Sewing for Myself: Women’s Circle & Peasant Skirts


I decided I was finally ready to sew something (rather two somethings) for myself. It’s difficult to find skirts in stores that fit me well, aren’t too juniors, and aren’t too matronly…so it was time to put my sewing skills to work to sew some adult clothing!

To make my first skirt, I used a circle skirt pattern. I stuck pretty closely to the directions, only I believe I made the skirt a bit longer than suggested. I chose a medium-weight floral fabric and black 2″ elastic. This fabric was simple to cut and sew, but pinning the hem did take a while.

floral circle skirt

I like that this is a flowy, high-waisted skirt. When I wear flowy skirts, I like to pair them with form-fitting tops, as you will see in both pictures.

modeling circle skirtThe circle skirt made me feel successful, so I was ready to try this peasant skirt pattern. While I made several changes to the overall design, I did follow the XOX dimensions to make the different panels. I chose a medium-weight chocolate brown knit without too much stretch.

brown peasant skirtI really like this skirt. I think I will use the same pattern to make a printed skirt, maybe from a light-weight fabric. I’ll have to hunt down the perfect fabric to sew another skirt! I paired this chocolate brown skirt with a light floral tank top.

modeling peasant skirtSo what do you think of my first two attempts at sewing women’s clothing??

What do you think I should make next??

About Carrie Wells, Ed.D.

Dr. Carrie Wells is a college instructor, blogger, wife, and work-at-home mother to two children, Lydia {age 8} and Bryce {age 6}. Carrie earned her doctorate in Special Education in 2008. After becoming a mother in 2009, Carrie began blogging as Huppie Mama to share her passions for cooking, crafting, beautifying, and her family. In 2016, she rebranded as Our Potluck Family, and her husband Richard became a regular contributor.

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15 Responses to Sewing for Myself: Women’s Circle & Peasant Skirts

  1. crystalpaschal says:

    So cute! I love them both.

  2. Jennifer says:

    I would say you should try making scarves next, but you obviously live in a warmer climate than I do! Your attempts were great!

    • Carrie Wells, Ed.D. says:

      Haha, yeah, Sunny South Florida, where it’s still 90 degrees during the day. It’s so funny to see other people’s blog/Facebook photos in sweaters already when it is so hot still here.

  3. Pam says:

    I love them!!! You are very talented.

  4. Jamie says:

    You look adorable in these! I wish I could sew.

    • Carrie Wells, Ed.D. says:

      I honestly bought the machine, took one 3-hour class at a local studio to learn the basics, and just went from there. There are so many tutorials and patterns online for free, it’s pretty easy to just start with the basics and learn more as you go.

  5. Love the peasant skirt, and I agree that pairing with a fitted t-shirt or tank looks great!

  6. Lydia says:

    Oh wow! I love them! I really want to learn how to sew. I just don’t know that I have the patience!

    • Carrie Wells, Ed.D. says:

      It’s so relaxing AND fun! That’s what I love about it. It does require some patience, but when you see the end result, it’s really exciting.

  7. Just Jeanae says:

    I have such appreciation for people who are creative and patient enough to sew.
    Please let us know what you make next.
    Thanks for sharing!

    • Carrie Wells, Ed.D. says:

      Thanks for the positive feedback. I have a post coming up about an upcycled dress shirt that I’ll be posting soon!

  8. Great job…love the third one!!!!!

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