Circle skirts, half-circle skirts, quarter-circle skirts, any fraction you like, I love sewing ’em.
Truth be told, I probably love sewing them a tiny bit more than I love wearing them. No need for a pattern, no need to mess about with the tracing and the cutting and all the accompanying nonsense. None of that, it’s just a matter of shifting some furniture to get the floor space and a bit of maths. And, of course, convincing the ever-present cats to take their laser beam eyes outside and leave me alone for 5 minutes.
I like my circle skirts the way I don’t like my pints. Halves if we’re talking skirts, full if you’re heading to the bar, thanks. Packet of crisps while you’re there and better order a safety pint* just in case, you know how busy the Fitzroy can get.
But enough about pubs, let’s get back to the skirt. Compared to a full circle skirt, the half circle is a lot less likely to get all Carry On on you at the first sign of a breeze and flash your pants to the world. This was a really fun skirt to make, I think it was cut and made in about two lazy evenings. The only drama I had in drafting it was that I cut the waist too small, then I cut it too big but finally it was juuuuuuust right. Unlike porridge, which is always wrong and never, ever right.
I made this particular skirt from fabric Rosie, aka DIY Couture, was giving away. It’s crepe (I think) and such a brilliant colour. I’m really into the idea of fabric swapping, at some point this summer I’d like to organise some kind of meet-up/fabric swap. Early stages but, the idea’s planted itself in my brain and I’ll see how it works out.
*safety pint – that extra pint you order in a round “just in case” (as introduced to me by friends in 2007. Hi Jo!)