I’ve always love the look of suede skirts for fall, but haven’t ever found one that suited me. I like skirts that are full and long, not tight, short, and covered with buttons. I love circle skirts and ever since I started sewing last year, I’ve had this skirt in mind. I read a lot of tutorials and none of them made sense to me.
In case circle skirts confuse you too, here’s how I made it:
The skirt is made out of this tan moleskin suede. I used the By Hand London Circle Skirt App to determine how to draft the skirt.
- I told the calculator I wanted a quarter circle skirt in a midi length, but that my waist was 1/2 of its actual circumference.
- Then I cut out 2 pieces with the measurements the calculator gave me. Why not just use the 1/2 circle skirt function of the calculator? Because it kept telling me that the skirt wouldn’t fit on my fabric!
- After I’d cut out the fabric for the skirt and sewed the skirt halves together at one side, I cut a waistband that was 5 inches wide by my waist measurement + 4 inches long.
- I folded the waistband in half, right sides together and sewed the ends shut.
- I then turned the waistband right sides out and attached it to the skirt. I left the very end of one side of the waistband unattached, and the other end I stopped about 2 inches away from the edge of the skirt piece.
- Then I inserted the zip, making sure the top of the zip matched the top of the skirt but didn’t extend into the waistband.
- I hemmed the part of the waistband that overlapped.
- I stitched a button hole into this overhang and sewed a button on the other side. This gave me a nice, neat finish instead of a strange step at the top of the zipper that required a hook and eye.
To go with the skirt, I made up the Sew Over It Pussy Bow Blouse in this gorgeous ivory rayon challis. Isn’t it the perfect accompaniment to a suede skirt for fall?
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