Hot! The “Take 2 Nautical Inspired” Skirt

Fabric: 2 yards of linen-look cotton blend (remnant)
Pattern:  BurdaStyle’s Linda Circle Skirt
Year: 2009
Notions: 2″ Elastic Waistband
Time to Complete: 2 hrs
First Worn: April 2012
Wear Again: Totally!  It’s my new, fav basic
Total Price: $1

After last week’s challenge, I couldn’t help myself and had to make another nautical-inspired creation.  BurdaStyle’s Linda Skirt is my go-to pattern for a full, swingy circle skirt.  I’ve used it at least 4 times for other skirts as well as to create full-skirted dresses.  Since it’s such a basic pattern, it only took me 2 hours to complete.  Wooot!

I had big plans for the circle skirt challenge, but I was just feeling *mehh* about my ideas.  As I was sitting at my table, pondering a new circle skirt design that would pump me up to sew, I saw my navy & white stripe elastic in my notions container.  Right then and there I decided I am going to use it and make the skirt I’ve been wanting to make for a year now!  A basic red circle skirt with a contrast waistband.

After the splurge from last week’s nautical creation, I’m back to stash busting.  The red fabric I used for this circle skirt is a large remnant from another skirt I made a year ago.  I feel really lucky I had enough fabric!  I’m attributing it to my super-shortness which is a mega yardage saver.  It feels really good to have this fabric remnant out of my stash (off my back) and hanging in my closet as a finished garment.

This is the fastest I’ve ever sewn a garment from start to finish!  I’m still reeling that I sewed this puppy up in one day.  I did a simple double folded hem, serged all of the raw ends, and due to the elastic waistband I was able to go sans-zipper, just like our host Mena loves to do.  :)

What’s a circle skirt without a little twirling action?!



By day Liz Holder works as a research analyst where she plays with data and charts, but by night she becomes a create-a-holic. She loves creating and learning new things which is why her favorite craft is sewing, which she’s been doing in full force after taking her first sewing class a year and a half ago. There is an endless array of skills, tricks, and techniques for her to research on any given project and at the end she's ecstatic o have created a unique garment that she can then celebrate by sharing it with the blogosphere after which she wears it to work where she crunches more numbers and starts the cycle all over again.


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  1. Look at you the picture of cuteness! The drape is beautiful, and where ever did you find striped elastic?! Me. Want!

  2. Super cute! I love that you wore it with a hat!

  3. Love the skirt but a (probably fairly stupid) question – how do you get away without a zipper – yes the waistband is stretchy but the skirt fabric isn’t is it? So how do you allow the waistband to stretch without having the skirt fabric gathered or similar?

  4. I was going to ask where you found that elastic, but someone beat me to it. All I can find is solid black and solid white. So, please share! Where did you get it?

  5. Hey Liz, great circle skirt and love the touch of the contrasting waist band. I’m with you on the quick turn around, it was a nice change up. Ow I have some extra time to constipated the next couple of challenges. Have a great weekend.

  6. Very adorable! I love the striped elastic band, a good contrast to the red.

  7. This looks so cute on you!

  8. Super cute Liz, the skirt, the colour, you! gorgeous

  9. I agree, your skirt is darling. It’s great that you could do some stash busting too. Enjoy it this season.

  10. Great stash busting. This skirt is too cute! Love the contrasting waistband.

  11. Thanks you so much for all of your sweet comments!

    Elastic waistband was found at one of my local fabric stores: Textile Discount Outlet in Chicago, IL. Last time I was there I didn’t see any more but I also wasn’t looking that hard for it. I’m thinking they have more. It’s a stiffer elastic not the soft, pliable kind. If you’re really wanting some, hop on over to my personal blog and send me a direct message. I’d be willing to pick some up for whoever wants some (given that the shop has more).

    Several of you also asked how I inserted my elastic.

    For starters, the hole for my waist had a bit of extra ease (maybe 1″ to 1.5 inches).

    I cut the elastic so that it would have negative ease so it would be snug at my waist. I then stitched the elastic to the skirt fabric, right sides together, stretching the elastic out to fit the slightly larger waist opening of the skirt. Once I stitched on the elastic, I mega steamed the waistband to ease out the extra fabric so there are no noticable gathers.

    I should note that I can’t pull up my skirt from the bottom up. I have to put it on over my head. While there is elastic at the waist there’s not enough room at the upper hip for me to pull the skirt up. So I have to trow it on over my head letting the elastic stretch over my shoulders and then it snaps back for a snug waistline.

    Honestly, I treated the elastic kind of like a normal waistband piece with a few mods…

    Please comment again if my description is not clear. :)

  12. Oooh thank you so much for these instructions. I don’t know why but I’ve never even contemplated wide elastic for a circle skirt….so beautifully simple. Love the red, white and blue, it looks fantastic….again :)