Spinning Circles

volume smiling

I came across this striped black and white fabric while out shopping with Katy in Cambridge, and I scooped up four yards of it. I am not certain of the fiber content, but it seems mostly synthetic. Katy made a scout tee using the same fabric.

The material has such a lovely drape I decided it would make a lovely circle skirt. I knew I wanted it to be midi length, which meant matching up the stripes along a seam in order to get two half circles with the diameter I wanted. I drafted the circle skirt using the instructions from Gertie’s New Book for Better Sewing. I highly recommend drafting your own circle skirt pattern – it is a very easy introduction to drafting it only requires two measurements; your waist, and the length you want the skirt to be. I think circle skirts are so flattering on every figure and are oh so much fun to wear.

hat collage

holding hat

Katy and I ventured to the Arnold Arboretum in Jamaica Plain (our neighborhood of Boston) on a sunny Saturday morning to take these photos, so I decided to climb one of the trees, naturally. It was quite comical when Katy had to boost me up and as she did my foot became caught in the volume of my skirt and I lost my balance and almost landed face first in a mucky pool of water in the fork of the tree! Fortunately I managed to get up okay, and didn’t fall out and break any limbs (mine or the tree’s).

standing angled smiling

tree collage

I plan to make a wool circle skirt for the fall/winter to wear with tights and booties, and next time I’ll allow the skirt to hang for a few days before hemming which allows the bias to stretch. I was impatient while making this skirt and skipped that step and which is evidenced by the wavy hemline, but I think it actually works with this fabric.


spinning circles