We attended my husband’s holiday work party this weekend. While I attempted to Not look like a slob, it turned out everyone else was in evening dresses and suits. Despite feeling incredibly awkward at such an event, I was ridiculously proud that 1) I made the skirt I wore, and 2) that we lasted all of fifty minutes before getting Thai food and Finally! getting to see The Force Awakens.
Excuse the rumply photo. I was tired and didn’t feel like putting it back on.
This was my first skirt. I learned a lot. And boy, oh boy is a circle skirt a lot of fabric. I tried using the app from By Hand London but it kept claiming I couldn’t get enough fabric. Ok, I know I’ve gotten chubby since having a kid, but come on. Instead, I found this great excel sheet from The Snug Bug and it worked great. I did make it in two panels.
I decided to do a lapped side zipper and used these instructions from Megan Nielsen. I had a bit of a time with the zipper. I broke two needles (I’ve never broken a needle before this weekend!) while trying to avoid the top stop, but I think it ended up looking quite nice.
Hemming was a bit of a rush, so I went with a simple bias tape. It isn’t perfect but as I finished it up only two hours before we left, I was fairly pleased. I used these instructions for hemming from Colette.
Finally, I looked at lots of instructions for the waistband but used this technique from Tuppence Ha’penny.
The pin is a vintage scarab that my husband got me several years ago from a closed local gallery, Finder’s Creepers. I’ve never worn it as I never really had anything to wear it with. But it really is cool.