Have you ever seen a fashion trend or article of clothing that you were just drawn to?
This is one of those. The little [longer] black skirt. I fell hard. Blast you, Pinterest.
The pockets got me, too. Oooooh, they got me good.
I knew that I wanted to wear this skirt for my first professional photo shoot (shout out to my girl Annie for making me feel comfortable in front of the camera for the first time in… ever.)
But, because I am always on a budget, there was no way I was paying $40+ to order this from any online store that carried anything similar. What’s a cheap girl to do?
Time to bust out the sewing machine.
I’m not the most advanced seamstress. I can sew pillows like nobody’s business (hello, super easy). I make most of our costumes… as long as they’re sleeveless. Straps? Yes. Sleeves or pant legs? No. Aprons? GALORE! And my all time favorite: the circle skirt. We make circle skirts like we make tex-mex around here… a lot.
Circle skirts are just about as easy to make as pillows, and require just a tad more skill (elastic, for instance). I’ll show you some of my pics, but rather than try to tell you step-by-step what I did, I’m directing you to my fave circle skirt tutorial:
For this particular skirt, because I wanted it to be a bit fuller and stand a bit on it’s own, I chose a rather heavy cotton. Whereas most of the time, I use a more lightweight cotton.
The fabric I chose happened to be wide enough to actually adhere to the circle cut, whereas oftentimes, I’ll have to cut it into halves. The tutorial above explains this in depth, and it varies depending upon the length of skirt you are making.
Because I was adding pockets (squeal!), I had to end up cutting the material into halves anyways. Since I’d never made pockets, and never use a pattern, I made my own pattern out by tracing the pockets off of one of my store-bought skirts. It worked!
It’s so hard to see where the pockets and skirt are, both being black, but this was my placement of the pockets. I pinned them about three inches from the top of the raw skirt edge.
And this was the result. Had I realized how windy it was going to be on the day of my photo shoot, I would’ve probably worn one of my home-sewn tulle slips underneath, for added volume. Oh well.
I. Adore. This. Skirt.
I get compliments on it every single time I wear it, and am asked each time where I bought it.
Be careful; circle skirts are addicting. You will make one and see how crazy easy it is, and then you will want to make another. And another. And…. well, you get it. It doesn’t even matter, because you can make several for the retail price of one. Yes, please! Plus, they twirl. Bonus!
Below is a photo of my first attempt at circle skirts. This was our retro Christmas card cover three years ago. I made one for myself and each of the girls. So much fun!
Seriously just noticing that poor Jax is somewhat blending in with the [uh-mazing] car a stranger so graciously let us use. Whoops! Mad props to one of our students, Abi M., for this fun shoot!
Now, go make your own circle skirt… or five… and then send me pics!