Thursday, April 17, 2014

More Circle Maxi Skirts

My half circle leopard print maxi skirt from Jungle January is in heavy rotation these days.  Despite not being a leopard print kind of gal.  I get a ton of compliments every time I wear it.  I think it has something to do with all that swish when I walk.  It really does have a satisfying swish.  Anyway, I decided I needed another half circle maxi in my life.   In plain old boring black.
 

  It's impossible for me to twirl and make a normal face at the same time.  Again, I used this post from By Hand London to make my pattern.  Out of all the circle skirt formula posts out there, this one made the most sense.  I used a rayon knit I found at Joann's.  It seems to be pretty decent quality and really soft.  I was a little worried that it was a tad see through.  There is nothing worse than seeing through a skirt when the light hits it.  So I sewed a separate short tube skirt and attached it at the waist.  It took a little bit of engineering but I am super happy with how it turned out.  I don't have to worry about any issues with the fabric being see through or too thin.  No VPL.  I used the same wide elastic for the waistband as before out of laziness.


After making the black version, I decided I wanted to try a quarter circle maxi as well.  Making the pattern took longer than sewing the skirt.  It was a really quick project.  I used another rayon knit I found at Joann's with a funky print.  I did have to cut the skirt in two panels, so I was careful to keep the print straight at the front and back when cutting it out.  I used the same wide elastic for the waist but this time I covered it.  I am much happier with this waistband than the plain elastic.  It looks much more finished to me.


And guess who got a pair of leggings with the leftover fabric?  This sweet girl.  I used this legging pattern again- same one I used for my crawling baby pants.  It was another super quick and easy sewing project.  And a great way to use up leftover scraps.  I may be addicted to making baby leggings.


There was a bit of tickling going on in these photos.  She's ONE by the way.  As of this past Monday.  I can't believe it.  We are having a party this weekend so I've been spending my spring break getting ready.  I hope everyone has a happy Easter!

24 comments:

  1. Great skirts and adorable baby!! Happy birthday to baby Jane!

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  2. you two look adorable in your matching outfits! love your new skirts (and they made me dream of summer)

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  3. These skirts look so comfy - I would totally live in them. Love both of them. Initially I was rotting for the colourful one (because I'm a sucker for bright colours!) but really, the black one will be so versatile for you.
    And a massive Happy Birthday for Miss Jane!!!!! Have a wonderful party :)
    Oh, and her matching leggings are so adorable

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  4. First off, LOVE the skirts! And that pic on the right of the bottom 3, LOVE, LOVE this picture! Both you and baby girl are looking forward with a smile--precious! Frame it!

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  5. Fab skirts! I love a jersey maxi skirt for Spring/Summer.

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  6. OK, world: thanks to Liza Jane I am now convinced I should try a maxi. I always thought I would look short and frumpy, but yours are so fun. Love them!

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  7. I love mama-daughter matching!! Those last three pictures are too cute! Happy birthday, baby Jane!

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  8. I love the bright skirt and your adorable baby's leggings but I think you will find that a plain black swishy maxi is a garment where you can go mad with the accessories..

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  9. hello one year old!!

    i surprised myself by instantly wanting a black maxi skirt, and then of course the OHMYGODSKIRTOFALLTHEIKATCOLORSWITHCAMOFLAGEDBEBE

    why you gotta do that to me so early in the morning.

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  10. I had something nice to say about your skirts, but then OMG CUTE BABY! That's happened on your blog before, I think. Anyway, back to the skirts, I love them! The black one especially will be such a great staple.

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  11. I had something nice to say about your skirts, but then OMG CUTE BABY! That's happened on your blog before, I think. Anyway, back to the skirts, I love them! The black one especially will be such a great staple.

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  12. I had something nice to say about your skirts, but then OMG CUTE BABY! That's happened on your blog before, I think. Anyway, back to the skirts, I love them! The black one especially will be such a great staple.

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  13. Camouflage baby!!!!! ACK! So cute! Um, your skirts are so swirly and dramatic and fabulous! F yeah you get compliments when you wear these!!!!!

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  14. these skirts are both awesome! i'm dying to make a few myself, they always look so chic and put together.

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  15. Of course the bright and swirly accessorised with baby steals the show, but I bet you wear the black one all the time! I've just made a navy midi length skirt - completely plain - and have barely taken it off because it goes with everything! I can't believe your daughter is one already. That feels like such a fast year!!

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  16. Oh, I really like the quarter circle skirt! Am going to look for that tutorial. and baby girl is soooo adorable :-)

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  17. Beautiful skirts! I'm on the short side, so I've never made a maxi because I'm worried it wont look good on me.. But these are so pretty I may have to change my mind!

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  18. Happy Birthday to Baby Jane!! What a cutie. I love the skirt and matching leggings!

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  19. Love Love LOVE the quarter circle maxi. Those colors are simply gorgeous! And hello to your toddler!

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  20. Oh wow. A year? Really??!! Time is going by too fast Liza. Too fast!

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  21. Oohhhhh!! One year old?!?! Love the mama and babe matching that's going on here - you two look stunning! And these maxi skirts just seem like the perfect fast, comfy-yet-chic, sewing makes! I can't decide which I love more - the practical, goes-with-everything black version, or that FANTASTIC bright print (you look gorgeous in purple, btw)! Truly a toss up, because they are both winners!!

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  22. My love of maxi skirts is immense, and yours are both FAB-U-LOUS!! I love the multi-coloured one, and missy in her matching legging is gorgeous!

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  23. Lovely skirts. And hooray for matching mommy/girl clothes.

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