The Circle Skirt Finished – Maybe!

The Finished Circle Skirt - Perhaps!

The Finished Circle Skirt – Perhaps!

This seems a good enough point at which to say the Circle Skirt is finished, although I may tweak and titivate further next winter.

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Some of the circles have been needlefelted, to greater and lesser extents, to help them to stay in place. Now I have my embellisher, I think that the next time I try this sort of thing, I will needlefelt very thoroughly, to try to help blend in the edges a little more. Once I have tried both ways I will feel that I am beginning to gain an understanding of how the embellisher affects the handle of the the fabric. I already know that it does, of course, but now I need to learn how to predict the effect and allow for it.

The skirt is now much more useful and wearable than it was. Unembellished, it was a strange light greyish colour that seemed just slightly “off” with everything I owned. Now, however, the burgundies, reds and greens tie in nicely with an assortment of tops, and the way the embellishment shrinks around the sides to the back helps to emphasize the kick-flare at the back.

In the right company, it’s a fabulous conversation starter, and it’s a wearable sampler as well. I’m rather looking forward to wearing it at the Knitting and Stitching Show in Harrogate in November!


  1. Janice says:

    It looks great, Rachel. I do understand how, in the right company, it would be a conversation starter – and Harrogate will be one of those situations!

    I really like the way you’ve graduated the size of the circles so that the ones at the back are tiny, and yet more of the bigger ones are revealed as you walk.

    Overall, a definite success, I would say!

  2. elaine says:

    Congratulations on a stunning finish Rachel! It does look so much better with the circles 🙂

  3. Sue Jones says:

    You will knock ’em dead at Harrogate, Rachel! It looks dramatic without being overpowering.

  4. Penny says:

    It is FABULOUS!!! I love everything about it.

  5. Anita says:

    Your skirt is so beautiful. Yes,it will definitely be a conversation starter.

  6. lucy says:

    I’m sure you will enjoy the wearing of it. Your skirt is lovely. I like the colors and the flowing nature of the design. Great job!

  7. Andy LW says:

    What a work of art – a walking work of art! Brilliant Rachel – I love it.

  8. wendy says:

    oh how beautiful! And what an enviable slim waist you have!

  9. Carolyn says:

    And when people ask you will be able to say “Oh just something I designed and stitched.” Great result.

  10. deanna7trees says:

    oh i love it. great job. i like your shoes as well. my experience with the embellisher is that there is no predicting. when i use it, i make a surface and cut out elements from the finished piece. i haven’t played with it in a long time. i need to make time for that now that you’ve brought it to mind.

  11. Lady Fi says:

    Wow – that is just beautiful!

  12. Jules says:

    Fantastic, I love the fluidity of the completed design. Creative and stylish, and it looks amazing on you.
    Congratulations you talented girl. and look out Harrogate!x

  13. Cynthia says:

    I just love it! It’s unique, no one has anything like it! That is what is so nice about making your own clothes. I might try something similar with a jeans skirt I have (if I can fit into it).

  14. It looks fabulous! The skirt is a lovely shape. I have two skirts which are cut on the bias – they hang beautifully and I always feel smart wearing them.
    You have made me realise that I haven’t used my embellisher for ages – another thing for the to-do list!

  15. Terrie says:

    Gorgeous, chicles of vintage look. Must be stunning to show it.

  16. Well done! You certainly know how to perk up a plain garment.=)

    Look forward to seeing it in November….

  17. karen says:

    wow, I love it! and if I go to Harrogate this year i will be able to spot you a mile off!

  18. Cathy Daniel says:

    the skirt is absolutely transformed – it looks fabulous. It will be great with a knitted top and boots in the autumn with all those gorgeous autumn colours in it. Will you dare ever send it to the dry cleaners though? xCathy

  19. Janine says:

    I love it!! Such a beautiful idea! You are making me want to try my hand at embellishing clothing!

  20. Megan says:

    It’s Kewl! Walking piece of art, indeed.