Start measuring out from the corner that has no raw edges with a ruler.
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I cut a inch slit in the centre back, turn the edges under a quarter of an inch, then use two skirt hook and eyes on the turned-under edges of the elastic waistband.
I had the same question. For myself, that is… rather curvy. Use the hip measurement instead of the waist measurement to cut the inside of your circle. I never thought to use elastic for the waistband. Did you know that the hole in the end of your tape measure is perfect for marking out the circle for the pattern.
I sat there for about thirty minutes trying to do my circles and eventually gave up. Thank you for that great tip! If you reverse the tape, pinning the tape at point and using pencil in hole to mark radius.
I use push pin on cuttimg mat at point. Hattye, I remembered your comment and took it one further. I marked my pattern directly onto the folded fabric. That is the perfect way to get full use of your fabric since you can measure directly on the edge of the fabric and not have to try and get the pattern just right. I did have to have someone else hold the pin for me, but it was so quick and easy.
Oh, and cutting it with scissors was so much easier than using my rotary cutter. I love my rotary cutter and rarely use my expensive scissors but the scissors make this much easier, especially on adult sizes.
Thanks for the tutorial. But if that bothers you just hem them together at the end. Thanks so much, Dana! So nice of you to reply right now…you must be so busy with baby Clara! Thank you for you time and help!! You could always sew two strips of elastic together using a wide zig-zag stitch to help with the stretch.
Thanks for the great tutorial. In order to overcome some of the twisting you can try two things. One, if you are finishing the edges with a serger with differential feed, tighten your stitch so that it puckers just a tiny bit only for the hem, not the top where you will attach elastic , this ease will pull the hem in just slightly and make the hem a bit easier.
When pressing the hem up use a LOT of steam to press the fabric into submission. I finished the hem with contrasting fabric bias tape. It was a navy skirt with white elastic and a white self made bias tape completely closing the hem.. Good contrast and held the drape of the skirt. So the hem with the right side up — the feed dogs of your sewing machine help with the ease.
If you sew with the right side up the feed dogs make it worse…. If you sew with the right side down the feed dogs make it worse…. I get a roll of freezer paper at the grocery store and use that. You can get a lot of patterns from a roll of freezer paper.
What a darling skirt. Going to try and make this for my daughter today. She saw a picture of this and wanted it above all the others I showed her. Thanks for a great tutorial. I looked at some other circle skirt tutorials and yours was the most clear. I breezed through this because your directions were wonderfully explained.
Taffeta is usually 60 inches or there about as well. I have two made of taffeta. My first one has black flocked polka dots and has washed up fine, cold gentle, tumble dry delicate. It has really softened up. The flocking does start coming off a bit but it still looks good. The other I just made with zebra stripe flocking. It is still really stiff but I made a drop waist and it wore nicely. I hope that it holds up just as well as the other one.
It has so much more flocking I worry that it may start looking bad with machine washes. Marlene, hopefully you see this. I made one of these today and it went so well. Thanks so much for the pattern and tips. It made it so much easier than trying to eyeball it myself. Is there another way you could do the waist instead of using elastic waistband? How would you go about doing a waist similar to you simple skirt tutorial?
I love your website, by the way. Spent hours last night and this morning just looking at your tutorials. And your pictures are fantastic too! You could sew a separate waistband to the top of the skirt with the same fabric and then string elastic through the waistband casing. Look at the Market Skirt tutorial for details on that sort of waistband: I was wondering the same thing! My daughter cannot stand the feeling of elastic on her skin. I made two of these using a stretchy fabric.
The actual waist circumference falls on the sewing line, so when the skirt is on, the fabric is neither stretched nor gathered at the waistband, but falls flat. I sewed the ends of the rectangle together first to make a circle, then folded the circle in half with the seam on the inside and sewed the edges together.
Sewed the skirt part to the sewn double edge of the waistband. I subtracted instead of adding to the waist measure because the fabric was plenty stretchy to go over the hips, and I wanted it to be somewhat taut even when on the body to support the weight of the skirt.
Because of the fabric type, I left the bottom edge of the skirt unhemmed. It looks fine, and has been through many washings. They turned out great! My teen girls wear them to school and church. Thanks so much for this tutorial! I just posted a link to this from my blog. Thanks designed for sharing such a good idea, article is fastidious, thats why i have read it completely. Having just lost lbs. Did I say I just had my 58th birthday in February?!
Thanx and be blessed! Like Ahhnold said, I willl be back! Congrats for all your hard work!! Happy birthday Sunny Smith. Where do you get your clothing tags? I really want to order some for the clothing I make for my little girl but can only find Iron Ons, I would like the sew ons like you have.
Thank you so much for this easy skirt Dana! I was struggling with how to make the dress when one of my readers said I should check you site and man am I glad she did.
I made two of these, but I added pockets to one of them. I put a pocket into each side seam of the skirt so they are hidden. I have been getting so many compliments! Love this and even more my daughter loves it more! Thank you for the step by step……math, geometry, and anything in that category was not my subject lol. I can not get onto my circle skirt. I have been dying to do this for my girls for a while now…again thanks!!!!
Thank you soooo much for this awesome easy tutorial! Do you think the pre-smocked fabrc they have at Jo-Anns would work for the waist? My daughter is having spirit weel next week and one of the days is decade day. She wants to wear something 50s inspired.
But I would encourage doing the elastic shirring yourself. It is really easy, even with a Brother machine. With the Brother machines you have to take the whole, opaque, grey plastic plate off when loading bobbin, not just the clear smoked plastic cover.
Then make sure you pull the elastic thread through the little notch in the metal bobbin housing, this is the tension notch. Pull some of the elastic bobbin thread through and then manually turn the needle wheel and draw up the elastic thread through the throat plate same as drawing up regular bobbin thread , and pull out a couple inches or sew.
Then lengthen your stitch. Start with back stitching then do a straight stitch. Make sure you you stretch the elastic back out so you are sewing subsequent rows on flat fabric. When you are done back stitch, leave a little elastic at the end to sew down for extra security.
Then blast it with some hot steam for it it shrink up even more. Thank you so much for this tutorial. So simple, straightforward and clearly explained. I made one of these skirts for myself about a week ago, and it is my new favourite skirt. Today, I helped my daughter make herself a skirt for Easter. I posted pics on my FB page. Do I do it before sewing the skirt to the waistband??? Love it and I am NOT very good with a sewing machine.
I had some trouble with the waistband, but that is just because I need more practice. To simplify things, I made the skirt out of a t-shirt material, folded it in 4 and cut from the corner. Then I sewed on the waistband — no hemming, no serge. I just have a quick question that I am hoping you can answer.
I want to add tulle under the circle skirt to make it more frilly. Its for my nieces birthday outfit. How would you suggest adding in tulle? Measure it out like the cirlce skirt and add it to the waist band and then add a lining so it doesnt make the legs itch? Thank you so much! My daughter needed a costume for school tomorrow… Nothing like getting news the night before. Anyway, I have not sewn anything in over 15 years. I used a cotton sheet and elastic I cut out of old yoga pants.
I followed the directions except, instead of making a pattern on paper, I drew on the wrong side of the fabric with washable marker. The skirt turned out simply amazing. I will be making more of these for everyday use.
I made my 2 year old the circle skirt. So easy and cute! I want to make myself one, but I want it around 27 in. How exactly do you do the 2 semi circles? Just make a semi circle using the same math in the tutorial. Maybe the baby circle skirt will help it make more sense? I made one for my friend,but it was a dress actually,all those super duper math really worked!
But now i need a lil help here,im planning to make circle skirt using chiffon,and ofcourse the lining,what do you think should i use,invisble zipper or elastic? But now i need a lil help here,im planning to make circle skirt using chiffon,and ofcourse the lining,what do you think should i use,invisble zipper or elastic or button? I made a polkadot dress with circle skirt for my friend,and she loves it! Now i need a lil help,im planning to make circle skirt using chiffon and lining ofcourse,what should i use best,zipper or elastic or button?
This is so cute! I have some 1 inch ruffle elastic that I want to use…do you think it would work this?? This was such a fun and easy project! It gave me a reason to dig out the old serger that I am terrified of! Me being a perfectionist, it turned out okay. My daughter however loved it! I would add a another layer under the skirt sew the two layers together at the waist and make the bottom layer similar to the layered skirt Tutorial http: Dana, I am hoping you can help with a question I have.
I have been making skirts using that adorable pre-ruffled fabric like the yellow you used on the cute swimsuit, and attaching an exposed elastic waistband. My problem is that I gather the ruffled fabric before attaching it to the elastic with a twin needle and because of the bulk of all the fabric, my stitches keep skipping and it looks horrible! Sorry if this is confusing. Thanks so much for this great tutorial!!! I made the cutest and quickest skirt for my daughter.
My fabric has finally reached critical mass and needs reduced! Anyhow, just wanted to share another idea for your readers…instead of wide elastic at the waist you could use rib knit. Depending on the rib count you want it to be about 4 inches less than your actual waist size as it stretches a lot! To use rib knit — cut a piece of rib knit double your waist band width, your desired length the easiest way to do this is actually to make the waist band and try it on the child , sew the rib together to make a continuous loop and then fold it in half with the wrong sides together.
Serge the rib to the skirt — this is easiest done with the rib on top, you will stretch the rib between those quarter marks. Fold up the waistband and press the seam toward the skirt, iron carefully and try not to touch the rib, the top stitch around the top of the skirt through the waistband seam. If you look around you can find rib in all sorts of bright colors but buy it when you find it colored as sometimes I can only find white.
I made your market skirt for my 7 months baby and it came out great! Can you give me any advice? I would really appreciate if you could give me any advice: Treat her skirt like the skirt for a curvy adult, but in miniature scale- make the smaller circle for her hip measurement and the elastic for her waist measurement.
That way, it should go over her hips just fine but still be cinched in. I have searched everywhere to figure out my dilemma with not wanting to add a zipper, but using a non stretching fabric. This was the advice I needed. Thanks so much for a great tutorial! I used it to make a bedroom adult version for a friend and linked back to your easy to follow instructions!
Thank you for this pattern! I made it for my daughters graduation! The best twirler we have! I love this skirt! Now that I have the pattern drafted on my freezer paper it is even quicker to pop one out! I just finished up a fun owl skirt for my daughter.
I cheated and picked up a circle tablecloth at the thrift store half off! Boy, was it quick to sew up! Thanks for the tutorial! I made one of these for me, and I have the fabric for 2 more!
I have found that a twin bed sheet gives me enough fabric for the length that I want. I would also recommend using a non-directional print. My first one is a striped fabric, and since it is all on the bias the stripes hang straight up and down on the sides and sideways on the front and back. I love this pattern, but I keep having trouble with the elastic waistband. This happened to me too.
I just flipped it over and sewed on the finished side so I could keep it straight. I had the fabric and knew I wanted to make it a circle skirt, but waited to cut it out for a few months because I had convinced myself the math part would be too complicated. A few weeks ago I just sat down and did it and it was so much easier than I thought it would be! Thanks for an easy-to-follow tutorial!
This will be perfect! And I bet I could easily turn it into a dress pattern if I wanted! Man the wheels are turning now! I purchased rot dye but they only had it in liquid. Does rot liquid dye work the same as the liquid dye in your elastic dye tutorial. Once the elastic is relaxed, the stitches pucker and look like the tension is way too loose.
What am I doing wrong? Did you ever figure it out? Tension, needle type, stitch length, what? Any advice for how to cut a layered circle skirt? I want to layer some tulle over a satin circle skirt, but cannot figure out how much fabric I need or how to cut it. Would I sew them in right under the elastic? Got any elastic substitutes? Would a waistband made from stretch knit out of my stash work?
I would like to make this myself, but waist bands usually need to go higher on me. By the way, I saw that purl soho now carries a line of colored elastic. I found a nice yet expensive circle skirt in denim with no waistband showing. I know it is more of a thicker fabric. Would I be able to remake it? Do you have any tips with using denim or hiding the waistband? I tried this tutorial and my daughters skirt is really cute!!!! It did not come out quite like yours though… I had to add a layer because I cut it too short…but I was able to recover.
When I pull skirts on according to measurements, as it may fit my waist, it will not pass my hips. Thank you so much for this! This is one of the best tutorials I have seen so far. I could follow all the instructions very easily and had not a single question in mind because all the information was just there. I love my skirt and I linked back to your tutorial…. Did you dye that dark elastic for the yellow skirt? I tried to dye some elastic brown, but it turned out a kind of purple color, and I let it soak overnight….
Depends on how wide your fabric is. Your best bet is to find an old queen or king size top sheet — buy one at a thrift store if necessary — and use it as a trial run. Follow all the directions above and you should end up with a circle like Dana described. Once you have this, you can use it as your pattern piece. I spent this past weekend doing just that. Due to differing yardage and a doh! Also, you may need to add a couple of inches to your waist length to allow for seam allowances and still have extra give for the elastic.
I love your explanation. Will really love to see. Your tutorials are great! And I love this skirt. I have a question about your elastic. Is it knitted, woven or braided?
Your elastic looks very nice in the close up picture where you fan out the elastic and stitch it down. What kind of elastic is it? This was the best tutorial ever! This is the very first article of clothing I have ever sewn and it looks awesome! My waist is 30, then my hips are If I do it according to those instructions add 2 inches , will they fit over my hips? Try cutting out the waist part of your fabric to your hip measurements. Keep the elastic to your waist measurements.
It will gather a bit more so try a lighter fabric. Thank you for the clear step-by-step instructions. I look forward to making this skirt. I want to try adding a waistband as you suggest in your market skirt tutorial. How long should my waistband casing piece need to be? Thank you so much for the clear and detailed directions! I would like to put a label on them if they turn out. Could you please share how to make a label? I found your link for the labels! I was so excited about the skirt, I overlooked it!
What do I do now? Thank you for this tutorial!! Is 3 am, and I just finished making my circle skirt. Thanks for the tutorial, hoping this pattern is as easy as you make it look. I am on the bigger side so I am going to use it and cut it in gores as you suggested previously. Dana would this work with 2 halves of a. Donut piece if you only had a very wide half yard and sewed the two half circles together to form the same shape?
Wondering if you have ever tried this? I am quite addicted to these skirts!! I have made them for all of my nieces birthdays and have made several for my daughter. It turned out so cute!! But my very favorite was my most recent one, made of a lightweight corduroy since I wanted something for the fall. It turned out so cute, that I went out and stocked up on corduroy to make a bunch for my daughter.
Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial!! I have gotten so much use out of it and a lot of compliments on the skirts I have made from it!! I just made this skirt for my little one and I normally get frustrated with patters and them not working for me. But not this one! I think I have found a new gift to give and make!! Hi Thanks for a wonderful and simple upload.
I have gone through a couple of sites and have found yours the easiest to follow. I think you have not mentioned it as I have not come across the same. I would appreciate your reply as soon as possible. Thank you so much for such a great tutorial! But it is so, so cute and super simple!
Thank you so much for your amazing tutorial. This week is homecoming week for my daughters high school and at the last minute day before she decided she wanted to do the theme for tomorrow which is Disney Day!
I have read through it and made notes. I need to make some circular wrap around skirts for a dance class that we have at our church for yr olds.
This is sure going to make it easeier for me Thanks heaps Elizabeth. Thanks for the pictures! I followed your instruction and complete my skirt today. I have little experience in sewing. But this was simple enough to follow. I found your tutorial on pinterest. Today is a Sadie Hawkins Hoedown that I am chaperoning for a bunch of high school students from my school.
I wanted a new outfit, but needed something quick. Last night I sewed up a circle skirt to go with a peasant blouse. I started with the blouse which took 2 hours and finished with the skirt which took 1 hour! I am very impressed with the result!
I am 17 and have very little experience sewing and I made my first one today and it turned out perfectly! I will definitely be making another one tonight!
I will be the envy of all my friends at school on Tuesday! I am going to make these for my sisters and all my neices for Christmas this year! Thank you so much for the fantastic tutorial! I just attempted this and made mine to big I have no idea how I messed this up I was doing the elastic one is can I fix it? What kind of stitch do you recommend for sewing the elastic. I am a new with sewing and I used a wide zig zag. I overlooked one detail. Me and my brain cells….
Thought you may want to see my take on it: Some one told me that a half circle skirt would be better, do you have that on this website??? Thank you for the tutorial! I refer to it in my blog, as the inspiration for a circle skirt made for my daughter: I am still pretty new to sewing, but your tutorial looked doable for me.
I broke two needles just trying to sew the elastic together. The thread kept looping like crazy underneath as well. What might I have been doing wrong? Would cutting each panel on the grain and sewing them together change the way the skirt hangs as opposed to cutting the panels in a circle.
I still want it to flow the same way it would if I cut a full circle. Thanks for this tutorial. Made this for my daughter and very pleased with the results- would love to make one for myself too.
People like you make sewing accessible and achievable for so many women. Keep up the great work! I made three of these skirts yesterday after reading this tutorial! Two Christmas skirts for my daughters and even one for myself!!!
Love, love, love this tutorial! Thanks for breaking it down and explaining as well as you did! Thank you so much for the simplified version of the circular skirt. Love your tutorial, I made one for my daughter but would also like to make some for gifts, Do you have a reference on sizes for length and elastic for different sizes? Nice weblog right here! Additionally your website so much up fast! What host are you the usage of? Can I am getting your associate hyperlink in your host?
I want my site loaded up as quickly as yours lol. I just made one of these for my four year old niece… exactly the same measurements as your Lucy. I added some pretty lace to the bottom and it is too cute! I accidently cut my skirt out in the middle of the fabric instead of having the edges of the pattern on the fold, so will have to have 4 seams down the sides. It depends on the cost of the fabric.
You could also try putting the seams offset. You still end up with 4 — but the are to the right and left instead of front and center. Any suggestions as to how to gradually ad inches in length to the back of the circle skirt.. Are you limited to skirt length by how wide your fabric is off-the-bolt? Is there a way to make it longer? I plan on making this skirt tomorrow, and I was wondering, how would I make the top go out more, or like the bottom has more fabric?
I love this skirt: Thanks in advance, and I wanted to say thanks for creating such a thorough tutorial. Thank you so much!!! I just made first circle skirt, just in time for swing class tonight! I picked a jersey in old mauve with little white polka dots. I made one small change — I used a smaller width for the waistband: I just found this web site on how to make this skirt.
Thank you so much for the step by step instructions. I read many websites and did not understand the radius and then how to get the circle. A good tutorial and a new ideal to work on. It is good to always develop and share new idea. Your blog was my first skirt ever…the simple straight skirt. I had just bought a refurb sewing machine and started attempting to sew. I was so thrilled with making a skirt for the girls.
This circle skirt will now be my favorite!! Just made one in multicolor chevron that is sooo fun and cute. I loved the measurements and tutorial…all were easy and perfect.
The only thing I would ask, is there any other pointers on sewing to elastic? I pinned and pulled… and then ripped and pinned and pulled tight again: I finally ended up basting it in place as best I could AND then sewing a top stitch that was neater and ripping out the basting stitch. Would a certain needle help better or just more practice? Love everything on here…and you are helping a girl conquer her fear of sewing!
I want to do a circle skirt on a dress for my 3 year old. To do that, would I leave out the elastic waist and the addition inch, then just sew it directly to the bodice? I used it here: My daughter wanted a circle skirt for Christmas. I cut two skirts, one of Christmas fabric and one of a solid blue that matched the colors in the Christmas fabric from some light cotton fabric. I sewed them right sides together at the hem, turned them right sides out and then attached a waistband casing at the top with elastic in it.
I love the extra weight the two layers give! Now she has a reversible circle skirt with no edges that can fray! So famous, you are! Thank you so much for sharing your circular skirt making instructions. You have helped me gain some mummy points! I know this post is an old one, but I just encountered it today. I work at a fabric store and I often joke with customers about how easy a circle skirt is. Mine are just three seems and a hem! I make mine down to the floor though, usually takes about five yards of fabric, so the circle is actually two pieces of fabric It pleases me to see someone else using the math rather than a bought pattern I thought I was the only one who did that!
I have a measuring tape marked with my waist and hem lines, and just rotate that on my material, marking it with chalk. I always get complimented for my skirts. Thank you so much for taking the time to figure out the math and take all the photos for this awesome tutorial! I am so excited to make this skirt one for me and one for my daughter! I just used this tutorial for the 3rd time just this month.
I probably have used it at least 6 times. Thank you for such a clear and versitile tutorial. Dana, this skirt is fantastic. I made one last night for my 1 year old and made it reversible with an applique monogram on each side. Question — where did you get that fabulous polka dot fabric? That would eliminate the need to turn up the serger edge on your skirt?
I am using this to make 12 costume skirts for a program at a school. Looking for short cuts! I am thinking that with the two inches we add to her waist size to allow the fabric to give when figuring out our radius will not be enough for her to actually pull this skirt up or down over her hips.
Not so much a problem when you are creating this pattern for a little girl who has yet to develop that womanly hour glass figure. So in my head, I thought how would I address this issue without losing the wonderful elastic band and not having to go to a zipper or any type of slit in the back of skirt?
I am thinking that you would take the actual hip size, then minus the 2 inches for extra give that we initally added to the waist measurement and then divide that number by 6. So my radius math looks like this: This should give you ample room to pull this skirt up. Do you think I am headed in the right direction? I am going to tackle making this dress this weekend and am not much of a sewer.
Can you give me some basic measurements dor a onsie skirt. I would appreciate it. No skirt should be without pockets. I am making 12 of these for costumes for a Christian School here in MI. That way you do not have that nasty hemming to do. What do you think?
While looking online for some pattern ideas, I noticed almost all chiffon dresses having only one seam in the back, no side seams, yet draping very nicely on the body. The thought of circluar cutting did cross my mind, but I rejected it thinking the dress will be puffy at the waist.
Then someone online wanted to know how to sew her wedding dress without side seams, to be like a circular skirt. I looked up circular skirt and found your tutorial. I screamed out loud, YES! Hi Dana and everyone else! I am quite new to sewing but I love the idea of a circle skirt. I have just bought an Ikea machine and have been trying little projects.
Maybe I went wrong in the calculations. I also used a zigzag stitch. Why do you think this happened? Dana, I just wanted to write and say thanks for your tutorial on the circle skirt. I looked at a lot of others on internet and none of them compared. You made the directions for getting the right measurement really easy to follow. I credited you on a blog post I did about the little Pinkalicious circle skirt I made for my grand-daughter.
Hey, thanks for such an easy to follow pattern with lovely, clear pictures. I just made my first circle skirt and it looks awesome! I start on it tomorrow! Hope this helps others. Switching to a ball point needle solved the problem though. Hope that helps someone else! Thanks for creating such a great tutorial!
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The Circle Skirt Tutorial hi, i love the circle skirt, but i was just wondering if you could email me what type of fabrics i could use for the skirt. for example silk, cotton. that would be an absolute gem. thanks If you made this out of scarf fabric would you have a kids ballet type dance skirt? Reply. 9) pam. Find great deals on eBay for Circle Skirt in Skirts, Clothing, Shoes and Accessories for Women. Shop with confidence. Shop huge inventory of Full Circle Skirt, Vintage Circle Skirt, Mexican Circle Skirt and more in Skirts, Clothing, Shoes and Accessories for Women on . What’s the Project? This simple circle skirt pattern is easy to sew and make the cutest little skirt for the little girls to wear! A perfect beginner sewing project and something you can sew quickly and enjoy for a long time to come.