Monday, July 4, 2011

Red, White & Blue


Happy 4th of July!

I've been wanting to make a circle skirt for a while and finally made it with patriotic colors - red, white, and blue.

I followed the tutorial on the Made blog. I was a little apprehensive about making it since it involved math (I stink), but it actually was pretty easy to make.

I made the pattern for a quarter of the skirt with newspaper (the tutorial goes into detail about how to do this).


I folded the fabric (I got 1-3/4 yards) and used the newspaper pattern to cut the fabric.



When I unfolded the fabric, here is the basic shape of the skirt. I bought the polka dot fabric and 3" wide red striped elastic (so cool!) at a local fabric outlet (Goodville Fabric Outlet) for about $5.


Basically, you just sew the elastic onto the waist of the skirt, then hem the bottom and you're done. If you're a beginner at sewing, you must try this!

It's so easy & fun!








And Avery's favorite part - it twirls!!



I will be linking to the Pleated Poppy's "What I Wore Wednesday" linky party.

24 comments:

  1. That looks so great on you! Did you die the waistband red? I made a circle skirt for one of my daughters, I just might have to make one for myself now. :)

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  2. Amy - the elastic waistband was already striped red - no dying needed!

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  3. This post is an example why your's is my favorite creative living blog!

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  4. Very cute!I remember circle skirts from years ago.They take forever to hem especially if sewing by hand!

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  5. This is nothing short of amazing. And then I saw it twirls! Even better! :) Thanks for sharing the tutorial. Will definitely have to add this to my to-do list.

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  6. I do want to try this!! :) I love your happy twirl! :)

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  7. this is fabulous... loveee the finished product! ive been wanting to try sewing- this may be my first project! :)

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  8. polka dots are my FAVORITE COLOR!

    this skirt looks easy enough for me to make. love it!

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  9. fabulous tutorial---I can definitely see myself making something this cute and twirly :) LOVE the polka dots <3

    --Sara Sophia

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  10. So stinkin adorable! What a great tutorial!!!!

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  11. OH MY GOD I love this idea,
    It looks so easy and cute!
    I can't wait to try it =)
    http://shannonolson.blogspot.com/

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  12. the circle skirt looks great! awesome that you made it yourself, and it looks like you have fun in it!

    the style projects

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  13. I love it and I may just get my mom (the seamtress) to help me make this. We are moving to Costa Rica for a year and skirts are a must have. I live in Lebanon but never heard of the Goodville fabric outlet, but Mom probably knows right where it is.
    Thanks for sharing and it looks great on you.

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  14. THAT is ADORABLE! I LOVE the fabric you used! It looks so great on you!! And how simple! TFS!

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  15. STOP IT. STOP IT. STOP IT. STOP IT. STOP IT. STOP IT. IT'S TOOOO CUTE AND TOOO EASY TO MAKE.

    *chants to self: "I will not get a sewing machine, I will not get a sewing machine, I will not...."
    YOU ARE AMAZING MRS. WEAVER.

    GREAT PICS!!!!! so frame worthy!

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  16. Can you use the same pattern for a longer length??

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    1. Yes, I think you could! You would just need to make the circle wider in diameter.

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  17. Do u know what the elastic is called and where I can find it?!?

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  18. How do you fold the fabric before you cut it? I don't want to do it wrong! Trying to figure it out, but I'm new to the sewing thing. Thanks!

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    1. Fold it into fourths. You can check out this tutorial for more details: http://www.danamadeit.com/2008/07/tutorial-the-circle-skirt.html

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