how to sew a circular skirt

My apple green bedsheet dress had a circular bottom. This is how you make one.

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1. Measure your waistline, or where you want the waistline of your dress to fall. Divide by four.

2. Measure length of your skirt.

3. Fold fabric into four equal parts. Take into consideration the length of your dress when you do this.

4. Trace a quarter of a circle, the size of which is 1/4 of your waist measurement, on the corner of the fabric where the folds meet. Use a paper template for easier tracing.

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5. Measure the length of your skirt. The hem should be shaped like a 1/4 circle as well. To make your hem perfect, measure from the corner (red dot) of the fabric. Now you have a pattern that looks like a quarter of a doughnut!

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6. Trace your doughnut to the other layers of fabric. Do not forget allowances. When you unfold your pattern, you will have a whole doughnut. Yay!

7. Sew the waistline to the bottom of the upper part of your dress.

8. Sew hem. Now, this would be very tricky. Patience is the key. Adjust the sewing machine’s presser foot as you sew along the hem to make it cleaner. Seeing that the skirt is circular, it would feel like you’re sewing a neverending hem. Compose a song as you sew. This would make the task easier. If no song comes to mind, take a break whenever you feel your patience wearing thin. Eat pancit canton. Watch American Idol. Make out. Iron the hem when you’re done.

The final product would be worth all the trouble. Your dress would float as you walk. You would re-discover the joys of twirling and jumping down a flight of stairs while you watch your dress bounce and flirt with the breeze.

 

HAPPY SEWING!

And please please let me know if the instructions are clear.


48 thoughts on “how to sew a circular skirt”

  1. I would like to know how you got your top and skirt into such a cute dress with no hem line? I am short and hate to add any horizontal lines to my waist and because I am so small in size, the babydoll trend with the band underneath your bust line doesnt help much either… any advice?

    Thanks, and great work by the way!

    1. A round tablecloth eliminated hem sewing (I sewed lace inside the btm hem, for a dainty ‘slip’ look). I cut 2 rings from the remnant center. The larger ring was cut into 2 halves, gathered+lace-edged for wear-along cuffs. A smaller ring is trimmed to peter pan-princess collar size. The center round made a chinon (hair bun cover)! Thank you!!!

  2. Hi Meream

    Any advice on making straps? How did you do the ones on the dress above? Looks great, think I might try it, but have always struggled with making straps!

    1. use ribbon, I have used this on a number of occasions, particularly when I bought a strapless dress and I was uncomfortable wearing it without straps.

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  4. Thank you so much for the pattern. I have been looking for a skirt pattern that is simple and flattering- I’m certainly plus-sized and have problems finding simple skirts that are comfy for the summer. Thanks again!

  5. its so great and so lovely! i love circular skirts and have waited a long tym to learn how to sew it on my own……thanks a lot!
    and by the way the instructions are crystal clear!:)
    thanks again….

  6. this was a fantastic help, and it only took me 2 hours from start to finish. i even added an elasticated waist band!
    THANK YOU SO MUCH!
    :)

  7. this is amazing, your creations are beautiful, i just printed out the instructions for this skirt and i am getting started right now.

  8. I think that you missed the part of explaning how to fold the curve its not so simple. Im working on a dress with a train and i can’t keep the curve. I have looked at so many sites and haven’t learned anything. If you can help more that would be awsome. Thanks

  9. hey, cool dress. im 13 and love to sew! but how did you make it into a dress? you only showed how to make a skirt. i think you should also show how to make the dress version.

    :) so cool!

  10. Hi, I love your dress! And the pattern instructions are very clear too. Anyway, I was always wondering for example, if you have a stripped material and you want to make a circular skirt out of that, how do you make the stripes right? That is, how do you make the stripes all nice and straight on the whole dress?

    Thank you very much!!! :)

    1. I just love this pattern! Dear husb paints, and drop cloths are white or natural muslin, some thon, some thick – all giant! So there is enough room for tea-lengths I prefer, and I can embellish with lace, appliques, or embroidery. Thanks so much for this swirly, airy pattern!

    1. I Love this idea! Wondering how much fabric I will need?? Can someone help me out?

      A lot. Haha. I used a bedsheet for this so I really had enough. A fabric with a width of 60 is okay if you want a medium-length skirt.

  11. Love the dress, only how were you able to make it one piece without a joining hem between the skirt and top?

    Thanks

    1. Love the dress, only how were you able to make it one piece without a joining hem between the skirt …

      Hi! I’ve never done a whole dress with a full skirt. I guess you can make the bottom part more balloon-y but doing a full circle might not be possible. Sorry I’m not helpful, I’m not an expert on patterns. I sew as I go. Hehe.

  12. Hi,
    i’m still a bit puzzled. how do i measure the lines out so that they curve so beautifully? Do you do that by taking a measuring tape and curving that???
    I would be much obliged with a little extra info on this.

    1. Hi,
      i’m still a bit puzzled. how do i measure the lines out so that they curve so beautifully? Do you do that by taking a measuring tape and curving that???
      I would be much obliged with a little extra info on this.

      Hi! You mean how to make the circles? Hmm what you do is use the middle point as guide and measure the circumference using your tape measure. Okay, that did not make sense. I might need to make a video, but I can’t do that. I will see if I can draw something helpful. :)

      1. So, my small dog’s waist is 12.56″ around (her “circumference”), which I divided by 3.14 (math’s “pi”), for a rounded subtotal of 4″ (her waist’s width, or “diameter”). Half her diameter equals 2″ (her “radius”). So, tying a string to my pencil, and holding that string at the pattern’s red dot corner, the curve shaped line 2″ away was easy to draw. She so loves her new little skirt too! Thank you!

  13. This is great, iv been wanting to make such a skirt for so long because i simply love the 1950s silhouette more than anything, especially being a big its the one that flatters my body the best.
    Im gonna go ahead and try ur method, it looks full proof thank you so so much
    will be back with feedback for sure :)

    1. This is great, iv been wanting to make such a skirt for so long because i simply love the 1950s silhouette more than anything, especially being a big its the one that flatters my body the best.

      The silhoutte then were just sweethearts, right? :) Hope you find this tute helpful!

  14. I especially like the graphics and the way you say to calculate for the waist size instead of a “size 8″ (which is what?, right?). Thanks Much!

  15. This tutorial is brilliant…
    Instructions are very easy to follow..

    Loving the extra curricular instructions:

    “Compose a song as you sew. This would make the task easier. If no song comes to mind, take a break whenever you feel your patience wearing thin. Eat pancit canton. Watch American Idol. Make out.”

    Made me laugh ^.^

  16. Hi! I love the skirt and i think I can follow the directions (I hope) but the dress is Beautiful!! and I was wondering if you had a pattern for that also? I looked at one that was simmilar but the pattern that was given was drawn out but there were Measurments for the neck like or the arm holes. Do you need to measure your neckline (never heard of doing that) and measure the arm hole (never heard of that either) Anyway I AM going to make that skirt today hopefully! and I WILL BE USING A BED SHEET ALSO!!! But I sure would like to make that dress!!!
    Thank you so much for posting your patterns!!
    Wendy Leitheiser
    leitheiw@yahoo.com

  17. Thank you thank you – I had lost my instructions, and have been looking for the longest time for the instructions.

  18. I have been searching for this pattern for months and out of all the ones that I found your instructions and pattern are the easiest to follow by far. Thank you.

  19. I love this skirt I tried different instructions to get a round skirt, but it had so many strange mathematics that I couldn’t understand it. Yours is much simpler. Thank You

  20. This sewing ‘World’ is new to me and so I almost gave up…it takes so much talent that I felt lost…until I saw your lovely, stunning Green circle skirt !!!!!!! thanks for giving me some hope and a whole lot of inspiration !!!!!

  21. How would you reccomend finishing the top of the skirt if you only wanted it to be a skirt. also what is the shortest you’d reccomend this type skirt being? Would it look good as a length that came right above the knee?

    1. How would you reccomend finishing the top of the skirt if you only wanted it to be a skirt. also what is the shortest you’d reccomend this type skirt being? Would it look good as a length that came right above the knee?

      Hi! You can use a band through which you can insert an elastic. See this tutorial: http://boredandcrafty.com/?p=3221
      As for length, an inch above the knee might work but this type of skirt is perfect calf-length, to give it that fun 50s look. :)

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