I don’t write lots of odes here, I reserve that title only for those very special occasions that makes me really entusiastic. In fact, the only other post with that title was written well over a year ago, devoted to Colette Patterns.
This time I am rejoicing the half- circle skirt. I know there is a lot of talk about the full circle skirt in our sewing community, praising it simplicity, its flattering shape, its versatility and how much fun it is to wear. I am now about to pay homage to the even simpler, even more flattering, versatile and fun garment – the half- circle skirt.
If swooshyness is the most important thing for you, the full circle should still be your choice…
Back in the beginning of this century, a hugely popular tv -series aired, showcasing hundreds upon hundreds of gorgeous outfits, witty conversation and inspirstional views from New York City. Do you remember it? 😉 Sex and the City was the name of that series, not to be confused with the disappointing cinematic version sharing the same title…
One garment that Carrie is wearing repeatedly on that show, and with success if you ask me, is the half- circle skirt. The thing is, I thought for a long time that it was a full circle skirt she was wearing, and thus getting thoroughly confused whenever I tried to make one, and it didn´t turn out right.
Unfortunately, I don´t have a lot of photo evidence of my circle skirt endeavors, I can actually only find a blurry one from MMMay´10:
I had more or less given up hope in the circle skirt.
Then something changed my beliefs last week. I was visiting my favourite charity shop, and on one of the racks was a creme colored, gorgeous looking skirt practically screaming out:” Sølvi! Try me!”. It was perfect. As made for me. I didn´t need to make any adjustments, it fits perfectly in the waist, and the shape was so much more flattering than any of the skirts I had tried to make! And then it dawned on me: this is not a full- circle skirt, its just a half- circle!
The half- circle sits much more flattering on the hip, it doesn´t add tons of extra weight to your figure, it doesnt look as costumey as the full circle, and it requires less fabric. What’s not to like? I am not saying that the full circle is bad or anything, not at all, I love that shape if you for instance is going for a fun 50´s vibe! But for me, the half-circle is just so much more easy to wear.
I am wearing my thrifted beauty as I write, and I am of course planning on making some as well. First up will be a fall skirt made from a plaid flannel, underlined with a rayon lining (I´ll just add it to my FESA plan). The flannel is one of the fabrics I got from my mother when she was de-stashing, so for this project my only costs will be the zipper, the lining fabric and some interfacing for the waistband. Yay!
All right, that rounds up my ode, but I am curious: what are your experiences with the half- circle skirt? Do you love it?