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Making the pattern
- You can use the calculator above to find the final measurements but don’t forget to use hip measurements instead of waist measurements. The reason is, this tutorial is for a skirt with elastic waist instead of a zipper and needs a lot of room in the waist area so the wider areas such as the hips would have room to fit in the skirt when you pull it up.
- Take your waist measurement (this is used for the construction of the waistband).
- To make your circle skirt pattern, take your hips measurement, around the widest area, add 1″-2″ for allowance and divide the amount by 6.28 to calculate your circle’s radius (inner circle).
- Measure the length of the skirt (from waist down to where you want the skirt to fall) and add 2″ seam allowance.
- Grab a big piece of paper (I used wrapping paper), and draw your inner circle as a quarter circle, away from the corner of your paper.
- Now do the same for the length. This will be your outer circle. Measure your desired length from the inner circle, not from the corner. Don’t forget to add seam allowance all around your inner circle.
- Cut your pattern around the inner circle than around the outer circle. This will be 1/4 of a pattern.
How to cut a circle skirt
- Fold your fabric in half, right sides together, then fold again in half so the fabric is in quarters now.
- Place the inner circle of your pattern to match up the folder corner of the fabric (the one with no raw edges) – Very Important!
- Pin your pattern in place, through all the layers and cut around the inner and outer circle, again through all the layers. You will get a continuous circle.
Making the waistband
- Make your waistband. Cut a strip of fabric with the length of your hips measurement plus 2″ for seam allowance and with the desired width. I cut mine to be 6″ wide. Fold the fabric in half, lengthwise, iron then open the strip and fold each half again and iron.
- Fold on the initial fold again and iron. Open the whole strip wrong side out, pin the ends together and sew up with 1/4″ allowance.
- Open the seam and iron press. Turn the waistband right side out and iron.
- Grab the elastic, cut it to match your waist measurement and join at the ends with a zig-zag stitch. Pin to one side of the strip, on the inside, close the strip and run a slight zig-zag stitch through the middle of the strip to sew the elastic in place. Slightly pull the elastic and the fabric in front and the back of the needle. The waistband will look gathered once you finish sewing.
Attaching the waistband to the skirt
- Sandwich the top of the skirt in between the 2 halves of the waistband, pin in place and sew with a zig-zag stitch, 1/2″ from the bottom of the waistband.
Making the hem
- Time to make the hem. To get a nice hem on a circle skirt you need to follow these steps: stitch 1/4″ from the edge, all around the hem.
- Fold using this stitch as a guide and stitch 1/8″ around the hem (ignore my pins, they’re pinned the wrong way)
- Measure 1″ away from the hem on the interior of the skirt and mark. That is your guide for the double hem.
- Fold the edge up so it touches the line you just created.
- Place pins a few inches apart and add a couple more in between those.
- Sew as close to the edge as you can. Some puckering might occur but that’s ok. Guide the fabric under the needle using a pin, so sew down the hem as slow as you can.
- Press the hem and it should look free of puckering even with those tiny ones hidden in the back of your hem. If you use fine fabric you won’t notice the puckering at all.
Making the waist tie
- You’re done with the skirt at this point, the tie is an optional detail. I chose the tie as I made the skirt while my daughter wasn’t around to try it on and I wasn’t sure it will fit well at the waist. So I wanted to make sure that if it’s a bit large, the tie will keep it in place. And I took the right choice as the waistband was a bit too large. Plus the bow adds a dose of cuteness.
- I made my tie 20″ long each and as wide as the finished waistband which was 1 1/2″. The fabric for my tie was 21″ x 4″, seam allowance included.
- Fold in half, wrong side out, and place a round object on one end. Cut the fabric around that object.
- Sew around the side. Turn the fabric right side out and use a skewer or a pencil to push the pointy corner out. Press and fold the raw edges in; press again and sew down as close to the edge as possible.
- Place the tie on the waistband, pointy end toward the back of the skirt and sew with 1/4″ allowance. Flip the tie towards the front of the skirt and sew again.
- Tie the ties and make a nice bow and you’re done!
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