The Circle Skirts
Spring cleaning has its advantages. All of a sudden I had the urge to purge and tidy my “sewing” closet. I was sick of seeing the same fabrics around and not doing anything with them. For example, a few years ago I bought fabric to make Ana a dress; I was nervous about how it would turn out and I did what I shouldn’t have, a “trial run” with old sheets. As a consequence I never finished the trial run and never started the real dress either.
Now the dress pattern is too small for her and she hardly ever wears dresses anyway, so I went for The Circle Skirt instead, another experiment I hadn’t tried before. I followed the instructions from this website and it was pretty straight forward. I had to cut two semicircles because otherwise half of the skirt would be upside down.
I found wide elastic in purple, which was lucky and it matched well.
It is such a full skirt, look at how cute it looks.
So, the next thing was to use up one of the fabrics that Pete brought me back from Japan two years ago. I went for the circle skirt again for myself, but this time I made a waist band instead of the elastic.
I had to do a bit of trickery to fit the whole circle in the fabric, so there is a bit of patching up. You can see the straight line in the photo.
I also had some unexpected trouble sewing the invisible zipper, but I managed in the end. The waistband fit perfectly, which is what happens when you sew for yourself, right?
So, I finished it all off, and took this picture.
Imagine my surprise the next day when I put it on and it was too big!!! What??? The waistband was about an inch too big, making it uncomfortable as it kept sliding down to my hips. I guess I had been too concerned with it being too small and when I tried it originally I just made sure I could get in.
My solution: put a little safety pin on the side and nobody will know. I may need to find a better solution for the long run but right now the pin will have to do. 😉