Last night I decided to cut some hand dyed and hand screen printed fabric I made about a year and a half ago. I’ve been trying to let go of the attachment I have to fabric I’ve made… what’s the point of having meters and meters of fabric if they just sit there?
Since It usually takes me FOREVER to get through complicated projects when I’m only doing them for myself, I made a Circle Skirt, (Fashion 101)
for someone who doesn’t know how to make a circle skirt, I’ll give you a quick explanation.
1. Decide how long you want your skirt to be. I made mine 22 inches long (inc. seam allowance) but that’s because i am 5’2” and it was to my natural waist.
2. Get your fabric, a piece of string and a pencil. tie the string to your pencil, and make the string the length that you want your skirt. Pin the string to your fabric, and proceed to trace a half circle (ghetto protractor)
3. Figure out how big you want the waistband. I cut mine to 29″ (28.5″ with seam allowance taken off) because that’s my waist size. If you like to wear your skirts at the hip, measure that. I made it four inches thick by 29 inches long rectangle.
4.Then go online, and find a calculator to tell you the diameter of a circle that is (in my case) 29″. At this point I switched to metric just because math with inches is horribly difficult for me.
5.The number I got was 22.5″ across, so I halved that number, and proceeded to repeat step 2 in the middle of the half circle you already have (put the pin back where it was before. At this point you should have something resembling half of a doughnut on your fabric.
6. Cut out your half doughnut and trace it onto another piece of fabric. You should now have two pieces the exact same, when placed beside each other make a doughnut shape. CONGRATS!
7. sew two pieces together so that your two half circles are one step closer to being one big circle (sew two side seams together) with the good sides facing in
8. with the good sides facing down, iron down 1/4 inch seams on each side of the waistband (rectangle) you cut out. fold it in half (good side will now be facing out) and iron it in half. sew this along where you cut out the small half circle in the skirt.
9. Sew a zipper into the remaining side seam and finish the seam off. Hem the bottom. (zippers are hard as shit, feel free to replace a zipper with a line of buttons)
VOILA! circle skirt