This was the first one I put together.
Oliver+S Hula Hoop Skirt (Side A)
Oliver+S Hula Hoop Skirt (Side B)
The animal print is one that I choose for my fall "collection." I thought it needed a strong contrasting fabric so I looked through my stash and found the rust colored polka-dot fabric. The polka-dots were from my grandmothers stash that I inherited.
The skirt pattern has 2 pieces, each of which get cut out of both fabrics twice. In total you end up with 8 pieces to work with. The skirt has this little flounce as a special design element.
I thought the flounce was adorable, what I didn't realize was the way the skirt is constructed there is one on the front and one on the back.
Back view (I swear)
I like the skirt and I like the way it hangs. I just couldn't wrap my head around having the flounce on both sides. I read and re-read the directions and then I looked at some photos of other's work and it appears as if I've done it correctly.
I just couldn't leave it alone. I spent last evening and this morning planning in my head what I needed to do to create one big circle with one flounce that was still reversible.
This is attempt number 2.
Oliver+S Hula Hoop Skirt (Side A, V.2.0)
Oliver+S Hula Hoop Skirt (Side B, V.2.0)
Oliver+S Hula Hoop Skirt (V.2.0 Back)
I like it much better as a full circle with only one flounce. In addition to changing the skirt, I attached the yoke a bit different than the directions. The original directions call for you to sew the yokes together into a circle, then attach to the skirt. I struggled to get it to go together neatly and ended up pulling the seam out in a few places because I had caught the skirt while I was sewing. It really is a lot of fabric to sew together neatly at one time.
To attach the yokes with my method, I cut each one longer than it needed to be. I sewed up one short side and left the other unattached. I folded one long side over to the wrong side by 1/2" per the directions. I pinned 1 yoke to the skirt, right sides together. Once I determined the length needed for the yoke to fit properly, I marked that spot then sewed the other short side together. I basted the first yoke to the skirt. I flipped the skirt inside out then did the same thing with the other yoke. Once I sewed up the second short side I then stitched (not basted) both yokes to the skirt. Then I finished the skirt per the directions. (did all of that make sense). Of course, when I was finished is when it dawned on me that I should have taken photos. I'm sure I will make another couple of these skirts at some point, if I remember I will take pictures then. I was able to cut and sew each skirt during nap time. You may also notice that I edge stitched around the bottom of the skirt V.2.0. I was just trying something to see if it made a difference in the finished look. It didn't. I'm waiting also to see if it makes a difference after I launder the skirts. I will keep you posted on that one.