This is my new favourite dress. I drafted it myself and managed to use up some of my fabric stash too, not bad for a Friday night in.
The fabric from this dress is actually salvaged from a Drape Drape top I had made months ago but ended up hating. After putting it on, it just didn’t do it for me so, one evening, I recycled it. (this is the pic in the book, really lovely but I wasn’t feeling it)
Constructing a circle skirt is dead easy. And, personally, I think making a skater dress (that’s a fitted bodice attached to a circle skirt) is even easier, especially in a stretch fabric. I can’t believe I haven’t made these before, perhaps I had convinced myself they didn’t suit me, they do kind of showcase my boobs but, meh? That’s genetics and I’m grateful for that.
To create the bodice, I just used another dress as a guide. Using something that fits fairly close but not tight and has wide shoulder straps makes it easier if you want to change the width of the straps or take it in later. Just keep in mind the amount of stretch in the fabric you intend to work with and the fabric your your guide garment is made of.
I salvaged this particular fabric from another project so I didn’t have a nice plain piece to work with. All I did was pull the original top apart and then cut and overlock pieces together. In fact, I don’t think I actually knew what I was attempting to make at this stage, I just wanted a bigger piece of fabric to play with. I should have changed the thread colour on my over locker but I was so “in the zone” I didn’t want to stop and ruin my focus. I think the contrasting thread shows clearly how I put the skirt together Frankenstein-style. If you’re going to do this, just make sure the stretch runs the same direction in each piece.
I thought it needed something to lift it so used a contrasting leopard print binding. Just couldn’t help myself. Luckily I had some left over from my top.
The best thing about circle skirts? They’re really twirly. I’m talking knicker-flashingly twirly, these are the edited photos, the others seem to be all about my (leopard print) pants.
I’m going to have to be careful going up the escalators on the tube, some are very windy and have that Seven Year Itch hazard.
RocknRoll Cat found the whole process photo-bomb worthy and hilarious.