Rainbow gathered skirt
My rainbow bright birthday skirt!

I turned 35 in September. I had not been feeling great about it. I don’t know where the last five years have gone. 35 sounds old to me, how have I got that old?!

In some sort of age-related freak-out, I became obsessed with the idea of making a circus skirt. Something really bright and fun, that I could wear for my 35th birthday to fend off old-age.

I found this poly cotton on eBay and knew it was perfect for the skirt I had envisioned. I think it was about £5 Р6 per meter. Its proper happy fabric!

Rainbow skirt being sewn on Pfaff Ambition Essential sewing machine

I based the skirt pattern on the Clemence I made in 2017, with a few tweaks. Of course it has pockets, but I also wanted it to last, so I sewed bright bias binding to all the inner seams. I installed an invisible zip with no buttons this time too.

Invisible zip on rainbow gathered skirt waistband
Probably my best invisible zip to date
Floral bias binding applied to rainbow skirt seams
I love this bias binding: practical but still pretty
Rainbow gathered skirt
Fresh off the sewing machine, trying it on straight away!

This isn’t the sort of skirt I can wear everyday but it makes me smile every time I see it. Not sure if I will be sewing with polycotton again in a hurry – its not awful, but its got a firmness to it that isn’t as comfy as it could be. I do like how the slight stiffness really makes the skirt puff out though.