my circle skirts

08.18.11 | bee in my bonnet

I am so excited to show off all the lovely skirts that y’all made for the sew-along, but I figured I should do a quick post with pictures of the ones I made too! hehe. (The group post will be up shortly!) I’m fairly pleased with how both came out; although as usual, I’d do a few things differently next time (namely add pockets to one or the other!). But I think both will get a lot of rotation in my closet and be worn a lot!

10.10.11 | bee circle skirt
10.10.11 | bee circle skirt

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The first is, of course, The Bee Skirt. Inspired by a vintage skirt I saw on Etsy (but the waist size was of course an issue!), I just fell in love with the fanciful bees dancing across the skirt, and decided to recreate my own version. It took me a couple weeks of embroidery (spread out over evenings and weekends) to finish all these bees, and then another couple days to add sequins and beads. But all the work was well worth it! To protect the back of the embroidery I added a layer of tulle to underline the skirt. (Worked perfectly because it’s lightweight and moves with the blue cotton broadcloth.) The hem I decided to scallop and am not entirely pleased with that choice—mostly because it proved to be quite fiddly and add weight to the skirt with a facing. If I had to do it again, I’d just keep it a plain hem. But it’s still a really cute, novelty-style skirt!

10.10.11 | winter night circle skirt
10.10.11 | winter night circle skirt

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The other circle skirt I made was what I like to call my Winter Nights Skirt. The fabric is a curious sort—similar in weight to taffeta and has a woven, slightly plush pattern. Surprisingly it was in the outerwear section of the fabric store, but reminded me of the fabric used in a 1950s vintage circle skirt I have (but can only wear once-in-a-blue moon as it has a tiny waist!). This was a far more simple skirt than the previous one, as I wanted to let the fabric speak for itself (though yes, I was tempted to add  beads scattered across the skirt—I may eventually!). I used horsehair braid around the hem and really love how it added body and bounce, without having to wear a petticoat. This is probably one that will get a lot of wear this winter, since it looks just as at-home with my striped tshirts as cashmere sweaters!

Now that I’ve got a total of five circle skirts in my wardrobe (two vintage and three made by me), I think it’s time to take a break from circle skirts for a bit! hehe. A girl can only have so  many before it becomes too many. Though putting together the CSSA Party post sure is tempting me to change my mind…

October 10, 2011 · 88 lovely thoughts
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Nikki October 10, 2011 at 06:40

What beautiful skirts! I really wanted to join the sew-a-long, but really didn’t get myself sorted in time. At least I can read the old posts if I want to make one! As for these. I can’t decide which is best! The Winter Nights skirt looks amazing, so elegant. The Bee skirt is such fun and the scalloped edge is so clever!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 17:33

Thank you ever so much, Nikki! :) If you make one in the future using the sew-along posts, please send me a picture/link of the finished skirt–I’d love to see it! :D

♥ Casey

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liza jane October 10, 2011 at 06:44

The bee skirt is so incredibly awesome! I think the scallops at the hem are just perfect.

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 17:34

Thanks, Liza Jane! :)

♥ Casey

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Marie October 10, 2011 at 06:52

My goodness Casey, these are both divine! I’m in awe of the hours and effort that went into the bees, well worth it I think! I really wanted to sew-along with you on this one, but other commitments got in the way and I’m regretting it now. I can however say with certainty that I will be revisiting your sew-along at some point! I can’t wait to see the other revelead skirts too!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 17:35

Thank you ever so much for your sweet words! :) Well, the posts will always be there, if you’d ever like to make a circle skirt (and please send me pictures if you do–I’d love to see the results! :) )… ;) So much to sew… so little time! lol.

♥ Casey

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Shelly October 10, 2011 at 07:07

Both these skirts are fabulous. The bee skirt is a really fun skirt and I love the scalloped hem but I have to admit I’m sure I can hear the Winter Nights skirt calling my name. It’s beautiful!!!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 17:35

Thank you, Shelly! :D I know–the Winter Nights skirts is tempting me to pull it out and wear it now–despite the weather still being too warm. lol. ;)

♥ Casey

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karen October 10, 2011 at 07:11

I love them both, but I really like the Winter Nights Skirt. So elegant; so adaptable.

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 17:54

Thank you, Karen! :) I can’t wait to see what I can dig up in my closet to pair with it later in the season… :)

♥ Casey

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Alli October 10, 2011 at 07:20

The bee one is so cute! And the black one is just breathtaking…….perfect for a night out. Beautiful work as always Casey ;)

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 17:54

Thank you so much, Alli! :)

♥ Casey

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Jenny Radbourne October 10, 2011 at 07:44

I love both skirts. The blue one is fun and flirty but oh the black one is breathtakingly gorgeous.

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 17:55

Thanks, Jenny! :)

♥ Casey

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Vicki Kate October 10, 2011 at 08:10

Oh the winter nights is amazing! I loved the fabric when you gave a sneak peek when sewing in your horse hair braid! They’re both amazing though, although the black is my favourite.

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 17:56

Thank you so much, Vicki Kate! I have to admit, the black one is edging out the bees… although that could be because right now all I want to wear is fall and winter clothes! lol.

♥ Casey

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Annabelle October 10, 2011 at 08:26

Oh wow, Casey! Both of these skirts are great. You bee skirt is so cheerful and fun, while your winter skirt is gorgeous. I think I need another circle skirt in my wardrobe now :)

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:01

Thank you bunches, Annabelle! :) Have fun making another!!! :D (Which of course I’m entertaining ideas of another–I think I need at least a plaid one and then I’ll stop. ;) rofl!)

♥ Casey

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Marmielu October 10, 2011 at 08:49

I’m sure glad I don’t have to pick a favorite between the two, because they are both stunning! I wouldn’t feel bad about having so many circle skirts in your wardrobe. That style is very good on you!
Mom

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:02

hehe! Thank you, Mom! :)

♥ Casey

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Laura October 10, 2011 at 08:57

I don’t know that there’s anything more vintage to me than flocked fabric. Plus it hangs so beautifully! Pairing it with the striped skirt gives it a feel of whimsical sportswear, well done!

It’s funny how you can think “okay that’s enough” while you’re sewing the circle skirts, but then I know with my last round of photos I was so pleased with how I looked in mine I changed my mind and went back to “just one more”….

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:03

I know–isn’t flocked fabric gorgeous?! I’ve seen a few pieces of late floating about at my favorite, local vintage haunt, and it’s really appealing to me right now. ;)

♥ Casey

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Renee October 10, 2011 at 08:57

Casey I love, love, love your skirts. What a great job you did on both. The bee skirt is adorable. makes me want to embroider some bees on something. (Actually I got a book with redwork embroidery and have plans for some dishtowels).

The other skirt is so pretty, cute with your striped top and I can see it really dressed up with another kind of top.

Great job.

Loved the links in your other post. Spent quite awhile looking at the one about home cooking and mixes and all.

Just wanted you to know I’ve missed your posts. I’ve been through some sad times with my mom, her going to hospice care and us taking her home for her last few weeks. I’m so ready for just normal, day to day things again.

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:27

Renee,

Thank you so much for your sweet note! :) I’m sending you lots of good thoughts your way. My mom has been through some similar times the past few years, and I can sympathize with what you’re going through. *hugs*

♥ Casey

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Lisa October 10, 2011 at 08:58

I LOVE the black skirt. Love, love, love.

Now I need a circle skirt. Help!

:-)

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:28

hehe! You should make one!!! :D

♥ Casey

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Jenny October 10, 2011 at 08:59

Absolutely gorgeous! Great work!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:28

Thank you, Jenny!

♥ Casey

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Graca October 10, 2011 at 09:09

The bumble bee embroidered skirt is too cute and the scallop hemline is perfect!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:28

Thank you so much, Graca! :)

♥ Casey

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Olivia October 10, 2011 at 09:22

Oh my goodness!! Your skirts are so adorable! The bumble bee skirt is so unique and beautiful, (how to you do a scalloped hem? The black skirt is so classy and elegant. I think I like that one best. :D

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:32

Thank you, Olivia! In a nutshell, I figured out approximately how big I wanted the scalloped (about 5″ was where I started–this changed though as I worked with the numbers) and measured the 1/2 skirt hem, and divided the scallop measurement into the hem length to figure out how many I could fit per half. Of course, it took a little tinkering, but it wasn’t too hard! I marked these along the pattern, so I could cut my skirt with the scallops to start with. I then used this to create a facing piece for the hem, making it about 5″ wide. The facing was stitched to the hem, everything was graded and clipped (this too forever! I think I had 24 scallops total on my skirt.), and pressed. The facing was lightly tacked to the skirt along the inside. Hope that helps!

♥ Casey

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Ms.Tips (Tammy) October 10, 2011 at 09:33

The bee skirt is so adorable!! The scollop hem is just an icing on the cake, lovely!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:32

Thank you, dear!!! :D

♥ Casey

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MB@YarnUiPhoneAppv1.8 October 10, 2011 at 09:59

I love the black skirt and now I’ll be tempted to put in horsehair braid…it really makes the skirt swing, perfect for dancing. I can see this skirt with some retro style handknit 1930s and 40s sweaters.

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:34

Thank you! :) I”ve already been pulling out all my sweaters (both hand knit and vintage/new) and figuring out which ones look nice with the skirt… ;) hehe!

♥ Casey

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misc-maranda October 10, 2011 at 10:04

both of those are skirts are great! i love that circle skirts are so versatile-they’re a great canvas for getting creative, but look just as great plain :)

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:35

Thank you! Yep–I love ‘em both plain or embellished–so much room for the imagination!

♥ Casey

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Lauren October 10, 2011 at 10:16

i love them both! the bee one is definitely inspiring me to make my own embroidered circle skirt… just need to settle on a design! i’m thinking giant roses :)

i’m sad that i missed the circle skirt party deadline! i was following right along with the sew-along, but life got in the way & my skirt had to be put aside for a few weeks. it’s close to being finished now – it’s actually hanging right now before i hem it – so at least i’ll be able to wear it later this week. i mean, if it’s not 80 degrees outside lol.

thanks again for posting such lovely tutorials. i can’t wait to make a million circle skirts :)

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:36

Oooh! I like the idea of giant roses–would be gorgeous! Do let me know when you finish your skirt though–I can’t wait to see it! :D

♥ Casey

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Kristin October 10, 2011 at 10:19

They’re both lovely! =) I think my favorite is the bee one, though. I love the scalloped hem.

~Kristin

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:37

Thank you ever so much, Kristen!

♥ Casey

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Victoria / Justice Pirate October 10, 2011 at 10:20

I can’t believe how much dedication and hard work it must have taken to do the bee skirt. You are simply amazing and so talented!! I love both skirts like crazy. Nice job!!!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:38

Thank you bunches, Victoria!!! :D I have to admit that I’m pretty pleased I stuck with embroidering all those bees–it got a little tedious towards the end and I was questioning my sanity over taking on such a project. hehe!

♥ Casey

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Michelle @ If Toys Could Talk October 10, 2011 at 10:47

Oh my, Casey, these skirts are gorgeous! I can’t really decide which one is my favorite – the bees are adorable but the other one is so lovely as well. And you look amazing in both! I can’t wait to see what everyone else made!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:41

Thank you so much, Michelle! :)

♥ Casey

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puppyloveprincess October 10, 2011 at 10:58

wow. those are really lovely. especially the bee design. my preschoolers would think you’re THE coolest grownup ever!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:43

hehe!! I’d take that! :D As I was taking photos of that one, I kept thinking this would be a great skirt if I was a teacher… hehe!

♥ Casey

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Lucha Lovely October 10, 2011 at 11:18

I absolutely love your skirts!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t believe you embroidered all of those bees!! That shows true dedication to your craft!! Well done!!!!!!!!!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:44

Thank you, Lucha! :D I admit I think I was a bit crazy to attempt all those bees (I actually was supposed to embroider one more over one of the side seams, but was “embroidered-out” by the time I got to that point. hehe!), but it was lots of fun to see the project through!

♥ Casey

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Ashe @ Dramatis Personae October 10, 2011 at 11:32

These both turned out stunning! I know you wouldn’t re-do the scalloped hem on the first skirt, but I think it’s a darling touch. And the second skirt–wow! That pattern is so, so stunning.

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:45

Thanks so much, Ashe!!! :) Isn’t that fabric to die-for one the second?! I couldn’t believe my eyes when I found it. :)

♥ Casey

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Sarah October 10, 2011 at 11:35

Wow, I love the black skirt! It’s so gorgeous! You did a great job!!! :) I’m kinda bummed I missed this sew-along. Do you have plans for another sew-along project?

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:47

Thank you, Sarah! If you happen to make a circle skirt in the next couple weeks, I’m planning on doing a second call for another CSSA Party (since it seems a few people were still working on theirs, and unfortunately I heard that a couple participant’s emails never got to me!), so you’re welcome to join in then… ;)

I am entertaining a few ideas for a sew-along early next year; possibly something to do with refashioning/Make Do and Mend. We’ll see–most certainly after the holidays though! :)

♥ Casey

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Luna October 10, 2011 at 12:41

Hey Casey, I just started my first (german vintage) blog and I just started to embroider, and I think you get me there ;)
I find it kind of funny, also when I first saw the bees in a previous post, that you used the same “emblem” I wanted to. Maybe you now the tv series pushing daisies? It inspiered me to create somthing with bees. By the way, before this series I hate these bugs, but now I find them so … adorable … :D
And in addition your skrit – I am sure going to copy with the help of my mother, hahaha ;D – also reminds me of this fabolous dress by Valentino: http://www.ebay.de/itm/Vintage-1970s-Black-Chiffon-Valentino-Cocktail-Dress-10-Embroidered-Bees-/180733760176?pt=Vintage_Women_s_Clothing&hash=item2a149252b0
If only I had money and the waistline!
I hope you dont mind if I copy one of your photos into my blog. I really enjoy to write posts, although (till now) nobody reads it :D I do it primary for myself, I think, it is so relaxing!
( I hope my school english is somehow comprehensible :D )

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:48

Thank you, Luna! :D That bee dress by Valentino is gorgeous–what a fun way to use embroidery on the sleeves! :) I’d be delighted if you used my images; a credit/link back to my blog is all I ask for. ;)

♥ Casey

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mala_14 October 10, 2011 at 13:10

I love both of your skirts! The bee one is so cute! I think the scalloped hem looks great and the bees are adorable. Definitely worth all the hours of work. The Winter Nights skirt is really elegant and sophisticated. It looks like it would be a good piece to transition from day to evening wear. Fantastic job!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:49

Thank you! :) I’m really hoping to try a day-to-evening look with the Winter Nights skirt; I’ve tried it on with a bustier-type top (well, actually a dress, but the skirt hides that fact! ;) ) and some of my sweaters, and it looks smashing with everything. hehe!

♥ Casey

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Achaia October 10, 2011 at 13:22

Oh, they are both fantastic, Casey! Makes me sad I couldn’t join in this time! I’m holding out for next time. Happy wearing!
xxx Achaia

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:50

Thank you, Achaia! I mentioned in a comment reply above that I’ll be doing a second call for another CSSA Party due to some emails that didn’t come through this time, and I noticed a few gals were still working on their’s. So if you want to sew one in the meantime… :)

♥ Casey

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Sunni October 10, 2011 at 14:13

Oh these are just delightful! I adore each, though have a special spot for that flocked taffeta like one. So gorgeous. They both look just dreamy to wear and seriously make you look like a true diva – which you are! Just lovely! I adore your hair too – great call on such a flattering cut!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:51

Thank you so much, Sunni! :D hehe. I am really loving this new haircut–so easy to style! (Much easier than the super-long hair I had before; though it was lots of fun too!)

♥ Casey

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Charlotte October 10, 2011 at 14:57

Those are just too adorable! I totally missed the sewalong as it happened to come during my recent ‘burnout’, but I’m planning to sew a circle skirt as one of my next projects. Especially as I just today completed a gathered skirt and immediately decided I didn’t like it! I think the circle style is more flattering than gathered. Live and learn, eh?

xx Charlotte
Tuppence Ha’penny Vintage

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:53

Thank you, Charlotte! :D Well, if you’re sewing a circle skirt soon, I’ll be announcing a call for submissions for a second CSSA Party in a week or two (a few emails apparently didn’t get through to me, and I noticed a few are still working on their’s–so I want to do another round-up!). ;) hehe!

I go back and forth with gathered skirts myself… Sometimes I love them, and then I don’t. lol. Right now I’m on the “I don’t” phase, but that’s not surprising as most of my gathered skirts are spring/summer appropriate, and I’m all about fall right now! :D

♥ Casey

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Kerry from His Girl Friday October 10, 2011 at 15:40

Oh Casey, I actually let out an audible gasp when I scrolled down to the second skirt. It has seriously taken my breath away – it is so perfectly vintage and could be dressed up or down so easily. No fuss needed, it adds drama by simply being put on!

While I didn’t have time to join the sew-along this time, I have made two circle skirts previously. A plain purple one and a bright yellow one. I’ve only been sewing for a few months but I can honestly say a circle skirt is a really simple project that is such a great introduction to so many key skills.

I think I’m ready to try a pattern next, and your winter nights skirt has most certainly inspired me to go for an evening style fabric. The horsehair braid really does give a great shape too – also going on my shopping list!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:55

Thank you ever so much for your sweet words, Kerry!!! :D A bright yellow skirt sounds so pretty–I’ve been toying with the idea of adding a yellow (though probably more of a mustard-gold) into my wardrobe. ;)

I’m pretty much a horsehair braid convert at this point! :D It’s not a ton more work than a normal hem, and the results are so amazing!!! I’m sure you’ll love it when you try it! :)

♥ Casey

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Paige October 10, 2011 at 15:55

Both are fantastic! I think the black/gray one is my favorite, but just barely.

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:55

Thank you, Paige!!! :)

♥ Casey

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Jill October 10, 2011 at 17:32

They are both fantastic! But that black one, oh my, I love it!!

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Casey October 10, 2011 at 18:55

Thank you so much, Jill! :)

♥ Casey

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Molly October 10, 2011 at 19:04

Your skirts are divine! I am so in love with your bee skirt ! Its so summery, and fun. I love that kind of novelty style. And since falling in love with Pushing Daisies I have always had a soft spot for all things Bee’s. I’m very impressed by the accuracy of your embroidery stitches, you must have been very patient! Amazing job casey, as always! :)

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Casey October 11, 2011 at 06:57

Thank you so much, Molly! :) I have to admit I thought of Pushing Daisies a lot while I was stitching up all these bees. ;) hehe!

♥ Casey

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KatyDidStitches October 10, 2011 at 23:37

Oh, Casey…these are beautiful! I agree with everyone that the black skirt is lovely…but those bees are out-of-this-world! So whimsical. And that scalloped hem! Wowza!

Kathy

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Casey October 11, 2011 at 07:01

Thanks bunches, Kathy!!! :D I have a few other whimsical pieces in my wardrobe to wear when the mood strikes, but I think this bee skirt is by far my favorite!!! :D hehe!

♥ Casey

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amy dame October 11, 2011 at 05:03

i didn’t join the sew along, because as much as i admire them, i don’t think of circle skirts as being my style – too high waisted for me! but i LOVE the second skirt you made! the fabric is amazing, and the horsehair braid is perfect in the hem. i just thrifted a row of HHB last week, and i can’t wait to make a hiphugger skirt with a fabulous hem like yours. thank you so much for showing what an awesome notion it is!

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Casey October 11, 2011 at 07:02

So glad this inspired you with the horsehair braid (and way to go for thrifting some–I’m jealous! ;) )! Do let me know how your skirt sewing goes–I’d love to see it!

♥ Casey

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Tasha October 11, 2011 at 13:00

Ooh, they are both so great in their own unique ways! I love the dark one, it looks like such a mysterious fabric. I can see it on a night out on the town gussied up as well as the lovely more daytime look you’ve shown (great mix of prints with the striped top too, I need to get more on board with mixing and matching like that!). And the bees are stupendous. I think one of the things I like best (other than the awesome embroidery job) is how they kind of peek in and out. I’m sure as you’re walking you get little glimpses of one, and then another. Just like they’re in flight! :)

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Ashley October 11, 2011 at 19:52

Ooh, both of your circle skirts are simply smashing! Your Bee skirt is cute, vintage-y, and unique and that makes me love it that much more. {hmm…maybe I should make an embroidered circle skirt, or just any kind of skirt.} Now the Winter’s Night skirt is just jaw-dropping-gorgeous. It would be perfect for a Christmas party.

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Ashley-refurl October 11, 2011 at 20:22

Oh wow, that black lace one is AMAZING!

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Faith October 11, 2011 at 23:51

Casey, your Winter Nights skirt is a knock-out! I’ve already cooed over the bee skirt on Facebook and it is lovely but you look like you ought to be in a noir in that second skirt. Don’t be surprised if you get mistaken for Lauren Bacall when you’re out and about in it.

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LadyD October 21, 2011 at 11:01

The Winter Nights skirt is gorgeous.

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Dolly Dahl January 9, 2012 at 23:37

My goal for this year is to revisit your circle skirt sew along and make my very own! I am in love with that Winter Nights fabric. WOW!
xoxo

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Stephanie James February 27, 2013 at 03:38

I know I’m really late to the game, but I have to say, your blog is very helpful to a new sewer, and your Winter Nights skirt is really amazing. I was wondering if it is possible to line a circle skirt when you have a horsehair braid in the hem, and what width of horsehair braid did you use for your circle skirts? I’m afraid that if I use the wrong width, it might make the skirt too full; your skirt is perfectly right. Thanks for your help (and congratulations on your baby)!

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