Happy Saturday readers!
As you know, I love 1940s and 1950s clothing and accessories. Everything from hats to dresses, to jewellery to shoes. But, what would a closet of vintage clothing be without some 50s circle skirts? Empty, just plain empty!
Circle skirts are exactly as the name suggests: skirts that form a circle (when laid flat). Circle skirts became very popular in the 1950s and are today considered a symbol of that era.
In 1947, American designer Juli Lynne Charlot created the first circle skirt with felt appliques in a Christmas theme. Charlot created more skirts for resale, which sold very quickly out of stores. She then went on to create circle skirts in a variety of themes (adding poodles) and the circle skirt trend was born!
I love circle skits for two reasons:
- they look amazing on and create a great 1950s silhouette,
- and because I’m crazy about the novelty prints and fabrics that were used to make them. Something about novelty print circle skits just makes me smile!
Circle skirts are easy to make, just be sure to take the correct measurements! There are lot of great online tutorials and instructions to help you. Do check out Kadidlehopper’s great Circle Skirt How-to and Elegant Musings post on how to make circle skirts. I myself, however, will be making my circle skirts with a vintage McCalls pattern (purchased online for $1).