashion pages – so well done you trendy individual! :)