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Circle Skirt in about 2 hours (what?!)

After some trial and error, and patience, I have the circle skirt mastered 🙂

This half circle skirt is purple – you’ll notice the purple appears bluer in some pictures than others.  It’s all the same fabric, though

Using two yards of fabric, fold it in half – I don’t think it matters which way you fold it, but I folded it with the selvage ends together.  Using the circle skirt calculator, I measured a radius of about 8.5 inches, then measured 23 inches from the end of that and drew my 1/4 circle.

When you unfold the 1/4 circle, it should become a half circle like below:

For the waist band, I cut a strip of fabric that was 4 inches wide, and a bit longer than my full waist circumfrence (approx. 33 inches in length).  Fold this strip in 1/2, so it should be 2 inches wide, then press.

Pin the waist band to the wrong side of the skirt’s waist.

Sew the waistband to the skirt (I used 1/2 inch SA) and be sure to finish (zigzag or serge) the seam.

Almost done with the waist band.  Iron the SA bit ‘up’ towards the top of the skirt.  Then you’ll flip the skirt to the right side and iron the seam, pressing it to look sharp and neat.

Waist is done and probably looks really polished!

Fold the skirt back into the 1/4 circle shape, joining the two raw edges.  Pin the edges together and mark where you want the zipper to end.  Then sew together using a 1/2 inch SA, and then finish the raw edges (zigzag or serge).

Next, following the zipper mftr instructions, pin the zipper to the open/raw edges and sew using minimal SA.

Next…the dreaded hem.  Oy, vey.  This is the most tedious step.  First, I mark about 1/4 inch above the raw edge – yes, I mark the 1/4 inch alllllll the way around the bottom hem of the skirt.  Do you like this step?  Good!  Next, measure 3/8 inch from that first mark.  Yes….go alllllll the way around.  Fun isn’t it?

Fold the bottom/raw edge of the bottom of your skirt up to the 1/4 inch mark and iron.  Yet another opportunity to get familiar with every inch of the bottom of your skirt.

One last time – fold and iron up to the 3/8 inch markings allllll the way around.  Kind of boring but it’s so worth it – this is usually one of those steps I sloppily eyeball and get over with.  Taking my time really paid off for this skirt!  Look how nice it is before sewing even!

After all that work, I wanted the hem to look super spiffy.  I sewed a 1/4 inch SA’d hem then did 1/8 inch to create a double stitch look.  You can use the double-needle for your sewing machine if you want (but that requires 2 spools, undoing the needle and re-attaching the double-needle and bla bla bla).

I’m proud of myself for taking my time, which ended up saving me a ton of time.

Voila!  C’est finis!  


Ruffles that seamed difficult…but were so much fun!

I absolutely LOVE this project – credit goes to Carly J. Cais and her project here

It’s one of those make-a-blouse-from-a-guy’s-button-down-shirt projects.  Yes, there are a TON of steps, but they start to flow and make sense once you’ve started, going by pretty quickly.  Most are common sense, but I like that she adds more information than most projects.

Oh, by the way, I found this pattern by joining and searching for blouses/tops.  I found that most projects here are for the younger folk, but it’s oh-so-fun to peruse the ideas out there!

Back to the ruffle top.  My husband isn’t an extra-large kinda guy, so there wasn’t much fabric wasted on this upcycle project.  The fabric of the shirt was…well, let’s say I think he bought this when he was trying out new things, stepping outside his golf-polo comfort zone.  I have to give him props because this was waaay out there for him.

Luckily, this button-down never made the day-to-day rotation for my husband’s outfit choices.   He somewhat begrudgingly handed it over to me a few months ago and when I brought it out last weekend, he was curious how it would turn out…or he was a bit scared to see the scissors chop it up.  Either way, he was interested!

The bottom half of the button placard (buttons & holes) is removed, then the two sides sewn together.  You do this under the 4th button.  The original fancy-ness of this shirt already included tuxedo pleat details on either side of the buttons, so it added a really nice touch without me doing anything.  Always a fan of efficiency!   😀

Tuxedo pleats – great detail!

Now, for the RUFFLES!  Basically, you cut off the sleeves, which are cut into long rectangles, then made into ruffles and attached to the button placard strips:

Ruffles and black thread


Considering my guy is perpetually fit (with or without exercise), his shirts don’t usually have a ton of fabric….hence the reason I had to add a side-zipper:

Side zipper

This blouse is completely different than what I normally wear, so I’m thinking it will be perfect to wear on a date night! What do you think?

All done!

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