How to Sew a Circle Skirt [Guest Blogger Louise of TheLittleThingsInLife]

I’m a pathetic sewer who has always meant to learn what to do properly, so I’m thrilled today to bring you a guest blog from Louise of who’s going to walk you through the steps to making your own circle skirts.

Circle skirts always seem to add a touch of class. They are undoubtedly one of the most effective pieces of clothing and they are pretty easy to make as well. Moving on to the pattern, it will require a little bit of maths but nothing too scary!

Circumference = the entire distance around a circle (in this case, your waist length, plus 2 inches)

Radius = the distance from the centre of the circle to the outside of the circle
pi = 3.14 (approximately)

Here are the steps

1.Measure your waist. Once you have your waist measurement add two inches to that number. This will give you an extra two inches so that there’s “give” and it will actually “stretch” when it’s sewn onto the elastic.  

2. Decide how long you want your skirt to be. Add an extra inch for the hem and the top seam (near the elastic). It’s always best to make it slightly longer than you think, so you have room for error. Fold your fabric in half, and along the folded edge, cut a large half-donut shape, as shown. Measure the inner half circle (waist) by finding your waist radius using the following equation: waist measurement / 3.14 / 2 = radius

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3. Waistband – you will need your waist measurement for this with the extra 2 inches. Measure and cut out of the fabric (see photo) Once you have this 1½ inches piece of fabric cut out you can start sewing it together leave one side unsewn this is where you will be threading your elastic through. I attached a safety pin to the end of my elastic and threaded it through the piece of fabric.

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4. Now you have made the waistband you can attach it to the circle skirt. I normally use a zig zag edge.

circle 45. Hem the bottom of the skirt. I like to use webbing and iron flat the hem before securing it with sewing.

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The Girl Can’t Help It [British Retro & Guest Blogger BlaireAmy]

Today’s post is a guest post written for you by OldIsNowVintage blogger Blaire Amy. Blaire writes regularly for British vintage magazines In Retrospect and Vintage Life, and loves burlesque and afternoon tea (as anyone would!)  Today she’s introducing us all to British repro brand British Retro. 


Let me introduce you to British Retro. They have been around for a few years now, but they seem to have a very limited amount going on via social media… I don’t think all that many people have discovered them! This is a total shame because, as their name hints, not only are their designs retro inspired but they are also passionate about their creations being sourced and made in Britain.diner-blaire-poser

Some of the companies in the vintage repro world appear to be taking on an ethical approach to industry. British Retro prides itself on sourcing its materials, as well as manufacturing its designs, in the East End of London, apparently in ‘one of the oldest established factories.’

Originally released earlier this year, the ‘Girl Can’t Help It’ dress was an instant hit with me. Not only is the name awesome, I love that the colours on this dress mean that it has the versatility to be worn all year round. The colours were a big draw for me, as I think the black background means it can be dressed up with quite a punky edge, should you fancy it! There is another colour option in cream, dusty pink and pale blue and the result of teaming these colours together gives the dress a patriotic hint.


There were no surprises with the fit, which is always a bonus. I had ordered this earlier in the year, when I was at my biggest and after ordering two sizes, British Retro were quick to process my return and reimburse me for the second dress. I like the fact that this dress is based on a 1950’s pattern, but that does come with a warning to check your measurements for the correct size.

Not only is the flowery pattern fabulous, for me what makes this dress special are the details. Not only is there bodice lining, but there is ruching detail across the cleavage area that makes the dress a little more flirty. The material at the back of the halter neck is also well designed as it is cut wider and narrower to help create a really full bow.


If I was to make a criticism it would be that I’d love to see this dress with a wiggle finish as opposed to a pencil one, as I think that would make the dress more curvy and flattering, but that really is being picky!

All in all a well fitted, quality dress, with great details for what I would describe as a mid – low priced dress (most are priced at £45 or £49). With winter on the way I am now eyeing up their tartan pencil dresses.


Thanks to Nelson’s Diner for letting me gatecrash people’s breakfasts to take photos! You can catch up with me, Blaire Amy, on my Blog:

Photographer: Edan Rowland (