Hot! The “Dragonfly” Circle Skirt

Fabric: Black Linen with Dragonfly Embroidery

Pattern: Self Drafted

Year: April, 2012

Notions: Interfacing, Zipper, Bias Tape, Snap, Button & Thread

Time to Complete: 4 Hours

First worn: For Photos

Wear again? Yep, tomorrow for work

Total Price: $23.50 – Fabric was $16, Notions were $7.50

I have loved Dragonfly’s since I was kid and the “Circle Skirt” Challenge was the perfect project to add this motif to my wardrobe. I went shopping in the “Fashion District” and found this 58″ width black linen with embroidered Dragonfly’s, yeah! This was my first self drafted pattern and although the 58″ width fabric wasn’t enough to cut a donut circle, so I made two half circles with a lapped zipper instead. On the tab I added one large snap on the inside and on the outside added a (non-functional) white vintage button. The linen was pretty light weight so I added the bias tape on the bottom to give it body and a neat hem. We then headed off to Riverside Park for pictures but had to work fast, rain was approaching quickly!

The “Dragonfly” Circle Skirt Front ViewThe “Dragonfly” Circle Skirt - Skirt View

The “Dragonfly” Circle Skirt - Fabric Detail

The “Dragonfly” Circle Skirt - Full Circle View

The “Dragonfly” Circle Skirt - Swishing When You Walk View




Krista started sewing at the age of 10, but got serious July of 2010 when she had to replace her old singer and got a serger machine for a birthday present. She lives in Manhattan -New York City with her husband. Reading the SewWeekly challenges last year motivated her to try new things and rekindle her love of Sewing.


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  1. I love the embroidered dragonflies, and the bias hem adds such a nice accent!

    • Thanks Liz. The bias tape was in my stash. I originally bought it for the Pantone Challenge and then never used it. Now I realize it’s good to have a stash. In the past I always bought fabric for the pattern I intended to make.

  2. The dragonflies glow a little bit, like they do in real life! Very pretty!

  3. Very pretty Krista. Lovely embroidered fabric, I would love to join you for a tour of NY’s fashion district – how amazing! Nice job with the binding – looks very neat. Don’t start accumulating a stash is my advice! You’ll start looking like a crazy fabric and pattern hoarder with a room you can’t get into – like moi

    • Thanks Trish, had to giggle on the no stash advise. Your probably right but I’m thinking a small stash of notions is probably better. Anytime your in NYC it would be my pleasure to escort through the Fashion District, every time I venture down I find another shop and it’s loads of fun.

  4. Gorgeous skirt Krista. Just love your photos this week. The walking shot shows off the swish of the skirt. Just lovely.

  5. Thanks Kazz, I’ve already wore it to work except I put a black undergarment under the shirt this time.

  6. I am so in love with that fabric! I wish I could find something like that here.

  7. Oh no!mwell I bought it at Fabric a world USAInc., 252 west 38th street, NY,NY 10018. There open 7 days a week, web;, email is and there phone # is 212-398-3006

  8. So unique! I love your choice of fabric. Great look on you too.

    • Thank you Barbara, it’s my first circle skirt. I loved the variety that got posted this week. I would like to make more but these weekly challenges keep a girl really busy.

  9. Your photos are really starting to make me miss New York! Very cute skirt. The bias tape sets off the embroidery nicely. Well done!

  10. Hey Krista! I love the skirt and the top you wore with it. My favorite part is that flash of sexy leg we get in that last photo! Hope I get to see those more often!

    • Thanks Gina. The top was a Cynthia Rowley piece. We did an event launch with her and we all got to wear her cloths for the event. Who knew you could get so much bounce in a skirt.

  11. Love Dragonflies!!!! Beautiful. Love the hem also.

  12. Love, love, love the swing of that hem when you walk…..that must be so much fun to wear. And those embroidered dragonflies are so pretty. That park looks beautiful!