Hi! I’m Jennifer and I blog over at Un Petit Design. The Skirting The Issue series has been really fun to watch this month, there have been so many amazing skirts showcased and I’m excited to be a part of it and sharing a skirt tutorial.
Today I’m sharing my tutorial for a circle skirt, based on Dana’s famous circle skirt pattern instructions. It’s the Fully Loaded Circle Skirt!
I made the basic circle skirt to be ‘fully loaded’, which means this skirt has:
- Full Lining
- Peeking Ruffle
- Modesty Shorts (does this make it a circle skort?)
- Circle Skirt Pattern – find the information on making your own on Dana’s site
- Fashion Fabric – about a yard, but depends on the size of skirt your making
- Lining Fabric – same amount as fashion fabric
- Ruffle Fabric
- Bias Trim (optional)
- Knit Fabric for Shorts
- A Favorite Leggings pattern or a well fitting pair of leggings you can trace
- Elastic for waist band
What I Did:
The first change I made was to cut my fashion fabric in half circles instead of a full circle to give me a side seam for including pockets. I just folded my fabric once instead of twice (as the tutorial instructs) and cut two per skirt.
I cut my pocket pieces by eyeballing it, I just drew a pocket looking shape on my lining fabric and cut, keeping one edge strait (the edge that will align with the skirt side seam). You’ll need four pocket pieces per skirt. Then I added a strip of the fashion fabric, 1.5” wide to the side of the pocket to prevent the lining fabric from peeking out.
Then pivot the fabric and continue sewing around the edge of the pocket.
Sew 1/4” (or what ever amount of SA you’re sewing with) back into the skirt piece, pivot again and continue the side seam down to the hem.
Repeat for the other side seam. Then switch to a long stitch length (I used 5.0mm) and baste the pocket closed along the side seam line (the portion of the side seam left open when pivoting to go around the pocket).
After basting the side seam closed, press the side seam open from the right side, pressing the pocket to one side. At this point, you are choosing which side of the skirt is going to be the front and which is the back. Press both pockets towards the same half circle or towards each other. Then remove the basting stiches to open the pockets.
I cut the lining pieces from the same pattern piece as the fashion fabric, but attached a ruffle at the hem line. I calculated the circumference of the skirt and multiplied it by 2 to get the length of the ruffle piece. I used bias tape to finish the hemline of the fashion fabric with a little color.
The modestly shorts were made from a basic leggings pattern that I cut off to be shorts. I also cut them without the allowance for an elastic casing at the waist since these were going to have the elastic waist band from the skirt.
I layered all three pieces together (the skirt, the lining and the shorts) and serged them together at the waistline. I followed Dana’s directions for the elastic application at the waist and called it done!
And there you have it!! These skirts are perfect for twirling and will delight any girl, young or old!
Thanks to Elizabeth and Liz for organizing this event and letting me be a part of it!