How to Sew a Circle Skirt

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How to Sew a Circle Skirt
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A circle skirt is a good sewing project for a beginner. The construction is simple so it doesn't take much time to make. You don't need a pattern. Some calculation is involved, but as long as you take accurate measurements, the skirt will fit.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging

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Things you need

  • 2 yards of 60-inch lightweight fabric
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape
  • Chalk
  • Ball of string
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Piece of elastic

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  1. 1

    Measure from your waist to the desired length of the skirt. Add 2 inches to allow for seams and fit adjustments. Cut a piece of string to this length.

  2. 2

    Measure around your waist with a tape measure. Cut a piece of elastic to this length. Use the waist measurement to calculate where you should cut the fabric.

  3. 3

    Add 2 inches to the waist measurement. Divide that number by 3.14. Divide that result by 2. This is your cutting radius.

    Marking the Fabric

  1. 1

    Cut a piece of string the length of the cutting radius.

  2. 2

    Lay the fabric out flat. Fold the fabric in half horizontally and then again vertically. You are going to measure from the folded corner.

  3. 3

    Place the string at the centre point of the folded corner and mark an arc the size of your cutting radius with the chalk. Mark another arc 1 inch inside the first one for a seam allowance. This will be your cutting line.

  4. 4

    Place the longer string on the folded edge and stretch it out to the hem. Mark the length with chalk. Use the string to mark the length at different points along the circle. At this point you should have three arcs marked on the fabric. The smallest one and the largest one are the cutting lines.

  5. 5

    Cut along the cutting lines. Unfold the fabric.


  1. 1

    Pin the long edges with the right sides of the fabric together. Sew a seam from the top to the hem.

  2. 2

    Sew the ends of the elastic together to make the waistband. Place the waistband inside the top of the skirt along the waistline measurement. Fold the fabric over the elastic and pin it down. Sew around the inside of the waist circle.

  3. 3

    Put the skirt on. Have a helper pin the hem up to the desired length. Remove the skirt and sew up the hem.

Tips and warnings

  • Choose a lightweight, flowing fabric to get the full effect of the circle.
  • Make sure the elastic fits comfortably around your waist when it's not stretched.

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