Vintage Style Circle Skirt


Inspired by Gertie Hirsch and intrigued by horsehair braid as a hem stabilizer I decided to go ahead and tackle a vintage style circle skirt.  As a large girl I can’t seem to get away from the thought that I am too big for a circle skirt.  Therefore I am opting for a 3/4 circle skirt. I have to confess I have seen some women that appear to not be stringbeans that look downright sexy in them.  Check out Miss Lady in her skirt above, Tuppence Ha’penny, and the models in circle skirts from an online store below.

CityScape_ Circle _Skirt
Photo credit: Tuppence Ha’penny


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While I continue to gumption up the nerve to sew up a full circle skirt I made this one the other day:

Simplicity Circle Skirt Main

I simply must obtain some of those wide, elastic belts that I see the ladies wearing with circle skirts.  Apparently, some tight sweaters are in order too, giggles.  Wait, hot dang, check out this vintage, 1950s, black and white, sequined, Mexican ethnic circle skirt that I found on eBay.  Oh em gee, is this drool worthy or what?  Humph, I’d wear this no matter how big I looked in it!

It’s “only” $110.00; bwwwahhh haaa . . . NOT!

Annie Ladino, the chief stylist at stated “If you’re worried that a full skirt will add extra pounds, have no fear. Just cinch in the waist. “A full skirt is flattering for a plus-size woman.  You would think it’s adding volume, but it’s creating an illusion of a smaller waist.”  Okay, missie I’m going to give you a run for your money on that one.  And yaw’ll know I’m about posting the good, bad, and the ugly.  So, let me commence to finding one of those elastic belts that will fit this waist and get busy on my first full circle skirt.

For the brave at heart Rhonda Buss has provided free circular skirt instructions here.

It occurred to me that it might be fun to go ahead and look for some waist cinching belts for my upcoming circle skirt project.  Some of my affiliates have cute styles.  If you see something you like I do get a small compensation for the sale at no extra cost to you.

The polka cinch belt would go swell with my new vintage style polka dotted eye glasses.

Red Polka Dot Glasses
This one comes in black, red, or white:


These will do nicely for my budding vintage style wardrobe don’t you think?



2 thoughts on “Vintage Style Circle Skirt

  1. I love circle skirts! 😀 I wear them so they hit at my natural waist, the smallest part of my torso.

    Love the circle skirt inspiration there. 🙂 Makes me want to make one and get myself a lovely belt like the ones you show. 🙂


  2. My mother made circle skirts for me and my sisters when we were younger. That was our summer uniform: “twirly” (what we called them) skirts with cotton blouses.


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