How to make a 3/4 circle skirt

Updated April 17, 2017

The 3/4 circle skirt is a feminine look that is flattering on all figures. The fullness of the skirt at the bottom and the size of the waist at the top are becoming to the female figure. The 3/4 circle skirt is as its name implies -- only three quarters of the circle -- and is less full than a full circle skirt. It is a simple skirt to make and requires little sewing. The best part is you don't need a pattern to make it.

Cut the fabric into a 60-inch square.

Fold the fabric in half, right sides together. Fold the fabric in half in the other direction, and pin in place.

Measure your waist. Subtract 1 inch and multiply the result by 1/5.

Tie a piece of yarn, the length of the number you got in Step 3, to the chalk. Secure the other end of the yarn to the corner of the fabric where both folded edges meet. Draw an arc with the chalk on the fabric.

Tie another piece of yarn the length you want the skirt to be plus 2 inches to the chalk. Secure the yarn to the corner of the fabric where both folded edges meet. Draw a larger arc with the chalk on the fabric.

Cut along the chalk lines through all layer of the fabric.

Mark along the fold lines with the chalk. Unfold the fabric. You should have a circle with a hole in the centre and four equally spaced chalk lines.

Cut out 1/4 of the circle using the chalk lines as your guide.

Fold the skirt in half, right sides facing each other. Pin the two cut edges together. Sew the skirt from the bottom to 8 inches from the top, using a straight stitch 1/2-inch from the edges. Iron open the seam including the unsewn part.

Close the zipper. Pin the zipper to the inside of the opening in the back seam, leaving a little space at the top. Sew around the zipper on the outside of the skirt using a zipper foot.

Fold the top edge of the skirt in 1/2 inch and pin down. Cut small slits into the inside of the fold, less than 1/4 inch deep, to make the fold lie flat.

Sew around the top of the skirt 1/4 inch from the fold top with a straight stitch.

Hand-sew the hook and eye closure to the skirt above the zipper.

Fold up the hem 1-inch, wrong sides together, and pin. Sew the hem in place by hand.


After you pin the zipper, but before you sew it in, carefully try on the skirt. Let the seam out if it is too tight. Make the seam larger if it is too loose. If you choose a stretchy fabric, substitute the zipper and hook for an elastic band.


Be careful when cutting through the layers of fabric. The layers will come out uneven if it is not pinned well.

Things You'll Need

  • 2 yards fabric
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Yarn
  • Chalk
  • Sewing machine
  • Matching thread
  • Iron
  • 7-inch zipper
  • Zipper foot
  • Needle
  • Hook and eye closure
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About the Author

Nicolle Gunay worked in the fashion industry for several years before becoming a teacher. She has an Associate of Science in fashion design and a Bachelor of Arts in theater from Florida Atlantic University.