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Circle skirts seem to be following me home lately! I found a modern taken on a 50s style circle skirt at Goodwill last week, and another in the treasure trove of vintage and antique goodies at my grandfather’s (he and my grandmother were antiques dealers for a number of years). Coupled with the three I already own, it seems like my closet has a little trend going on… I’m finding they are perfect for pairing with tank tops as well, making them mom-friendly (for me at least!) and great statement pieces (without being fussy) for the sticky, hot weather we’re having. Of course this means my thoughts have also been turning to sewing another (make it an even half-dozen to populate my closet!), especially as they are quite easy to whip up!

I’d been going back through the Circle Skirt Sew Along I hosted here a couple years ago to refresh my memory, and in the process found some new inspiration I thought I’d share with you! I have several yards of a gorgeous, textured black cotton I think I’m going to use to make myself a circle skirt. But of course I’m itching to fancy it up a bit with some sort of embellishment! The question is: what sort? There is applique, ric rac, lace, embroidery, palettes… So many possibilities!


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June 28, 2013 · 27 lovely thoughts
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After the technical problems of the last CSSA party post, I’m so glad I’m able to bring you another to share the additional circle skirts—they’re all knock-outs! Once again my head is swimming with ideas for other circle skirts I want to make… You know what inspires me even more than all the different variations on the circle skirt? Seeing so many ladies happy with something they sewed themselves! There was a great mix of experienced and beginner sewers that took part in this sew-along, and I cannot begin to tell you how excited I was that this caught so many people’s fancy! You all are so creative—thank you ever so much for making this sew-along such a roaring success!

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October 28, 2011 · 29 lovely thoughts
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A quick announcement about the Circle Skirt Sew-Along Party (take two)! I’ve already gotten a handful of entries and replied to each I’ve received. If you’ve sent one and haven’t heard back from me, please resend it. I’ll be accepting submissions until noon on Monday (October 24), and will have the post up later in the week. Please make sure you get your circle skirt pictures to me before the deadline; due to my moving schedule I won’t be able to squeeze in any late entries! For information on what to send with your circle skirt pictures, as well as where to send it, please see this post.

Looking forward to see your circle skirt!

October 21, 2011 · 7 lovely thoughts
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Welcome, friends, to the Cirlce Skirt Sew-Along Party! I am so excited by the turn-out and the array of beautiful skirts is truly stunning (there are over twenty-five beautiful skirts in the party!). This post ended up being quite a big one, so be sure to settle in with a cup of tea (or beverage of choice) and spend some time looking through all these delightful creations. I know I’ve picked up so many ideas just looking at these and reading the descriptions sent along with the photos!

I also want to say that putting together this sew-along party was extremely humbling in a way. To have so many other sewers join in a group project like this is more than a little awe-inspiring. Thank you for continually coming back to read my ramblings and join in my little projects such as this one. I love the sense of community blogging brings and am so excited we can be scattered all over the globe, yet be brought together in one spot learning and sharing ideas. I can’t wait to host another sew-along (probably after the new year)!

So without further ado, I present to you the Circle Skirt Sew-Along Party:

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October 10, 2011 · 43 lovely thoughts
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08.18.11 | bee in my bonnet

I am so excited to show off all the lovely skirts that y’all made for the sew-along, but I figured I should do a quick post with pictures of the ones I made too! hehe. (The group post will be up shortly!) I’m fairly pleased with how both came out; although as usual, I’d do a few things differently next time (namely add pockets to one or the other!). But I think both will get a lot of rotation in my closet and be worn a lot!

10.10.11 | bee circle skirt
10.10.11 | bee circle skirt

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The first is, of course, The Bee Skirt. Inspired by a vintage skirt I saw on Etsy (but the waist size was of course an issue!), I just fell in love with the fanciful bees dancing across the skirt, and decided to recreate my own version. It took me a couple weeks of embroidery (spread out over evenings and weekends) to finish all these bees, and then another couple days to add sequins and beads. But all the work was well worth it! To protect the back of the embroidery I added a layer of tulle to underline the skirt. (Worked perfectly because it’s lightweight and moves with the blue cotton broadcloth.) The hem I decided to scallop and am not entirely pleased with that choice—mostly because it proved to be quite fiddly and add weight to the skirt with a facing. If I had to do it again, I’d just keep it a plain hem. But it’s still a really cute, novelty-style skirt!

10.10.11 | winter night circle skirt
10.10.11 | winter night circle skirt

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The other circle skirt I made was what I like to call my Winter Nights Skirt. The fabric is a curious sort—similar in weight to taffeta and has a woven, slightly plush pattern. Surprisingly it was in the outerwear section of the fabric store, but reminded me of the fabric used in a 1950s vintage circle skirt I have (but can only wear once-in-a-blue moon as it has a tiny waist!). This was a far more simple skirt than the previous one, as I wanted to let the fabric speak for itself (though yes, I was tempted to add  beads scattered across the skirt—I may eventually!). I used horsehair braid around the hem and really love how it added body and bounce, without having to wear a petticoat. This is probably one that will get a lot of wear this winter, since it looks just as at-home with my striped tshirts as cashmere sweaters!

Now that I’ve got a total of five circle skirts in my wardrobe (two vintage and three made by me), I think it’s time to take a break from circle skirts for a bit! hehe. A girl can only have so  many before it becomes too many. Though putting together the CSSA Party post sure is tempting me to change my mind…

October 10, 2011 · 88 lovely thoughts
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