I'm going to show you today how I make my circle-skirted dresses. These are pretty easy to make, which I suppose is why I've made so many of them! For example, here's four of my circle-skirted dresses below (and they're clearly fun to swish around in too):
I'm not going to go through all the steps of the actual construction of the dress, because it would be a monstrously long post (and I'm pretty sure no one would bother reading it all the way through). I am, however, going to show you the main steps I go through in order to construct a circle-skirted dress, in hope of inspiring budding sewers (you will need basic sewing knowledge to do this, i.e. it's probably better if you've made a shirt/skirt before) to give dress-making a go, because this method takes the two easiest parts of making a dress and mashes them together.
Basically, making this style dress consists of using any kind of cheap vintage store dress pattern to get a bodice and joining it up to a circle skirt! If you want to know what goes on in the making of these dresses, then read on...
what you need
1. a pattern whose pattern pieces for the bodice are separate from the skirt
2. two fabrics which go together and/or clash (depending on what you want)
3. sewing equipment
4. a zipper of about 35cm length
Making your bodice
Now you have a bodice. Iron flat the seams and the interfacing. Then put it aside and begin on your skirt.
So I don't have to put all the steps here again, follow this tutorial I wrote for making a circle skirt, but stop just before the waistband-adding part. (The material need not be velvet, either. Use any fabric you want.) Then come back here.
Attaching the skirt to the bodice
This part seems a little bizarre at first but it works!
Turn your bodice inside-out.
Slide it over your skirt upside-down (skirt needs to be facing up and not inside-out).
Pin together. If the bodice is too wide for the skirt, take it in at the sides until the two are just about matching in circumference. (Your skirt should be perfect for your waist measurement if you measured it right.)
Sew together with a normal straight stitch. Don't sew over the top of the zipper - but go right up to the edges of it.
Turn the right way around and BAM! You now have a dress (if all went well!)
Summary: Make bodice from a pattern. Make circle skirt. Attach the two.
Oh man. That was actually probably completely confusing. If these instructions make sense to anyone, you're probably a genius, because I'm pretty sure they're really too stupidly convoluted. Well... enjoy anyway! If all else fails you can skim through the pictures and pretend you're reading a comic book about a sewing superhero.
I'll be back with a much easier-to-follow DIY real soon ;)
Hope you all have a marvellous weekend!