First, let me just say that although the overall tone of this is going to be negative, I'm learning a lot, considering I went about this without instructions. Now that I've said that, I would like to say: Stupid, stupid #$%^ bubble stupid skirt.
Interested in making a bubble skirt out of the #008 Twirly Skirt and #005 Sharp Skirt patterns? Here's what I learned.
1. Cut the circle skirt pattern out of fabric you want for the outside, making it slimmer than you normally would- you'll have to do this by eyeballing it. I found that cutting it to it's normal full circle proportions gave me waaaaaay too much fabric at the bottom, causing a lot of cursing while trying to gather it under. Eyeball it- just keep in mind that it's pretty hard to screw this part up- just cut it slimmer than normal, and you can always cut more off later if you think you still have too much fabric at the bottom. Ah yes, and I cut it longer than the pattern too. I think it was 32" from the waist to the hemline. You'll need this extra length to give the bottom of of the bubble skirt it's....bubble.
2. Sew the circle skirt together like you normally would, including putting in the zipper. The nice part is you don't have to worry about facing, because you'll be putting in a lining.
Sew the pencil skirt together out of your lining fabric of choice- I'm using some remnants of a really soft black cotton I used for a dress awhile back. Again, ignore the facing and obviously you don't need a zipper. Lay the pencil skirt on top of the circle skirt with the circle skirt RIGHT side out and the sharp skirt WRONG side out, because you'll want the right side of the fabric of the lining facing the body when you wear it. Sew around the waist. Stuff the pencil skirt into the skirt, finish the ends by the zipper, and top stitch around the waist to keep everything nice and neat.
3. Now you have to decide how long you want the skirt. I decided to measure down from the waist 18 1/2" inches. Turn the skirt inside out and mark a line on the lining fabric with a fabric pencil or a line of pins. This is the line where you will make your gathers. To to do the gathers, fold the outside fabric under about 1/2" and then pin at this line, gathering the fabric tightly as you go. I would pin it all in place and then try it on to make sure it's going to hang nicely- not twisted around, and also at the length you want. Sometimes it's misleading because of the volume of the skirt at the bottom. Try it on!! Make sure that when you are securing the gathers to the lining fabric (preferably by hand, because it's nearly impossible by machine) that you are sewing the gathers to the lining ONLY and not to the outside fabric.
Also, please listen to me now, baby lambs: make sure that side seams are matched up and the outside fabric is evenly spaced around the skirt before you start sewing. There's so much fabric that it's easy to get off track. I spent three, count them THREE Sopranos episodes handstitching these #$%^ gathers in place only to find that they weren't laying straight, making the skirt look like it was being twisted around my body. So I ripped out half of my stitching and that's where I am right now. Half the skirt is stitched, half is hanging there, all pathetic and unfinished. I suppose I will finish it tomorrow because right now I'm kind of irritated and it's time for dinner and I've got low blood sugar so I'm gettin' moody.
I did try it on to see what's happening with it so far and I have to say it's going to look pretty nice when it's finished, even if it does kind of look like I'm wearing a Rorschach Test. I think I might attach some black grosgrain ribbon around the waistline to give it a more finished look. We'll see. I have some muslins I have to sew tomorrow for sizing tests and so I might not get around to finishing this by the end of the weekend. Needless to say, this project is taking a little longer than I thought it would.