FO: pink and white floral circle skirt

13 Mar

Finally! I’m sharing my first circle skirt. Which I first made in March 2011. Yep, 2 years ago.

Unlike my second circle skirt, which was a heavy cotton sateen with quite a lot of drape, my first circle skirt was a lightweight cotton voile. Despite being hung for a week before being hemmed, it quickly dropped in one place and sat around for months waiting to be re-levelled and re-hemmed. Then when it was re-hemmed I didn’t have anything to wear it with for ages, and it was too lightweight for winter besides. So this summer was my first chance to really truly wear it. And wear it I did. It was glorious to wear in the heat of summer. All of these photos are from my Christmas holiday in KeriKeri, taken on a day trip to Russell and Waitangi, where it was perfect.

Daintily arranged to show off the print, on the hillside just below Russell's famous flagpole.

Daintily arranged to show off the print, on the hillside just below Russell’s famous flagpole.

I LOVE the print on this skirt. I love the vibrant colours and the painted look of the giant flowers and the fact that it doesn’t look like a floral at first glance. I love this so much I have the same fabric in an electric-blue-on-white colourway, waiting for the right pattern to become a two piece full skirted dress.

Was thrilled to see a bottle of Mello Yellow for sale while in Russell! Limited edition, exactly the same label from my childhood. I had to buy one (even though I wasn't a huge fan when it was out.) My mum decided that the retro style bottle went great with the skirt and retro-ish sunnies.

Was thrilled to see a bottle of Mello Yellow for sale while in Russell! Limited edition, exactly the same label from my childhood. I had to buy one (even though I wasn’t a huge fan when it was out the first time and not much has changed.) My mum decided that the retro style bottle went great with the skirt and retro-ish sunnies.

The skirt (dropping hem aside) was easy to make, as all circle skirts are. I used McCalls 5811 again, put in an invisible zip and a lapped waistband with a trouser hook, and wham bam that’s a skirt! The second time around hemming, I used wide  white bias tape to give it a bit of support at the hem and that was perfect.

This giant sundial offers 360 degree views over bush and ocean with the Russell township nestled in one piece. But rather than show you the beautiful views, I'm showing you my skirt. Oops.

This giant sundial offers 360 degree views over bush and ocean with the Russell township nestled in it. But rather than show you the beautiful views, I’m showing you my skirt. Oops.

Because I had to level this twice, I got worried about it being crooked. Which was probably why I noticed, when folding it after finishing the hems, the the side seams were a good inch different in length. I freaked out – I did NOT want to hem this again! But I tried it on, and no,it looked all good, nice and straight. So on a whim I looked at my other two circle skirts, (my polka dot skirt and the third yet to be blogged about). And each of them also had an inch discrepancy on the side seams, with the same side seam short in each case. So either one hip is lower than the other or one butt cheek is rounder than the other but either way, my body is not symmetrical. This shouldn’t really come as a surprise, and is why I always get my skirts levelled on the body rather than on a dress form!

Holding my skirt to catch the breeze

Holding my skirt to catch the breeze

The sky was that colour everywhere.

The sky was that colour everywhere.

Posing in the Waka House, Waitangi, where we had great fun exploring

Posing in the Waka House, Waitangi, where we had great fun exploring.

I love wearing circle skirts, even though I’m still not sure they suit me. But I love how they feel and that is the most important thing. The one downside of circle skirts is that I live in a windy city and the breeze can be a bit naughty sometimes. I get around this by wearing things of which I do not know the name. They’re like leggings but only come to the bottom of my thigh. When I was at school we called them bike shorts, but that can’t be right because these aren’t the hi-tech cycling shorts you’d see on people who are actually riding a bike. I still call them that in my head but what do you call them? Either way, they’re not quite right, the lace abrades a little and I’d like them a bit longer too, so I’m thinking of making tap pants or bloomers instead.

And I’m not showing you the photo of my skirt caught by the breeze, up around my ears, butt to the camera, white [insert name here] on full display!

20 Responses to “FO: pink and white floral circle skirt”

  1. Juliet March 13, 2013 at 9:31 pm #

    Oh, that fabric, it’s stunning! Beautiful skirt, it’s perfect!

  2. 1107nikki March 13, 2013 at 10:50 pm #

    Love it. Very pretty. Can’t eait to see the blue made up.

    • missjoiedevivre March 14, 2013 at 10:02 am #

      Thanks! Do you remember me asking about the dress you were wearing with the shoulder swathes? Thats what I’m looking for for the blue 🙂

  3. Teresa Buckthought March 14, 2013 at 10:00 am #

    I love this skirt – I’m a big fan of circle skirts so easy to make (except for the hemming!) and really flattering. Such beautiful photos too – love the print.

    • missjoiedevivre March 14, 2013 at 10:03 am #

      Thanks so much! The hemming sure can be tedious… but worth it!

  4. macstabby March 14, 2013 at 2:15 pm #

    Lurve that fabric! Perfect for spring and summer. Great photos as well- it’s been so gloomy here, that it’s nice to know someone is getting sun SOMEwhere.

    • missjoiedevivre March 14, 2013 at 3:17 pm #

      Thanks heaps! 🙂

      A little too much sun down here officially, it’s about to break the record for dry spell held since 1947 or somesuch and we’re down to the last 20 days of water in our city. But, I kind of don’t care as much as I should because I’ve enjoyed the sun so much! But your time is coming, we’re certainly starting to get a but autumnal in the evenings.

  5. Holly March 14, 2013 at 10:48 pm #

    Love the skirt. I’m a fan of full and floaty skirts too, can be dangerous this windy city.

    • missjoiedevivre March 14, 2013 at 10:57 pm #

      Thanks! And yep, that’s why I love my underthings. What are they called?:)

  6. sewexhausted March 16, 2013 at 5:50 am #

    I LOVE circle skirts too- they are so feminine and pretty….I never thought about straightening the skirt on the body- Do you have a helper? I have a very full skirt that I finished recently in a knit that looks crooked on the hanger and now want to con one of my girls to assist. I suppose hacking it straight while on the hanger is not the best option! I confess I decided not to hem it at all as it is a knit BUT I still want it to be straight! ~Laurie

    • missjoiedevivre March 18, 2013 at 1:22 pm #

      Thanks! Yep, I have a helper! You’ll also need a metre ruler (or a yard stick). Measure from the floor up to the length you want your garment to be and pin or chalk. Once you are done, use chalk to join the pins or chalk into a continuous line, add your hem allowance, cut, and hem (or don’t hem as the case may be!) It’s just like in the movies where you see the girl in the pretty dress standing on a table.

      There are devices that use chalk in little bags that you can operate yourself, and there’s a trick I haven’t tried where you pin builder’s chalk line in a doorway a set distance from the floor, then turn gently in a circle transferring the chalk onto the skirt, but I have such wonderful helpers I haven’t bothered with either of those.

      Good luck!

  7. Calico Stretch March 16, 2013 at 9:36 am #

    Wow this is lovely and I the print is gorgeous. I have yet to make a circle skirt and am thinking that maybe it’ll be one of those winter ones …. given that summer is almost (finally) spent.

    • missjoiedevivre March 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      Oh yes I’d love to make some winter circle skirts! Add thick tights and they’re actually quite warm, I’ve heard. I’m quite keen to do the same!

  8. Jo March 17, 2013 at 11:25 am #

    Looks like no-one knows what the “bike-shorts” are! Darn it, I want to know now too!
    I agree this print is gorgeous. This is so pretty 😀

    • missjoiedevivre March 18, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

      Thanks heaps 🙂

      I guess I’ll have to stick to bike shorts for now!

  9. Kat H March 17, 2013 at 10:03 pm #

    Oooh, so pretty! I love the pink, and the huge floral print. 😀

    I call those “bike shorts” as well. Leftover name from primary school. (I suspect they didn’t have the fancy-schmancy high-tech ones back then??)

    • missjoiedevivre March 18, 2013 at 1:24 pm #

      Thanks 🙂

      Bike shorts it is then! Definitely a primary school thing for me too. Funny how these things stick!

  10. Gjeometry March 21, 2013 at 8:27 pm #

    Oh, I just love your skirt! The fabric is so nice and flowy and the print so ready for spring!!! I saw your post on Scruffy Badger’s blog, so thought I’d drop by and say ‘hi’. Lovely blog you have, I look forward to following it! 🙂

    • missjoiedevivre March 21, 2013 at 8:45 pm #

      Thanks and thanks! It’s lovely to have you here! 🙂

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