For the Amelie movie - blogged about in my previous post here - and for the fun of it, my friends and I decided that we would dress up in clothes inspired by the 1950's. For me, nothing says 1950's fashion quite as much as circle skirts do. Who has never wanted a poodle skirt and saddle back shoes when they were little? Plus circle skirts are awesome to twirl in!
Having no idea where to find circle skirts and not keen on the idea of hiring one, I decided to make own one! Now, I am absolutely no good at sewing or making up garments. I did a short course on dressmaking last year but didn't really carry on practising what I had learnt. (Ahemmm...read: lazy).
Anyway, I researched tutorials on circle skirts like a crazy person, figuring out if it is indeed as easy they make it out to be. I'm not great at sewing so I didn't want to take on anything too advanced and then just end up wasting my money on fabric. I ended up making five skirts. In two days. It really is that easy. I felt like a machine! Cut. Over lock. Sew. Over lock. Sew. Repeat! Also, I cheated a bit... I used an elastic band for the waist. One day I'll make a skirt with a proper waist band and zip, Insha Allah.
What do you think of it? I've received requests about me making and selling them but I'm not too sure yet.
Sewing for others is a huge amount of pressure for me. I don't think my nerves would be able to handle it!
But never say never, right?
Scarf: Cotton On
Top: Woolworths (borrowed from my sister)
Shoes: Mr Price
Here are some of the tutorials I followed in case you would like to make your own skirt :)
The Ribbon Retreat
By Hand London
Dana Made It