Circle skirts are a staple of any woman’s wardrobe (or man’s, depending on what designer you’re speaking with). There are so many styles and silhouettes of circle skirts, it’s hard to choose which ones to have in your closet! I decided to make a couple circle skirts, in different silhouettes and sizes, to show off the versatility of the garment and to break in the new Mood Circle Skirt Calculator!
Hunter Stretch Velour (Molly’s full midi skirt)
Black Stretch Crushed Velour (Alexa’s 3/4 mini)
Cognac Stretch Velour (Stephanie’s 1/2 midi)
Chocolate Stretch Crushed Velour (Brittany’s 1/4 maxi)
The instructions for making a circle skirt are pretty simple. You’ll need your waist measurement, the length of the skirt, and the style that you want. I wanted a full midi skirt, which is just below the knee, so my length will be 25 inches. My waist is 44 inches, so that will be used to calculate the radius of the top circle. The calculator will ask for the silhouette you want (full) and your waist measurements (44) and length (midi). Then you’ll get your yardage and a number! What’s that number? You’ll find out in just a moment!
From there, you’ll fold the fabric. But, how and where you fold the fabric depends on the type of skirt fullness you want.
For a full circle skirt, fold the fabric twice: once along the width and again along the length. The corner where both folds meet, and there are no raw edges, is where you’re going to measure from.
For a 3/4 circle skirt, you’re going to do the same thing as the full circle skirt, and at the end you’ll cut a quarter of the skirt out.
For a 1/2 circle skirt, you’re going to fold the fabric in half perpendicular to the length.
For 1/4 skirt, you’re going to fold the fabric along the bias from one corner to the edge of fabric, so it makes a triangle.
So now, we’re going to deal with that radius number from above. You’re going to measure from the corner to that number, and make a curve on the fabric. You’ll want to mark it every inch or so. Then, you’ll measure the length of the skirt from the curve you’ve just created, marking every inch or so. Pin the fabric down, and then make your cuts along those curves. For the 3/4 skirt, 1/2 skirt, and 1/4 skirt, you’re going to need to sew a seem up the back. What I did was a French seam, so sew the wrong sides together, trim the excess, and then sew the right sides together and flip back out. All you have to do now is add a waistband and a(n optional) zipper, and hem the skirt!
WITH A ZIPPER: To add the waistband, you’ll sew the face of the skirt to the face of the waistband. Then, you’ll put in the zipper and finish the waistband after the zipper, if you want a zipper.
I like using invisible zippers, so that’s what we’ll be going over here. To add the zipper, sew the face of the zipper and the face of the fabric together, with the zipper ending about halfway up the waistband. Then, flip the skirt inside out, and sew the faces together again. Invisible zippers can be a little tricky, as the zipper sometimes gets in the way, so pin it down tight and about halfway through try and slide the zipper to the top to make sewing the bottom easier.
To finish the waistband, you’ll slip stitch the top of the waistband to the bottom of it, slipping the thread into the seam of the waistband and the skirt.
WITHOUT A ZIPPER: I basically French seamed the waist band in. I pinned the waistband, upside down, to the inside of the skirt, and sewed that. I trimmed the excess, and then flipped it back up and pinned it again. Then, I sewed the right sides together, simple!
Hemming the circle skirt is the trickiest part, since it’s a curved hem, but don’t be afraid! If I, the DIY dummy, can conquer the skirt, you can, too. It’s going to bunch, so be prepared and pin down that fabric like your life depends on it!
So the edge of the circle skirt is larger than what you’re trying to sew it up into. This is highly frustrating sometimes, since the fabric can bunch up and twist, and then the hem looks terrible. This frustrated me the first time I did it, but once I went back and redid the hem, it got so much easier. My advice? Make the hem tiny, go VERY slowly, and pin, pin, pin! Every inch, at least, there needs to be a pin. I made sure I could sew over my pins, as to make sure the hem didn’t unravel while I was sewing.
And there you have it! These rules apply for all the types of skirts, whether you want a full maxi skirt or a half mini, so experiment with different styles and show us what you’ve got with #MadeWithMood, or tell me what you think by commenting below!