whoop whoop yes 😆 A circle skirt, one of the most fun and spin-able quintessential skirts to own. Best part...it is zipper-less! Let's get started on how to make it.
The main component of the circle is cutting the fabric correctly. You can either draw the pattern on the fabric or make a paper pattern and then cut out the fabric.
You only need to do a little bit of math. I know, math! Hey, this is easy math and you will feel so proud to have used it in a real life situation. You may even tell your math teacher!
For the right fabric, I have tested with a woven and knit. I find knit fabrics make a perfect flare.
It is nice to prep your materials near you, saves time.
When you do not have a long enough ruler, measuring tape is always the best option.
I am pretty happy with the result of the circle. To not stress on trying to make a perfect circle!
Ironing is so important, you can never iron too much. The more crisp your folds are the nicer the finishing will be and the easier it will be for you to sew in the sewing machine.
Gauge ruler is optional, but if you can go and buy it. It is a great tool to have!
Making mistakes is a super time consuming when it comes to sewing. The seam ripper can be your best and worst friend. I mention this because it is very important you pin your waistband to the skirt in the right position.
This fabric is stretchy so you have to make sure to pull tightly. Place one hand in the end and the other on the other side, it is best you feel comfortable with the position you are pulling.
The inside should look like this. If you are having trouble getting this result, practice with left over fabric on a piece of leftover waistband.
Print out the tutorial and write on the paper your own notes. Everyone has their own recipe of making something, try this one out, then season it based on your preferences. I know, it sounds like a food recipe ahaha hey! They are similar :)
DO NOT DREAM IT, SEW IT.
Prep time: 10 mins | Make time: 1 hr 30 min | Total time: 1hr 40 mins
Spin, spin all around, sew your way to a circle skirt.
- Fabric scissors
- White thread
- 2'' Soft Waistband Elastic
- Grid Ruler
- Chalk Pencil
- Measuring Tape
- Cutting Mat
- Sewing Machine
- Gauge Ruler (optional)
- Prep your fabric, wash and dry, then iron.
- Measure your waist. You can choose your high waist or low waist, it is up to you where you will like the skirt to land. Then enter your measurement into the equation r= C/2π. C stands for circumference, this is where you will enter your waist measurement. Divide it by 2π or you can also enter 6.28 to represent 2π. The result of your division will be the r (a.k.a radius) of your waist circle.
- Next you will need to determine the length of your skirt. Place the start of your measuring tape right on the waist, then measure how low you will like the skirt. Tip: the straighter you are the better, so if someone can take the measurement for you while you stand, that will be great!
- Add 1" to your length, this will be the seam allowance. Add the radius and length to determine the measurement of your second circle.
- Now that you have your measurements, fold fabric twice on top of the cutting mat. First, in half and then in half again. Since your pattern is 1/4th of the whole skirt you will need to have the fabric folded.
- You have two options: (1) Draw on pattern paper and/or poster paper or (2) Draw the pattern on the fabric. The trick to drawing the pattern is drawing the pattern slowly. Place your ruler on the corner tip of the fabric, positioning the ruler in the middle. Make a dash based on the number of your radius, move across to one edge and draw a dash there, move across to the other edge and make a dash. Then you move your ruler in a circle.
- Cut out the pattern paper and trace it on the fabric to cut. If you chose to draw it right on top of the fabric, you can go ahead and cut.
- Pull out the waistband and the length of the waistband based on your waist measurement. For example, if your measure is 28, then cut waistband at 28 inches.
- Sew the waistband with a seam allowance of about .5". Then fold the seams open and sew them down right in the middle, about .25".
- Turn on your iron. Once it is hot, iron the seam of the waist circle about .25-.5". This will provide a better finishing when sewing the waistband and the skirt together. Since your iron is already on, go ahead and iron the hem. Fold the hem .5" and iron, then fold .5" again and iron
- Spread open the skirt. You have the inside of the skirt facing you. Place the waistband in the middle of the circle and begin pining the two together. Be extra careful. You need to make sure you are pinning the waistband towards the front, and the seam of the skirt towards the inside.
- Begin sewing the waistband and skirt. When sewing make sure you are pulling the waistband tightly, you want to stretch the waistband as you sew, this will give you a very nice finish and will insure
- Lastly, sew the hem of the skirt. Place the needle on top of the seam, this will leave you with a nice, neat .5 seam.
- Grade your machine in a straight line. If your machine grades stitches from 0-4, place it in 3.
Skirt will vary based on the fabric that you chose. I am using a knit fabric, you can use knit, denim, a woven. In the end, it is up to you to choose what fabric you will like.