The “My First” Circle Skirt


The Facts
Fabric: The same navy wool worsted twill suiting from my Mad Men dress ~$5
Pattern: Just some math and a ruler!
Notions: 7″ zipper $1.50, and button from stash
Time to complete: 6 hours + a day to let it stretch (6 eps of West Wing)
First worn: Just for pictures up-town
Wear again? Sure!
Total price: $6.50

For over a year now I’ve been reading about sewists making circle skirts. They all looked very nice, sounded mildly complicated, but still relatively simple. But I never got around to making one. What fabric would be just right?!

I rarely buy more than 2 yards of one fabric at a time – unless I have a specific fabric-eating pattern in mind. So I was stuck for a little while because I’ve been trying to stick to stash-busting. It’s plain, but I think this would be more wearable. I bought so much of this wool that even after my Mad Men dress and this skirt, I still have about 2 yards left. I thought this would be nice to wear to work with a light top. It may be a wee bit too warm for summer though.

Due to it being 60″ wide, and me being short, I got away with not having to do any side seams! It made the zip insertion a little weird but I managed. I had to unpick one side and redo it because there was a weird bubble going on. I think it’s ok now.

Of course there had to be some twirl pictures…

And look! I made a swishy gif!

Author

SullyLiz3

Liz has been sewing since April 2011 but has been crafty all her life. Her full-time job is as a museum curator at a smallish institution, where her DIY skills often come in handy. Liz likes to sew while watching TV, which she uses to measure the amount of time it takes to finish.

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  1. That gif is terrific! And I love the drape of this skirt. It’s very pretty.

  2. Classic and very pretty! What a unique little gif – cute!

    • Thanks, Jennifer. Husband had used the “burst” feature on the camera to capture the obligatory twirls and this slight turn was slow enough to be perfect for animating.

  3. Hi Jennikfer, Oh I love the gif movie, how cute. I bet this circle will get a lot of wearings, it goes with so many colors.

  4. Hi Jennifer, Oh I love the gif movie, how cute. I bet this circle will get a lot of wearings, it goes with so many colors.

  5. Liz, this skirt swings and twirls so well! Great color too. You did a great job for your first one!

  6. Very nice! Great piece to match with lots of pretty print blouses. I like your little animated gif, it really tells story. I’m going to have to check that site out.

    • Thanks, Barbara! In the olden days (2003-ish) I could make animated gifs with Jasc Animation Studio, which was part of their Paint Shop Pro series. I know Adobe Fireworks can make them now, but I don’t have it on my comp so I had to settle for this free site. Easily accomplished, and free!!

  7. Very cute! Love the GIF, too! :)

  8. I really like this practical take on the circle. You’ll actually get a lot of use out of this, I bet.

  9. I love your first circle skirt! It’s a lovely navy blue and a great basic to have. The gif shows off how swoshy and pretty your fabric is, too. :)

  10. I love the navy! And great swishy gif!

  11. This looks fab on you, I have a navy circle in the planning too