As I said yesterday I have been on a skirt making binge lately. And the skirts I have been making the most of are circle skirts…mainly because I can have one cut and sewn in less than an hour.
When I started sewing I avoided circle skirts because every pattern and tutorial I saw had this math diagram with pi…and radius…and circumference….and then my brain turned off and I decided that I would just choose a different skirt to sew. Because even though I like to sew and craft and such I’m also lazy…LAY-ZEE so when I would see all those instructions I’d think it was a good time for some nachos instead.
But then Elizabeth was over at my house one day and she made me try one….and it was like magic! It was so EASY I couldn’t believe it and it has now become one of my go to skirt patterns.
So today I am going to show you how I take two measurements, do one math problem (on a calculator) and then with two cuts have a skirt that is ready to be sewn.
Let’s get started:
First we are going to take 2 measurements:
#1. Measure around (the circumference) for your waist. Write this number down.
#2. Measure the distance from your waist to your knee (or where ever you would like your skirt to land). Write this number down.
Now it’s time for the math…I’m not going to explain all the whys because that is what made me avoid these skirts. All I am going to do is say:
Take your waist measurement and add two inches then divide that number by 6.28. Write that number down.
(For example Ruth’s waist is 20 inches. So 20 inches plus 2 inches = 22 inches so then when I divide that by 6.28 I get 3.5 inches. Done.)
Whew! Now that that is over let’s cut this skirt out!
Take your fabric and fold it in half width wise and length wise…if I was teaching this to one of my children’s art classes I would tell them to just “Fold your fabric in half hamburger way and hot dog way.”. (Like you are beginning to make a giant fabric snowflake.)
Once that is done grab a ruler of measuring tape because it’s time to make the waist of this skirt.
Starting at the folded corner measure down the number of inches that you got from your math problem. For Ruths skirt I measured down 3.5 inches. Mark that spot with a pin.
Then rotate your ruler or measuring tape an inch or two, measure down the same distance and mark with a pin. Continue doing this until you have created an arc across that top corner of your folded fabric.
Next find that first pin you placed in your fabric. From that pin measure down the length of your waist to knee measurement that you took a few minutes ago.
Mark that spot with a pin.
Following the first arc you made measure down that waist to knee measurement and mark with pins until you have a second arc across your fabric.
Once you have your two arcs completed it’s time to cut out your skirt. Simply next to the pin trails you have just created.
Remove the pins and its time to sew!
All you have left to do add a waistband and hem!!! (For a complete tutorial on how to make a perfect circle skirt waistband…that is super easy…click here: Exposed Waistband Tutorial.
See what I am talking about…so easy!!!
I made these particular circle skirts for a project I was working on for The Ribbon Retreat. You see my girls are still all about Frozen…all about it…and would dress like Anna and Elsa everyday if I would let them. So I decided to make them some outfits “inspired” by Anna and Elsa that they could wear everyday without looking like they were going to a costume ball.
For more on that…and for the headband tutorials you can head here: Frozen Inspired Headbands.
And as for the fabric that I made these skirts from it is the most beautiful, soft ruffle fabric I have ever seen. It comes in a wide variety of colors and aside from being so soft and so lovely it also washes and wears fantastic! (Plus the ladies that run the shop where it came from are some of the nicest women I have come across.) And if you want to check it out you can click here for all the details: Ruffle Fabric.
Alright! I think that is all for today. Have a good one everybody!
*NOTE: This skirt is made from that delightful ruffle fabric that I love HOWEVER, it has a definite horizontal stripe pattern that goes funky when cut in this method. That is terrific for the look I was going for with these skirts BUT I would advise you to choose a solid or a non-directional print to make your circle skirts out of especially if it is the first circle skirt you have ever made….just a thought….