Sewing circle skirt is not a time consuming project, this makes it a popular choice for home sewers. There is only four techniques you have to be familiar with: how to sew a curved hem, insert a zipper, attach a waistband and cut a buttonhole.
1. Cutting circle skirt.
- Cutting a circle skirt can be done in one, two or three pieces, depending on the design and fabric width. When fabric is wide enough it is done in one piece. Since there are no seams you will have to use a welt or exposed zipper method.
- If the design calls for seamless skirt, but fabric is too narrow, the missing segment might be cut separately and attached to a main piece. As a general rule the width of a segment must be less then 1/3 of a skirt length. But there is no rules without an exception. After all classic rules may become outdated. Be your own designer.
Note: To make a seam less obvious remember to match the big print.
- The third way is to cut your circle in two halves. With this method the zipper will be placed in a side seam (left of course).
- In three pieces the circle skirt is cut when the zipper has to be at the back but the fabric is not wide enough to make a seamless circle.
2. Sewing-in zipper.
Choosing the zipper method depends on whether or not there is seam and its position. Sewing circle skirt without a seam the welt or exposed zipper method is used. For the skirt with the seam at the back the centred zipper method is the most common. For the skirt with a side seams the lapped method is preferred.
3. Sewing the waistband.
There is only one peculiarity in sewing a waistband to a circle skirt - it is curved, and should be dealt with as any other curved edge seam, otherwise any waistband method will do.
Note: Making a notches try to space them evenly, 3-5cm approximately.
4. Hemming a circle skirt.
Every seamstress knows a whole range of techniques to finish a raw edge. Choosing a method to sew up the hem of a circle skirt don't forget that it's curved and should be treated appropriately. Excess fabric needs to be gathered or evenly pleated and pressed to minimise the bulk. Other methods that can be employed to hem a curved edge are: bias ribbon sewn to the wrong side of the skirt, bias binding and rolled hem.
Beginners rather like to make a circle skirt because it has just a few details and the sewing techniques are basic.