Making a half circle skirt is insanely easy! With this simple half circle skirt tutorial, you won’t need a pattern to make one that fits you perfectly!
Half Circle Skirt Tutorial
I’m a big fan of skirts and dresses, especially in warm weather! Call me old fashion but I think every girl should have at least a couple of each in their closet. And I’m in total love with all those adorable, twirly circle skirts, so feminine! And if you already used my tutorial to make a full circle skirt you know they’re also super easy! And this half circle skirt tutorial is even easier!
Except when it comes to inserting a zipper, especially if you decide to add lining as I did. Cause lining ads so much more structure and volume to any skirt, making it look more professional and also help the skirt look better on you. You ill want to add lining to yours too! And have no fear, I’m here to help! If you haven’t done it already, go ahead and read this post first and see how easy it is to insert a zipper into a lined skirt with my super simple method; then you’re ready to move on to the next step which is this pretty half circle skirt tutorial.
With this tutorial you’ll be able to make your own gorgeous skirt in no time, based on your own measurements and body shape so the skirt will fit you perfectly! I love the idea of a half circle skirt instead of a full circle one for adults, because this skirt is not quite as full, making it a little more casual, easier and faster to make and sew and a great item to wear when going out with your kids at the park or when running errands (in other words your underwear is safe, no peaking there at every little breeze! lol). Plus it takes less fabric and looks just as adorable as a full circle one!
Half Circle Skirt Tutorial
- measuring tape or long ruler
- pattern paper (or any large paper)
- about 2 yards of fabric for the skirt (I used cotton) – similar here, here or here
- about 2 yards of fabric for lining (I also used cotton)
- some interfacing for the waistband (optional; you can replace it by folding the fabric more to get the desired stiffness)
- zipper foot
- matching thread
- contrast thread
- pressing iron
- sewing machine
- Take your waist measurement, add 1″ and divide by 3.14 to get the waist radius (inner circle). Round to the nearest quarter inch.
- Measure the length of the skirt (from waist down to where you want the skirt to fall) and add 2″ seam allowance. This will give you your hem radius (outer circle).
- On a large piece of paper, draw your inner circle, away from the corner of your paper, by moving the measuring tape as you mark.
- Now do the same for the length. Measure your desired length from the inner circle, not from the corner.
- Cut your pattern around the inner circle than around the outer circle. This will be 1/2 of a pattern.
- Fold the skirt fabric in half, right sides together and place it on the floor with the fold going along the top and the selvedge edges running down each side.
- Place the pattern over your fabric, with your inner circle matching the folded corner, pin and cut around the inner circle and the outer circle.
- Repeat the above step for the lining.
- Put the skirt fabric right sides together and sew down the side seam. Finish seam with a serger or zig zag stitch.
- Do the same for lining.
- Replace your regular foot with a zipper foot.
- Decide how long you want your zipper opening to be in your skirt. Make a mark.
- Decide how wide you want your waistband to be and with that in mind leave allowance for the zipper at the top of the lining.
- Then insert the zipper into the skirt and lining as indicated in this tutorial.
- Make the waistband. Cut a strip of fabric for your waistband, to match your inner circle measurements (that would be your waist plus 1″)
- Cut a piece of interfacing to match the waistband, minus 1″ in length, 1/2″ from bottom and 1/2″ from top.
- Attach interfacing to the wrong side of your waistband using your pressing iron. Fold the up and bottom edge in then fold the side edges in and press.
- Fold the waistband in half, right side out and press.
- Pin the skirt and the lining together at the inner circle then sew down with a 1/8″ allowance. This will help keep the skirt and lining together when you sew the waistband.
- Slide the waistband over the top of the skirt and lining and pin the raw edges together (that would be the folded edges). Pay careful attention when you get to pinning the zipper; trim the top of the zipper if needed and push zipper inside the waistband just enough to be able to comfortably move the zipper pull up and down. Fold the side edges of the waistband inside so they’re concealed.
- Sew down the pinned area then flip the waistband up.
- Looking on the inside of the skirt, turn the other edges of the waistband in, making sure they cover the raw edges of the skirt and lining, then pin.
- Looking at the right side of the skirt, sew down the waistband about 1/8″ from the seam you made before. This should capture the back of the waistband, leaving you with a nice finish in the front too.
- Now sew down the top of the zipper to finish the waistband.
- Replace the foot with a regular foot.
- Hem your skirt as you wish (I used this tutorial cause I’m a sucker for tiny hems!)
- And you’re done! Enjoy wearing your beautiful half circle skirt!