May 23, 2014

EASY CIRCLE SKIRT TUTORIAL






 photos by sara walk

I go through a lot of color combination obsessions, but right now hot coral/red and radiant orchid is my absolute favorite. It's a shame I only own one piece in each color, so this is the only outfit I can create. As soon as I decided to use this polyester suiting fabric to make a circle skirt, I knew I had to pair it with this bright top, and it has quickly become one of my favorite outfits to date. Since the color blocking is so bold and loud, I stuck with super minimal jewelry and nude heels so the outfit could do all the talking, so the two bright colors (although still super bold) work together.

This skirt is one of the easiest pieces I've made. It does require a zipper, but besides that it comes together so quickly and looks so professional. Click through below for a super easy tutorial!

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handmade skirt

CLICK THROUGH FOR THE FULL TUTORIAL
Materials:

2 yards fabric (mine is a polyester suiting fabric which has a fantastic drape)
matching thread
12-14" zipper




1 // fold your fabric in half, and along the folded edge, cut a large half-donut shape, as shown. Measure the inner half circle (waist) by finding your waist radius using the following equation: 

waist measurement / 3.14 / 2 = radius

make a point in the very center of the inner circle (which will be right on the folded edge since your fabric is folded in half), and measure the radius distance in every direction from this point to form a perfect half circle. Next, determine how long you want the skirt, and repeat for the outer half circle.

Finally, cut two (2) waistband pieces on the bias (diagonally, so you get a bit of stretch). These pieces should be half of your natural waist measurement, plus an extra inch for your seam allowance.

2 // With right sides together, sew your two waistband pieces together on either end to form a circle.

3 // Fold the waistband in half so it's doubled up, as shown.

4 // With right sides together, attach your waistband to your skirt. Make sure all the raw edges are all matched up.

5 // Cut the back of the skirt open and insert a zipper. You can cut the whole skirt open, or just enough to insert the zipper.

6 // Hem the skirt to your desired length and you're done!


27 comments:

  1. Love this, love circle skirts! Just FYI, I think what you are calling the diameter is actually the radius (since the fabric is folded in half), just in case it's confusing for anyone. :)

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    1. Clearly I'm not a math wiz ;) All fixed -- thanks, preethi!

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    2. Well, I'm no sewing whiz, so we'll call it even. ;)

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  2. LOVE that skirt and the color blocking is perfect!
    Hope you have a great weekend!

    The Style Storm
    <3, Christina

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  3. How many yards of fabric is your piece?

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    1. 2 yards -- sorry, I forgot to include the materials list. It's now listed above!

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  4. I am totally loving this combination! It is perfect for Spring with the beautiful flowers in full bloom!
    Cheers
    Casually Chic by Monique.

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  5. I'm loving this color combo! They work great together! And I might have to make myself one of these skirts for after my pregnancy! It's fabulous!

    Paige
    http://thehappyflammily.com

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  6. I love the color of this skirt and I also love skirts that can twirl. Too bad I don't know how to sew :( Except if a button pops off of something but I don't think that counts.

    http://www.lookfortheoccasion.com

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  7. I love the color! Where did you buy your fabric?

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    1. It's from Fabric.com, but since I bought it so long ago it's unfortunately unavailable. But it's called polyester suiting fabric, if that helps you find fabric somewhere else!

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    2. Thanks! I was actually able to find a similar color at Hancock Fabrics and on Amazon.com. I'll put in the links in case anyone else is interested. I'm excited to make this!

      http://hancockfabrics.com/2-way-stretch-purple-polyester-fabric-3541604.html

      http://www.amazon.com/Polyester-Tropical-Suiting-Magenta-Fabric/dp/B00CF4KKUO/?keywords=polyester+suiting+fabric&qid=1400863707&ref=sr_1_17&ie=UTF8&sr=8-17

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    3. Excellent! Thanks for sharing the links!

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  8. I love everything about this look (gorgeous colors!), and I just so happen to have several yards of polyester suiting fabric, so I might just have to try this out. Great tutorial!

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  9. I love the fit :) you are making me really jealous out here cuz I never thought not knowing how to sew would be such a disadvantage until I landed on your site :) as usual I am inspired by your wardrobe pics and I pin things in the hope of finding similar items...

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  10. This looks so simple, but it's so gorgeous! The fabric you used is such a beautiful color! Thanks for sharing the tutorial.

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  11. These 2 colors are very great together.
    Thanks for the tip :)

    http://tofashionandbeyond.fr

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  12. oh gosh i love that shirt! maybe a tutorial for that one day?!

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  13. I dont know how to sew but I wanna try and make this skirt! it seems so easy! glad to find you on bloglvin I just followed!

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  14. I would love to know if you drew the half donut freehand or if you used something to trace around. I'm thinking I need something bigger than a plate, lol

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  15. I have a question about the waist band, please. How wide did you make yours? Or I guess how "tall" or thick? If I use a thinner, fabric, will my waist band not stay standing up? If so, would you recommend putting interface or something else to stiffen it a little or would it look ok without it? I'm so excited but extremely nervous to try this! I bought the materials, but now to start! I'm procrastinating due to fear! Haha.

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  16. I have a question about the waist band, please. How wide did you make yours? Or I guess how "tall" or thick? If I use a thinner, fabric, will my waist band not stay standing up? If so, would you recommend putting interface or something else to stiffen it a little or would it look ok without it? I'm so excited but extremely nervous to try this! I bought the materials, but now to start! I'm procrastinating due to fear! Haha.

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  17. I have some questions about the waist band, please. First, how thick did you make yours? I like it. Second, if I'm using a thinner fabric, well my waist band not stay up and just scrunch up? If so, would that look bad? Wouldyou recommend putting interface or something? Thank you! I have all the materials, but I'm too scared to start!!

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  18. Question: How did you get such a long skirt? I can only get about 28" (before the hem) out of 2 yards of a 60" fabric.

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