I shared little snippets on Instagram when I was making this gingham circle skirt, and I have been dying to actually do an outfit post with it, because I love it. Even though I made a few mistakes and it’s kind of imperfect, I don’t care. It’s everything I hoped it would be!
This skirt was a test run for a circle skirt I plan to make from T.A.R.D.I.S. fabric I found at Joann’s (also I just saw this fabric, and now I need it too), because I really didn’t want to jump right in on expensive fabric, and I didn’t follow any online tutorials for making a circle skirt. I’m not a pattern follower, what can I say? I break rules.
I haven’t decided whether I will be re-shooting the tutorial I shot as I made this skirt; since it was a test run, and since I didn’t follow any patterns, there were a few things I forgot to do (or didn’t do when I should have) that I’d like to rectify in the tutorial. Such as adding a pocket in the side where it buttons up, the order in which I sewed a few seams, and my choice of buttons for the side. They’re all small things that I’m really glad I discovered this time around so that my T.A.R.D.I.S. skirt can be perfect.
But even with mistakes, who doesn’t love a good gingham circle skirt? It is everything a girl could want in her retro wardrobe: twirly, doubles as a tablecloth (I have heard that joke SO MUCH ALREADY), has lace. I even added a somewhat twee heart pocket on the outside because… why not?
I might be addicted to making myself circle skirts now, though; now that I know how to make them and know that I don’t have to follow the rules online, which all tell me that you can’t actually make a knee length (to me) circle skirt on any width fabric because you have to keep the fabric folded and… I broke that rule.
And now that I know that pockets are not as scary as I thought they were, and that I can do things other than adding a zipper (which I hate) for closure options, I’m excited to make a few more!
My posts might be sparse in the next week or two, though; about two weeks ago (I think I mentioned in my fitness post) I had what I thought was just a pulled muscle, but it turned out that my hips were so misaligned that my right leg was an inch shorter than my left. I dealt with the pain for two weeks, thinking it would just get better (muscle pain usually does, with stretching and massaging) but… no such luck. So I finally visited the chiropractor and got my out-of-place hip adjusted, but I still have some pretty messed up muscles in my hip. Which means I have to not walk around or lift or do anything that would stress those muscles as much as possible until they heal.
Gingham circle skirt, self-made | top, c/o Oasap (old) | shoes, Modcloth | glasses, c/o Firmoo | headscarf, thrifted
I got in semi-trouble from my husband for even photographing this outfit. He is infinitely more concerned about my hip than I am (which is a good thing) and suggested that perhaps I shouldn’t do things to stress the muscles. Translated: no more outfit shoots until my hip is better. Which is good advice.
So, until I can walk without muscle pain, I’ll be limited to posting the tutorial I have ready, and Whole30/fitness (well, not fitness right now) updates.
I hope you are all having a fantastic week so far! It’s almost Friday!
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