Phew, an evening of frantic hemstitching, and my circle skirt is ready for Casey's sew along party! I actually missed the entire sew along, but since I'd been planning this skirt for some time (I've actually had the fabric since early spring!), when I read that she was planning a second 'party' post I thought I'd join in. So here we are.
I was ages deciding how to embellish my skirt - there were so many designs I wanted to make, but many of the applique ideas I liked wouldn't work on the dark grey background. Then, looking through some of the pre-cut felt appliques available in the 1956 Sears catalogue, I remembered a celluloid brooch I'd seen once in the shape of a telephone, with the cord forming the word "Hello". I found a picture of the brooch (it's quite a common design, and comes up quite regularly on ebay) and digitally sketched out the template.
I ordered soutache braid to use as the cord, but as I knew it wouldn't arrive in time for me to finish the skirt for the party I bought ric rac to stand in temporarily. But having attached the ric rac, I've decided I like it so much I'm going to leave it as it is.
To sew the appliques I used the machine, but hand-turned the wheel to sew ultra-slowly for more control, repositioning the fabric frequently to get round the tight curves. The buttons on the telephone dial I stitched on by hand, and the same for the ric rac (I would have done it by machine, but I wanted it to be easily removable as I intended it to be temporary).
So here we have it, the London Calling circle skirt. I'm very pleased with it and I think it's going to be a winter wardrobe staple - it's basically a wearable blanket.
Pattern: Simplicity 4752 from 1954
Fabric: a heavyweight, felt-like wool (I guess a coating?). Wool/rayon felt for the appliques.
Make again? Oh yes! This is to be the first of an entire wardrobe of wacky circle skirts - I'm already planning at least three more!
If you're interested in making your own version, I've also shared the template I used for the telephone appliques.