The “I Heart Dancing” Skirt

The Facts 

Fabric: $2 heart printed chiffon and $1.39 blue china silk lining
Pattern: Tutorial found here
Year: Modern
Notions: $2 2in elastic
Time to complete: 6 hours
First worn: April 2012
Wear again? Yes

Total Cost: $5.39

I was really excited to make my very first circle skirt, and I wanted to use a flowy fabric. I had this heart printed chiffon I had been saving for a particular dress I wanted to draft, but decided against it. I think it makes a better skirt anyways. i found a tutorial to help me make a modern circle skirt that I could dance in. I found it here. I think next to sewing, I love dancing. I grew up dancing. I certainly don’t have the arches or height to be a pro dancer, but I can still enjoy the activity. I am obsessed with So You Think You Can Dance, and I have a secret crush on season 2′s winner, Benji Schwimmer. Swing dancing is my favorite style, though I was trained in ballet, jazz, and hip-hop. Swing is just more fun, especially with a partner. After 6 years of marriage I have my husband more willing to take swing lessons with me – my only partner has been my dad and he is way too busy being 70.

I had a really hard time making this skirt, surprising to others but not surprising to me. I found that tutorial and thought – this is going to be so easy! Umm…next time I should really read the directions and not just rely on the pictures. My bad. Every time I sewed the elastic to my fabric, I wasn’t pulling on the elastic to give the fabric room for my child bearing hips to fit into.So I ended up seam ripping and re-sewing 3 times! I could saved time reading directions like the smart person I know I could be.

When it came to taking pictures, we had no time once I finally finished the skirt. We were in crunch mode. These photos were taken at 6AM PST right after it rained at 53 degrees F right behind our condo (ugly background and I was freezing) I won’t be surprised if this post isn’t a week day headliner. I also asked my husband not to get face shots – since I just woke up, brushed my hair and put on my outfit. It wasn’t a “pretty” morning after being at Disneyland the day before. I would have worn it to Disneyland and done pictures there, but it was so cold that day.

Author

Bethany

Bethany is a forever student in Fashion Design. She took a hiatus from her studies due to the fear of using a sewing machine and a long term illness. It wasn't until her daughter was born, she felt inspired to create again and dive headfirst into sewing by machine.

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  1. The circle skirts in flowy material minimize the yardage. Just goes to show the difference fabric choice makes. And yours is lovely. Several sewists have used the wide elastic and it is very attractive. Nice job!

    • Thank you Sue! I decided I had way too many regular skirts in my closet. I needed something different. The elastic really brings a more fun option for me.

  2. Good choice of fabric! Chiffon may work better for a circle skirt as it is not heavy but could be challenging to sew.

    • Thank you Tiffany! The chiffon totally twirls really well. The hard part was hemming and having to add a lining. No one wants me twirling in a see through skirt! Ha ha ha!

  3. Hi Bethany, the skirt looks great in the photos and great choice of fabric. I’ll want to try the elastic version of the circle skirt.

    • Thank you Krista! You really should give it a go. If I had done it correctly the first time, I probably could have finished this skirt in under an hour.

  4. Ooo I really like the elastic version. I’ll have to do that one next. Great job!

  5. Oh, now I think I need a flowy, frothy, pretty, elasticated circle skirt! That is so pretty and I love the length. To be honest I think the background shows off the colours of the skirt really well. I wish I could swing dance, I love watching it.

    • Thanks Tempest! You CAN swing dance! I can see you swaying your hips in your new bowling pin circle skirt! I love that I chose a lighter fabric, because not only does it twirl real well, but I don’t get hot in the undercarriage, Ha ha ha! Since you live in Arizona, a flowy chiffon circle skirt might become your outfit of choice everyday. Every time you get hot, just twirl!

  6. Too cute!! The elastic waistband was a great idea.

  7. Great Job Jennifer, it looks really cute. I like the more contemporary length on you. I hope you wear it a lot, it’s very pretty.

  8. Very cute! That fabric is fantastic looking!