In Sewing

Folk Lure

This skirt took me no less than forever to finish. It wasn’t difficult to put together, but there was a lot of “sew a little, then sit and wait” kind of stuff going on with this particular project, which is why it’s been seven weeks since ordering the fabric to actually calling it done. Spoiler alert: I still really, really love this skirt!! It was worth the wait.

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The pattern is a new one by Anna Maria Horner and I think there may be some errata with the yardage charts. One of my top pieces had to be cut off grain or I would have run out of fabric, and I definitely ran out of fabric for the bottom since I could only fit 7 of 8 pieces no matter which way I tried to place them. In fact, I couldn’t really fit any of the pieces on my fabric exactly how the cutting layout suggests. So, I highly recommend ordering extra fabric for this skirt, especially if you have a directional print! Otherwise you might find yourself sitting and waiting an extra week to finish your 8th panel while more fabric arrives. Not a huge deal, just something I need to plan for next time.

(edit: I went back and looked, and the back of the pattern lists one fabric amount for both 45″/54″ widths, but inside the pattern lists cutting diagrams for JUST 54″ widths. That explains why my pieces didn’t fit correctly on my 45″ wide fabric. Duh me. So just know that the yardage amounts listed on the back are only going to fit for 54″ widths when sewing the Crazy 8s version! Buy extra yardage for Fabric A and Fabric C, or you’ll be one panel short.)

I’m also questioning the finished measurements for my size because when I checked them on my skirt lying flat I thought: There’s no way that can be right. There’s no ease at all!? Which leads me to my next point…

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I seriously recommend NOT trying to sew a high waisted circle skirt right before Thanksgiving and Christmas. Why? Because leftover pie for breakfast equals not being able to zip up said circle skirt haha! Whoops! Thanks to my inherited super metabolism, and making more sensible breakfast choices, I was able to zip up AND button the skirt just in time for New Years. Now there’s really no ease (aka breathing/eating room) left though, uhg.

Note to self: size up in skirt next time to accommodate more pie.

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Outfit Details
Hat: made by me
Glasses: El Ria c/o Victory Optical
Necklace: Modcloth
Tank top: Old Navy
Cardigan and belt: Target
Skirt: made by me
Boots: Madden Girl

photos by William Waldon

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Handmade Details
Skirt pattern: Full Circle Skirt by Anna Maria Horner
Fabric used: Elizabeth Olwen (wildflower in crimson and climbing vine in navy)
and Cotton & Steel (netorious in jam jar)
Hat Pattern: Jul by Wiksten (finished in August)
Yarn used: Cascade Yarns (220 superwash sport in peach)

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This was definitely not a quick project for me, but it was certainly a super fun project and I’d enjoy making it again (eh hem, in a bigger size!). The way it’s pieced together would make for a killer skirt in bold stripes, and I’d love to have it in a print that mixes and matches with more things in my wardrobe, especially for Me Made May. Since the waist is meant to be very form fitting, it doesn’t rank high on my comfort clothes list, but it’s pretty darn cute and worth making at least one more time! …I’m totally shopping for stripey fabric right now.

On Wednesday I’m going to post more inside details of how the skirt is actually pieced/sewn together, so stay tuned for that if you’re curious 🙂

xo
Rochelle

(Also edit: I did add a bit of length to my version by extending piece C to the XL hem line. The hem of the original pattern falls above the knee.)

  • Lovely skirt and well worth all the work 🙂

  • Lauriana

    Wow, that’s a great look!

    Of course, if the waistband is too tight to make the skirt really wearable year-round, you could always unpick the waistband and make a new one just slightly lower on the skirt (measure and make the new band first, then attach the skirt to fit it). But it’s never nice to re-do such things on a finished item…

    And if you wanted the look but a lot more comfort, you could make the skirt with a considerably wider top and make a waistband of at least 10 cm high (higher may be better) in stable but stretchy jersey. This is easiest if you make the seam which attaches the band wide enough to fit over your hips. It’s not such a retro look but very comfortable.
    (I explained how to do this for trousers in this post: http://petitmainsauvage.blogspot.nl/2012/02/good-deed.html)

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  • This really suits you I love the play on fabric! I love your unique style!

  • Annika

    You look beautiful in this skirt. Too annoying that it turned out a bit too small.
    Btw: Your orange hair is sooo cool!

  • Ami Lowden

    This is so amazing Rochelle, makes me want to twirl around in swooshy skirts more (ones with pie room of course, for what is life without pie?!) 😉 I’m seeing it in three shades of yellow for summer…..!

  • English Girl at Home

    This looks amazing! Looking forward to seeing version 2:) And I might have to try it myself

  • This is gorgeous and so you!! I imagine it will go with lots of things too – SCORE! I am loving your new hair colour too!!

  • Elisabeth McClure

    One, that skirt is totally cute! And looks really fun to twirl in. Two…I am currently wearing that cardigan (but in black…they didn’t have any colors by the time I bought it) and isn’t it like the coziest thing ever?! I have worn it almost every day since I bought it!

  • sallieforrer

    Ah Rochelle! This is amazing!! All that piecing must have taken you forever!! But the finished skirt is really just… WOWZA! Love all the twirly pictures too 🙂

  • Beautiful skirt and great fabrics combination! I also lke very much the photo session 🙂

  • ette

    What an amazing skirt! Love the idea of patchworking a circle skirt, could serve me well when trying to reduce my stash.
    And you look so gorgeous wearing it! The colours match perfectly and I love it paired with your orange hair!
    ~ette

  • Beth Arcuri

    Just wanted to join in the discussion and add my, “Oh my gosh, that skirt is frickin’ awesome!! I absolutely love the different fabrics you used. But, of course, I always love your style

  • This is so you, I love it! And can I put in an official request for more Lucille photos?!?! 😛

    • Thanks! And yes, more Lucille photos are in the works 😉

  • Your skirt is absolutely stunning! Thanks for sharing.

  • jannapyj

    OHMYGOSH! It’s like you get to wear a quilt!!! And that is a very, very good thing. I was so worth the wait…and now I want one! :o) Looking forward to seeing the stripey one!

    JJ
    http://www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

    • Haha I know, right?! It’s pretty awesome. Glad you approve 🙂

  • So much prettiness!

  • gorgeous skirt, it’s so unique. It looks great on you x

  • Amanda Adams

    Holiday noms are the best noms! Can’t wait to see the construction post- so much detail here!

  • petiterepublic.com

    cute! i feel like you need to sit on a picnic quilt with it spread out to a perfect circle and take a pix top down!

    • You’re right, that would have been a cute shot! I did post a not-as-cute picture on the Lucky Lucille Facebook page of it all sprawled out in my yard. It does look pretty neat from a bird’s eye view 🙂

  • Debra Ward

    So cute!

  • I LOVE this! It is very YOU too!

  • That skirt is terrific! I <3 your glasses! Can't wait to see the other styles they have at Victory Optical. 😀

    • Thank you! I looooooove Victory Optical. They have the absolute coolest frames and I love their history. I’m going to do a big promotion with them soon-ish, most likely with a discount code for my readers so keep your eyes peeled for that 😉

      • Beth Arcuri

        Well, that sounds cool

      • Goodie goodie gummy bears!

  • Pie for breakfast is the best part of the holidays!!! 😀

    • Sure is! Pie and hot chocolate. Breakfast of Champions.

  • You look awesome; what a cool skirt! I love your necklace as well ^___^

    • Thank you so much! 🙂 Modcloth has some seriously sweet necklaces.

  • Tammy Tagesen

    That is the cutest skirt. Really suits your style.

  • This is such a fun skirt!! It’s a shame it’s uncomfortable, though, a skirt that fun should be fun and easy to wear! I look forward to your next version 🙂

    • Thanks! It’s not so uncomfortable that I’ll never wear it, but I definitely won’t be wearing it on days when I’m planning a huge meal haha! 😉

  • It turned out super cute! So you!

  • Stephanie Thorpe

    Very cute! And I’m so loving your orange hair!

    • Thanks so much! I don’t think orange is my favorite, but it sure is fun for right now 🙂

  • Adorable skirt made even more adorable with your fabric choices! It looks like a skirt of happiness 🙂

    • A skirt of happiness indeed! …a tight one. But still 😉

  • Super cute skirt! Definitely worth the wait (first typed ‘waist’, ha!). I love the mix of those prints. 🙂

    • Teehehe …worth the waist 😛 Thanks, mixed prints for the win!!

  • I ADORE this skirt! It’s positively delightful! I like that it speaks to both vintage and modern sensibilities. 🙂