Glastonbury Circus Dress

I have been quiet for a little while, friends, because I was busy planning my outfits for Glastonbury! For those of you outside the UK it’s a huge music and arts festival on a dairy farm in Somerset where you get muddy and sunburnt for the weekend, dance all night to Florence and the Machine, only to get up before dawn to watch the sun rise over the stone circle, then watch trapeze artists swing around the circus tent with churros in one hand and a mango lassi in the other. Well that’s how I like to do it anyway (minus the getting up bit obviously…).


This is my third year at Glastonbury and I’m very privileged to get crew tickets with my boyfriend’s family who work in the Theatre & Circus area. This means that we camp with some pretty famous comedians (Marcus Brigstocke and Shappi Khorsandi anyone?). It also means that you’ll go to brush your teeth and bump into someone cycling round the tents in stilts or casually cartwheeling down the breakfast queue.Glastonbury20158I took the circus tents as inspiration for my outfit this year. I wanted something bright and bold with a hint of victorian circus about it. First thing first I went back to my swirl skirt design from Christmas. I bought some red, yellow and blue polyester satin, but unfortunately the blue was a very dark navy and it looked a lot like the German flag when I laid it out. Don’t get me wrong, Germany has a lovely flag, but it doesn’t exactly scream circus victoriana at you does it? So back to the shop I traipsed and ended up with a slightly lighter blue, red and cream. Despite some smartarse pointing out that it looked like the French flag I was pretty happy with that combo and I had plenty of the blue colour to try out my new bodice sloper as well (I know, still unblogged, I’m working on it! All this festivalling keeps a girl busy you know.).

Glastonbury20155Here I am posing with my circus dress and matching tent! I am really pleased with this dress – it was just right for Glastonbury, although I wish I’d had time to sew on the gold sequin belt I had bought. I would definitely wear it to non-festival events as well, so I think I’ll get a bit more mileage out of it yet.

Glastonbury20153 The bodice was a pretty good fit. The armholes were still a little too high under the arms and I made a bit of a mess of the bias binding round the neck and armholes resulting in a bit of puckering, but hey, the fabric was slippery and I had a deadline. Certainly wasn’t the weirdest dressed person I saw over the weekend. The skirt’s curved seams were a lot less painful this time, I must be getting better at them! I’m really liking this skirt – I’ve got a tutorial in the pipeline, so watch this space and you could have your own fabulous multi-coloured skirt to twirl around in.

Aaand here are the obligatory twirling photos. Glastonbury20156 Glastonbury20157


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