I decided this summer that I was going to start teaching myself how to sew. I have sewn a few projects before, but I wanted to be able to make my own clothes to fill my wardrobe when I can't find what I'm looking for. Also, it really helps supplement any vintage finds.
To start off, I decided to try my hand at a circle skirt. You can get them at many stores, especially the vintage reproduction stores, but I wanted to be able to use vintage fabric that I may find and make something that was unique to me. Plus, making things yourself is often times cheaper than buying things AND you know that it will fit!
I made a few "test" skirts that I will be showing you later (they are for a special event this summer - hint, hint) and then decided to try a few summer florals. I found this gorgeous lilac pattern and this other lovely floral at Joann Fabrics. You will see the other skirt in a future post, I'm sure.
To start the skirt, I used the Simplicity 1200 pattern but revised it for my needs. For one, I knew that I couldn't work that pattern exactly as instructed because of the length needed for my height. So I took the opportunity to add pockets. Really, every skirt should have pockets. Then, after my first two test skirts, I revised the length a bit and added more "circle" to the pattern. It really became more of a trial and error test to get what I was happy with. I think I figured out the perfect pattern for me.
I'm really pleased with how it turned out and was even more excited when I realized I had the perfect cardigan already in my wardrobe.
This is the outfit I wore to a BBQ last weekend. I love a good purple outfit.