I’m at the point in my pregnancy where basically nothing fits, but I don’t want to make anything new because this baby will be out in three weeks.

So today we’re pulling from the archives for DIY Friday, and I’m sharing one of my very favorite tutorials to date — this fuchsia circle skirt. This is a skirt you can whip up in an hour and then twirl your way through the weekend!

Can you tell I’m excited to get my waistline back??


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!



  1. Bethany says:

    Thanks for this tutorial Merrick! I used it the first time you posted it with a medium weight knit, omitted the zipper, and doubled the width of the waistband to create a fold over waistband. Just had a baby a week ago and I’m happy to have a returning waist (and a great skirt that’s a little forgiving). Love your blog!

  2. Erin Li-Sik says:

    This is one of my all time favorite color combos, and who can resist a circle skirt? Can’t believe baby is almost here! Good luck with everything, you’re in the home stretch.

  3. Natali says:

    Wow!! This circle skirt is totally my kind of “cut” that I feel looks the best on me! Your look gorgeous and so girly in this combo!

  4. Paige Cassandra Flamm says:

    I love that skirt! It is seriously so gorgeous on you!


  5. Tori Hall says:

    I LOVE this skirt! I actually made it, but I ran into the problem of being too tall, so I had to figure out how to make it out of two half circles instead of just one full circle. It turned out so good! Suiting fabric is by far the best for this type of skirt.

  6. Esraa Bassiouny says:

    How cute, absolutely love it and it looks easy too.

  7. Jazzy4Grace says:

    Oh, this skirt is just lovely! When I take my sewing things out of storage I have a bunch of projects to catch up on! You’ve inspired me one too many times, Merrick. 🙂


    P.S. Your hair looks darker in the pictures(or is that just me?), it’s really pretty!

  8. Thank you for sharing! It is so lovely!


  9. Mademoiselle Coconath says:

    Chic outfit! You look so pretty!

    Mademoiselle Coconath

  10. Cecilia says:

    I love this skirt! I’ve used your tutorial to make three skirts to date, and their my go-tos for a chic look at school.

  11. Alyssa says:

    LOved this tutorial!!! I really wanted to tackel the lemon dress but thought i should start smaller lol. I ran into a couple hiccups, but im proud of my first attempt. And fOr my first piece of clothing ive made! pic on my insta @alyssa.weekley

  12. Ashley says:

    I love this skirt! where did you find this fabric??

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