Glamour Swirl Skirt by Sew By Pattern Pieces and Blog Tour with Giveaway

Firstly let me tell you this is a free pattern available for girls and women if you join the Sew by Pattern Pieces Facebook group as a freebie celebration for reaching 2000 members and I’m on the blog tour, having been one of the testers* for this pattern. Lauren is a lovely person and great designer, excellent at what she does!

Glamour swirl twirl

What’s not to love about the Glamour Swirl Skirt? It’s designed with a knit, full circle skirt with a yoga waistband and optional side seam pockets and waist ties. It’s available in ladies sizes (24″-48″) and girl sizes (1-14). It’s super quick and super simple and a must have for any girls or womens’ all -year-round wardrobe.

Glamour swirl spin

I made my oldest “a twirly, swirly, fun skirt” during the testing phase with leaf multicoloured spandex/lycra (contents unknown). The fabric recommendation is a 4 way knit with 50% stretch. I went with the pockets and ties.  Printing and assembly is really easy and especially with the layered option for printing the pattern, it’s an ink saver.

                                    Glamour swirl front          Glamour swirl pockets  

We love, love, love this skirt and miss 3 has also put in her requests by pulling out fabric from my stash that she likes for her skirts. Sew by Pattern Pieces also has a number of other patterns that are worth investing in if you want to check out the Etsy page.

*The pattern was provided to me free of charge for testing but all opinions expressed are my own and I received a copy of the finalised pattern for taking part.

So I’m on the last day of the Blog Tour and there is one last giveaway, so don’t forget to enter. Todays entry will get you a chance to win:

 So enter here for your chance to win.

Kids Self-Drafted Circle Skirt with Bird Applique T-shirt

If you have children and would like a quick, satisfying project for yourself or your child this is the way to go. A simple circle skirt takes no time at all, especially if you already have a pattern drafted. No kidding, this took be about 20 minutes from start to finish, the t-shirt applique actually took me longer, believe it or not.

Circke skirt front

                     circle skirt pose circle skirt side

As I mentioned I already have a pattern drafted for my oldest using this tutorial from MADE. As I was using a smaller piece of the multi coloured national wind series fabric (100% cotton) I couldn’t cut a circle skirt as is and had to cut out a front and back separately and then used french seams for the side seams. I cut the elastic about 1 inch smaller than my daughters waist measurement and used a 3cm wide white elastic as I wasn’t making a casing this time and instead using the elastic as the waistband. I serged each end of the elastic before joining them together with a 1/2 inch seam allowance and then sewed each seam allowance down either side of the joining seam to fan out the edges. circle skirt hanger

I neatened the inner circle of the skirt with the overlocker and then used a straight stitch to sew on the elastic around the inner circle, whilst stretching it a the same time. Rather than hemming, I applied 25mm white double fold bias tape around the hem as I like the nice contrast it gives this busy fabric. This fabric is really lovely and has so many colours however as is the regular problem, we have minimal matching tops to bottoms.

fabric close up

I thought to applique a design on a plain white store bought t-shirt. First I interfaced the fabric, then drew out my shapes/design, also using additional fabric from my scraps pile. I crudely sewed on the pieces with a straight stitch around the outside, layering the pieces first. I didn’t bother doing a proper applique stitch because I actually like the fraying of the edges. Besides, I don’t think she will be wearing this for too long because she is experiencing a mountain of growth spurts. I finished off the bird with a cute little yellow ribbon bow. An outfit done in an hour and we are good to go!

bird applique

A Reversible Circle Skirt, Two for the Price of One

Usually when I go fabric shopping with the kids I am armed with snacks, food, phone apps – anything to keep them busy for as long as I can whilst I shop/browse. It’s the one place I don’t mind taking my time. Perhaps it’s my sort of sanctuary. Anyway, that’s beside the point.

I was starting to feel bad about being a selfish sewer so decided to make more clothes for my kids, particularly the older one who is growing at an amazing rate. On this particular trip I asked her to pick out two fabrics as I had planned in my head to make her some circle skirts – easy peasy. She picked these two quilting cottons, DS picadilly medallion in pink (100% cotton) and DS picadilly ditsy in pink (100% cotton), dare she wear any other colours! I bought 80cm of each fabric and after drafting the pattern you can see there isn’t too much fabric left over. For the pattern I used the tutorial from MADE: The Circle Skirt Tutorial. I find the descriptions for the calculations very clear and the visuals help a lot. I decided on 9.5inch for the length and added 2inch additional for the hem and the elastic casing.

cutting the fabric

I used this tutorial from youandmie from her April Showers Skirt for the instructions of my reversible skirt. I sewed the inner circle of my two fabrics at an 3/8 seam allowance and clipped the curve so when I folded it over it lay nice and flat. For the elastic casing I stitched 5/8 from the inner circle and used 1.2cm wide elastic at a length of 45cm.

fabric one

fabric one with peeking

For the hem I used store bought 25mm white bias binding. There was no way I was going to make my own as this hem is long and I like the contrast.

fabric two

fabric two with peeking


It’s a bit of a lie to say two for the price of one as I did pay for the two fabrics but I guess construction-wise I only had to make the skirt once. It’s a quick project that really only takes a couple of hours from start to finish. There’s lots of twirl factor and although there are lots of colours in the skirt(s) she doesn’t own many tops to match. I see my sewing list growing day by day.