Simplicity 3791: Scallop ‘Circle’ Skirt

As I was thinking through how to add in my seam allowances my scallops with my basic 1/2 circle skirt pattern, I had a revelation!  I own a dress pattern, Simplicity 3791, that has the very detail I want at the hemline.

So I scrapped my initial plans to make the circle skirt for this design, and am using this pattern instead, which I think is going to turn out better.  This pattern includes a facing piece for the scalloped hem. *See below*

The top skirt itself is just a rectangle skirt piece, and the facing is the scallop design.  So putting right sides together you stitch around the scallops and then trim the hem to match the scallops (as well as some major clipping).

Being my first time making scallops, I can see how they’re tricky.  If you don’t clip to the precise spot on the points between the scallops, there ends up being ‘pulls’ when you go to iron them.  I made this mistake once or twice, but it’s not terribly noticeable on my skirt.  Smaller sized scallops would be harder also.

It’s still a work in progress, but here’s my skirt so far.

I just finished pressing the scallops.  I don’t know why, but scallops are such a happy detail, don’t you think?

Here’s a close up of them:

I’ll probably spend a bit more time this week pressing the scallops a bit better.  There are a few that aren’t as rounded as the rest, and they need a bit of ‘help’ from my iron to get them nice and neat.

So as I was taking these pictures I heard a strange noise behind me…. And luckily I had the camera in hand to capture my daring Quincy perched, just so:

I think Quincy thought the blanket was an extension of the couch…  Just after taking this I made sure he was safe and tucked the blanket down so he wouldn’t fall off the back of the couch.  What a dare-devil he is!!!

So what I’m hoping to do next on my skirt is to sew up some white scallops and attach them to the row above *somehow*.  Below is an idea of what it might look like…

I do like how close the white is to the pink, but I think I’m going to make the white scallops extend a bit lower, probably by 2-3 inches.  When I tried it on, the skirt seemed to need a bit of length so I’m hoping to achieve that by making the white piece longer than what I have above.

Also, I’m toying around with the idea of a scalloped waistband…

*Another wonderful drawing by me that is not to scale, at all*  heh

What do you guys think?  Would the scalloped waistband be too busy or do you think it’s a nice complement to the hem?

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