Aussie Curves: Skirt

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Skirt: DIY

Shoes: Wittner

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 MerrΒ 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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55 thoughts on “Aussie Curves: Skirt

  1. 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). πŸ™‚

    1. 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.

  2. 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!

  3. 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 β€œnot 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!

    1. 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!

      1. Well, if you ever go into the making-skirts business- you can count on me to be your first and most enthusiastic costumer πŸ™‚

  4. 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 πŸ™‚


    1. 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!

  5. 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

  6. 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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