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.
A circle skirt is pretty easy to make. It requires few pieces and basic techniques, making it a good exercise for beginners. If this is your first time I would advise to make a paper pattern first. For experienced sewers this step can be skipped; you are welcome to do the markings straight on the fabric.
Circle skirt math
To make this pattern you will need only two measurements - waist girth and the length of your skirt.
Circle skirts are commonly made in 360°, 270°, 180° or 90°, depending on how many folds you want. There is a formula to calculate the waist radius for each type of circle skirt.
I love this concept! It's got a mood of sea side holidays - sunrise palette, stripes, drop waistline, full circle skirt and even the version of sailor collar! It's like old sailor dress has been given major overhaul. My job is done! I hope fabrics and construction will do justice to my new Seaside Dress.
Circle skirt is loved by little girls, it is perfect for twirling. Lucky for busy mums they are dead easy to make and don't require pattern. Here I put together a measurement guide for making one.
Decide how the waistline will be finished. The design may call for tie-up sash, elastic or zipper. Let your skill level be your guide.
Know how are you going to deal with the hemline, remember it's curved and should be finished accordingly. Hemming techniques.
Note: If you are going to make an elastic waist band make sure that the waistline of your skirt is big enough to put on comfortably. As a general rule it should be equal the circumference of the hips + 10 -12cm.
When a design calls for a “jazzy” hemline a square skirt (handkerchief hem) might be an option.Two squares at 45 degree (aka Star of Lakshmi) is another popular choice . Mind you, it doesn’t have to be an even number of angles and they don’t have to be uniformly distributed. Field for play with the hem line of a circler skirt is wide indeed.
There are four basic ways a circle skirt is cut. Depending on the hem width required it goes from 360° to 90°. For countless folds the double circle construction can be used - cut to circles with half the waist girth each and sew them together. Now twirl girl, twirl!
Circle skirt works best when done with lightweight flowing fabric. The soft folds along the hem without much bulk around the waist line is the main characteristic of this skirt. Another is the simplicity of its construction. I made my first one in the third grade, and proudly worn it all summer holidays.
Common problem with the this skirts is the uneven hemline. Sometimes it only appears after a wash or two. It accrues because skirt is cut disregarding the fabric grain. The inconsistent stretching becomes apparent only after water and heat treatment. To a certain extend it might be compensated when the pattern is cut. The big question is where. Some say at the hemline, others, prefer to do it at the waist. There are too many variables to give the universal advice. Just go with your gut feeling and experiment.