A couple of months ago I managed to find a copy of the book to accompany ‘The Great British Sewing Bee’ first series at a bargain price from our local discount book shop. So many lovely patterns to choose from, but I thought I’d start with their version of a circle skirt. I’d spied so many lovely circle skirts during MMMay on Pinterest, I couldn’t wait to have a go at making one myself.
This is another downloadable pattern that you piece together like a jigsaw. I actually quite like this part of the process now, although you need a suitable flat surface. Our kitchen table is perfect for this. Cutting out, stitching the side seams and inserting the invisible zip went perfectly. The book includes a selection of tutorials on such skills, but I still find BHL’s definitive online tutorial on inserting invisible zips the most helpful and I’ve returned to it again and again. The waistband went on well, although next time I’ll definitely follow their additional tip of adding interfacing to make it sturdier.
And then came step 5: making the buttonholes and it sat on the back of a kitchen chair for well over a week. I ummed and ahhed for about another week, until finally giving in to the poppers and false buttons. Mmm, maybe next time.
Trimming the length of the skirt was the most difficult part of the whole process. I carefully pinned and measured my required length, used tailor’s chalk to mark a straight line, started cutting and then completely lost sight of my markings because of the busy pattern, a lovely paint-splashed floral from Leon’s in Chorlton. No matter how much I tried to keep an eye out for the markings, I made a bit of a hash of it. I probably should have attempted this in a plainer fabric for my first attempt. Oh well, because of the volume I don’t think it’s too noticeable when on.
I cut a size 10, but it’s pretty big. I’m not sure if that’s because of my fabric choice. I might have to size down slightly if I make this again, which I think I will as I love the feel of this skirt. It was perfect for the flash of hot weather we’ve enjoyed recently: lovely and cool. I had plenty of fabric left over so decided to run up a quick Sorbetto Top from Colette. I love how they look like a dress paired up together. I’ll definitely wear the skirt on its own, but I’m not sure about the top, what do you think?
And just to prove it twirls…