Sew For Victory: A simple black circle skirt

I’ve said that I was finally not participating in this sewalong and I feel I’m cheating a bit. The deadline has been extended one week and I made this skirt in two evenings with little planning. It’s not even a strict 40s pattern, since this amount of fabric was only allowed after the war, but matched with my Fall for Cotton shirt it undoubtedly has a vintage vibe that I thought I could use to join this sewalong.


I always wanted to try this kind of skirt, since it kind of conceals big hips and I’ve always admired Jennifer Lauren‘s circle skirts. It was easy enough to make just by using the By Hand London App and waistband design. The maths for this skirt are not complicated but I just felt lazy and wanted a quick rewarding project.


I’ve used a black cotton sateen that I found on a quick trip to the closest fabric shop and I immediately liked it. I bought more in blue to make another skirt to pair with two blouses I’m planning to sew this month.


I have to say that I like a lot the result when worn with this blouse but I’m not sure if this is exactly my style for a daily basis. I don’t know if it’s the black or the huge amount of fabric, but I feel this skirt a bit too dramatic for me. I guess I’ll have to try to wear it a bit and see how I feel.

Since it’s only fitted at the waist it feels very comfortable but I don’t know how it could beheave on a windy day. The fabric is not very light so I hope it will hold fine.

I’m thinking that if I had made it shorter, the result would be less dramatic but then I don’t think I would have been very happy with it. I’m discovering that just under the knee is my preferred skirt/dress length. I’m not very fond of my knees and it’s also that this length feels classy, even if you’re wearing something casual.


And this skirt really swirls. I can’t wait to wear it while dancing lindy hop or rock’n’roll.


It’s also true that I needed this kind of skirt to be able to wear this shirt. I confess that I haven’t worn it even once since I’ve made it and it’s because I don’t own any high waist trousers (I remember when they were in fashion and I also remember how constricted they made me feel). This skirt could be the answer to this problem. They look nice together, don’t they? And thanks to Sew for Victory for giving me the energy to make this skirt, to make this shirt wearable.


  1. This skirt is gorgeous! I love full skirts, and would wear this all the time. It looks great with your blouse, and the twirly-ness is fab.

    1. Thank you, Lynne! This kind of skirt is really easy to make. The only downside is the big amount of fabric and then pressing and hemming it, but for the rest it’s an easy make. And indeed it looks fab, I should just learn how to wear it 🙂

  2. The perfect full skirt to pair with that blouse. I love it! Glad you made the deadline! Perfect Vintage outfit!

  3. It’s funny you should say that, cause I thought it looked great! But I see what you mean about it looking formal. I think it’s lovely, and I’m going to check out that By Hand London app!

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