McCall's 4875 - The "At Last" Full-Circle Skirt8:50 AM
I started dabbling in sewing around three and half years ago. My first project? A full-circle skirt, of course! I've adored them for as long as I can recall and I was elated to find this pattern while browsing the catalogs at Hancock for the first time. (I was a newbie - I had no idea how easy it would have been to draft my own!) I was a good little seamstress and immediately bought a cute length of fabric for it and only it.
I got started right away and, as I recall, it was coming together rather quickly (including hem!) until I got to the waistband. It had two pieces and seemed to leave a gap on either hip. At the time, I got frustrated thinking I didn't understand the directions. Why would you ever want your skirt supported by two bows, not to mention expose your underwear at the sides? Of course, I know now that I did understand the directions and it really should have two openings. What I do not know now is why you would want this?
Anywho, in an attempt to figure it out, I tried on the partially unfinished skirt. Much to my disappointment, I saw how unflattering this skirt would be, even if I could figure out the waist.
|Twirling is not optional in a circle skirt! :-)|
Discouraged, my first project became my first stash.
Then, I saw this week's Sew Weekly challenge. And not only was it circle skirts, the call was for "true" circle skirts. No gathers, no pleats, just a circle with a waistband. So... I had to figure out how to make the silhouette work for me.
Enter a petticoat.
|Showing my petticoat - scandalous!|
I think a heavy skirt like this could really use another petticoat, as it weighed the first one down a bit. But, I do think the look is much improved and, at last, wearable!
Oh, and what did I finally do about the waistband? I ignored the directions, closed one of the openings, and added a waistband a few inches longer than my waist, securing it with a button from my stash. Easy! (I'll probably always cover it with a sash anyway.) If I ever make another one, I'll use a zipper instead.
By the way, you can read my [featured - eep!] Sew Weekly post, here.
How did your first project go? Did you finish it? Love the result?
Happy sewing! x