|The hem really is straight, I promise, it's just the way I'm standing.|
What says autumn? How about a circle skirt? No, well, to quote Mr. Darling, "A man's entitled to his own opinion."
I definitely do think more about separates when the weather starts to cool off, and I want to make a nice wool or corduroy circle skirt this fall. However, they take an unnaturally large amount of fabric! So, before I dig into the stash, or bank account, and use some more expensive material, I decided to test out this pattern on some $1/yard cotton print. Sure it won't be very warm in a couple of months, but the colors made me think more of autumn than summer, and I thought it looked well with this deep purple tee.
I used this vintage McCall's pattern, and would love to try a solid version with trimmings like in the picture some day. It was super easy to sew up, but crazy to hem by hand. The bottom of a circle skirt seems to go on forever, and I had to shorten it about 6-8 inches. Now, I know I'm short, but sheesh, I had no idea how short, and I hemmed it to hit me right below the knee.
|Insane amount of hemming on this, but next time I'll know to make it shorter, and that will help.|
|Here's a close up of the print. It has green roses (I know, weird, huh?) with brown leaves and little purple flowers scattered amongst them.|
There are several things I like about circle skirts. I think they are super flattering on a lot of figures, and they can be dressed up or down, made for summer or winter, use prints or solids, expensive or cheap fabric, and look ultra feminine, but one of the best parts is that they're good for twirling!
|Best twirling picture I could get :(|
I also wore this with a vintage brooch, brown cloth ballet flats with tiny bows on them, and a carved fake ivory and gold bracelet, but I had already taken off the bracelet and shoes for the pictures.
|Vintage brooch from eBay. Once again it's a cluster of something or another.|
I actually have already gotten compliments while wearing my newest skirt, so am planning another cotton one in the print below. I know it's also a thin cotton, but it takes so little time to sew up a circle skirt, and I already have blouses/tops that will easily match it. Besides the weather in Tennessee will not be getting very cold for a while still. Yup, I can always reason my way into it.
|It's actually not so orangey in person, but more of a coral color.|
About three or four years ago our local Walmart announced they would no longer be selling fabric, and would be almost completely eliminating their craft section. Of course this was only after they had come to town a couple years prior and ran the two other fabric and craft stores out of business. *Grrr* However, I had the last laugh as they sold off some of their stock for $1 or less per yard, but you had to buy it in five yard lengths. My mom and I practically bought everything they had. I think we've both went through a surprisingly large amount of it already, but we both still have some. Sure some of it's really cheap stuff, but it works well for a lot of projects and for making muslins (something I'm bad for not doing anyway).
So, what are you adding to your fall wardrobe?