I'm sincerely obsessed with Modcloth. I love their extended sizes and retro-inspired looks. I find more often than not, however, that some of things I love most are out of my price range. Such is the case with this Essential Elegance skirt. I was feeling a desperate need for one in white. It seemed silly to pay $70 for a simple circle skirt, so I decided to make my own.
Because the construction was so basic, I chose to use a circle skirt calculator I found online in lieu of a pattern. You could also just calculate the measurements yourself, but I feel obligated to tell you that I have an art degree, and that happens to be incompatible with math. After all, figuring out these measurements requires pi, and not of the fruit or cream variety, so I passed on that. Using the link I provided, you just plug in your waist measurement, desired skirt length, and fabric width, and it will generate a graphic that shows you the cutting layout. Since I was copying the Modcloth skirt, I added a substantial waistband (reinforced with interfacing), a side zip, and created it with two layers of a bottom weight white twill.
The shirt here was from a Leanne Marshall Simplicity pattern--1690.
video tutorial for french seaming.
I am very happy with these pieces. It is nice to make separates sometimes... it makes it easier to incorporate your handmade items into your everyday wardrobe when a dress isn't always appropriate. For me and my life, knitwear would be even more useful. I plan to tackle that next!