Hot! The ‘I Had Sewer’s Block Until This’ Circle Skirt

The Facts

Fabric: Light-weight Home Decor from Michael Miller (???)
Pattern: Self Drafted! Yay!
Year: 2012
Notions: Elastic for the waist
Time to complete: 2 hours
First worn: Today to work
Wear again?  Yes! Yes! Yes!
Total price: Maybe $10 (???)

I love and hate this time of year.  I love it because spring brings all the nicer weather, longer days, soothing rain, and pretty flowers.  I love it because it signifies that my long, tiring, but very fulfilling school year is coming to an end.  I hate it all the same.  The nicer weather unleashes my inner procrastinator, leaving me with piles of papers to read.  The longer days are just an illusion as my workload increases this time of year preparing students for their AP tests and final exams. And don’t even get me started on those pretty flowers! The ones that give me itchy eyes and a sneeze face that even my grandmother would laugh at. Needless to say, my sewing has had to take a back seat to my job responsibilities, and up until Monday night I was really kind of depressed about it and felt as if I had lost all hope of being inspired.

Then I looked at the wordpress dashboard and noticed that I had the theme of the week wrong (I had thought it was the family inspiration).  Circle skirts?!?!?  That lovely, amazing, fantastical circle skirt!  I knew it would only take my a few hours and I knew that I had to have something in my closet that would work out fabric wise. Oddly enough, I didn’t have much except for this light-weight home decor fabric. I had purchased it originally in order to make it into some kitchen curtains, but our design went in a different direction. I thanked the gods that I kept it after my recent purge, I got my shiz together, and started tracing my measurements.  By the end of The Voice I had my circle skirt all sewed up and ready to wear to school the next day.

It’s funny how all the ups and downs of daily life can squash all inspiration, create writer’s block, and destroy ability to move forward.  I would have never ever guessed in a million years that a simple lil’ circle skirt would be my remedy.  AND I forgot the best part: all day–this damn dreary day–I couldn’t pass a single person without them commenting on how cute my skirt and or outfit was.  Talk about a well needed pick-me-up!



Cheryl is a teacher, martial artist, crafter and sewer just trying to find balance in a busy world. Originally from Milwaukee, Wisconsin she's now trying to fit into and explore the vast expanse that is Chicago, Illinois.


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  1. Yay Cheryl! That’s too good for curtains! Glad you got some lovely compliments. Papers can wait! Good luck getting through to the end of the year.

  2. I really like this. Great print, great length. I too feel the procrastination bug nibbling on me right now. And every time I get momementum to get it all together, I realize that there is just too much to do.

  3. Fantastic skirt. I love the blue details which will give more options for separates. Thank you for posting and thank you teaching…especially AP courses which are near and dear to my heart..saving me some classes once I went to college.

    Keep up the good work!

  4. I love the prints! Very graphic. And don’t worry. I procrastinate all the time. It’s almost Friday here in Singapore and I have yet to start sewing next week’s challenge.

  5. Rad circle skirt! Great print choice, too! AND – those shoes!!!! Fluevogs? Fly Londons? Miz Mooz?

    • Thanks, Chelsea! The shoes are called ‘wild diva’…I wish I could tell you where I found them, but it’s been a few years. They are mighty comfy and stylish though :)

  6. Oooo pretty! Bold graphic, nice color combination. Perfection! Also, I freaking love your shoes. Glad to have you back in the game!

  7. There’s something about a colourful skirt that gets the compliments rolling in, isn’t there? I love it with the wide belt and the saddle-esque shoes; gives it a ’50s flair. BTW, my man is knee deep in marking papers and tests right now too, so I rarely see him….it’ll be over soon!

  8. It is adorable : ) I would have said something to you as well! And I’m with Liz here, love the shoes. Good job!!

  9. I love the skirt and I’m glad to hear you got your inspiration back!

  10. Hi Cheryl, I love your circle skirt! The fabric is fantastic and it’s great how sewing can be a pick me up.

  11. Very cute! I love that fabric! (hmm…I may need to find something similar…). Definitely worthy of endless compliments.

  12. What a fun skirt you sewed! This skirt would put anybody in a great mood!

  13. I really like the fabric! I’m glad you were able to join us this week and share your beautiful skirt. Hang in there!

  14. I love the length and the fun fabric, it looks great!

  15. WANT! Glad you got all the compliments this skirt deserved at school. You have a real eye for potential with fabric. Love it. Glad the block has been shattered.