Hot! The “Going Full Circle”

The Facts

Fabric: From Spotlight: Stretch Cotton Lycra Sateen $14.95/m
Pattern: Self Drafted
Year: 2012
Notions: Waist interfacing, 1 button, zip
Time to complete: 3 hours approx.
Cost: $55
First worn: For the photos
Wear again? Yes – to a friends 40th next weekend

I was so excited about this challenge. I have been wanting to make a circular skirt for ever.

I dragged out my old textbook from Tech to draft my pattern – first time I had cracked a text book in ages, it made my brain hurt.

I love this style of 50’s moody, abstract prints. But I am not sure about these colours! They clash – don’t you think? I was thinking about painting over that fire engine red to “knock it back a bit”. Over the 18 months that I have owned this fabric, I have gone from “had to have it – must buy 5.5 metres?!?!)” to “hate it” but it’s grown on me and now I think I love it. I think is best with plain top and simple accessories.

So the skirt is super easy. Made with three seams because it’s long. It has a zip, waistband and button. This fabric sews like a dream and drapes beautifully.

During the sewing the waist stretched I discovered, after finishing, it that it is too big. It needs altering before I can wear it.

The last time I sat on the ground for a photo was on my wedding day! That time it was sand, at the beach. This time it was on the neighbours ratty grass, under the amazing sandstone hanging rocks at the front of this property. Mark and I had a laugh doing the photos, especially the ones of me sitting awkwardly on the ground or on tree stumps!

So apart from the fact that the waist is huge on me and I feel like it’s too short – with more work it could potentially be a good piece for this Autumn.

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Trish lives in Sydney and has way more thrifted patterns and fabric than her fair share. She studied fashion design in her former life and sews while trying to not to burn the dinner.


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  1. I love hearing about your developing relationship with this fabric. I have some volatile relationships with fabric myself. I keep looking at something I loved a year or so ago and thinking, “Why the hell did I buy that?” I’m hoping I will like it again someday. :)

  2. The red provides the POP in the pattern. Note the color match with flowers in the last photo. Some sites suggest hanging a circle skirt for a week before hemming due to the bias. very smart looking outfit.

  3. You’re skirt looks great! I really like the bold colors, even the red. Scratch that – especially the red! It will be a very nice piece for autumn.

  4. I love the fabric – it looks like something that should be used for a circle skirt – and it really suits you!

  5. Hi Trish, love the fabric, great vibe, would be fine with a top made in red leather.

  6. The colours are lovely! You can even go it all out to match it with a bold coloured top.

  7. I really love this fabric Trish. I would make a suit out of it and wear it with a bright colored top! I hope the print grows on you more because the skirt looks great on you. Try a white top and a bright cardigan. Hope you have fun at your friend’s party-

  8. Love this Trish, the colours are fab and teamed with that belt. YUM! Have fun

  9. Love this print, when you have it stretched out they look a bit like big roses.