Hot! The “Not-So-Circle” Skirt

The Facts

  • Fabric: thrifted vintage round cotton tablecloth
  • Pattern: none
  • Year: The fabric seems to be 1970s judging by the colors
  • Notions: thread (stash), snaps (stash)
  • Time to complete: less than 1 hour
  • First worn: April 23, 2012
  • Wear again?: Yes
  • Total price: <$3

I got this tablecloth with the thought of making either an apron or a circle skirt out of it. So it seemed a natural for this challenge. However, when I went to cut out the center, I didn’t have it folded completely right, which meant that it was shorter in front than in the back. Grr. So I cut out a bit more and thought I’d add a yoke to keep it a real circle. But then I didn’t want to do all that measuring¬†work. So I cut into the circle, hemmed a few edges, added some snaps, and made it a wrap skirt.

So it’s not a true circle, but I do like it for a few reasons, not the least of which because it was quick, but also because it is still a good twirling skirt. Though perhaps not the best choice for a windy day.

Now to find something in the stash that I can use to make a matching shirt.


Erin Bartels

Erin is a copywriter by day, a novelist by night, and a wife, mother, dressmaker, quilter, zoo docent, painter, poet, and photographer in between. She only gets paid for the copywriting.


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  1. I love the windy day shot and I wish I could find a fabulous round tablecloth like this that everyone else seems to be doing!

  2. A clever save! So why did circle skirts, which this week’s postings have shown to be lovely, go out of fashion? I don’t think panty girdles had been invented yet, nor of course pantyhose, which meant wearing girdles or garter belts or if not stockings then flats with bobby sox. Ugh. Polyester wasn’t available, which meant lots of ironing. AC was uncommon, so sweaty , time consuming ironing especially for the women who did not work out of the home. A lot of Moms ironing for their DDs. This week we’ve seen some short circle skirts that are really cute but as skirts got shorter in the sixties, the circle skirt wasn’t shortened –too bad; it gave way to short sheaths. So in the post Feminine Mystique world it is nice to come, well, full circle, but with our modern underpinnings or not, our modern fabrics and irons, and our AC.

  3. Hi Erin, way to go, looks fabulous as a wrap skirt. I’m really digging the variety of skirts that have been posted this week.

  4. Very cool print! It looks nice with the white shirt.

  5. You have to know by now that I’m a BIG fan of taking tablecloths and making them into skirts so BRAVO!!! Love the print, love that fact that you “made it work”, keep it up : )

  6. Love it Erin, she’s floaty and very feminine.

  7. Love that print, it’s so flirty! Nice job :)

  8. Very pretty! I’m a big fan of yellow, so I would like to have your skirt! Nice job, Erin.

  9. Very cute! Great save!

  10. Adorable! Love it when a sewing mishap turns into an awesome garment.

  11. Love the colours of this skirt, it feels both springlike and autumnal. And love the movement of the skirt illustrated by the wind-in-action pic. Nice save of a tablecloth!