Reclaimed Circle Skirts by Sarah

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

The following blog post is written by Sarah, a fan of thrift stores, op shops, rummage sales, markets and all things vintage.  Sarah recently gave us her excellent blog post A Guide to Washing and Fixing Second Hand Clothing, which went down very well on social media.

I'm delighted to welcome Sarah back again with her second great blog post in which she made a circle skirt out of thrifted denim dress.

Reclaimed Circle Skirts by Ask Sarah

A circle skirt, be it full circle, three quarter or half never goes out of style. And personally I adore that swingy, swirly, dancing, prancing feeling they give you - I just want to spin until I'm dizzy!

I really wanted a full or at least unusual denim skirt. I made a denim skirt fashion faux pas on my first date with Mr Ask. It might have been a little tight and a little short and part of a walk of shame arrangement.  He has never let me live it down and wearing the regular kind of denim skirt is just out of the question.

I'd tried to buy the right kind of denim fabric but there was nothing just right and I was prepared to wait. Mummy Ask and I went to Savers Noarlunga in South Australia to have a poke around.  As a plus size person finding second hand clothes that fit is not so easy and it's certainly difficult to find things that are too big to refashion. I just feel bad taking something so plus sized from the clutches of a woman that might wear it as is.

I couldn't believe my eyes when I found this home sewn (and beautifully done I must say) dress. It seems people don't know the quality home sewn can bring, most of my thrift store finds are home sewn. I loved it from the first minute and could see right past that odd green bodice and the fact that it was at least two sizes too big for me.

It had a lovely denim circle skirt that had a waist band attaching it to the bodice. I snipped the bodice off, leaving about 2" of waistband attached to the skirt part and unpicked the back seam. The fabric seemed especially fray prone so I overlocked all my new raw edges but a zig zag along the edge would have had the same effect.


I turned the edges of what was the back seam under and stitched a hem. You see I had a wrap skirt in mind and since the detached skirt overlapped by about 4" (the volume of a skirt like this means you only need a small overlap to keep your modesty in tact) I knew it would work perfectly.  I turned that 1-2" of waistband in to become my facing. I was in quite a hurry to get it done (as you see, I didn't iron it) so I used two hair ties and two buttons to make my closure.

I just sandwiched the hair tie between the skirt and facing, and stitched it down with a bit of back and forth stitching. I then decided on button placing and had Mummy Ask sew them on (my hand stitching is deplorable).

The recent fashion swing towards circle skirts means that circle skirted dresses are popping up in thrift stores everywhere. This is such a simple fashion hack but if you can't find the perfect circle skirt, why not thrift a sheet or quilt cover and make one?  I have a great tutorial on making a reversible wrap skirt which is just perfect for that complimentary but different quilt cover that is just waiting for you in a thrift store. It's fab because you don't have to hem all that curved length.  It even gives links to patterns and pattern drafting info. (link below)

I know I'd love to see you circle skirt creations and I'm sure Erica would too. So get making and send us your pics!
 :: Sarah ::

Thank you so much for showing us your refashioned circle skirt Sarah, such a simple modification, but the end result looks great.  I agree with you that thrifted home sewn clothes are usually of a very high standard, and often look out for such pieces myself.

Now readers if you'd like to follow Sarah's detailed circle skirt tutorial, and sew your own circle skirt, you can do so over on her blog Ask Sarah right here.


1 comment:

NewlyLoved said...

amazing! so jealous - i wish i could sew
xo Jessica
stop by if ya get a chance

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