The Linda-Hop Skirt

Still working on my boyfriend’s jacket, but decided to finish a project I started a few weeks ago. I found myself being more and more drawn to making a skirt that didn’t require alot of fitting and was easy to wear. Not to mention with cold weather just around the corner, I was ready for something warm and Fall looking. And plaid. Mustard-y plaid. I’ve had this fabric stashed away since last year when I bought it intending to make….oh yeah, I can’t even remember now. 2 yards at $36 per yard = a very expensive circle skirt. I didn’t want to do anything cheap on this skirt either. So I lined the thing in bright banana yellow silk charmeuse too.  That only took $60. So let’s see, just for the fabric here, I’ve already spent $132. And if you haven’t fainted yet Mr. S, you’re on cue now. Oh dear! Needless to say, this thing is simply gorgeous. And by darn, if you don’t agree…..I’m not quite sure what I’ll do but it will be something.

It’s only fitting that I bring you this gorgeous creation after a little draught of sorts here in cupcake goddess land. I haven’t made a single garment since August. So it is with giddy excitement and pleasure I present, The Linda-Hop Skirt. Made from the Linda pattern on Burda Style no less. Easy peasy pattern with loads of potential for fun details. Since this was such an easy pattern, I decided to tackle this plaid double faced wool. It was simply dreamy to work with. And this stuff is extra thick and extra beautiful. And I matched up the plaids rather well I think considering this is my first time working with plaids. The plaid at the zipper just wouldn’t work for some reason, but its only off a slight bit in that one area, so there. I’ll live, I guess. Sigh….

The skirt went together quite smoothly. Easy fit, easy sew. I let the thing hang for about 3 weeks. And surprisingly, I didn’t know that you had to let circle skirts hang. Thank goodness I did an update on my facebook page and thank goodness there were some great stitcher’s watching over me giving me a few words of sound advice. So, if you didn’t know, it’s official, you have to let a circle skirt hang, at least overnight, before hemming it. This is perfectly sensible, because the seamed sides (my front and back here) are cut on the bias. Now, I don’t think I needed to let it hang for three weeks, originally I was planning to hang it for one, but then I decided that I wanted a vintage pin hem marker and it didn’t come for awhile. And I let it hang for that long because this fabric was not only thick, but rather tightly woven. It needed a real good stretch. So it got one.

I hemmed up the hem with horsehair braid. I follow Gertie’s advice and tutorial for this as she is an expert circle skirt maker. I didn’t have access to the type of horsehair braid that she uses. Mine was not as wide and I had to run a gathering stich along one edge. I just bought mine at Hancock’s. I love the finished product though. Oh my goodness! The hem looks so professional. And it gives the hem weight. I love it!

I gave it a lapped handpicked zipper with a vintage metal zipper. Could not be happier with the metal zipper. The skirt lining is finished with my favorite detail, lace. You might also be wondering why I’m wearing it with the seam in the front and back, as traditionally the pattern says it should be worn on the side. I had been looking at alot of mags for the inspiration for this skirt. The ones I liked best were plaid and had the plaids matched up perfectly and to show that off the seam was in the front. I loved this. Yeah. I can match my plaids. Thanks.

Other items of note:
Top – Just a sweater from Sear’s
Belt – Thrifted
Hose – Sear’s (yeah, they have really good tights this year. Just bought another pair that’s in houndstooth. And don’t forget to read my post on proper stocking care. If you want them to last, you have to put them in the freezer. HAVE. TO.)
Shoes – Crown Vintage

What do you think? Ever stitched a circle skirt? You probably should now, if you haven’t. I mean these things are the best things since….A-line skirts. Not only that, but you can twirl. And who doesn’t want a skirt that does that?

  • Patty - Yay! I have a circle skirt (well, dress) hanging right now! I also have a couple yards of purple/black/grey plaid flannel that I was considering for a full circle skirt as well – I love the lines on yours and am feeling the plaid even more!
    I like the seam on the center front for these kinds of skirts. It gives it a bit of interest and for some reason, my skirts lie/drape better when I wear the seams on the front/back rather than the sides. I think it has something to do with how I graded my circle skirt pattern up!
    Is there anything better than all the weight of the skirt, with the braid and then the lovely lining and lace? Yours is wonderful!
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  • Jennifer - LOVE LOVE LOVE! This is inspiring me to get up and sew one! I have a wool from Jo-ann’s that I would like to make one out of, but I don’t have enough yardage. I think I will have to go buy some more and recreate your look. However, I have never heard of this horsehair braid thing and must look it up!
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  • K-Line - OMG – I UTTERLY love this. I’ve been looking to make a skirt like this for a long while. If only Burda patterns weren’t so onerous with the pasting together of the pages…
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  • Uta - Gorgeous! I think you won’t regret the expense in the long run. I wear nothing as much as my wool skirts in the winter, the cost-per-wear is negligible!
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  • Peter - Gorgeous skirt. Great job!
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  • Maggie - That looks fantastic! I will have to put that pattern in my ever-growing lineup :)
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  • Sewing Princess - It’s really beautiful. I have never made a circle skirt as I feel it wouldn’t suit me…and would add too much bulk. Seeing it on you made me think. I love the details and the yellow hints
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  • Kristin P. - That skirt is so wonderful! I fell in love with it RIGHT AWAY! So, tights in the freezer? Hmmm, I guess I’ll have to do that.
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  • Laura - Fantastic! I especially love the lining being so cheerful. Here’s to sunny days in winter!
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  • Jane - It’s absolutely beautiful.
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  • Gertie - I’m in love! Great length, and I love the fabric and lining. And it’s beautifully made! Go you!
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  • petite josette - Your skirt is gorgeous, and I love the lining with the lace. I love the length of it too, it’s the perfect length for winter. I’ve been meaning to make a couple circle skirts like that, but haven’t found the right fabric yet.
    Congratulations again, and you were right to splurge on nice fabric, doesn’t it feel like it could be right out of an Anthropology store – except you made it !
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  • Tasia - Oooh it’s lovely! What a wonderful fall skirt. I absolutely love the bright yellow lining with the lace trim! This is a fantastic, keep-forever wardrobe piece. Stunning!
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  • liz - I love it! I have the linda skirt in my favs, but its so hard to tell what it looks like with the dark color burda makes it in. I’m going to have to make one myself soon, yours is such great inspiration. :)
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  • Shannon - I love a luscious plaid skirt and yours is just scrumptious!
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  • Alexandra - Now THAT’s a skirt.
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  • TanitIsis - So lovely. I will make myself a (regular wear) circle skirt one of these days, /sigh (so it can go and hang unworn like the rest of my skirts, I fear…)
    From my dance-circle-skirt days, hanging for weeks to months was often recommended, or soaking the skirt and hanging it to dry to speed up the process. Mind you, those were floor-length chiffon skirts from a minimum of 1.5 circles… there was a lot to hang out :)
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  • A Sewn Wardrobe - This is SO beautiful. I simply adore the fabric. You’re inspiring me to make a circle skirt soon!
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  • Kat - Wow, that is a fantastic skirt. The lining is super cute. I’m sure you’ll get a lot of wear out of it. It might just be cheaper in the long run that your other clothes. Love your blog.
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  • Alessa - I love the chevron your front seam creates. Also, I dig the bright, lacy underskirt. And the shoes…! My first sewing project, ever, was a circle skirt… though executed not half as professionally as yours, of course…
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  • Corinne - One of the nicest I hace seen,looks absolutely great on you!
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  • Kara - Beautiful! I like that you put the seam in the front to show off the matched plaids. It creates such a cool detail. And I love the punny name you gave it. :D
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  • Kris - Such a stunning skirt! I love the attention to detail. :)
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  • Ruby Slippers - beautiful, little bit retro I really love circle skirts in heavier fabric, so nice to still look girly even when it’s freezing outside. I really like seeing what you have come up with, your not afraid to use a bit of colour or a print and having recently dyed my hair red I look to your colour choices often for ideas and inspiration :-)
    x Ruby Slippers
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  • lakaribane - I love circle skirts but I’ve never used horsehair. Bias tape, on the other hand…But I do understand the weight angle.
    And I went further in my bias myself. Made my aunt a lined, white on white windowpane pattern long circle skirt last summer and I used these tablecloth weights to speed up the process. I hear you can also do that by ironing in the direction of the bias(?) but my energy issues are, sadly, unresolved so I try to do things low tech.
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  • jayne - Ok Ok I promised myself I’d finish the pencil skirt first ;-) This circle skirt is wonderful to look at. I found them especially fun during the winter-trudging through snow, fun to wear with boots, easy to move in…I really like your extras ☞ the lace edged silk slip with horsehair braid ! never heard of it but that’s why I read your blog. What better way to treat myself? Fun sewing with new ideas and fun to wear….ok ok I’ll finish the pencil skirt…:D
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  • Angela - It’s beautiful!! I love how you have it styled, too!!
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  • Christine - Gorgeous!!! And I love the plaid color. I’m obsessed with plaid so I’m pretty jealous about this creation. Looks great!
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  • tokie - Love this.
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  • Eilane - Linda saia, absolutamente vale o investimento.
    Abraços
    Eilane – Brasil
    Beautiful skirt, absolutely worth the investment.
    Hugs
    Eilane – Brazil
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  • Amanda S. - (I missed this post somehow.) It’s a super pretty skirt! Love the fabrics!
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  • juebejue - thanks for the inspiration! i just bought some fabric and am gonna make one for myself this week!
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  • denise calhoun - Gorgeous. The plaids match and everything. I am in awe!
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  • Mezzocouture.wordpress.com - Now THIS is a beautiful skirt. Love the plaid. Love the circle. LOVE the lining and lace! Beautiful. Just beautiful!
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