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Monday, October 13, 2014

Finished: Leopard print half circle skirt

I had been holding onto this fabric for forever because I couldn't decide what to do with it. I got it as a remnant from the fabric store. I would have made a dress out of it, but I had less than a yard, so that wasn't going to work. So it just sat in my closet until I decided it was finally time to do something with it!

Since I got this as a remnant and it wasn't labeled, I'm not 100% sure what material this is, but I'm pretty sure it's a ponte knit. It feels really nice and has good stretch and recovery.

I only had enough fabric to make a half circle skirt. Super easy and quick project. I used this site from By Hand London to calculate the measurements. 

I actually cut my skirt slightly smaller than the website suggested because the material is stretchy and I wanted a tighter fit so it didn't slip down. 

I used a makeshift compass to draw my circle. I tied a piece of string to a pen and just held it with one hand at the corner, and drew on the fabric using my other hand. Not the most professional way, but it worked!

Then I cut out my skirt and waistband. There's just one seam in the back, which I serged together. For the waistband, I cut it twice as wide as a piece of elastic, then folded the fabric over the waistband, and basted the edges together.

Then I just serged the waistband the the skirt, and coverstitched the hem. 

Super quick and easy! I have a few other pieces of fabric that I've been hanging onto because I don't have enough yardage to make a dresses out of them, so I might turn them into circle skirts soon. Maybe 3/4ths or full circle skirts next time.

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