Hot! The “Plain Black” Skirt

When I saw circle skirts appear on the weekly themes I really wasn’t sure what to think.  I’m also doing the sewing along with Project Run and Play this time around so I made Emily a dress based on a circle skirt tutorial a few weeks ago.  I had never considered making one for myself though.  I ended up deciding that I wanted to make a nice simple black  skirt.  I know that’s not super exciting but it will be a nice basic addition to my wardrobe.

I used 2 yards of black ITY that I originally bought to make a maxi skirt.  I made it as long as I possible could without adding side seams.  It hits just below my knees which I think is kind of a fun length.  It drapes and twirls wonderfully and I’m pretty sure it will get a good bit of wear around here though strangely enough I don’t have many summer shirts that go with black.  Go figure I guess I’ll just have to make some.

Here are some twirl shots.

The Facts

Fabric: 2 yards of ITY $12.00

Pattern: MADE tutorial

Year: 2010

Notions: elastic

Time to complete: about an hour

First worn: Friday all day with the purple top and then out to dinner with the pink sweater

Wear again: I’m sure I will.  Its fun and comfy

Total Price: $12

Here’s a picture of Emily in her circle dress since she hasn’t been appearing over here lately.



Stephanie mother tried to teach her how to sew growing up but she didn't really get serious about it until her 4 year old daughter was born and she wanted to put her in fancy smocked dresses. Since then, she has learned to smock and sew. Her blog and screen name come from the initials of her two children Elijah who is 8 and Emily who is 4.


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  1. Stephanie, looks like a lovely drapey fabric and may I suggest everything goes with black – except Navy! Go nuts!

    Trish – I still can’t stop wearing head to toe black 80’s addiction – Blair

    • I think my real problem was that I wanted a sequin tank to wear with it and couldn’t find one that I liked. I bet it would look good with a tight black top though.

  2. Nice skirt I think you should pair it with a bright patterned top, it’s going to pop with the skirt.

  3. You say it’s not that exciting, but that’s the kind of skirt I would wear all the time.

    And your daighter’s dress? TO DIE FOR! I love the flower pockets you made.

  4. Lovely! I like how drapy it is. You can pair it with so many interesting patterned tops or solid colors. I wonder what it would look like with a fluffy slip under it? Would you like that?

    • Hmmm fluffy slip I’m not sure? I’ve got a black and pink petti skirt but I wear it mostly for dress up. I’ll give it a try at some point. I’m sure it would be fun though I’d probably need something in between for wearing in real life. Either that or get used to standing out a bit more which isn’t bad just not something I’m used to.

  5. I like your fabric choice! It drapes so nicely. I didn’t think I’d want to make another one but now I might thanks to your lovely skirt!

  6. Thanks. ITY and I have a bit of a love hate relationship. I love how it drapes but its so slippery to sew that I don’t love working with it.

  7. It’s lovely to see how different fabrics work with the circle shape. Credit to you sticking with a slippery one.

  8. Love that length and the way the fabric drapes! Well done :)