Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband Tutorial

Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband Tutorial

I am officially in love with half circle skirts! They are quick to make, they look amazing and I can tuck my top in without look crazy ginormous! Less bulky than their full circle relatives but still nicely full, the half circle skirt is perfect. I want to make one in every colour and print! You can certainly look forward to a few variations! These are nice and easy, so let’s get sewing….

You’ll need to make a pattern for the half circle skirt first. I have a simple method here, just use your waist measurement plus seam allowance for the back seam. Or there is a link to a calculator for 1/2 or full circle skirts in my full circle wrap skirt post. I cut a waistband that’s 6″ deep and as long as my waist plus seam allowance. You can make yours as deep as you like but I’ll be using 6″.
Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband Tutorial
I need 2m of fabric, at least 1m wide for a skirt. If you have a smaller waist or want a shorter skirt, you’ll need less. If your waist is more than a few inches bigger than mine or you want a much longer skirt, you may need double that. You will also need a 9″ or longer zip and interfacing for the waistband.
Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband Tutorial
To fit my skirt on the fabric, I need to fold it lengthwise. The bonus of this method is that both back seam edges are selvedges, so there is no need to finish them by overlocker or zig zag etc. But this can mean the design on the fabric is sideways, upside down or looks strange. Because I have trouble thinking in 3D, I draw the design onto paper and cut a ‘model’ skirt out and see how it looks. However you envisage it, it’s worth thinking about before you cut!
Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband Tutorial
Cut out skirt in one piece, 6″ deep waistband  and 3″ deep fusible interfacing.
Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband Tutorial
Apply fusible interfacing to the wrong side to of the longer side of the waistband. Overlock (or zig zag or pink or other edge finish) the long, interfaced edge and both short edges. My short edges are both selvedges, so no finishing was required.
Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband Tutorial
Press waistband in half lengthwise (hotdog style) but make the finished side 1/4″ longer than the raw edge.
Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband Tutorial
Pin the waistband to the waist of the skirt, raw edges and right sides together. Sew or overlock together. Press seam up towards the waistband.
Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband Tutorial
Pin the back seam, right sides together. Make a mark on the seam 9″ down from the fold in the waistband. This is where your zip will stop.
Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband Tutorial
With your machine set to a basting stitch, start sewing at the waistband fold (no back stitch) and sew to the mark you just made. Change your machine to back to a regular stitch and stitch forward a few stitches and then back stitch. Continue sewing to the hem and backstitch again.
Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband Tutorial
Press the seam open. Centre the zipper face down on the seam allowance so that the zip begins at the waistband fold. Pin the zipper tape to the seam allowances ONLY.
Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband TutorialChange to a zipper foot and sew from the top of the zipper tape, down to the zipper stop mark, sewing through the zipper & seam allowance ONLY. Repeat of the other seam allowance. This will hold your zipper still so you can topstitch it.
Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband TutorialPress the waistband in half again making sure the waistband is neatly folded on the inside of the skirt. Pin to secure. Sewing from the right side, sew a box around the zipper. This will be secure the zipper and also inner waistband. Use a seam ripper to remove basting stitches.
Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband Tutorial
Change back to a regular machine foot and either stitch in the ditch or topstitch to secure internal waistband. Be sure the seam allowances are flipped up inside the waistband.
Now you are ready to hem! I love bias binding or an overlocker rolled hem because they’re quick and easy on curved hems but go with what works for you.
Sew: Half Circle Skirt with Back Zipper & Waistband TutorialI am so in love with these skirts! The black is a wardrobe staple (this is the first black skirt in my wardrobe, I haven’t had one for four years!!) and will get tonnes of wear and I adore this mid century flamingo print. I love how vintage a half circle skirt looks, especially when it’s made up in a retro novelty print, don’t you? I am going fill my wardrobe with these! If you make your own, I would love to see pics xxxxx
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Recipe: Buttermilk Ice Cream

Recipe: Buttermilk Ice Cream
Summary: It may be spring but it is set to 37C here today. Definitely ice cream weather! I saw this delicious Buttermilk Ice Cream Joy the Baker made, I knew I wanted in! Her version included honey but since  I have an unpleasant reaction to honey, I tweaked things a little. I just love this stuff! Creamy and tangy and perfect on it’s own. Just gorgeous on hot, fruity, wintery desserts. This is definitely a new fave! In fact I want a big bowl of cobbler and buttermilk ice cream right now…

Ingredients

  • 1 3/4 cup heavy cream
  • 1 cup castor sugar
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1 tblsp maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In a small saucepan, warm the cream over low heat with the sugars until the sugar is completely dissolved.  Place the mixture in a bowl and refrigerate until chilled through, 6 to 8 hours.
  2. Stir the buttermilk into the chilled sweetened cream.  Freeze according to your manufacturer’s ice cream maker instructions. If you don’t have an ice cream maker, click here.
  3. Once churned, transfer ice cream to a freezer-safe container and freeze overnight, or until firm enough to scoop.
You might like my other ice cream recipes too!
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Second Look Sunday 19 October 14 OR Happy 4th Birthday to this Blog!!!! Plus Giveaway!

Second Look Sunday 19 October 14 OR Happy 4th Birthday to this Blog!!!! Plus Giveaway!Second Look Sunday 19 October 14 OR Happy 4th Birthday to this Blog!!!! Plus Giveaway!

This week has been a whirlwind of weird!! Wednesday in particular was a bit strange. I was woken a few hours early by phone call from Mummy Ask who has car trouble and was stuck on the side of the road and needed a lift. I threw on a mish mash of clothes and grabbed my bag – no coffee, no makeup, not even a can of coke. Who do I find standing by my car? Yep, it was Daddy-O. He lives in Tasmania and while I was expecting him, I had no idea exactly when he’d rock up (simply appearing or disappearing is a family trait. As is having little to no idea of time). So, it was all ‘hey Daddy-O, we are off to get Mum from the side of the road, hop in’. My folks have been divorced for eons, so driving along with both of them was….unusual. Especially odd that I was the driver. Daddy-O was meant to borrow my car but rearranged so a Mummy Ask could have it. That resulted in a visit from Aunty & Uncle. It was lovely to squeeze everyone in person but so out of the ordinary! Thank God that for once I had milk for coffees! 

  • I’m still loving the Halloween makeup looks. Check out this B&W makeup from Sharon or you can do a ‘who wore it better’ and watch these black widow looks by Julia Graf and Siobhan from Letz Makeup. I think I like Siobhan’s better…..
  • I had to deal with a few government departments this week. Both encounters were horribly red tape filled. I’m I the only one who shudders when they get a letter from the tax office?
  • All that fun thrift store shopping with M seems like years ago! But I am already planning something with that gorgeous fabric. Stay tuned…..

But can we get a *drumroll* please……..
This blog is officially 4 years old TODAY!!!! Yes, I’ve been posting recipes, tips, decluttering strategies, make up & fashion posts and sewing tutorials for 4 years! That’s a total of 827 posts, including this one!

To celebrate this special marker on my way to world domination, I give you a video! In fact I’m going to make them regularly from now on! *So Excite* If you have a suggestion for a video, please let me know! Plus I have a giveaway for you, watch the video for entry details.

Thank YOU my dear readers, for four wonderful years of Ask Sarah! If all the views I’ve had were people filling a stadium, I’d have done several sold out shows at Madison Gardens! YOU are what makes this place great and I thank you with all my heart. If you fancy giving me a little Birthday gift, email a friend and let them know about Ask Sarah or share a post on pintererst, Instagram, reddit or facebook! Here’s cheers to many more years!!!!!!
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