The “Princess’s Request” circle skirt
Fabric: 1m of sparkly cotton/lycra blend
Notions: reused elastic
Time to complete: ~1.5 hours, including taking measurements, doing the calculations and drawing the pattern on the fabric.
First worn: to the Spring Fling / Earth Day clothing exchange
Wear again?: it’s up to Her Majesty, isn’t it?
Total Cost: $4, plus one broken needle and one bandage.
I have a lot of skirts. I have pencils, A-lines, gathered and 1/2 circle skirts. The only type I don’t have is a full circle skirt, but to tell the truth, I don’t really want one. I’m not sure why, because the shape would probably look good on my body type; maybe I’ll make one in the future, but for now I’m going to give them a pass.
My daughter, however, is going through The Princess Phase to end all Princess Phases. When she spied this piece of sparkly purple fabric in my stash, IT HAD TO BE HERS!!! And since there are 3 truisms for 3-year-old girls: 1) every item of clothing must be purple or pink, 2) the twirlier the better, and 3) sparkles! sparkles! sparkles! go with everything……. what better use for it than to make her a full circle skirt.
No pattern needed for this one. I used the tutorial from Sew What! Skirts to mark the pattern directly on the fabric. I opted for a an elastic waist rather than fitting it with a zip because at the rate this kid grows, her waist measurement will double within a year. There wasn’t enough fabric left over to make bias binding for the waistband, but I had a similarly coloured hem binding that worked well enough.
To be perfectly honest, getting these photos took almost as long as sewing the skirt! The only way I could convince my daughter to pose for the photos was to let her photograph me first!
The only problem with sewing on the weekend is that the kids are underfoot, and in a moment of distraction, I managed to sew through my index finger. Clean through-and-through, but the needle didn’t hit the bone, so no harm done. Just one broken needle and a few drops of blood.