Las Vegas Circle Skirt

For this year's Viva Las Vegas, I decided that I wanted to make a skirt with a Las Vegas theme. I've always loved the novelty circle skirts from the 1950's, but the actual vintage ones are often quite expensive.

I first made the skirt from a circle skirt pattern I drafted from the directions, in the book "Gertie's New Book for Better Sewing" by Gretchen Hirsch.  This book is great and the directions were very clear.  I sewed it using black suiting fabric on my fabulous 1950s mint green sewing machine.

I designed the skirt with vintage Vegas casino logos from the 1940s through the 1960s. I also included Elvis and Ann-Margret from the movie "Viva Las Vegas" as well as a gaming icon with a roulette wheel, cards and dice.  I first marked the the skirt with tailor's chalk and then painted it with Jacquard Textile Fabric Paint.  Once the paint was dry, I ironed it, to set the paint.

I wore it the first day of Viva Las Vegas and got lots of compliments on it, including one women who wanted me to make her one.