I’ve got rather a silly number of skirts in my wardrobe, so it was difficult to make a choice what to wear for my second Aussie Curves challenge “Skirts”.
In the end I decided to MAKE one!
Recently my favourite Asos skirt has been getting a bit grey from being worn and washed too frequently. It’s not quite a full circle skirt (Asos calls it “Fit and Flare”) but more of a 3/4 circle skirt. That means it skims my hips before falling to a deliciously full hem, rather than coming straight out from my waist. I’ve discovered through trial and error that this is the most flattering look for me, so I’ve been on the hunt for a similar skirt, perhaps in a less easy-to-crease fabric than Asos’s cotton drill.
There were a few contenders on Modcloth (including this delicious nautical skirt) and I very nearly bought the “Flirt Skirt” from Mode Merr but I missed out on the expiry date for a 20% discount code, so got stroppy and decided not to.
In the end I used the original Asos skirt as a template for a new black skirt made from suiting fabric that had enough weight to hold its shape, but didn’t crush.
I used the same technique that I used to DIY my elephant skirt, but if you didn’t have a handy skirt to use as a template, making circle skirts is one of the easiest sewing projects out there.
There’s lots of great tutorials online, but I really liked this one.
I’m pretty pleased with how it turned out. It didn’t take too long, and cost me $42 (and that was with $20 a metre fabric!)
I think the hem’s a little wonky, but as you can see the skirt’s definitely wearable!
Next week…. POLKADOTS! (very excited!)
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A huge success I think! I love the line of this skirt and with the adorable tee, there’s nothing better. Love the whole look. 🙂
Agreed you look totally sweet. 🙂 that skirt is awesome!
Thanks Neysha Ann! I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.
Not in the least surprised that you’d rock a skirt for this week, nice work on the DIY though! It’s a stunning shape!
Thanks Genevieve! I really like the 3/4 circle fullness of it.
Love your adorable t-shirt. I wish I was as crafty as you with the sewing- great job! xx
Thanks Bek. It was pretty easy, surprisingly. Just took an hour or so. I’m kind of feeling inspired & thinking I might make another in navy blue 🙂
awww, your whole outfit is just so lovely!! Love the shoes and the hemline of your skirt…winning!! 🙂
Thanks Siki-Lou. The shoes are a great all-purpose shoe. They kind of go with everything!
You look beautiful. I love everything about this outfit. I think you did a great job with your skirt.
Thank you! I was really happy with how it turned out, actually!
I love that moment when you realise something works a treat for you. Great skirt, you look lovely.
Thanks so much, Jeanie! The skirt’s a really flattering shape 🙂
wow! you look soooooo lovely girlish! 🙂 great skirt!
Thanks M. I’m inspired to make the skirt again in some more colours now!
Fuchsia and Turquoise! and your ruby slippers 😀
You are such a wonderful girl!
Really great skirt, and I love the combination of the skirt av the t-shirt with a drawing on it!
Thanks Veronica 🙂 The t-shirt makes me look a little busty, but the print’s so cute!
I’d recognize that bunny anywhere — it’s Fifi Lapin! You should check her blog out, it’s super adorable! As are you and your outfit (as usual). 🙂
It is! It’s a big fat fake though – I bought it at the Night Markets a few years ago, and when I saw it I emailled Fifi Lapin to see if it was hers, and it’s not.
You are such a clever clog. And beautiful too. x
Aw, thanks <3
You are braver than I! I’ve attempted circle skirts in the past but I never get the proportions right. Your one looks perfect though!
I always struggle with the hem, but I think because this one was based off an existing skirt it was easier to get the proportions correct!
Def wearable- I’d say a big success! The hemlines are lovely- skirt looks gorgeous!
Thanks so much, Shell! I’m really happy with it!
Super cute t-shirt!! Your circle skirt looks fantastic, and fits you beautifully.
Thank you, Lisa. Now I just need to make another six in a whole different range of colours and I’ll be SET for life!
Wow!!! I need to learn how to sew, every time I’ve tried its not just the hem that ends up wonky! This is so gorgeous on you!
Thanks Olivia! I’d throughly recommend taking a basic sewing course!
Omg such a great look, it all works so well.
I have to say- I’ve been looking for the ASOS skirt ever since you first featured it on your blog, but they were out of stock for my size. I then bought the Modcloth one and although it is nice, it’s not as flattering as the one you featured.
But OH MY LORD! Your DIY is even better and more flattering then the ASOS skirt. Looking at both pictures, there’s no doubt- you totally rocked the project. It looks as though the “not quit full circle” works wonderfully with your figure, and so would probably work well with mine (I’m of similar build).
Can you post a pattern for the rest of us to work with? I’d love to try and duplicate the success.
And, as if it even needed to be said- you look great!
Hi Dikla, I’d love to offer a pattern, but I think because I just used the Asos skirt as a template it might not be possible. I’ll give it some thought though!
Well, if you ever go into the making-skirts business- you can count on me to be your first and most enthusiastic costumer 🙂
Brilliant! Wonderful outfit, love it.
Looks great, and very professional! I love the way the skirt falls 🙂
Thanks Catherine. It’s such a flattering amount of fullness, I’m really happy with it.
wow you made this? amazing! i have so much fabric waiting for me to sew it into something fantastic but no time! thanks for the motivation! this turned out so great 🙂
Oh, me too! I have such a stash of fabric that I’ve bought with the best of intentions. I just got this great retro seventies fabric that I want to sew into a pleated skirt this weekend. If I get around to it!
Lovely skirt! And you look edgy with a side of sweet. Fabulous!
Thanks so much, Crystal!
Very clever! And love the top x
Thanks Marion! I think it’s been through the dryer one too many times – it’s looking a bit tight – but I still love it!
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Oh! you r looking so great… I would love to go dating with you.
SO CUTE!! Also, I appreciated your comment about the 3/4 circle skirt vs. full. I always get frustrated with full-ish skirts and now i realize that the problem is that the pop out at the waist! thanks for helping me realize what the problem is haha
It looks amazing!!
This outfit looks great on you. The black skirt flows just right on your body type. Pairing the print T with the skirt was a fun way to stay fashionable and still look Chic. Great look!
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You are fabulous! Perfection!